Employment at Seattle Shakespeare Company

Seeking Development Director

Position Title:            Development Director

Reports To:                Managing Director

Department:              Development

Seattle Shakespeare Company Mission Statement: With the plays of William Shakespeare at our core, Seattle Shakespeare Company engages our audiences, our artists, and our community in the universal human experience inherent in classic drama through the vitality, immediacy, and intimacy of live performance and dynamic outreach programs.

Seattle Shakespeare Company Overview: Founded in 1991, Seattle Shakespeare Company is the State of Washington’s leading professional, classical theatre.  The company has an annual budget of $1.8 million, of which $1 million is contributed. The company has finished 13 straight years in the black and has a $100,000 reserve. Seattle Shakespeare Company is governed by a 27-person Board of Directors and has a core of 12 staff members, plus seasonal employees.

Position Summary: The Development Director is a principal part of the Seattle Shakespeare Company staff, responsible for guiding donor relationships and cultivating contributed revenue sources. Working closely with the Managing Director, Board of Directors and other staff members, the Development Director devises and manages all fundraising efforts including individual giving, institutional giving, contributed reporting, pledge tracking, data entry, special events management, donor recognition, and in-kind donations. The Development Director must be a creative, strategic, passionate, articulate, and skillful leader and ambassador for Seattle Shakespeare Company, its mission and its programs.

The position oversees one staff position, an Events and Development Associate (32 hours/week), and staffs the Board of Director’s Development Committee.

For more on Seattle Shakespeare Company, please see our website at www.seattleshakespeare.org.

Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Salary: low to mid $40K. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, and paid holidays.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references to devdirsearch@seattleshakespeare.org or Development Director Search, Seattle Shakespeare Company, PO Box 19595, Seattle, WA, 98109.  (No phone calls, please.)

Position Closing Date: Open until filled (Preference will be given to applications received by June 22, 2015.)

Essential Functions Include:

  • Provide leadership, planning and oversight of development activities.
    • Create a development plan for the year.
    • Serve as staff liaison to Development Committee and Board of Directors.
    • Participate in planning and implementation of development training for Board of Directors.
    • Work in partnership with the Communications Department on strategic and integrated messaging to patrons and donors throughout the year.
  • Manage individual giving and donor relations:
    • Coordinate creation, production and supervision of campaigns – direct mail, email, curtain appeals, GiveBIG, Wooden O, and others.
    • Oversee Arden Circle, SSC’s multi-year giving for major donors.
    • Direct the major gifts program. Strategize approaches to major donor prospects and work with Managing Director, Development Chair and Board of Directors on researching, cultivating, soliciting, renewing, and upgrading major donors.
    • Serve as a trusted organizational contact for donors, providing stellar customer service.
  • Manage institutional giving — corporate, foundation, and government support:
    • Collaborate with the Board Development Committee, Board of Directors and the Managing Director on cultivating and soliciting institutional funders.
    • Complete grant and sponsorship requests.
    • Maintain a grant schedule/calendar.
    • Scan “giving universe” for institutional prospects.
    • Assure funding agreements are met: recognition, assessment, reporting, or other contract terms.
    • Serve as communications liaison with institutional supporters.
  • Provide leadership with Event Chairs, Board Committees, and Events and Development Associate on planning and implementing fundraising and cultivation events, including:
  • Annual Education Luncheon (fall).
  • Bill’s Bash Gala Auction (spring).
  • Opening Nights.
  • Donor cultivation/appreciation events (Donor/Tech, First Rehearsal, Season Launch, etc.).
  • Other events as scheduled.
  • Perform general administrative tasks for development department:
    • Oversee Development staff, interns, contractors, volunteers.
    • Ensure accurate management of data, effective revision of donor lists, and timely acknowledgement of gifts.
    • Devise and prepare monthly reports for Board.
    • Create budget and track finances of development revenues and expenses.
  • Attend staff and board meetings, opening nights, performances, and funding events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: At least 3 years of experience in non-profit fund development, strong preference to experience in performing arts.

  • Strong interpersonal, writing and communications skills are required.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Major gift experience.
  • Computer-literacy is a must (Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel) and familiarity with data base or CRM software (preferably Salesforce/Patron Manager) preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage volunteers and work collaboratively with executive and board leadership.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects and meet all deadlines.
  • Strategic thinking, creativity, imagination, flexibility, and dedication.
  • Team player with sense of humor.
  • Passion for the theatre.
  • Must be able to work the occasional weekend or evening event.
  • Staff supervision experience preferred.

2015-2016 General Auditions

General Auditions

The Seattle Shakespeare Company will hold their 2015-2016 season general auditions on Sunday, May 17, 2015 (TPS Room G, 4th floor Armory) and Monday, May 18, 2015 (TPS Room C, 4th floor Armory).  For both days appointments will be available from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.

