Working at the 5th

Employment at The 5th

The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to employ more than 800 actors, musicians, designers, technicians and administrators every year.

The unique talents and skills of each person make it possible for us to bring the highest caliber of live musical theater to our community. We're committed to offering a supportive and dynamic work environment that encourages creativity. The 5th Avenue Theatre values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click the Current Openings box to the right to see detailed information about openings at The 5th.  Click on Internships or Apprenticeships if you are interested in those opportunities as well.



The Internship Program uses the resources and professional knowledge that exist at The 5th Avenue Theatre to provide college students and early career professionals with hands-on experience in theater-related careers. 

Within this mission, we endeavor to:

  • teach, train, and help shape future arts leaders, arts advocates, and musical theater professionals;
  • create meaningful partnerships with local colleges, universities, and trade schools; and
  • take a proactive role in creating  a theater community which is inclusive and representative of our region.

Internships are expressly educational opportunities.  Internships are focused primarily on learning experiences and professional development while contributing to the organization’s needs.  Our Internship Program also offers The 5th Avenue with opportunities to teach, train, and help shape the future of the musical theater profession, which is part of our mission.  


  • You will be provided relevant training and given specific responsibilities and projects under the guidance of experienced theater professionals
  • You will be placed at a desk and computer, and will be supplied with a 5th Avenue staff e-mail account
  • You will work closely with staff and management in order to gain a fuller understanding of how a large non-profit arts organization functions
  • The Theatre will complete any paperwork needed in support of academic credit that you will receive for participating in this internship.  However, you are responsible for arranging this with your school.
  • 5th Avenue internships are unpaid and ineligible for employee benefits.  


Each departrment and work group at The 5th can offer an intern a unique and different perspective about the world of musical theater and careers in the arts.  Click the links below to find out more about each team.

NextFest (New Works) Internships (February - March 2018)
A special opportunity to learn more about the new works process.  Available focuses:  Producing, Directing, State Management, Company Management, Music.


Administrative Internships:




We will contact you if you are selected for an intern interview. In-person interviews are preferred, though phone interviews can be arranged if necessary.


Announcing a Music Apprentice Opportunity for the 2017-2018 season.

The 5th Avenue Theatre has an excellent opportunity for a Music Apprentice for next season. This position offers a unique learning and career-development opportunity while contributing to the Music Department and performances at The Theatre.

The most competitive candidates for Music Apprentice are recent college graduates in a related field of study who demonstrate high levels of potential to become a music director or key member of a professional music staff. The Music Apprentice will be given hands-on experience in all areas of The 5th Avenue Theatre Music Department, under the training, guidance and supervision of the Music Supervisor.

Position Schedule

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017/18 Season, and the deadline for applications is June 16, 2017. The position will run from Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Friday, June 15, 2018 (40 weeks).


  • Learn, grow, and contribute in a professional musical theater setting.
  • Accompany auditions, rehearsals, and special events as appropriate.
  • Perform musical and historical research.
  • Support music direction of the 5th Avenue’s Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company.
  • Copy and prepare scores.
  • Perform notation, transcribing, and arranging using Finale music notation software.
  • Complete administrative tasks and other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study.
  • Proficiency in piano accompanying and notation using Finale music notation software.
  • Serious interest in pursuing a career as a music director or key member of a music staff in the field of musical theater, and willingness to take on the apprentice role.
  • Organizational skills including the ability to multi-task, to remain calm and efficient in a busy work environment, and ability to maintain attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • The finalist will be required to complete a background check.

Apprenticeship Program

The Apprentice Program is designed to provide qualified candidates with meaningful and educational work experience to supplement and enhance their recent academic work.  The 5th Avenue Theatre’s apprenticeship program is geared for individuals entering this chosen profession and who seek an opportunity to gain further training and experience to build their career path.  The apprenticeship program is a longer term commitment and is different from The Theatre’s shorter-term internship program (described elsewhere on this website), which is for individuals – usually in school – who seek experience to learn about different career options and/or possible avocation directions.

Additionally, the Apprentice Program enables incumbents to establish working relationships with professional staff, which may be beneficial to their future career development. In return, The Theatre derives the benefit of the Apprentice’s capabilities to assist in music and theatrical activities and/or with special projects and events.  Further, the Apprentice Program also offers The Theatre with opportunities to teach, train, and help shape the future of the music profession for the performing arts, which is part of our mission.

Please note: the Music Apprentice is not guaranteed employment or any continuing role at The 5th Avenue Theatre at the conclusion of the apprenticeship.

Reports To

The 5th Avenue Theatre Music Supervisor.


This is an unpaid apprenticeship. The Music Apprentice is not an employee of The 5th Avenue Theatre and no employee benefits are provided. A weekly stipend of $275 is provided to help offset expenses.

Work Location and Schedule

The primary work location is The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue, in downtown Seattle. The Music Apprentice will work approximately 40 hours per week, which may include evenings and weekends corresponding to theatrical schedules.

To Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017/18 Season, and the deadline for applications is June 16, 2017. The position will run from Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Friday, June 15, 2018. Please provide the following documents:

  • Chronological resume (maximum two pages);
  • Two references, including e-mail and phone contact information, from the professional or collegiate musical theater world;
  • Two-page example of a file the applicant notated in Finale (please send as a .mus/.musx file);
  • DVD or Video Files containing applicant playing the following selections:
  •      “Prologue” (mm. 1-40) from WEST SIDE STORY
  •      “Finishing the Hat” (mm. 12-55) from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
  •      Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” (verse and chorus – in any key.)

