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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 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.

General Audition Policy

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 Board of Trustees

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.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

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.

Skills and Attributes Needed to Succeed as a Board Trustee


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.

• Self-confident.

• 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.

Estimated Time Commitment and Meeting Format

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.

Selection Process

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.

Board Terms

• 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.

To Apply

Complete the Application for Board Membership form and email it to

Ushering at Magic Theatre

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:

Kelli Crump

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.

Director of Development

Magic Theatre, a nationally recognized 50-year-old San Francisco not-for-profit, specializes in the development and production of new plays and provides a rigorous artistic home allowing innovative writers to create a body of work over time.

Magic Theatre seeks an experienced and dynamic Director of Development to lead a comprehensive fundraising effort. Responsibilities will include increasing individual philanthropic support for the theatre, participating as a key player in Magic’s capital campaign, and developing and executing strategies to success that are consistent with Magic’s values and mission.

The Director of Development works in tandem with Magic’s Artistic Director, Managing Director, Board of Trustees, Manager of Institutional Giving, and Development Associate.


Now in its 50th year of continuous operation, San Francisco’s Magic Theatre is dedicated to creative risk: we produce bold, entertaining, and ideologically robust new 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 playwright’s vision by providing a safe yet rigorous artistic home; where a full body of work can be imagined, developed, and produced; allows writers to thrive. By cultivating the dramatic canon’s vanguard voices and expanding access to new theater-goers, we ensure the future vibrancy of the American theatre.



• Design, implement and evaluate integrated annual fund campaigns to meet annual revenue goals. This effort includes, for example, creating and executing all aspects of Magic’s Fall and Spring Appeals.

• Assist with the solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of major gift donors and prospects. Develop personal relationships with top donors.

• Work with Board of Trustees leadership and the Board Development Committee to identify and track top prospects and develop and manage moves and solicitation strategies with each. Develop and maintain prospect lists.

• Work effectively with development team to build cultivation and stewardship strategies for Magic’s individual donors. Take initiative and actively seek to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones. (Lead development staff, interns and volunteers to achieve success on day-to-day required development goals.)

• Maintain donor database that incorporates information about subscription donations, annual campaign donations, and other contributions.

• Create donor cultivation, solicitation and acknowledgment correspondence and materials including donor newsletter, and event invitations.

• Assist in planning events, stewardship and recognition activities for donors; assure that donors at various levels receive promised donor rewards.

• Plan and execute Magic’s annual Gala and other fundraising events.

• In partnership with the Gala Chair and Committee, create and execute a successful annual Gala.

• In partnership with Development Committee, create and execute successful fundraising events throughout the production year.

• Work with the Manager of Institutional Giving to coordinate all fund development efforts, including a plan and projection for contributed income.

• Manage corporate giving efforts.

• Develop a comprehensive strategic plan and provide routine measurements of success/areas of improvement.

• Identify and promote rewards for corporate support with existing and prospective corporate donors.

• Promote corporate matching opportunities to appropriate donors.

• Stay current on corporate support of all Bay Area arts organizations, to identify prospects.

• Manage other donor relations and cultivation efforts/activities.

• Serve as the chief liaison for Alumni Relations, staffing the 50th Anniversary Committee.

• Assist as assigned in the development and implementation of other Magic activities.

• Manage donor collection and reporting of donor information and stewardship.

• Provide weekly success measurement assessments to the Managing Director, measuring progress against fundraising goals. Demonstrate an ability to appropriately pivot to new strategies where appropriate.

• Identify and develop report formats that will be used to inform Board and staff of progress against fundraising goals. Implement any and all appropriate new technologies with existing modules to improve reporting accuracy and donor data collection.

• Coordinate Development activities and products with efforts in other Magic departments.

• Coordinate with the Marketing Associate to create a consistent look and feel of development and marketing materials.

• In conjunction with the Manager of Institutional Giving, supervise the Development Associate.


