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Thank you for your interest in Theater J. There are no paid positions currently available. Please check back regularly.

Theater J works with acclaimed artists throughout the DC metropolitan region, many of whom are multiple award-winners and regularly work at the region’s leading theaters. The labor of our artists is the center of Theater J’s work, and we continually strive to ensure equitable, livable, and competitive compensation.

We pay all AEA members at least 25% above the SPT tier 8 rate.

On full Theater J productions (not including remounts and co-productions), our union set and costume designers are paid $4,000 per production, and our union lighting and sound designers are paid $3,850 per production. Our non-union designers are paid no less than the rate set by United Scenic Artists.

We pay our directors $8,000 per production (not including remounts and co-productions).

Our non-union actor and stage manager fees are no less than the hourly equivalent of $15/hour, and non-union stage managers and actors receive at least 150% of their rate for every hour they work over 40 hours in a week. These commitments include compensating non-union stage managers for work done at home (such as adjusting run-sheets or typing up line notes).

Specific rates are listed in all breakdowns and employment notices for artistic work.

Please consider joining Theater J’s dedicated team of volunteer ushers!

Our ushers arrive one hour before the show to help greet patrons, take tickets, pass out programs, sell concessions, and create a pleasant theater going experience for our audiences, as well getting to see the performance.

If you are interested in becoming an usher, please contact Director of Patron Experience Chad Kinsman at or 202.777.3268.

Currently, Theater J does not have any internship opportunities. Thank you for your interest, and please check back periodically.

Theater J produces six to seven full-length plays each season in our 238-seat proscenium theater. Each season includes plays by both emerging and established writers that celebrate, wrestle with, or explore issues of Jewish religion, history, and culture. We have a special interest in plays that fit our mission written by artists who have historically been underrepresented in Jewish theater, including women and artists of color, as well as plays which feature the stories of racially and ethnically diverse Jews. We also produce an annual Yiddish Theater Lab series featuring English-language readings and workshops of work from or inspired by the Yiddish Theater canon.

Theater J accepts unsolicited script submissions that celebrate, wrestle with, or explore issues of Jewish religion, history, and culture in the following categories only:

1. Plays submitted by agents.

2. Plays written by Israeli artists that have received or are scheduled to receive full productions in Israel;

3. Plays written by playwrights who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC);

4. English-language translations or adaptations of plays from the Yiddish Theater canon;

5. Plays submitted through the Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize (for established playwrights) or the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize (for emerging women playwrights). For information on eligibility criteria and submission guidelines for either prize, please visit the New Jewish Play Prizes webpage.

Due to the volume of scripts we receive and our desire to respond to playwrights with care and promptness, Theater J is unable to accept any other unsolicited submissions of new work. This includes letters of inquiry, synopses and dialogue samples.

If you wish to submit a script but are not currently represented by an agent, we recommend that you join the New Play Exchange via NNPN where we regularly seek and review scripts.

Agent-submitted scripts, Israeli-authored and produced plays, BIPOC-authored plays, and English-language translations or adaptations of plays from the Yiddish Theater canon should be emailed to Please indicate in your email heading under which category your submission is eligible.

Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It may also be helpful look at our current and past programming to get a better understanding of our producing interests.

Please note: Due to staff furloughs, as of September 2020 Theater J is currently not reading or responding to script submissions. We will log and save any eligible scripts we receive until full staffing levels have been resumed.

Theater J auditions each year for the upcoming season. During two days of Equity Principal Auditions, there are opportunities for both AEA and non-AEA members to audition on a first come, first served basis. Actors Equity Members will be given priority in scheduling with Equity Membership Candidates and then non-union actors being seen as time allows. Please note that Theater J casts DC local hires only.

If you are unable to attend audition, please submit your picture and resume to Theater J’s Casting Director, Jenna Duncan:

All received photos and resumes are reviewed, and actors are contacted individually to schedule auditions based on their experience and training.
Check back for updated dates and opportunities.