Thank you for your interest in supporting ACT! We have many ways for you to collaborate and participate in the ACT community: job opportunities to join a team on our staff; participating as an artist; becoming an intern in one of our departments to learn more about non-profit arts organizations; or, volunteering to help our non-profit theatre achieve its goals and create positive experiences for the patrons.
Whatever your area of expertise or experience, these options, also listed on the right, can tell you more. So why wait? Check out how you can get involved today!
2020 Season and Beyond: General Auditions for Equity Actors
Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 am – 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm; 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
ACT – A Contemporary Theatre will hold two (2) days of Equity Principal Auditions for local actors on Monday, October 21 10:00 am – 1:30 pm AND 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm; and Tuesday, October 22, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm AND 4:30 – 8:00 pm. Representative for the theatre will be Margaret Layne, Director of Casting.
Please prepare two short, contrasting monologues: either one classical/one contemporary, or two contrasting contemporary pieces. Song welcome but optional. An accompanist will be provided for the second half of the day on the 21st and the first half of the day on the 22nd – if you will need a pianist, please make sure you sign up during the right part of the day!
Total presentation not to exceed three (3) minutes.
Online sign-up for the 2020 EPAs will be available starting 5 AM on Monday, October 7, and at any time thereafter. To sign up for a time, please visit this link:
Headshots and resumes should be brought in on the day of the auditions, along with AEA membership card or proof of EMC status.
Wait List sign-ups are also available online for (a) EMC Candidates and (b) non-union actors. Although we are required at this audition to give priority in scheduling to AEA members, in past years we have had the opportunity to also see 40+ non-union actors per day from the Wait List, so members of the non-union community are strongly encouraged to sign up for a possible appointment!
Wait List applicants will be notified of appointments as they may be available when all AEA members have been accommodated, but no later than Friday, October 18.
EMC Candidates – Wait List
Non-Union Actors – Wait List
Actors of all races/ethnicities, gender identities, disabilities, and neuro-diversities are encouraged to share their work with us. Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and written with he/him or she/her pronouns, and that is reflected in the casting breakdown of available roles. Despite that linguistic limitation, however, ACT casting strives to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, gender-queer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. Race/ethnicity is indicated only when specified by the playwright as integral to character and/or narrative.; otherwise actors of all races and ethnicities are considered for available roles.
Equity members from outside Seattle may request an individual audition at a later date when they are visiting the city. Please contact Margaret Layne (she/her), Director of Casting, by phone at (206) 292-7660 ext. 1226, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 CASTING INFORMATION
by Lynn Nottage
Directed by John Langs
1st reh: 2/25/20
1st perf: 3/20/20
Close: 4/12/20 (poss extension thru 4/19)
by Lucy Prebble
Directed by Tracy Young
1st reh: 3/24/20
1st perf: 4/17/20
Local Casting Only
TRISTAN FREY, M, late20s/early 30s
CONNIE HALL, F, 20s
DR LORNA JAMES, F, 40s
CHOIR BOY (co-production with Denver Center for the Performing Arts)
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Jamil Jude
1st reh: 3/10/20
1st perf: 4/10/20
1st Reh (tech): 6/2/20
1st Perf: 6/5/20
All roles available.
HEADMASTER MARROW, man of color, late 30s/early 40s
PHARUS YOUNG, young man of color, late teens/early 20s
MR PENDLETON, M, white, late 60s/70s
BOBBY MARROW, young man of color, late teens/early 20s
JUNIOR DAVIS, young man of color, late teens/early 20s
ANTHONY JUSTIN “AJ” JAMES, young man of color, late teens/early 20s
DAVID HEARD, young man of color, late teens/early 20s
THE LAUGH TRACK (World Premiere)
by Wendy MacLeod
Directed by John Langs
1st reh: 8/18/20
1st perf: 9/11/20
by Jen Silverman
Directed by Allison Narver
1st reh: 9/29/20
1st perf: 10/23/20
Close: 11/15/20 (poss extension thru 11/22/20)
Local Casting Only
SCRATCH, M, 20s/early 30s – The Devil
FRANK THORNEY, M, 20s/early 30s, confident, charming, ruthless
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory A Falls
Directed by Julie Beckman
1st reh: 11/9/20
1st perf: 11/27/20
Local Casting Only
All roles available.
(With the exception of SCROOGE, all actors play more than one role. Only the primary role is listed for each track.)
SCROOGE (2 actors, alternating performances), M, 50-80, embittered, miserly, misanthropic, and selfish, but in the end transformed to be full of joy, warmth, and playfulness
BOB CRATCHIT, M, 30-50, Scrooge’s clerk, a family man, underpaid and Scrooge’s punching bag, a hopeful and optimistic soul buoyed by his love for his large family
MRS CRATCHIT, F, 30 -50, Bob’s wife and mother of six, strong, loving, anxious about their circumstances but doing her best for her family with what she’s got
FRED, M, 25-35, Scrooge’s nephew,outgoing, friendly, positive, full of genuine charm and Christmas cheer
MR FEZZIWIG, M, 40– 60, warehouse owner, jovial, ebullient, full of bounce and holiday spirit
MRS FEZZIWIG, F, 40-60, warm, lively, motherly
MIDDLE SCROOGE, M, 25-35, Scrooge as a young man, engaging, ambitious, already showing signs of misanthropy and greed
BELLE, F, 20-30, Scrooge’s one-time fiancée, wise, lovely, open-hearted
MARLEY’S GHOST, any gender identity, 40-60, ghost of Scrooge’s late partner, angry, tortured, scary
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST, any gender identity, ethereal, mischievous, but steely when called upon
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT, any gender identity, larger than life, boisterous, bountiful, commanding
Submit your own work for consideration in our programming lineup
ACT accepts script submissions from Literary Agents and/or theatre professionals with a letter of introduction/recommendation. Northwest playwrights (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho) are welcome to submit up to a 15-page script sample, with a cover letter and play synopsis.
