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 email@example.com.
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
Young Playwrights Program – Teaching Artists
Department: Artistic/ Education and Engagement
Reports to: Education Staff
Contracted September – November
Contact Hours – Average School Residency is 2 days/week, 1 hour/each day for 10 weeks
Additional Non-Contact Hours Expected
ACT Theatre seeks to grow its current roster of teaching artists for the Young Playwrights Program. Ideal candidates for this work are established teaching artists focused on playwriting, drama, and/or creative writing, with experience teaching in middle and high school communities. Successful YPP teaching artists are compassionate, highly organized, and flexible – with a sense of humor and passion for youth engagement in the arts. Teaching artists at ACT work in a variety of classroom environments, with students of varying levels of achievement and behavior. YPP teaching artists are able to assess and support students and facilitate connection between ACT Theatre and the school communities it serves. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply!
Serving the next generation of compassionate, creative thinkers
Join us! Now entering its 18th year, ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program consistently delivers outstanding arts education and enrichment opportunities to middle and high school students across King County. YPP pairs professional playwrights and theatre professionals with classroom teachers to engage middle and high school students in a 10-week intensive program that includes drama and improv exercises, creative writing prompts, and supportive feedback sessions. By the end of YPP, each student completes the first draft of an original, one-act play. YPP aligns with Washington State Learning Standards for the Arts, English Language Arts Learning Standards, and 21st Century Skills development. Additionally, YPP provides support to students as they develop a creative cohort in the classroom that values creative risk-taking, self-expression, and a sense of belonging.
Often school partners showcase finished YPP plays during in-school assemblies or evening presentations, performed and/or directed by peers. Other plays are selected for the Young Playwrights Festival at ACT Theatre each spring.
The majority of hiring and placements for YPP teaching artists happens in the summer and early fall, but inquiries are accepted throughout the year. School placement can vary depending on confirmed school partnerships each year.
YPP teaching artists support student learning and active participation in the Young Playwrights Program in the following ways:
- Teach twice a week for 10 weeks in classrooms throughout Puget Sound, in accordance with the YPP curriculum and timeline
- Co-Develop a culture of belonging in the classroom with students and the classroom teacher
- Provide written and verbal feedback to students on their creative developments
- Maintain compassionate, intentional relationships with classroom teachers and students
- Facilitate YPP evaluation surveys for students during classroom time
- Complete teaching artist surveys and other administrative requests from ACT Theatre as requested
- Nominate student scripts for the Young Playwrights Festival and adjudicate plays
- Support festival-bound young playwrights as appropriate
- Attend teaching artist trainings
- Provide feedback to improve YPP curriculum, program delivery, and organizational systems
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred. Degree in drama, theatre education, playwriting, and/or creative writing a plus.
- Minimum two years as a teaching artist-in-residence in middle and/or high school communities, with a focus on drama, playwriting, creative writing, or a combination of these
- Demonstrated understanding and commitment to continued learning about the intersection of arts education, racial equity, inclusion, and social justice
- A personal commitment to inclusivity and equity
- Demonstrated experience as a playwright, a plus
- Bilingual in English and another language, a plus
- Ability to communicate via email and access google docs through own device
- Ability to pass a background check in order to work in school communities
- Ability to drive own vehicle is a plus, but not required
- Curiosity for ACT Theatre’s programming is a plus
- Teaching artist rates for a full residency of 20 teaching hours begin at $85/student contact hour. This rate is inclusive of non-contact time, including preparation, review of student work, and also adjudicating scripts nominated to the Young Playwrights Festival.
- Additional compensation is provided to teaching artists for training or meetings at ACT, at a rate of $20/hour.
- Complimentary tickets to ACT Theatre mainstage productions.
- Mileage reimbursement for travel outside of City of Seattle.
Please send the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cover Letter
- A resume indicating significant teaching artist experience in theatre, playwriting, and/or creative writing
- Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references, at least one of whom should be familiar with your teaching
- Three – five page playwriting sample
- One page or less describing your philosophy and approach to your teaching artist practice
NOTE: Please save all above materials as one PDF document and label FirstName.LastName– YPP Teaching Artist Application.
