Theatres: Equity Theatre
5th Avenue Theatre (WCLO)
1326 5th Ave, Suite 735
Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: (206) 625-1418
Fax: (206) 292-9610
5th Avenue Theatre produces 8 to 9 productions of musical revivals, bound-for-Broadway premieres and traveling children's musicals for schools. 5th Ave Theatre is looking for actors who can sing and/or dance.
- 5th Avenue Theatre casts mainstage musicals by invitation and through company general auditions held in May. To audition, send a headshot, resume and letter of intent to attend the general auditions, via regular mail (Attn: Casting).
- 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 in May; however, actors who sing and dance may send a headshot and resume with a letter of intent to audition for AMT, via regular mail ( Attn: Casting).
- Intern and child auditions are held on an as-needed basis. Click Here for current audition information.
N.B. 5th Avenue Theatre encourages people of all ethnic backgrounds as well as Equity and Non-Equity actors to audition. 5th Avenue Theatre operates under the Western Civic Light Opera Agreement. (See Children's Theatre, Educational Theatre in Schools, Musical Theatre, See Ch. 4 Young Actor: Studios, See Ch.5 In A Supporting Role: Volunteer, Theatre Discounts, See Production Guide: Space)
A Contemporary Theatre/ACT (LORT C Non-Rep, LORT B Non-Rep)
700 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: (206) 292-7660 ext. 1226
Fax: (206) 292-7670
Contact: Margaret Layne, Casting Director. ACT produces 5 or 6 original contemporary plays each season.
- Annual Equity auditions for Seattle locals are held between December 1st and February 28. Click Here for information.
- Out of town Equity actors may request an audition if visiting Seattle. Contact Casting Director Margaret Layne, listed above. Annual out-of-town Equity general auditions are scheduled either at ACT or at an out of town liaison theatre and are announced on the Actors' Equity Association web site.
- Non-Union general auditions are held quarterly in March, June, September and December. A non-union actor is only allowed one audition every 6 months unless requested by the casting director. To audition, visit the ACT ticket office (700 Union Street) between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, to schedule an appointment.
- Seven roles for non-union young actors (under 14) are available annually in ACT's holiday production of A Christmas Carol. The rehearsal and performance commitment lasts from the beginning of November through Christmas Eve. Auditions are announced on the ACT and TPS web sites. (See Production Guide: Space, See Ch. 5 In A Supporting Role: Theatre discounts, Volunteer)
Seattle Children’s Theatre (TYA)
201 Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98109
Tel: (206) 443-0807
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 Children's Theatre, See ch. 4 Young Actor: Studios, See Ch. 5 In A Supporting Role: Volunteer, Theatre Discounts)
Seattle Repertory Theatre (LORT B)
155 Mercer St
PO Box 900923
Seattle, WA 98109
Tel: (206) 443-2210
Seattle Repertory Theatre (The Rep) produces 7 or 8 classics, comedies, dramas, recent Broadway hits and/or new works per season.
- The Rep attends the TPS general auditions as well as national EPAs and MFA showcases.
- Equity (AEA) actor auditions are held annually and are announced two weeks ahead of time on the AEA website. Audition appointments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis to Equity members; remaining slots are given to non-union actors. Rehearsals are held Tuesday - Friday during the day for 4 to 5 weeks. Performances are Wednesday-Sunday. The Rep operates under the AEA League of Resident Theatres Agreement B Non-Rep. Click Here for information.
Seattle Shakespeare Company (SPT)
PO Box 19595
Seattle, WA 98109-1595
Tel: (206) 733-8228
Contact: Amy Thone, Casting Director.
Founded in 1991, Seattle Shakespeare Company believes the works of William Shakespeare and other classic playwrights are an essential element of a thriving cultural community. In 2008, SSC merged with the Wooden O, a company that had produced free Shakespeare plays in parks during the summer months. SSC produces in Seattle or on tour 8 to 9 Shakespearean and/or classical plays per year before a total audience of 54,000 members—nearly half of whom are youth. To audition, send a headshot, resume and cover letter through the link listed above after auditions are announced. SSC holds their own general auditions in the spring. These are announced on their website as well as on the TPS website.
