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Olney Theatre Center

Full-Time Opportunities | Part-Time Opportunities 
Olney Theatre Institute Advanced Training Program | Auditions | Play Submissions


Full-Time Opportunities

Institutional Giving Manager

The Institutional Giving Manager will have primary responsibility for raising funds from foundation, corporate and government sources in support of the mission of Olney Theatre Center, helping to significantly increase revenue over the next five years. The successful candidate will have excellent writing and organizational skills, good judgment and an aptitude for succeeding in a fast-paced, creative environment. Applicant must have experience working in an arts-related environment. Attendance at all events, often on evenings and weekends is required. This position reports to the Director of Development.

Core responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategies to secure gifts and grants from foundation, corporate and government funders;
  • Research, identify and cultivate foundation, corporate and government funding sources to secure continued and new funding;
  • Manage a system to track corporate, foundation and government grants and reporting deadlines;
  • Generate written communications, including letters of inquiry, full proposals, and grant reports, according to the schedule and other requirements of each funder

Additional responsibilities:

  • Contribute to institutional materials as needed, including annual reports, departmental reports and board updates;
  • Work closely with the Finance Department to prepare financial reports and other information for tracking, analysis and budgeting purposes.
  • Work with the Development Director to set income, expenses and other goals for institutional giving program;
  • Providing mentoring and supervision Olney Theatre Center apprentices;
  • Represent Olney Theatre Center to funders and in the community as needed;
  • Participate in initiatives and events related to the Theatre’s mission


  • Minimum three years fundraising/non-profit experience or combination of education and experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to write and edit persuasively and creatively on issues related to the performing arts and arts education
  • Strong attention to details
  • Superb interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, ability to interact with donors and ability to represent the organization with tact, diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to prepare complex budgets
  • Knowledge of and passion for performing arts or related field is strongly preferred
  • Availability to work evening and weekend hours, as needed
  • Knowledge of state and county grant system is preferred
  • Knowledge of Tessitura or other fundraising software is strongly preferred


  • Full-time position with industry competitive salary
  • Paid vacation
  • Health Benefits
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Maureen McNeill,  Director of Development, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls, please.


Music Directors, Conductors, and Keyboardists

Olney Theatre Center is currently accepting applications for Music Directors, Conductors & Keyboardists for POSSIBLE openings in our 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. A handful of applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview  and the rest of the resumes will be kept for future consideration.  All conductor applicants need to be proficient on piano and all applicants must have local housing. Please submit resumes and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Part-Time Opportunities

Sound Engineer A-1

Olney Theatre Center, a Helen Hayes award-winning regional theatre, seeks an experiences A-1 Sound Engineer for its upcoming 450-seat Mainstage productions of South Pacific (August 20 - October 14, 2018) and Elf (October 29, 2018 - January 13, 2019). Qualified candidates will have demonstrated abaility in the area od mixing and troubleshooting Broadway-style musicals. The OTC Sound Team consists of a Designer, Department Head, A-1, and A-2. It is important that the individual have good communication skills and be a team player.

2-4 years of mix experience in the theatre preferred. Concert work will be considered.

Position is contract based. Rate is negotiable.

Search will continue until position is suitably filled.

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, three references, and salary requirement to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls, please.

Teaching Artist

Olney Theatre Center is seeking Teaching Artists for its expanding Arts Integration programming in the 2018-19 academic year. We are seeking part-time teaching artists with a passion for and background in theatre education/enrichment with elementary school-aged students. We are specifically seeking Individuals adept in implementing established programming, classroom management, writing, acting, and directing for youth. Training and lesson plans are provided, and schedules in the classroom span the same day of the week over the course of 18 classroom sessions October through May. Applications from educators with theatre experience and artists with education experience welcome.

About Olney Theatre Center’s Collaborative Playwriting Program:  
The Collaborative Playwriting Program is a comprehensive arts learning experience targeted at upper elementary classrooms. Teaching artists use theatre/improv games to introduce creative collaboration, guide student groups through the composition of an original play, and direct students as they become performers to bring their own work to life. Teaching artists use (and modify as needed) OTC lesson plans to meet established learning objectives and partner with classroom teachers to further ensure that school learning priorities are addressed.


Hourly wage.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Jason King Jones, Senior Associate Artistic Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls, please.


Olney Theatre Center Institute Advanced Training Program

Each class of full-time apprenticeships plays an essential role in Olney Theatre Center (OTC) operations. Working in every department of production, apprenticeships will learn standards of professionalism while building their resumes and/or portfolios, making them more marketable to future employers.

OTC Apprenticeships offer emerging theatre artists a bridge between the university and the profession. The apprenticeship aims to develop each individual’s skill and knowledge of the professional theatre world through hands-on work in a professional theatre.

Apprenticeships work alongside production staff and directly with visiting directors and designers on various productions in a variety of spaces. From a one-man show performed in a black box to a full-scale, main stage musical, OTC produces a range of theatrical productions.

Each participant will explore his or her chosen discipline (lights, costumes, etc.) while exploring other interests within the theatre. However, acceptance of an apprenticeship requires a full-time commitment. Due to the variable and extended hours of the program and the nature of theatre work, outside employment is not possible.

Learn more about the program and available apprenticeships here.


National Players

Celebrating their 69th season, National Players is "America's Longest-Running Touring Company." National Players tours from mid-September to mid-May with three shows in repertory, which may perform together or separately.

If you are interested in auditioning for National Players, you must be a non-equity actor who has completed a post-high school academic experience (i.e. college degree or certificate program). There are no auditions occurring currently. This page will be updated with more information in the future.

Play Submissions

Olney Theatre Center does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.