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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Stage Managers and Technicians

Theater J, the nation’s premier Jewish theater company, seeks individuals to work in various ASM and technician positions for upcoming productions.

The largest arts program of the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC), Theater J is entering its 31st season in the newly renovated JCC and a refreshed Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, a 236-seat proscenium stage. We are a professional theater that celebrates, explores, and struggles with the complexities and nuances of both the Jewish experience and the universal human condition. Theater J strives to be an inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive in all of our work, both onstage and off. (Read our initial response to We See You White American Theater here: We value creating a mutually respectful work environment with our staff, and strive to be a kind, collaborative, and ethical place to work.

Positions include:

• Assistant stage manager, $16.50/hour
o Called for all or most rehearsals and performances of a production (6-9 weeks per show)
o Non-equity; seasonal employee

• Strike and load-in crew, $17-$18.50/hour depending upon experience
o Hourly calls 5-6 times per year, with a four-hour minimum call
o Specific hourly rate to be set at time of offer
o Contractor

• Light board programmer, $20/hour
o Hourly calls 4-5 times per year at tech or previews, with a four-hour minimum call
o Contractor

• Sound board operator, $17/hour
o Hourly calls during the run of one or more productions, beginning at tech (4-5 weeks), with a four-hour minimum call
o Contractor

• Prop artisan, $17/hour
o Over-hire calls as needed on productions, with a four-hour minimum call
o Contractor

Housing is not available for these positions.

Theater J expects the following of each employee: adheres to Edlavitch DCJCC policies and procedures outlined in the Edlavitch DCJCC Employee Handbook; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; and completes other duties as assigned.

To apply, please submit your resume using this form:

Cover letter is not required.

The EDCJCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage individuals from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities to apply.

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 actors 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 $16.50/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.

Learn more about ushering at Theater J at

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.

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.