Wooden O (SPT)
C/O Seattle Shakespeare Company
P.O. Box 19595
Seattle, WA 98109-1595
Tel: (206) 274-8471
Thone, Casting Director. Wooden O is the outdoor, traveling arm of The Seattle Shakespeare Company. Wooden O presemts 2 to 3 Shakespeare plays each summer at several different locations in the Seattle area. Auditions are in February or March and are announced on the Seattle Shakespeare Company and TPS websites. Rehearsals begin in early June and are held on weekday evenings and weekend days to equal about 25 hours per week. Performances begin in early July and run Wednesday-Sunday evenings. All actors are required to participate in the set-up and break-down of the set. Non-Union actors are paid about $150 per week and Union actors are paid about $200 per week. Wooden O operates under the AEA Small Professional Theatre Agreement. (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Shakespeare Theatre and Summer Stock Theatre.)
Village Theatre (WCLO)
303 Front St N.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Tel: (425) 392-1942
Fax: (425) 391-3242
Village Theatre produces 6 to 7 musicals per season. Auditions are announced on the Village Theatre, Actors' Equity and TPS websites. To audition, send headshot and resume to the address above (Attn: Casting). Village Theatre operates under AEA Western Civic Light Opera (WCLO) Agreement.
(See Ch. 1 Theatres: Musical Theatre)
Artists Repertory Theatre (SPT-8)
1515 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205
Tel: (503) 241-9807
Fax: (503) 241-8268
Contact: Allen Nause, Artistic Director. Artist Repertory Theatre produces 7 to 8 contemporary, classic and/or new works each year. ART holds general and production auditions for Equity and Non-Equity actors on a first-come, first-served basis. ART also attends the PATA regional general auditions. Auditions are announced on the AEA and PATA websites as well as in The Oregonian and Willamette Week. Actors should bring a hard copy of their headshot and resume to the audition. Click Here for information. ART operates under an Equity SPT- Category 8 Small Professional Theater Agreement. (See Production Guide: Space)
Portland Center Stage (LORT B Non-Rep)
Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tel: (503) 445-3700
Contact: Rose Riordan, Associate Artistic Director.
Founded in 1988, PCS is Portland’s leading professional theater and one of the 20 largest regional theater companies in the U.S. Established in 1988 as an offshoot of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PCS became an independent theater in 1994. PCS produces 10 to 11 classical, contemporary and/or original works each season and hosts an annual playwrights' festival. Actors are hired on a show-by-show basis during the season and auditions for individual shows are by invitation only. PCS holds open general auditions annually in the spring. These auditions are announced on the AEA website, PCS website, and PCS social media. For any general audition, please prepare two contrasting one minute monologues and provide two 8″x 10 photos and current resumes. PCS operates under the AEA League of Resident Theatres Agreement B Non-Rep. (See Theatre Production Guide: Road Houses)
602 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211
Tel: (206) 419-9190
Contact: Brian Weaver, Artistic Director.
Founded in 2008, Portland Playhouse produces 4 plays a season and runs an extensive educational program in Portland schools. Submit via email a headshot and resume. Include the show and role you are submitting yourself for consideration and your union status in the subject line. If you are from out of town, also state where you reside in the body of your email. PP attends the PATA combined auditions, as well as holding season generals. Information on auditions can be found on the PP, PATA, and AEA websites. PP hires Equity and Non-Equity performers in accordance with union guidelines.
P.O. Box 14845
Portland, OR 97293
Tel: (503) 242-0080
Profile Theatre was founded in 1997 with the mission of celebrating the playwright’s contribution to live theatre. Each season, Profile’s produces plays devoted to a single playwright to engage the Portland community with explorations of that writer’s vision and influence on theatre and the world at large.
Third Rail Repertory Theatre (SPT)
PO Box 82389
Portland, OR 97202
Tel: (503) 235-1101
Contact: John Steinkamp, Permanent Ensemble Member. Third Rail produces 3 plays per season and is an ensemble-based company which casts from within the company. Roles that cannot be filled by company members are cast locally. Third Rail attends the PATA regional general auditions. TR operates under AEA Small Professional Theatre Agreement.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (AEA LORT B+)
15 S. Pioneer Street
Ashland, OR 97520
Tel: (541) 482-2111
Fax: (541) 482-0446
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest non-profit, professional theatres in the USA. OSF produces 11 plays (Shakespeare, classical and contemporary classics) in an 8 and 1/2 month season. Acting contracts are either 10 months (January through October) or 7 months (April through the mid- October) and involve casting in multiple productions, including understudy roles. To audition, send a headshot and resume to the e-mail address listed above. Auditions for AEA principals are announced on the AEA website and hotline as well as on the OSF web site. OSF operates under AEA LORT B+ contract. (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Shakespeare Theatre)