Working at the 5th

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.

 

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.

 

Internships at The 5th

The 5th Avenue Theatre offers a comprehensive, full-time and part-time internship program.

The 5th Avenue strives to create internship opportunities that take into account the applicant's specific skill set, and seeks to nurture and develop future musical theatre professionals.

If you are an undergraduate student, graduate student, recent college graduate or an early-career professional, you could be part of this fantastic program!

Working as an Intern

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.
  • Free tickets to all 5th Avenue productions.
  • Invitations to all opening night parties.
  • Free and discounted ticket offers to other Seattle-area performances.
  • The opportunity to sit in on auditions, rehearsals and tech.
  • 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.

Internships By Department

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

Education

Marketing & PR

Ticketing & Customer Service

Development

Finance, HR, Information Technology & Facilities Operations

Due Dates

  • WINTER 2014 applications are due November 22, 2013 (to intern January-March)
  • SPRING 2014 applications are due February 21, 2014 (to intern April-June)
  • SUMMER 2014 applications are due May 23, 2014 (to intern July-September)
 

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:

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.

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.

How to Get Started

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

Please email volunteer@5thavenue.org to find out when the next orientation is taking place.

We hope to see you there!

 

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS

The 5th Avenue Theatre will hold an open call audition for adult principal/ensemble singers and actors age 18 or older Wednesday May 7th 1:30pm-5pm, Thursday May 8th 10am-2pm, & Friday May 9th 10am-12pm. Performers will be considered for roles in the ‘14-‘15 season, developmental productions, and special projects.

If you cannot attend and would still like to be considered for our season we will be having additional open calls in August and November 2014. If you attended our February open call you are already in consideration.

Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call Kelsey at 206-625-1418 x215 or send her an email at kthorgalsen@5thavenue.org. Please include your availability when requesting an appointment.

We will be accepting emails and calls weekdays from 4/23 to 5/5 from 9am-6pm (or until FULL).

All auditioners must bring:

  • A resume and a recent 8x10 headshot (headshots and resumes will not be returned).
  • Sheet music in your correct key for two songs that demonstrate your vocal ability, acting ability and stage presence.
  • 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.

An accompanist will be provided.  Taped accompaniment or singing a cappella will not be permitted.

Please note:

Auditions for children’s roles will be held at a later date. Children will not be seen at these auditions.

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.

General Audition Information:

Adult Auditions (Age 18+):

Our 2014-2015 singer open calls will be held in May, August and November (dates TBA). If you would like to receive information about our open singer and dancer calls please send us an email (contact info below) to be added to our mailing list.

Youth Auditions (age 8-15):

Our 2014-2015 youth auditions will be held in July & August 2014 (specific dates TBA). If you would like your child to be added to our mailing list please send us an email (contact info below) with your name and phone number, and your child’s name and age. You will receive information when auditions are announced.

Please contact:

Kelsey Thorgalsen
Casting Associate
kthorgalsen@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.