Production Associate

  • Part Time
  • Seattle

Seattle Shakespeare Company

Position Title: Production Associate 

Reports To: Production Manager 

Department: Production

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.

Founded in 1991, Seattle Shakespeare Company is Washington State’s leading professional, classical theatre. The company has an annual budget of $2 million, of which $1.2 million is contributed. The company has finished 19 of the last 20 years in the black and has a comfortable cash reserve. Seattle Shakespeare Company is governed by a 16-person Board of Directors and has a core of 12 staff members, with plans to grow by 3-5 positions over the next 6 months.

Position Summary: The Production Associate is an entry level position in the Production Department, responsible for assisting the Production Manager with duties that will help create an organized production schedule for the season. The Production Associate will work in partnership with the Production Manager to produce 4-5 mainstage shows, a two production Educational Tour and 2 outdoor productions each season. Primary responsibilities include: generating and executing production packets, generating check requests, and transporting equipment between performance, rehearsal, and storage locations.

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

Applying for Multiple Positions: Seattle Shakespeare Company is hiring for five different part-time Associate positions this fall. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position, and to indicate if they would be interested in a full-time option that combines the responsibilities of two positions. There is an SSC Associate Job Application for all five positions that must be filled out to indicate your preferences. 

Compensation: Seattle Shakespeare has a banded pay structure with all associates and coordinators salaried at $24.25/hour (approx. $25k/year for this part time, 20 hr/week position). Hours are flexible with the exception of special events and our office is currently hybrid (in person/remote). Benefits would be based on part- or full-time status. Part-time benefits include vacation and sick days. Full-time benefits also include medical and vision.

To Apply: Please fill out the SSC Associate Job Application form. Send a cover letter and resume to production@seattleshakespeare.org. (No phone calls, please.)


Position Closing Date: Open until filled. Priority application deadline is December 2, 2022. Preferred start date is early January 2023.

Essential Functions Include:

  • Creating/executing production packets for designers, actors, and crew members. 
  • Generating check requests for reimbursements, artist fees, etc.
  • Attend and generate agendas for production meetings.
  • Printing scripts for actors and designers prior to first rehearsal.
  • Assist in running the first rehearsal of each production, in concert with the Production Manager, Stage Manager, and Artistic Director. 
  • Help transport scenic elements, props, costumes between Center Theatre, off-site prop storage, and off-site rehearsal space. 
  • Proofreading production paperwork and communications and compiling & updating contact lists and production calendars.
  • Assisting with pick-ups and returns of rental equipment.
  • Delivering payments to artists.
  • Attending SSC staff meetings 
  • Helping organize various office areas, paperwork, and archives. 
  • Purchasing supplies for rehearsal and production rooms.
  • Compiling and sending contracts & checks to artists’ unions (Actor’s Equity Association, Society of Directors and Choreographers, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, etc).

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be able to work some non-traditional hours, including nights/weekends
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel)
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Able to safely lift up to 40lbs regularly and 60lbs on occasion

Desired Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of all aspects of theatrical production – from on stage to backstage to the rehearsal room to the costume and scene shops
  • Access to personal vehicle is a plus, but not required
  • Initiative, reliability, accuracy, effective communication skills (written and verbal), strong organizational skills 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Must be able to exercise mature judgement and discretion

Are you interested in the work, but unsure if you qualify? We want to hear from you! Did you know that global majority populations, women, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are less likely to apply for jobs where they don’t meet 100% of the qualifications? We know we are a stronger company when we share a variety of perspectives, so we’d love to hear yours.

To apply for this job email your details to production@seattleshakespeare.org