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.



The 5th Avenue Theatre offers internships for college students and early career professionals who seek to learn more about theater-related careers.  Interns are embedded within a working department and experience collaboration and  at a large regional nonprofit theater company.

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.  


Interns at The 5th Avenue receive a variety of benefits and opportunities including:

  • Intensive training and specific duties and projects in one department under the guidance of experienced theatre professionals.
  • Group sessions with key staff and management within the organization in order to gain a fuller understanding of how a large non-profit arts organization functions.
  • College credit if approved by the school.
  • Compliimentary tickets to any 5th Avenue productions that occur during the time period of the internship.
  • Invitations to any opening night events that occur during the time period of the internship.
  • Free and discounted ticket offers to other Seattle-area performances that occur during the time period of the internship.
  • The opportunity to sit in on auditions, rehearsals and technical rehearsals.
  • Part-time, flexible hours. The minimum number of hours is generally 15 hours weekly (but hours vary depending on area of internship).
  • Options for 10-week, 16-week, or 24-week internships.


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.

Artistic & Production




Marketing & PR


An application for the 2015/16 season will be available in July 2015.  If you would like to be notified when the application is ready, please e-mail  


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 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.

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

How to Get Started

In order to volunteer at The 5th Avenue Theatre, you must attend an orientation.

Please email to find out when the next orientation is taking place.

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.

Producer’s Club Concierge

The Producer’s Club Concierge works in the Producer’s Club lounge before curtain and at intermission.  You will welcome patrons to the lounge and answer basic questions about the production and the theater.

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.



The 5th Avenue Theatre will hold an open call for kids age 7-14 on the search for talented youngsters for our production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC!

We will be holding auditions at the following times:

Thursday, August 27th: 12p-4p

Friday, August 28th: 12p-4p

Auditions are by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Rachel at We will be taking appointments until August 24th.

Please allow 3 business days for a response.

Please include the following in your email:

  • Parent name
  • Child name
  • Child age (children MUST be age 7-14 to attend)
  • Child height (children MUST be under 5’6” to attend)
  • Parent phone number

Requirements for your child’s audition:

  • Your child will participate in a 1 hour audition that consists of singing and dancing
  • They will be asked to prepare 1 musical theatre or Disney song of their choice (16 bars in length) prior to their audition appointment
  • A headshot or school photo and a resume of their previous experience will be required when attending their audition appointment
  • More information will be provided upon confirming your child’s appointment

If your child is unavailable to attend these auditions, you may submit a YouTube video to with the previous song requirements and information included for consideration.


The 5th Avenue Theatre will hold an open call audition for adult principal/ensemble singers, dancers and actors age 18 or older at the following times. Performers will be considered for ’15-’16 season productions, new works opportunities, and special events.


Women's Dance Call:

Monday, August 31st: 11a-12:30p

Men's Dance Call:

Monday, August 31st: 1p-2:30p


Wednesday, September 2nd: 12p-3p

Thursday, September 3rd: 12p-3p

We are seeking performers for our touring production of ADVENTURE MUSICAL THEATRE, performance interns for our productions of SOUND OF MUSIC & HOW TO SUCCEED, and ROLF in SOUND OF MUSIC. ROLF candidates should be great tenor vocalists with dance or movement training and read 17 years old. We recommend that all interested in the role of ROLF attend the dance call on August 31st as well.

Auditions are by appointment only.

To request an appointment, please email

Please include your availability when requesting an appointment. We will be accepting emails weekdays from 9a-5p until Wednesday, August 26th (or until full).

Requirements for your singing audition:

  • A resume and a recent 8x10 headshot (headshots and resumes will not be returned).
  • Please prepare one contemporary musical theatre song and one song from the “Golden Age” of musical theatre.
  • Selections should be no longer than one verse and one chorus in length
  • All songs should be from the musical theatre canon. No opera arias, or pop songs, etc.

Please note:

  • Children will not be seen at these auditions.
  • If you attended our May open call, you are already in consideration for our season and will not need to be seen again at this open call.

Adult Auditions (Age 18+):

Our next open singer call will be held in September. 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

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

Rising Star Project Auditions (age 14-19):

Applications will be accepted beginning May 2015. Please see our Education page for more information:

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.