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.

 

INTERNSHIPS AT THE 5TH

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.  

WORKING AS AN INTERN

  • 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 Theatre 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 5th 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 Theatre internships are unpaid and ineligible for employee benefits.  

INTERNSHIPS BY DEPARTMENT

Each department 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.

Administrative Internships:

DOWNLOAD THE 2017/18 INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

 

INTERVIEWS

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.

 

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 Theatre 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 volunteer@5thavenue.org if you are interested in being placed on our waiting list. We do orientation sessions for new volunteers once or twice a year and you will be notified when we set those dates. 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.

Ushering

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.

 

FAQ: AUDITIONING AT THE 5TH AVENUE THEATRE

Q: When am I able to audition?

A: We hold open call auditions four times a year. The first open call of the year will be held directly after our season announcement. To be the first to hear about our auditions, click here to sign up for our mailing list. Our season is announced in late February/early March each year. Our open calls are completed for the 2018/19 season. We will be announcing our first open calls for the 2019/20 season in mid-March 2019. Stay tuned for details! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Associate Artistic Director, Kelsey Thorgalsen, at casting@5thavenue.org.

Q: What do I do if I missed the last open call?

A: Please send an email to casting@5thavenue.org with your headshot and resume attached and sign up for our mailing list to hear about our next round of auditions. If you email us with your interest we will make sure you are seen at our next open call!

Q: What am I being considered for when I attend an open call?

A: You will be considered for all of our productions, new works projects, and special events. This could be our current season, or future seasons. If you are interested in a particular project or production, please don’t be shy in letting us know!

Q: Can I attend more than one open call per season?

A: We encourage you to attend as many as you would like! Attending one will put you into consideration for all that we do, but we love seeing you and getting to know you through multiple open calls. 

Q: Will I receive notification of my status after my open call audition?

A: Yes! You will receive follow-up via email within one-week of your audition. Please feel free to check-in with us at casting@5thavenue.org if you have any questions after your audition.

Q: Can I attend both the dance call and singing call?

A: Yes! You are welcome to attend both, but it is not required for consideration. If you only attend a singing call, you may be asked to attend a dance or movement call at a later date that will be geared toward your skill set. If you don’t consider yourself a singer, but love to dance, we’d love to see you at the dance call!

Q: I’m from out of town and only in Seattle for a short amount of time, is it possible to be seen?

A: Absolutely! Please email casting@5thavenue.org prior to your time in Seattle and we will do our best to set up an audition time while you are here.  

Q: Can I send in a video audition for consideration?

A: Yes! We happily accept video submissions at any time. Please record two selections (each 32 bars) of your choice. Please attach a headshot and resume when submitting via video and let us know where you are located. All videos can be sent in a Youtube or Dropbox link to casting@5thavenue.org. We will keep in touch about any projects that may be a good fit.

Q: I’ve attended auditions before, is it possible to get feedback on my audition or tips on what to do when I attend again?

A: Absolutely! Please email Kelsey at casting@5thavenue.org with your feedback request. Please include in your email when you last auditioned for us, and we will get back to you shortly!

Q: How can my child audition for your productions?

A: Please click here to sign up for our youth mailing list to receive notification about our children’s auditions. If we have a production that requires child actors in our season, we will hold an open call specific to children age 7-14. Previous professional experience is not required for children auditioning. We encourage all theatre loving children to attend our open calls! At our open calls, children should be prepared to sing a 16 bar cut of their favorite musical theatre or Disney song.

Q: What can my child audition for if they are age 15-17?

A: Students age 14-19 are able to audition for RISING STAR PROJECT. RISING STAR PROJECT offers students the chance to develop professional skills through the process of producing and performing a show on The 5th Avenue Theatre mainstage. This project is entirely student performed! Please find more information about RSP auditions here: https://www.5thavenue.org/education/youth#rising-star-project  

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 casting@5thavenue.org. Our next open call will be held in March 2019. Specific dates will be posted on our website and sent to our mailing list in mid-March 2019.  

RISING STAR PROJECT AUDITIONS (AGE 14-19):

Please see our Education page for more information: https://www.5thavenue.org/education/youth  

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 kidsauditions@5thavenue.org

We have completed our open calls for our production of Annie at this time. If your child would like to be considered, please send a video of them singing 16 bars of a song of their choice to kidsauditions@5thavenue.org. 

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 Theatre 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.