Theatres: Children's Theatre
5th Avenue Theatre (WCLO)
1326 5th Ave, Suite 735
Seattle, WA 98101
1308 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: Kelsey Thorgalsen, Casting Director.
5th Avenue Theatre annually produces 8 to 9 productions of musical revivals, bound-for-Broadway premieres, and traveling children's musicals for schools. The 5th Avenue has premiered 14 new musicals, nine of which have gone to Broadway, and two of which have earned Tony Awards for Best Musical (Hairspray, 2003 and Memphis, 2010).
- The 5th Avenue Theatre's extensive educational outreach programs include: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Student Matinee Program, the Rising Star Project, Curtain Up! A Community Celebration of Musical Theater, and Spotlight Nights.
- 5th Avenue Theatre is looking for actors who can sing and/or dance.
- Visit the 5th Avenue Theatre audition webpage for up-to-date information.
- 5th Avenue Theatre casts mainstage musicals by invitation and through company general auditions. To audition, send an email message and include a headshot and resume with a letter of intent to attend the general auditions.
- 5th Avenue Theatre's Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company (AMT) performs for local K-8 schools and community centers. Usually, AMT shows are cast from the company general auditions; however, actors who sing and dance may send an email message and include a headshot and resume with a letter of intent to audition for AMT.
- General video auditions are always accepted. See webpage for details.
- Intern and child auditions are held on an as-needed basis.
Note: 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes and encourages auditions from people of all ethnic and cultural groups. Dedicated to nurturing talent and hiring locally, 5th Avenue Theatre encourages auditions from both Equity and
Non-Equity singers, actors, and dancers. 5th Avenue Theatre operates under the Western Civic Light Opera Agreement.
(See Ch. 1. Equity Theatre, Educational Theatre in Schools, Musical Theatre; See Ch. 4 Young Actor: Studios, See Ch.5 In A Supporting Role: Volunteer, Theatre Discounts; als see Production Guide: Space)
Book-It Repertory Theatre (SPT-6)
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109
Casting: Shawna Grajek, Casting Associate.
Book-It's Arts and Education Program tours original adaptations of novels for children, young adults and adults to schools and libraries throughout Washington.
General auditions are held each year in early summer. Callbacks are held later in the summer or in early fall. Book-It operates under the Tier 6 of the AEA Small Professional Theatre Agreement. (See Ch. 1: Partial-Equity and Touring Theatres' Ch. 5: In a Supporting Role: Volunteer)
Red Eagles Soaring Native Youth Theatre
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
3801 West Government Way
Seattle, WA 98102
PO Box 70386
Seattle, WA 98127
Contact: Fern Renville, Managing Director. Red Eagles Soaring Native Youth Theatre provides performing arts education and performance experience for Native youth ages 11-19.
Programming is integrated with traditional performing arts that define Native American culture, such as drumming, singing and storytelling. RESNYT has a 2-week summer intensive and a touring spring play that travels thoughout the Northwest to tribal settings, schools and conferences. Click Here for education information.
Seattle Children’s Theatre (TYA)
201 Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98109
Since its inception in 1975, SCT has gained national and worldwide acclaim as a leading producer of professional theatre, educational programs and new work for young audiences. SCT is one of the 20 largest regional theatres in the country, and the second largest resident theatre for young audiences.
- SCT holds general auditions once a year in the spring; callbacks are held for individual shows. Audition dates are announced on the SCT, TPS, AEA, Playbill, Backstage, and Broadway World websites.
- To schedule an audition once dates are announced, send a hard copy of your headshot and resume to the above address, Attn: Casting. SCT does not accept electronic submissions for general auditions.
- Rehearsals run Tuesday-Sunday during the day. A typical performance week includes 11 performances; there are daytime shows Tuesday - Friday, selected evening shows Thursday and Friday nights, and four shows on the weekend.
- SCT operates under the TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) Contract with AEA. SCT pays performance premiums on top of weekly minimum salaries due to number of performances in a week.
(See Ch 1 Equity Theatre, See ch. 4 Young Actor: Studios, See Ch. 5 In A Supporting Role: Volunteer, Theatre Discounts)
Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98008
Contact: James McClain, Artistic Director. The Bellevue Youth Theatre presents 10 productions each season. Auditions are announced on the BYT website. Actors should send a headshot and resume only after auditions are announced. Performances are in the evenings. Actors are not paid.
Last Leaf Productions
322 N Madison St
Monroe, WA 98272
Contacts: Alexandra Clark or Patricia Haines-Ainsworth, Artistic Directors.
Since 1999, Last Leaf Productions has produced and performed entertaining and/or educational touring productions for children and families.
To audition for any the LLP programs, email headshot and resume or attend Last Leaf's general auditions in April. Individual show and general auditions are announced on the TPS and LLP websites and social media.
Interactive Children's Theatre - Performance schedule is based on number of bookings. Daytime availability is required for children's productions. Children productions pay $50 per performance. (See Ch.1 Theatres: Community Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Readers Theatre)
7325 166th AVE NE Suite F250
Redmond, WA 98052
Admin: (425) 498.2244
Box office: (425) 881-6777
Contact: Jen Kloe, Managing Director.
Since its opening in October of 1999, SecondStory Repertory has offered a year-round season 3 to 4 contemporary and/or classic shows as well as 3 to 4 children's theatre productions.
SecondStory's Theater for Young Audiences series reaches grade school children ages 4 to 10.
To audition, send a headshot and resume via regular mail or e-mail to email@example.com. Auditions are announced two month before a show's opening on the SSR newsletter, the TPS website, www.seattleactor.com and social media. SecondStory holds general auditions in the spring and sometimes attends the TPS general auditions. Actors are paid a small stipend.
