Interested in auditioning, volunteering or ushering? Then we're interested in meeting you! Click any of the tabs above to get started making Magic!
If you're interested in supporting Magic Theatre in a different way, you can donate via our secure online donation site. We've been named a 5-star non-profit by GreatNonprofits.org!
Magic Theatre is holding AEA auditions for:
Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, directed by Loretta Greco
on August 23, 11am-5pm
The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel directed by Jon Moscone
on August 24, 10am-5pm
To reserve a slot, please email email@example.com with the character you’re interested in and your preferred times.
Auditions will take place in Magic’s Lounge at:
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd. Building D, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123.
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.
In addition, Magic Theatre holds one open call general audition per season. The open call for the 2016-2017 season occurred in May.
We do encourage headshot/resume submissions (to our auditions@ 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 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:
Patron Services Manager
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 50th 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:
as well as internships in:
These apprenticeships and internships will begin in mid-August 2017 and continue through June 2018.
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 2017 (specific date to be determined) and end by June 30, 2018. 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.
The application period for apprenticeships in Artistic Direction, Literary/New Play Development, Theatre Management, and internships in Education and Outreach for the 2017-18 season is now closed. The application period for summer 2017 internships is also closed. Applications for apprenticeships for the 2018-19 season will be accepted beginning in February, 2016. Please watch this space after the beginning of the year for more information about the application process.
Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions: Production Apprentice, Marketing and Development Intern, and Special Events Intern. To apply 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.
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.
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.
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.
Want to advertise in our show program or our newsletter?
Contact Mike Szymanski: firstname.lastname@example.org