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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 April or May.
We do encourage headshot/resume submissions (to our email@example.com) 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 is one of this country’s foremost new works theatres. For over 48 years, Magic has inspired new generations of artists and audiences.
Each Magic Theatre Board Trustee plays a critical role in determining the course for continuing success of this thriving institution, which helps shape the cultural life of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.
The Board of Trustees holds fiduciary responsibility for the organization and the hiring of the Artistic Director and the Marketing Director. Associated responsibilities are:
• Hiring and firing the Artistic Director and Managing Director (or the Producing Artistic Director, if the two positions are consolidated)
• Approving the annual budget
• Endorsing the strategic plan
• Recruiting, evaluating, and mentoring new board members
• Ensuring the financial stability of the organization
In addition, Magic Theatre Board Trustees advocate with audiences, donors, and in the community for the continued vitality and prosperity of the Theatre through the following activities:
• Subscribing to Magic Theatre for Opening Nights (if possible).
• Making a personal financial contribution of at least $5,000 to Magic Theatre each fiscal year.
• Other contributions (cash or in kind) are considered separate from this commitment.
• Including Magic Theatre among your top three philanthropic interests during your tenure on the Board.
• Attending board meetings.
• Attending the annual spring fundraiser; buying or selling at least one full table.
• Participating on at least one Board committee (Finance, Executive, Development; ad hoc committees as needed).
• Actively participating in activities, including introducing potential subscribers, donors, and board members to Magic; identifying and soliciting corporate sponsorships; adopting and attending tech dinners or closing potlucks.
• Participating in fundraising by writing notes to friends, identifying prospects, and assisting on “asks” from time to time.
Interest in the performing arts, preferably with theater as number one priority.
• Can make required time commitment.
• Honesty and integrity.
• Visionary: future orientation.
• Good communications skills; open-minded and articulate.
• Good team-builder and team member.
• Respected and respectful.
Understanding of non-profits in general and board matters in particular, such as major issues, policies and procedures, and board priorities.
• Fundraising experience a plus.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in meetings and task forces.
• Leadership experience in another organization.
• Solid professional reputation.
• High-quality work products.
Trustees typically devote about six hours per month to Magic activities/responsibilities. The busiest times of year are fall and spring; the theatre is dark in the summer.
• Attend Board meetings (two to three hours) in person or by phone. The Board meets six times per year.
• Attend committee meetings in person or by phone.
• Participate in other meetings as required.
Potential Board Members will be interviewed by the Artistic Director, Managing Director, and President of the Board of Trustees prior to being presented to the board for approval.
• The term of Board membership is three years.
• Trustees may be elected for three consecutive terms.
• If a Trustee is elected at other than the Annual Meeting in September, their first three-year term will commence on the next Annual Meeting, resulting in a term of slightly more than three years.
• A Trustee may be re-elected after a one-year absence from the Board.
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.
Click here for more information about teaching positions at Magic.
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Click here for more information about Magic's Front of House staff positions.
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.
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These apprenticeships and internships will begin in mid-August 2018 and continue through June 2019. (Magic also offers summer internships June through August).
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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. General Requirements Magic Theatre full-season apprenticeships and internships will begin in August 2018 (specific date to be determined) and end by June 30, 2019.
These 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 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.
Magic Theatre is joining hundreds of arts organizations all over the country in protesting the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the president’s preliminary budget.
While the Administration's stated goal may be to reduce federal spending, this short-sighted proposal would reduce spending by a tiny amount: the NEA represents only 0.004% of the federal budget. At the same time, it would also eliminate what is a very effective mechanism to leverage private funding: every $1 of NEA money generates an additional $9 from the private sector.
Support from the NEA is not only about the dollars and cents. It's about our government’s acknowledging and supporting the power of Art to expand our humanity and compassion for one another and the creativity that is alive in each of us as citizens. Losing the NEA will cause irreparable damage to the creative vibrancy of our wonderfully diverse country.
We are sending this message to our subscribers, our Board of Directors, our single ticketbuyers, and our artistic community. Please join them and us in communicating with your elected representatives, and please consider sharing this with friends and contacts around the country.
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Kamala D. Harris
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Nancy Pelosi (District 12, San Francisco)
Phone: (415) 556-4862
Barbara Lee (District 13, East Bay)
Phone: (510) 763-0370
Jared Huffman (District 2, North Bay)
Phone: (415) 258-9657
Jackie Speier (District 14, South Bay)
Phone: (650) 342-0300
Find your representative! Contact information for all U.S. Representatives is available on the United States House of Representatives website. Or, for greater convenience: send a text message containing your zip code to (520) 200-2223. You’ll receive a text back with everyone’s contact information (federal and state). Finally, you can find your representatives and find more issues to call about on 5Calls.org (choose "Prevent the Elimination of Arts and Humanities Programs" from the list on the lefthand side).
White House comments line: 202-456-1111
A. WRITE YOUR MESSAGE.
Americans for the Arts has an excellent sample letter available on their action page. Messages are even better when personalized!
Alternately, you can use our sample letter:
Subject: Fund the National Endowment for the Arts
I write on behalf of myself and Magic Theatre to support funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at $155 million for FY18. I am appalled at the President's proposed elimination of this Agency, which does so much good for this country and my community.
Eliminating the NEA does more harm than good. The NEA provides a high return on investment. Every dollar in NEA grants generates $9 in private matching funds, all of which stimulate job growth. The NEA's budget is 0.004% of the federal budget -- just 47 cents per capita. The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculated the arts sector's contributions to GDP at 4.2%, or $729 billion.
Because of NEA funding, the arts are accessible and affordable for all Americans. Grants go to every congressional district. 40% of program funds go to the states.
Since 1998, NEA funding for Magic Theatre has brought $343,450 into our local arts economy, supported the creation of 17 new works for the stage, including 3 commissions and 10 world premieres, and created 2 new educational initiatives for California students. Grants from the NEA have supported new work by Taylor Mac, Luis Alfaro, Victor Lodato, Han Ong, Jessica Hagedorn, Kirsten Greenidge, Victor Lodato, Neena Beber, and Charles Mee at Magic.
The NEA supports vital communities, including military families by partnering with Blue Star Families to present Blue Star Museums and Blue Star Theatres. The Agency also aids students by supporting arts organizations in partnership with educational institutions. And it demonstrates our government’s understanding the power of Art to expand our humanity and compassion for one another and the creativity that is alive in each of us as citizens. Losing the NEA will cause irreparable damage to the creative vibrancy of our wonderfully diverse country.
The leadership and federal presence of the NEA advances the arts as a national priority. The NEA has long enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress precisely because it does so much good in communities across the country, with a very small investment.
Please support the NEA at $155 million in FY18 and reject the President's proposal.
B. SEND YOUR MESSAGE.
Enter your zip code on the Americans for the Arts' action page - your elected representatives will appear, and your message will be emailed to their offices when you hit "Send"!
Alternately, you can find individual submission forms on the websites of your Congressional representative and senators:
Dianne Feinstein: Web Form
Kamala D. Harris: Web Form
Nancy Pelosi (District 12, San Francisco): Web Form
Barbara Lee (District 13, East Bay): Web Form
Jared Huffman (District 2, North Bay): Web Form
Jackie Speier (District 14, South Bay): Web Form
Thank you for your action!