To apply or if you have any questions please email Dane Andersen, Music Coordinator, at: 

Or mail to

The 5th Avenue Theatre, Attn: Dane Andersen

1326 - 5th Avenue, Suite 735

Seattle, WA 98101

Please, no walk-ins or phone calls.

The 5th Avenue Theater – A Great Place to Work

The non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre is acclaimed as one of the nation’s leading musical theater companies and is especially renowned for its production and development of new works. Since 2001, the Seattle-based company has produced 17 new musicals. To date, nine (including the sensational hit Disney’s Aladdin) have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 15 Tony Awards, including two for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.

Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this non-profit theater company attracts an annual attendance of more than 300,000, including over 25,000 subscribers – one of the largest theater subscriptions in North America.

In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive educational outreach programs. For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit

The 5th Avenue Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Volunteer for The 5th

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering.  Volunteering for The 5th Avenue Theatre is a wonderful way to support The 5th. It is also a great way to earn tickets to select performances.

It takes an incredible number of dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters to create the musical theater you see on our stage. The 5th Avenue staff is made up of an energetic, hard-working, and diverse group of individuals. We take pride in our fun and dynamic work environment. We want to make volunteering at The 5th a rewarding experience -- one where you can use your talents and skills and share your love of theater.

How to Get Started

Please email if you are interested in being placed on our waiting list.  On an as-needed basis throughout the year, prospective volunteers are invited to a group interview. Those who pass the interview stage and are still interested in volunteering will be required to attend volunteer orientation. During orientation, we will provide you with information to help make your time at The 5th mutually beneficial and enjoyable. This will also be the time for volunteers to decide which areas of our theater and programs interest them.

Thank you so much for considering giving your time to the 5th Avenue Theatre.

The 5th relies heavily on its volunteers all year long. Here are some of the opportunities for volunteers:

Will Call

You will work at the Will Call window in the box office where you will be responsible for giving patrons their tickets as they arrive for performances. You must be a detail-oriented person for this role as you will need to find tickets quickly, alphabetize correctly, and match the right tickets with the right patron. This role also requires the ability to be tactful and stay calm under pressure.

Front Desk

During the afternoons (and on some weekday mornings) volunteers staff the Front Desk in the Administrative Office. You will answer the phone, greet visitors, sign for packages, and prepare mail and packages for pick-up.

Show Talks with Albert Evans

Show Talks with Albert Evans are free pre-show talks for every production, hosted by Albert Evans. These events are run by the Education Department. Show Talks feature a variety of guest speakers and cover a wide range of topics from the historical background of a show to the technical secrets of the staging. Your job will be to help set up and take down chairs if needed as well as to direct guests to the show talk.

Administrative Needs

Volunteers are frequently needed in our Administrative Office to assist on an as-needed basis. The work could include stuffing envelopes and gift bags, filing, or preparing envelopes for large mailings.

Special Events

The Marketing/PR, Education, and Development Departments regularly need volunteers to help with special events. The work could include set-up and take-down, checking in guests, supporting catering staff and assisting with the smooth running of the event. The volunteer duties will vary depending on the event you are working. Some events take place at the theater; others take place at off-site locations around town.

Marketing in the Community

Volunteers are sometimes needed to pass out flyers and put up posters around Seattle. Volunteers may also be needed to staff a 5th Avenue Theatre booth at a community parade or festival.


As an usher, you will assist the Front of House staff pre-show, during intermission, and post-show. You will check tickets, distribute programs, and assist with seating patrons. This work requires standing, lifting stacks of programs, and other moderate physical activity. You will be able to watch the show while you usher.

Earning Tickets to Performances

For some of our volunteer tasks there are opportunities to earn credits toward tickets for select performances. This is covered and explained in our orientation.


Adult Auditions (Age 18+):

If you would like to receive information about our open singer and dancer calls please click here to be added to our mailing list. If you have questions about adult open calls you can send an email to Our next open call will be held in March 2018. 

Rising Star Project Auditions (age 14-19):

Please see our Education page for more information:  

Youth Auditions (age 7-14):

If you would like to receive information about our youth auditions please click here to be added to our mailing list. If you have questions about youth auditions you can send an email to

Video Submissions:

If you are unable to attend our auditions, but would like to be considered for our season, you may submit a video to Video submissions should be in Youtube format and embedded in the body of the email. Please also include an attached headshot and resume. Videos should include one contemporary and one "Golden Age" song selection (each 32 bars). We accept video submissions at any time.

The 5th Avenue Theatre values diversity in all areas of its operations.  We welcome and encourage auditions from people of all ethnic and cultural groups. Dedicated to nurturing talent and hiring locally, The 5th Avenue Theatre encourages auditions from both Equity and Non-Equity singers, actors and dancers.


Information for Current Employees

Are you a current 5th Avenue employee or a contractor with questions about payroll, employee benefits or other HR issues?  Send us an email.

Simply click the Info for Employees box to the right and use the form provided.  Your email will be answered promptly by our Finance & HR Department staff.