Please include in the email subject line: LastName, YPP Administrator Position
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please.
APPLICANTS WISHING TO APPLY FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY BEFORE AUGUST 7.
All applications will be considered for the following school year.
ACT is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in all aspects of its programming and organization. Teaching artists who identify as a person of color or bilingual are especially encouraged to apply. Those selected for interviews for the 2019-2020 school year will be contacted in mid-August.
As a representative of ACT, you will be in direct contact with the Seattle theatre community, while also enjoying opportunity for both artistic enrichment and professional development.
Job Title: House Staff
Department: Audience Services
Position Type: Part-Time
Reports To: Audience Services Manager
- Facilitating excellent customer service
- Greeting patrons and directing patron traffic in the main Union St. lobby
- Maintaining awareness of all people entering & exiting the building
- Assisting Front of House Staff with day-of show tasks, as needed
- Assisting with the cleanliness & upkeep of our theatre and lobby spaces
- Working cohesively with Front of House Staff
- Strong customer service skills
- Able to handle stressful situations with professionalism and decorum
- Sound judgement
- Attention to detail
- Regularly required to lift up to 40 lbs.
Requires evening & weekend availability
Compensation: $15/ hour
- Fun, relaxed team atmosphere
- Flexible schedule
- Complimentary tickets to all mainstage productions
- Complimentary ACTPass
- Artistic enrichment via play readings, play book clubs/discussion groups, after parties, etc.
- Ongoing professional development such as employee training, ASL class, EDI workshops, etc.
- Opportunities for professional growth
To apply, please sent a current resume and cover letter starting how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position. to:
Miranda Swineford, Audience Services Manager: email@example.com
Subject Line: Your Last Name, House Staff
No phone calls, drops-ins, or physical mailings please
Reports to: Stage Operations Supervisor
Classification: Full-time, Seasonal
Starting Date: Feb 24, 2020
Compensation: Master Rate: 24.79/hour
The Master Electrician is responsible for the installation and maintenance of lighting equipment for ACT Productions, lightboard programming/operation, and organizing and maintaining lighting inventories and equipment.
- Ensure the efficient installation (prep, hang, and focus) and maintenance of ACT mainstage lighting designs.
- In coordination with scenic department and Stage Operations Supervisor, electrify all practical scenic elements and special effects.
- Lightboard programming and the running of shows for ACT mainstage productions.
- Leading all work-calls and note sessions, including supervising all electrics over-hire labor.
- Maintain ACT lighting inventories.
- Coordinate and consult with ACTLab Technician for lighting needs for ACTLab programming.
- Participate in the upkeep, cleanliness, organization of lighting storage areas. Uphold safety by monitoring the maintenance of lighting instruments and equipment.
- Assist other departments as time and production needs require.
- Carry out other duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by Stage Operations Supervisor or Technical Director.
- High level proficiency programming EOS family consoles (ION) and associated network equipment, including DMX-controlled devices and moving lights, computer networks, and special effects equipment. Knowledge of MIDI/OSC control and/or WATCHOUT a plus.
- Proficient knowledge of theatrical dimming systems and their operation.
- Proficient knowledge of Vectorworks and Lightwright 5/6.
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member, with ability to multi-task and organize several projects simultaneously.
- Ability to lift, push, or maneuver up to 70 lbs. repeatedly, either alone or with assistance from others.
- Comfortable climbing ladders (including extension ladders) and working in high places.
- Creative collaborator that can maintain a helpful, safe, and positive attitude.
- Basic Word processing, Excel spreadsheets, email, and file sharing skills.
- Five years in a professional theatre as electrician, OR equivalent experience.
- Experienced Crew Lead.
- Time management, ability to organize, prioritize, or shift tasks when needed.
- Ability to consistently work nights and weekends.
To apply, please send a current résumé and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position to: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 26, 2020.
Please include in the subject line: Your Last Name, Master Electrician Position
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please.
ACT is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in all aspects of its 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 email@example.com, or call 206.292.7660, x1316 .