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Full-Time Opportunities

Director of Marketing and Communications

Olney Theatre Center, an award winning professional theater in suburban Washington, DC area, seeks an experienced marketing and communications professional to lead a department responsible for generating $3M+ in annual sales.

Responsibilities include the design and implementation of the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations plan for a 9-show Member season; several add-on and corollary programs; 3-show National Players resident touring company; and additional presenting programs. The Director of Marketing and Communication will also be responsible for overseeing a comprehensive and meaningful patron experience, from the first point of contact to post-show follow-up.  Moreover, the marketing department provides support to the development department for special events, such as the annual gala, opening night celebrations and other fundraising initiatives.

Through effective communication of the mission, vision and programming activities of Olney Theatre Center, the Director of Marketing and Communications develops and executes strategies to generate all earned ticket revenues for the Theatre, leading a staff of four full-time and several part-time professionals in marketing, public relations, graphic design, sales, and front of house.

The Director of Marketing and Communications plays a leading role in the Theatre’s strategic planning initiatives which currently include investment in customer relationship management software and systems; research into potential audiences in the local, state, and national market; creating and defining a unified voice; analysis of pricing strategies; branding; cross-departmental collaborations; and more.

Responsibilities include:

  • Direct vision for, and implementation of, annual and long-range marketing strategy and plans, according to the mission of Olney Theatre Center
  • Oversee department budget and marketing plans that articulate focused and diverse efforts to meet or exceed earned revenue goals
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with audiences using traditional and innovative communication and retention techniques
  • Manage Marketing and PR Manager and Brand Manager in the areas of publicity, photography/videography, and media exposure through general press releases and focused pitches
  • Supervise Patron and Volunteer Services Manager to create an innovative and exciting patron experience, including oversight of the physical appearance of lobby’s and entrance ways
  • Supervise Director of Sales to ensure sales goals are being met and exceeded when possible, including individual and group sales, and special audience engagement events
  • In concert with the Director of Sales, ensure accurate financial and attendance reporting and reconciliation for single tickets, subscriptions, and group sales
  • Build and sustain strategic marketing partnerships and cross-promotions with community organizations and for-profit businesses in Central Maryland, Washington DC, and beyond as appropriate.
  • Provide partnership to the Director of Development to market sponsorship efforts to individuals and corporations and other fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with the Education department to expand initiatives from the local market to a national platform, building on the reputation of the National Players
  • Provide support to Managing Director, Artistic Director, and Board of Directors for special events, project planning, and execution of strategic plan
  • Represent Olney Theatre Center as an advocate and spokesperson at local and industry events relevant to the company’s marketing and audience development efforts


Reporting to the Managing Director, this senior staff position requires a minimum 5 years’ marketing experience in the Arts field (or related industry), outstanding writing skills, exemplary communications proficiency and proven strategic leadership. He/she will focus on growing new audiences while retaining and deepening relationships with current audiences. He/she will have a proven ability to increase earned revenues through creative marketing and ticket sales; and have a strong knowledge of local media, techniques and timetables for production/distribution of marketing collateral, brand development strategies and protocols, as well as time-tested and cutting-edge marketing principles and methods, including videography and photography. The Marketing Director will uphold a tone of collaboration, respect, and professionalism, both internally and externally, while maintaining composure in a fast-paced setting. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Mac Operating Systems required; knowledge of Google programs, Adobe, InDesign, basic HTML, and Tessitura or similar CRM software strongly preferred. Undergraduate degree required. Knowledge of non-profit regional theater strongly preferred.

The Director of Marketing and Communication is a full-time, year-round position.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Olney Theatre Center is an equal opportunity employer. Olney Theatre Center offers a full benefits package.  Start date after August 1.


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


Assistant Maintenance Specialist/Custodian

The Assistant Maintenance Specialist/Custodian performs routine maintenance and custodial duties for Olney Theatre Center’s interior and exterior facilities on a daily, weekly or monthly basis as needed. The position also requires the individual selected to perform minor electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and carpentry repairs as needed.

Responsibilities include:

 Core functional areas and responsibilities include:

1)   Maintenance Operations:

    • Help perform monthly inspections and maintenance necessary to building exterior (roof, façade, eaves etc.)
    • Evaluate necessary repairs (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, painting and drywall, etc.)
    • Perform minor electrical, HVAC and plumbing repairs as needed, (replace or repair fixtures, toilets, pumps, fans, etc.). Purchase supplies for routine repairs and maintenance
    • Repair and install non-outsourced facilities equipment, plumbing and electrics
    • Provide periodic maintenance of grounds to include: lawn–mowing, rubbish removal, and snow removal   

2)   Custodial Operations:

    • Vacuum, sweep, and mop flooring and stairs
    • Clean and sanitize bathrooms in all campus buildings as scheduled
    • Clean kitchen appliances, floor and surfaces as required
    • Restock supplies in bathrooms, kitchen and other common areas
    • Empty all trash cans and replace liners; clean receptacles as necessary
    • Dust and clean furniture, countertops, window sills and other horizontal surfaces as needed in campus buildings as scheduled
    • Maintain custodian closets in a clean, organized and safe manner; keep janitorial equipment clean and operable
    • Ensure that all hazardous material and chemicals are locked up and/or properly disposed of; proper labeling, dilution and use of all chemicals are required
    • Perform other routine maintenance and custodial duties as assigned
    • Assist Company Manager with rotating resident room preparation and cleaning.

 Minimum Job Requirements

  • Education: Associate’s Degree or High School Diploma with appropriate level of relevant experience in facilities field
  • Experience: 3 to 5 years in allied position(s) required. Direct job experience working in facilities. Handyman experience, such as dry wall repair, painting and familiarity with basic tools and their use. Effective communication and interpersonal skills and effective client/customer service skills. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. The ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Hands-on experience with repairs and troubleshooting maintenance issues is a plus.
  • Physical Requirements: This position requires a periodic heavy lifting of 50+ pounds, climbing stairs and ladders, and operating light equipment.
  • Time Requirements: Full-time position, with some occasional evening and weekend work requirements

How to Apply

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



Part-Time Opportunities

Box Office Associate Position

Box Office Associate is needed to work 15-20 hours per week during shows, primarily weeknights with occasional weekend shifts as well as holidays. Must have great customer service skills and efficient computer knowledge is a plus. Position is open and needs to be filled immediately.


  • Box Office Sales – Ticket sales during events/shows Must be able to sell tickets quickly in a fast paced environment via walk up and phone orders. Must also be able to sell Subscriptions/Membership packages via walk up, phone orders, or at the Subscription Kiosk during performances/outreach events.
  • Box Office/Upkeep— ensure brochures, ticket packaging materials, pencils, pens, note pads and other office materials are fully stocked at each station and box office is kept neat and orderly.
  • Must report working hours in timesheet and turn into Manager.
  • Must report any box office issues or concerns to Supervisor and/or Manager on Duty
  • Must be punctual and properly dressed according to the dress code of the FOH standards


  • High school diploma preferred but not required
  • Minimum 1 year customer service experience
  • A love of theatre
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong and proven customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to multi-task and to work well under pressure
  • Experience with performing arts organizations preferred


Please email the following materials to Henriette Mendo, Box Office Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Cover letter
  • A resume outlining work experience and education  
  • The name, phone number and email address of professional references (preferred, but not required)

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 
Music Directors, Conductors, and Keyboardists

Olney Theatre Center is currently accepting applications for Music Directors, Conductors & Keyboardists for POSSIBLE openings in our 2015 seasons.  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..


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 66th 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.