The Director of Development should have a deep love of and passion for the arts, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a thorough knowledge of the art and science of development. The successful candidate should be a team player, able to work collaboratively with Magic staff and Trustees; flexible enough to change course and/or priorities when necessary; and have a proven track record in fundraising.

Specific requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

• Minimum five years non-profit development experience, including annual giving campaigns, with a proven record of success.

• Commitment to Magic’s mission.

• Knowledge of the San Francisco/Bay Area philanthropic community preferred.

• Ability to work in fast-paced environment; adhere to deadlines; demonstrate flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities. Action- and results-oriented.

• Proven ability to prioritize tasks and to manage/coordinate projects and deadlines effectively with strong attention to detail and accuracy.

• Ability to identify and respond to issues/opportunities in a timely manner with a controlled demeanor, while juggling multiple priorities.

• Skill at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers across different levels of the organization, internally and externally; possess outstanding relationship building with all donors, Trustees, and volunteers.

• Excellent analytical, verbal communication, and writing skills. Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences.

• Proficient in all Microsoft applications, social networking tools, and other programs required to produce effective campaign materials and tracking tools.

• Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.


Send a cover letter, resume, one-page writing sample, salary requirements, and references in a single pdf file to Managing Director Jaimie Mayer:

The Literary/New Play Production apprenticeship at Magic offers the opportunity to observe and work in the field of new play development, festival production, literary management, script analysis and dramaturgical research along with an immersive look at the new play landscape in American theatre. The apprentice will participate in an array of activities associated with the functioning of a literary department of a professional theatre. In addition, the apprentice will work as an associate producer for the Virgin Play Festival and other developmental workshops and readings throughout the year, thus gaining experience and developing skills in a production environment to complement work in the literary field. All apprentices share office administration responsibilities and general Artistic Staff duties, including “all hands on deck” activities that arise in the course of a season.

Literary/New Play Production apprentices work as assistants to, and are mentored by, the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director. They will practice skills relevant to the entire range of choosing and moving a dramatic work from the page through various drafts to the stage. 

Responsibilities include:

LITERARY MANAGEMENT: Read and report on new scripts; attend readings by other companies; distribute scripts. Apprentices read and critique at least four plays a week.

Coordinate and participate in meetings of the Literary Committee.

Perform general administrative and clerical tasks such as copying and organizing materials and maintaining the literary database.

PRODUCTION: act as associate producer for all workshops, readings, festivals and special events at Magic, including the Virgin Play Festival. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in casting, coordination and communication with creative teams; purchasing and organizing of all necessary materials (food, highlighters, etc.); scouting locations and organizing event details; managing the running of events; and keeping all AEA paperwork organized and up to date.

In coordination with the Theatre Management Apprentice, act as the liaison with Producers and Adopt-a-Play sponsors, providing them with scripts, contextual information about the plays and other dramaturgical materials, and access to rehearsals.

Lead audience participation events: hone public speaking skills and represent the theatre in front of patrons via post-show talkbacks and curtain speeches. By the end of the season, the apprentice will become proficient in leading post-play discussions and interviews. 

DRAMATURGY: conduct library and archival research as well as image research in libraries and on the web; analyze dramatic texts; assist in the writing, editing and proofreading of programs, study guides and other publications; observe rehearsals; participate in educational programs (Magic Theatre offers audience talk-backs after some performances). The Literary Apprentice participates in building a collage of dramaturgical images for rehearsal for each production and is encouraged to be creative with design and aesthetic.

Develop skills in primary oral research and interviewing. 

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT: complete other administrative support tasks as needed.

Specific Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for all Magic Theatre apprentices, the Literary/New Play Production apprentice should hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree; advanced degrees and/or related experience are welcome. In addition, candidates should have outstanding writing, communication and organizational skills, experience in research, a strong background in literature, and a passion for dramatic literature in particular. Foreign language skills and video editing and/or production skills are assets. Candidates should have a special interest in the process of transforming a written play into a theatrical production. 

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.

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.

Script Submission Policy

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:


Literary Manager
Magic Theatre
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.


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