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Magic Theatre is holding AEA auditions for our 2017-18 Season:
May 1st, 10:00am - 5:00pm, 2017
To reserve a slot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred times.
Auditions will take place in Magic’s Lounge:
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd. Building D, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123
Non-AEA actors may audition for Magic's 2017-18 Season on May 2nd:
Non-AEA General Auditions
May 2nd, 4:00pm - 8:00pm, 2017
Email email@example.com to reserve a time slot. Please note that due to our AEA contract, we only have a limited number of roles available for non-AEA actors.
Magic Theatre is seeking actors for Magic Theatre’s 2017-2018 season (beginning August 2017 and ending June 2018): The Eva Trilogy by Barbara Hammond, directed by Loretta Greco; Virgin Play Festival; Reel to Reel written and directed by John Kolvenbach; The Gangster of Love written by Jessica Hagedorn, directed by Loretta Greco; and one more play yet to be announced. Actors of all ethnicities and types encouraged to apply. Strong preference for Bay Area actors.
Preparation: Actor's choice, 3 minutes of material: 1 monologue or 2 contrasting monologues. Actors are welcome to prepare a song but it is not required. Please bring a copy of headshot and resume, stapled together.
Magic Theatre casts both Equity and non-Equity actors. In accordance with the Bay Area Theatre Contract Tier 4, Magic Theatre holds two Equity-only auditions for specific shows each year. These are on the Equity hotline at least three weeks prior to the audition and posted in the AEA office. Equity actors self-select for these auditions.
Magic Theatre holds one open call general audition per season, typically in May.
We do encourage headshot/resume submissions (to our firstname.lastname@example.org email) from both Equity and non-Equity throughout the year and which can result in an invitation to audition for a specific show.
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Magic Theatre has a large group of dedicated volunteers that work with us each season which we value as an important part of our theatre family. There are ushering opportunities available for every show of our current and upcoming productions!
Ushers are required to arrive at the theatre one hour before curtain and must be dressed in all black. Duties may include:
• stuffing programs
• tearing tickets
• assisting patrons to their seats
• assisting with operating concessions or merchandise counters
• light clean-up of the theatre after the performance
In return, ushers are able to see the show free of charge in some of the best seats in the house. They also get 50% off at Magic Theatre Concessions Lounge. The schedule can be arranged at your convenience!
To become part of our volunteer usher team and to schedule a time to work with us please contact the Magic Theatre Box Office.
Please Note: In order to usher with us you must confirm a shift on a specific date. Magic Theatre does not have a lot of room for storage of personal belongings during your ushering shift, so please come with as few personal belongings as possible (large bags, backpacks, laptops, suitcases, and grocery bags are all difficult to accommodate). Small purses are acceptable.
Now in its 51st year of continuous operation, Magic Theatre is dedicated to creative risk: we cultivate new plays, playwrights, and audiences and produce bold, entertaining, and ideologically robust plays that ask substantive questions about, and reflect the rich diversity of, the world in which we live. Magic believes that demonstrating faith in a writer’s vision by providing a safe, rigorous, and innovative artistic home, where a full body of work can be imagined, developed, and produced, allows writers to thrive. We believe that, by adding vanguard voices to the canon and expanding access to new theater-goers, we ensure the future vibrancy of the American theatre.
Magic Theatre currently offers full-season apprenticeships in Artistic Direction, Literary/New Play Production, Theatre Management, and Production, and internships in Marketing and Development, Special Events, and Educational Outreach. These apprenticeships and internships will begin in mid-August 2018 and continue through June 2019.
Magic also offers summer internships (June through August).
A Magic Theatre apprenticeship is for you if you are planning a career in theatre and have an interest in new play development and production. Magic Theatre apprentices and interns participate in every aspect of operating a mid-sized theatre company, from full participation in staff meetings and strategy discussions to sharing in everyday administrative and production tasks, fund-raising, and script reading, contributing to both short- and long-term organizational endeavors. Apprentices receive hands-on training and experience while working side-by-side with top theatre professionals. The apprenticeship will be a rich, career-building experience, which will strengthen your craft, your resume and your network of professional colleagues.