Our 25th Anniversary season is as follows:

The Comedy of Errors directed by Jane Nichols
First rehearsal Aug. 18, 2015
Open Sept. 18, 2015
Close Oct. 11, 2015

Mother Courage and Her Children directed by Jeff Steitzer
First rehearsal Sept. 29, 2015
Open Oct. 30, 2015
Close Nov. 22, 2015

Titus Andronicus directed by David Quicksall
First rehearsal Dec. 15, 2015
Open Jan. 15, 2015
Close Feb. 7, 2015

Mrs. Warren’s Profession directed by Victor Pappas
First rehearsal Feb. 23, 2015
Open March 25, 2015
Close April 17, 2015

Romeo & Juliet directed by Vanessa Miller
First Rehearsal April 5, 2015
Open May 6, 2015
Closes May 22, 2015

Please note that the Seattle Shakespeare Company holds rehearsals during the day.  To work for this company, you must be available to rehearse during daytime hours.  We also have an extensive student matinee program, so daytime hours continue during performance runs.

Appointment times for the auditions will be three minutes long.

Requirements for these auditions are: one Shakespearean piece, preferably in verse (ideally 90 seconds in length).  There is the possibility that a second piece will be asked for, so please be appropriately prepared.  Again, please note, this second piece will ONLY BE OFFERED AT THE REQUEST OF THE AUDITORS. 

Please bring a headshot/resume.  Please highlight on your resume your specific combat skills and your singing proficiency.

Please note on your resume if you are willing to be considered for an acting internship for any of our shows. An internship at our theatre means that you will do some production assistant work, as well as acting in a show.  Our internships are paid and many of our interns go on to play major roles on our mainstage.

If you would like to receive an audition appointment, please contact our casting associate Hannah Mootz (email)

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Bill’s Bash Event Internship


Thank you to all of the folks who applied for our Bill’s Bash Intern position.  We are no longer accepting applications for this role.  Keep your eye out for this opportunity in spring 2016!

Auditions for Wooden O 2015 Productions

George Mount, Christopher Morson, and Kevin Bordi
George Mount, Christopher Morson, and Kevin Bordi

Seattle Shakespeare Company will hold general auditions on Monday, February 23 from 4PM to 11PM and Monday, March 2 from 8:30AM to 4PM for its two Wooden O summer 2015 productions: As You Like It directed by Annie Lareau and Henry IV part 1 directed by George Mount.

Please email casting to schedule an available slot. To solicit a time for this audition please include a headshot and resume in your email message.

Where: 3317 3rd Ave. South, Seattle, 98134 (between Horton and Hinds near Spokane St in the SoDo district).

Audition requirements: Please bring a hard copy of your headshot/resume.  We will schedule auditions in 3-minute time periods. Please prepare two heightened text pieces (90-second maximum per piece), and at least one of them should be by Shakespeare. The second piece will only be seen at the auditors’ request, so please be ready but don’t assume that both pieces will asked to be heard.

Call-backs for both shows will be held in March. You WILL NOT be notified if we do not need to see you for any further for consideration this summer.

Please Note: Rehearsals for both shows start June 8, 2015. The shows rehearse weekday evenings and during the day on weekends. The Seattle area performance dates for both productions are July 9 through August 9.  As You Like It will perform in Walla Walla for a week and close on August 16.


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Summer Education & Site Management Internship

Wooden O Site Manager

Seattle Shakespeare Company is seeking an intern for the summer of 2015. This is an internship that is shared between two departments, so you will be spending weekdays acting as a camp counselor at our Camp Bill Shakespeare Summer Camps, and evenings and weekends acting as our site manager for our summer Wooden O outdoor theater productions. Because this is a learning internship that involves working with students, our ideal applicant must be at least 18 years of age, and motivated to learn.

At summer camps, you will be expected to arrive by 8:40am daily for summer camps at Seattle Center and Edmonds Center for the Arts. You will be participating in theater games and supervising scene work, as well as acting as a stage manager for our summer youth production. There is potential for some amount of teaching by the end of the summer. You will be expected to supervise lunch, and to stay until all students are picked up at the end of camp around 3:10pm or 6:10pm. Knowledge of Shakespeare, theater experience, and experience working with students and teens are all helpful in this position.

As a site manager for Wooden O, you will be expected to transport yourself and all site management materials – including merchandise, signage, and programs – to and from outdoor theater sites around the Puget Sound Area. Access to a car and the ability to drive regularly is a must! You will help to set up the audience area, hand out programs, take donations, answer patron questions, and give a curtain speech prior to the show, and stay throughout the performance to help with tear-down. Performances are typically Wednesday through Sunday evenings, with matinees on select Saturdays and Sundays.

Required qualifications:

  • Motivation to learn about theater work in Seattle
  • Desire to work with energetic students ages 8-18
  • Access to a car and the ability to reliably travel around the Puget Sound area
  • Ability to move boxes and signs weighing up to 40 pounds

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Shakespeare’s works and verse
  • A theater background and ability to lead various theater games
  • Some experience working at events, selling merchandise, etc.

This internship will run June 22 through August 28, 2015, with at least one training meeting prior to the start date. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with an application deadline of February 15, 2015. This internship comes with a stipend of $150 per week.

To apply, please email Education Director Michelle Burce with the subject line “2015 Summer Internship.” Please include a cover letter, and do highlight relevant experience as well as why you would like to intern with Seattle Shakespeare Company this summer. Interviews can be conducted either via phone or in person.

Seattle Shakespeare Company is an equal opportunity employer, and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.