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Full-Time Opportunities 


Electrics Apprentice 

POSITION TYPE: Full-Time Apprenticeship
DEPARTMENT: Production

We are currently seeking an Electrics Apprentice to start in January 2016. A six-month or a nine-month contract is available.

Members of the Olney Theatre Apprentice Team play an essential role in Olney Theatre Center operations. Working in every facet of the organization, apprentices learn standards of professionalism while building their resumes and portfolios and forging connections in the larger DC theater community.

Our program offers emerging theater artists a bridge between the university and the profession, developing each individual’s skills by working alongside world-class designers and directors. Apprentices also have the opportunity to work with the Director of Education to complete a Capstone Project tailored to enhance their individual goals. The position is ideal for recent college graduates or current students looking to fulfill a practicum requirement.

As an apprentice, you will:

  • Live and work together in a vibrant artistic community. On-site housing includes shared bath and communal kitchen, living room and laundry.
  • Take advantage of the Washington, DC theater scene, the nation’s second largest theater market.
  • Develop marketable skills and meet people from area theaters.
  • Benefit from working directly with the resident staff, in addition to more than 300 visiting professional artists.
  • Receive complimentary tickets to OTC productions.
  • Earn a $150 weekly stipend.
  • Have shared use of company vehicles.

Electrics Apprentices work directly under the supervision of the Master Electrician to implement lighting design for each production. Apprentices also work alongside local and visiting lighting designers and theater electricians.

Responsibilities include assisting with load-in, hanging and focusing lights, troubleshooting problems during tech rehearsals, maintaining electrics equipment during production runs, and participating in all lighting strikes and changeovers. During show runs, they share the responsibility of maintenance and running the light board and follow spot.

Experience working on electrics crews and awareness of current lighting consoles and equipment is preferred. This apprenticeship is suitable for those working towards careers as Master Electricians and Lighting Designers.

If you are interested please email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

House Sound Engineer


POSITION TYPE: Full-Time (during musical productions)
DEPARTMENT: Production
REPORTS TO: Director of Production

The Sound Engineer is the theatre’s primary “mix” engineer during all technical rehearsals, and all performances of musicals.  It is the Sound Engineer’s responsibility to professionally render the Sound Designer’s design for every performance, and to work in collaboration with the Director, Associate Artistic Director for Musical Theatre, Music Director, Stage Manager, Sound & Projections Supervisor, A-2, musicians, and actors, to provide the highest professional sound quality possible.  This position directly supervises the Sound Apprentice (A-2) during work hours directly associated with tech and performances of musicals. 

Core functional areas and responsibilities include:

1) Pre-Production Preparation (begins on the Monday of Tech Week, or Design Run, whichever comes first)

    • Acquire and study the script, score, and recordings of the musical in order to be familiar with the project.
    • Attend the design run and associated production meeting.
    • Proactively meet as needed with the Director, Musical Director, Associate Artistic Director of Musical Theatre, Director of Production, Sound & Projections Supervisor, Sound Designer, Stage Manager, as well as the A-2.
    • Review the design and equipment setup with both the Sound & Projections Supervisor, and Sound Designer. Advise on preferences with an eye toward optimizing mix operations.

2) Technical Rehearsals (Tech week and Preview Week)

    • In cooperation with the Sound Designer, and Sound & Projections Supervisor oversee the EQ session for both actors and musicians.
    • Advise on sound issues, and assist with troubleshooting during technical rehearsals.
    • Mix sound at all technical rehearsals during tech week and preview week.
    • Attend and participate in all post-technical rehearsal, and post-preview performance production meetings.

3) Performances and Performance Related Duties

    • Turn on, test, troubleshoot the sound systems and microphones, and all associated gear no later than one-hour before each performance.
    • Direct the A-2 in mic preparation and the outfitting of the acting company
    • Mix the performance and supervise the execution of all sound cues.
    • Oversee the work of the A-2 as it directly relates to the performance.
    • At the end of performances, report any issues, equipment failures, breakage, low supplies, etc. to the Sound & Projections Supervisor.  
    • Mix post-show discussions and other associated events that directly impact the sound system during the run.
    • Work cooperatively with the Patron & Volunteer Services Manager for all Audio Described performances, and troubleshoot the Assisted Listening System.

4) Additional Responsibilities

    • Advise the directors of the Olney Theatre Center on equipment upgrades, and the future direction of sound as requested.
    • Participate in the evaluation of the work of the Sound Apprentice.
    • Participate in the recruitment of future Sound Apprentices.


Minimum Job Requirements:

    • Education: College Graduate with a degree in theatre, concentration in sound, or other professional training certificate, or proven track record in the professional theatre, concerts, or recording studio.
    • Experience: The ideal candidate will have 3 to 5 years of professional live sound mix engineering experience in theatre and, or concerts.
    • Physical Requirements: This position may at times be required to lift 50 pounds, climb stairs, and utilize ladders while troubleshooting preshow issues.   
    • Time Requirements: Fulltime position during the presentation of musicals; position follows the technical, preview, performance, extension, and put-in schedule of each musical production as established by the Olney Theatre Center and its representatives.  

Music Directors, Conductors, and Keyboardists

Olney Theatre Center is currently accepting applications for Music Directors, Conductors & Keyboardists for POSSIBLE openings in our 2015-16 season.  A handful of applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview in the Fall 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

Front of House Associate Position

Olney Theatre Center, an AEA COST theater with four performance facilities producing an eight-play season plus special events, seeks part-time Front-of-House Associates. This position will work 10-20 hours per week during shows, both weeknights and weekend shifts, as well as occasional weekday shifts and holidays. One must have great customer service skills, and a dedication to service of the theatre and its patrons.


  • Front-of-House Sales: Setup, operate, and close up the gift shop, concessions, and alcohol sales for the theatre during performances
  • Customer Service: Assist House Management staff in creating a safe and welcoming environment at the Olney Theatre Center, providing hands-on assistance as necessary / requested
  • Maintain the cleanliness of public spaces, backstage areas, and artist residencies. This includes but is not limited to: theatres, lobbies, dressing rooms, and bathrooms


  • Minimum one (1) year customer service experience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Strong and proven customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to multitask and to work well under pressure
  • Experience with performing arts organizations and/or restaurant and hospitality experience preferred
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and must have, or be currently pursuing a high school diploma or equivalent


  • $8.50/hour


Please email the following materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • A resume outlining work experience and education  
  • The name, phone number and email address of one professional reference
  • The name, phone number and email address of one personal reference
  • A brief statement of interest 

Friends of Olney Theatre (FOOT) is a volunteer community outreach program which supports the mission of Olney Theatre Center.  Committees include housing, welcoming, administrative, opening night, special events, family theater outreach, public outreach, and lobby ambassador. Join today! Please call Wesley Meekins at 301.924.4485 x130 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.


Olney Theatre Center

Olney Theatre Center is a professional, award-winning regional theater, and operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract and casts primarily from actors who are based in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area.

In addition to holding auditions onsite, Olney Theatre Center representatives attend the League of Washington Theatres auditions, the Greater Washington/Baltimore AEA Liaison auditions (in Washington, DC) and AEA principal auditions in New York City.  Actors may also submit their pictures and resumes electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Materials may also be sent by US Mail to the Theatre address.
National Players

Celebrating their 67th 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). More information about National Players auditions can be found here.

Play Submissions

Olney Theatre Center does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.