All Magic apprentices have the opportunity to forge unique relationships with the playwrights we support in residence.
Full-season apprentices and interns will work primarily in their own departments and participate in all-staff events, and may be asked to work on special projects with other departments. Summer interns will work with every department. While Magic is dark in the summer, every department has demands that must be met so that we continue to operate smoothly and are ready for the coming season. For both full-season and summer positions, we are looking for people who are full team players and thrive in a collaborative environment.
All apprenticeships and internships at Magic Theatre offer the possibility of future transition to paid positions. To date, five apprentices/interns have moved into staff positions and seven have been hired to helm artistic workshops and readings.
Magic Theatre full-season apprenticeships and internships will begin in August 2018 (specific date to be determined) and end by June 30, 2019. They are full-time positions that occasionally require substantial weekend and evening time, especially during productions. Some flexibility may be possible (to be arranged with the apprentice’s or intern’s department head).
Applicants for all positions must be at least 18 years old. Social networking, IT, internet, and video skills are strong assets. For all positions, good writing skills and computer competence (word processing and spreadsheets) are required. Apprentices and interns must be able to thrive in a work environment that is characterized by changing priorities and demands.
Apprentices and interns receive a small stipend ($250 per month for 10 months for apprentices, $125 per month for interns). Opportunities to augment income with evening and weekend front-of-house assignments may be arranged for those with financial need if work assignments permit. Housing is not provided nor arranged. Magic will pursue supplemental financial support for superior applicants who would otherwise be unable to pursue these positions, but support cannot be guaranteed.
Specific requirements for individual apprenticeships are indicated in the descriptions of those positions.
Please submit the following:
Personal Statement: This statement should be 500 words or less. Please identify the position for which you are applying and tell us how you heard about Magic. Then tell us what you think we should know about you that makes you the ideal candidate for this position. Take advantage of this opportunity to reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your resume or recommendations.
Resume: A resume of education, theatre training and experience, and any related work. Please include your email address and permanent contact information. Be sure we know where to find you during the summer months.
References: Please send us one letter of recommendation. It is preferred that this letter be included with your application materials. If it is submitted separately, it must still be received by the application deadline.
Please also send names of and contact information for two personal references.
Additional Materials: While we know that many writers in dramaturgy, literary management, and theatre in general are also artists in their own right, for positions that request writing samples we ask that you submit samples of non-fiction prose. Appropriate samples could be (excerpts from) a college essay, theatre program notes, or journalism. Please emphasize quality, not quantity.
For the Artistic Direction Apprenticeship: Please include a two-page writing sample.
For the Literary/New Play Production Apprenticeship: Please include a one- to two-page critique of a new play (one that Magic staff are unlikely to have seen). For the Production Apprenticeship: Please provide a package of what you believe to be pertinent representations of your work (e.g., drafting or design work).
For the Marketing and Development Intern: Please include a one- to two-page writing sample.
Submitting Your Application:
Applications should be submitted by e-mail. Please create a single pdf file with all of your application materials and send it to:
Please include the position title in the subject line.
We will not consider incomplete applications for any position.
Finalists will be interviewed.
The final date for all materials to be received is February 18, 2018. Invitations to be interviewed will be sent no later than February 26, 2018.
Applications will be considered as they are submitted, and acceptances may be offered prior to the submittal deadline.
Please note: we will only respond to and read work adhering to these guidelines.
We encourage local writers to submit work to us. Local is defined as residing within the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). Writers from outside the Bay Area may only submit work through agents.
We no longer accept query packages or musicals. We only accept full-length plays.
Please submit full-length scripts as PDF documents.
Due to the number of script submissions we have been receiving, response times may be longer than usual.
Agents and Bay Area playwrights may send email to:
Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D
San Francisco, CA 94123
PLEASE NOTE: We will be unable to return your script. Please keep this in mind when preparing your materials.