(See Ch.1 Theatres: Non-Union Professional Theatre)
11730 118th Ave NE, Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
Contact: Lani Brockman, Executive Artistic Director.
Studio East serves over 70,000 people annually with a comprehensive program of drama classes, theater arts camps, and Mainstage productions for children from ages 4 through 19. The organization also offers ArtReach, (a 6 week, after-school residency program), outreach classes, and homeschooling options. (See Chapter 4: Youth Theater: Youth Studios). Studio East produces 8-9 youth productions annually, all of which are audition and tuition based. Our school-year productions perform in our Mainstage theater in Kirkland, which seats 150 audience members, while our Summer Teen Musical performs at the 400-seat Kirkland Performance Center. We occasionally cast adult actors in our youth productions. Audition information can be found on website.
Studio East also produces StoryBook Theater, an adult professional touring troupe with performances across the Puget Sound Region. See next entry for details.
c/o Studio East
11730 118th Ave NE, Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
Contact: Susan Bardsley, Coordinator.
Founded in 1998, StoryBook Theater presents four original musicals each season with adult actors (18+). SBT does not regularly attend the TPS Generals, instead we audition new actors in late spring. All rehearsals and performances are daytime—both weekdays and weekends. Though non-Equity, actors are paid a per performance fee and minimum wage for rehearsals. Actors may submit headshots and resumes via email to Susan Bardsley. You may also submit hard copies of your headshot and resume via mail.
1600 B SW Dash Point Road, #271
Federal Way, WA 98063
Knutzen Family Theatre
Dumas Bay Centre
3200 SW Dash Point Rd
Federal Way, WA 98023
Contact: Angela Bayler, Managing Director.
Each season Centerstage Theatre produces 4-6 shows, both musicals and plays, some family-friendly. Auditions are announced on the Centerstage and TPS websites. Centerstage! also attends the TPS general auditions. (See Ch. 1 Theatre: Community Theatre, Children's Theatre & Interactive/Murder Mystery Theatre.)
PO Box 99041
Lakewood, WA 98496
Contact: Marcus Walker, Managing Artistic Director. Lakewood Playhouse produces 6 child-friendly plays and musicals each season. Auditions are announced on the LP website and on the TPS list-serv. LP attends TPS general auditions.
Olympia Family Theater
1417 Braw ne Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Contact: Jens Ryle, Artistic Director. Olympia Family Theater produces year-round children's theater.
General auditions are held in August and additional auditions are held throughout the season as needed. Auditions are announced on the TPS and OFT websites. (See Ch.1 Theatres: Community Theatre)
Contact: Jon Douglas Rake, Managing Artistic Director.
Founded in 1994, Tacoma Musical Playhouse presents 6 mainstage musicals with live orchestra, specialty shows, and 5 children's musicals adapted from children's literary classics. TMP holds general auditions in July and August and callback auditions are held for individual shows. To audition, email headshot and resume. Auditions are announced on the TMP and TPS websites. Rehearsals run 5 weeks on evenings and weekends. Performances run 4 weekends with evening and matinee show times. Actors are paid stipends under a non-union contract. (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Non-Union Professional Theatre and Musical Theatre)
Spokane Children’s Theatre
W 315 Mission Ave #23
Spokane, WA 99201
Spokane Children’s Theatre produces 5 child friendly shows each year. General and individual auditions are announced on the Spokane Children's Theatre website, in The Spokesman Review and The Pacific Northwest Inlander, and through SCT's mailing and e-mail lists. SCT does not accept unsolicited headshots and resumes. Rehearsals are held 4 evenings per week for 6 weeks. Performances run 3 weekends, with 3 to 4 performances per weekend. There is 1 daytime commitment per show. Actors are not paid.
Northwest Children’s Theatre and School
1819 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209-2189
Contact: Jennie Spector, Production Manager
Founded in 1993, Northwest Children's Theatre and School produces five Mainstage shows per year and administers one of the largest theater schools on the west coast (See Ch 4: Youth Studios for more details).
Adult and child actors are featured in each production. Auditions are announced on the NWCT website. Actors are paid.
Northwest Children's Theatre operates under the AEA Guest Artist Agreement.
Oregon Children’s Theatre
Studios and Offices:
1939 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
Newmark & Winningstad Theaters
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Contacts: Stan Foote, Artistic Director and Dani Baldwin, Education Director.
Oregon Children's Theatre produces 5 professional plays for children and families each year. OCT casts age-appropriately (youth for youth roles, adults for adult roles) and all actors are paid. The OCT Young Professional Company produces 3 shows a season by teens at our studio location. OCT performs weekday school and weekend public shows. All cast members will be expected to be available for all performances. Auditions are announced on the OCT website. (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Musical Theatre, Community Theatre. See Also Ch.4 Young Actor: Youth Studios)
Contact: Victoria Larson, Human Resource Director.
Founded in 1972, Missoula Children's Theatre dispatches teams of 2 actor-directors to all 50 states, 6 Canadian Provinces and 16 countries to conduct week long residencies with local children. The week begins with auditions/casting, continues with rehearsals and culminates in two performances of an hour long original musical. The touring program runs year-round. Actors are offered 12-month contracts (late May through the following May), Summer-only contracts (late May through the third week in August) and 5 month contracts (late December through the third week in May). Transportation during residency weeks and room and board are provided. MCT is non-union; first year tour actors receive a minimum of $350 per residency week completed. MCT attends the TPS general auditions. (See Ch.1: Touring Theatre)