Theatres: Equity 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: 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, and also Production Guide: Space)
A Contemporary Theatre/ACT (LORT C Non-Rep, LORT B Non-Rep)
700 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 292-7660 ext. 1226
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)
Book-It Repertory Theatre (SPT-6)
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109
Casting: Shawna Grajek, Casting Associate.
Founded in 1990, Book-It Repertory Theatre creates creates world-premiere adaptations of classic and contemporary literature for the stage, preserving the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single “narrator” but as dialogue by the characters in the production.
Book-It adapts 3 to 4 works of prose literature for the stage each season (September-June). Book-It also tours curriculum-based works of fiction for young people to schools and libraries throughout Washington, and teaches literacy/performance residencies in 3-4 area high schools each school year.
General auditions are held in early summer each year; callbacks for specific shows are held in late summer. Auditions are announced on the Book-It and TPS websites. Book-it operates under AEA Small Professional Theatre Agreement, Tier 6. (See Ch 1: Children's Theatre, Educational Theatre in Schools, & Touring Theatre; See Ch. 5: In A Supporting Role: Volunteer)
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 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
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
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.
The William Project (AEA SPT)
3411 20th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Contacts: Ellen Abram, Producing Director or Ryan Guzzo Purcell, Artistic Director
Founded in 2014 in Longview, WA, The Williams Project is a Seattle-based theatre collective that makes excellent theatre accessible to diverse and engaged audiences. Inspired by Tennessee Williams's philosophy of theater, their well-regarded productions have included works by James Baldwin and Williams. Keep up on their seasons by visiting their website and social media.
The Williams Project is an ensemble company which adds actors with new shows. Artistic Director Ryan Purcell casts by seeing a lot of theatre, thereby getting to know the work of new artists in context. Actors who would like to meet Ryan should email him and invite him to performances that showcase their work.
The Williams Project pays their artists a living wage.
Wooden O (SPT)
C/O Seattle Shakespeare Company
P.O. Box 19595
Seattle, WA 98109-1595
Contact: Amy 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
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
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
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
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
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 96063
Portland, OR 97296
Contacts: Kerry Ryan (Audition Coordinator) or Scott Yarbrough (Producing Artistic Director)
Third Rail produces 4 plays per season. While the company is ensemble-based, roles are often cast outside the ensemble. Third Rail holds general auditions once a year, usually in the late spring. These auditions are widely publicized and announced on local call boards. 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
For complete submission information: osfashland.org/work-with-us/audition-information.aspx
Founded in 1935, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest non-profit, professional theatres in the US. 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 mid- October) and involve casting in multiple productions, including understudy roles. 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)