Average response time is six months.
Please mail work to:
700 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
We do not accept unsolicited scripts.
Current Job Opportunities
This is a job share for ACT Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theatre. This position is a unique opportunity for an individual looking to learn the business of nonprofit performing arts with some of the most experienced arts mangers in Seattle. Plus, there is an opportunity for professional growth. The position will begin at .5FTE at ACT for approximately two months and increase to .8 or 1.0 FTE with work beginning at The 5th Avenue thereafter.
Reports to: Finance Director (ACT Theatre); Controller (The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Classification: .80FTE – 1.0FTE, Hourly (range $24-$28, DOE), benefitted when The 5th Avenue begins as above
Summary: Perform a variety of complex accounting functions including monthly reconciliations, maintaining chart of accounts, resolving discrepancies, and research and analysis for reporting, decision-making, and audit purposes with a high level of accuracy and efficiency.
- Make daily cash receipt and batch revenue postings from Tessitura to Abila (MIP).
- Manage monthly company credit card expense processing
- Perform monthly and annual reconciliations of all general ledger accounts, including bank and investment accounts, loans, Tessitura to Abila (MIP), co-pro with 5th Avenue and all tasks required to do so.
- Make journal entries as required.
- Maintain general ledger accounts, including required monthly recoding.
- Perform financial analysis activities as required.
- Assist with monthly board reporting and update reporting format as required.
- Produce departmental reports as required and requested.
- Track and post A/R, employee receivables, and miscellaneous revenue.
- Track, calculate, and settle ACT LAB shows and Mainstage royalty payments
- Assist with preparation of annual audit schedules and provide requested information to auditors while on-site.
- Perform annual statutory reporting.
- Resolve errors in TPA client.
- Serve as Tessitura power user from finance department.
- AP data entry, weekly check runs, vendor management, 1099s (5th Avenue Theatre).
- Provide back up for payroll and A/P functions (ACT).
Educational Background: Bachelor’s Degree with major in accounting preferred
Experience: 2-3 years non-profit accounting and financial management experience desired
- Strong understanding of GAAP
- Abila (MIP) or similar fund accounting software experience
- Tessitura or similar CRM experience
- Very proficient with Excel and Visual Basic
- High degree of attention to detail
- Independent problem-solving skills
- Highly organized, with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks/projects and changing deadlines and priorities
- Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
- Excellent organizational and accuracy skills
- Demonstrated ethics and integrity. Skills in exercising good independent judgment and demonstrable analytical abilities
- Positive, articulate, outgoing, and friendly personality; a sense of humor a plus!
- Able to work in an upbeat and often fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated abilities in “people skills,” including building trust and rapport in business relationships with diverse individuals, and demonstrating listening skills, poise, and tact.
- Interest in the arts/musical theater, flexibility, calm under pressure.
- Demonstrated regular and reliable attendance and punctuality.
- The candidate must be able to pass a background check
This position will need to work remotely until such time as office work becomes feasible in the future.
To Apply: Position open until filled.
Please send a current résumé and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position to:
Sheila Smith, Finance Director, email@example.com
Subject Line: Your Last Name, Accountant
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please.
ACT and the 5th Avenue are equal opportunity employers committed to diversity in all aspects of their programming and organization.
ACT provides professional development opportunities within several departments at different times during the year: Development and Fundraising, Board Relations, Marketing and Communications, Education, Production, Artistic and Literary, Events, and Finance and Administration.
Currently, ACT is not accepting internship applications. However, ACT has multiple internships that become available throughout the year, so please check back for more opportunities!
To apply for an internship at ACT, please email a cover letter and resume, titling the subject line with your last name and the internship you are interested in (Last Name, Position) to ACTinterns@acttheatre.org. No phone calls please.
General ACT Volunteer
ACT has a variety of emerging opportunities for volunteers. Help ACT maintain its elegant state of the art facility, reach patrons, members, and donors, and keep up to date on administrative tasks by adding your name to our growing volunteer pool. We have a broad range of tasks available to our volunteers, appealing to whatever ability or interest you bring to the table:
- volunteer ushering
- helping with mailings and administrative tasks
- staffing parties and galas
- distributing materials and acting as an ambassador for ACT
- . . . and more!
Volunteering can be a tremendous opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who wants to be involved with Seattle’s thriving arts community and to preserve ACT’s important place within it. Plus, there are plenty of perks for volunteers, including an annual appreciation event, discounts or passes to attend our productions, and more.
We hope you’ll consider volunteering and becoming a member of our expanding family.
To add your name to the growing volunteer pool, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 206.292.7660, x1316 .