Reports Directly to
Indirect Reports Include
General Manager, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre
Part-Time, One Year, July 1, 2019 – June 26, 2020
Commensurate with experience
About The CompanyWe entertain. We create. We engage. We inspire. As one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies, Center Theatre Group provides the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Whether it’s producing new work through our robust artistic development programs or engaging people of all ages across Los Angeles through our community and education programs, we put theatre at the center of it all.The 180+ full- and part-time staff members who make all this possible are passionate about this place and their work. Whether it’s pre-show gatherings and Staff Nights at our theatres, meet-and-greets with cast and crew, or our annual holiday party, our staff is engaged with the art and one another. Center Theatre Group commits to creating a safe space where the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion permeate all levels and all aspects of our work. We aim to attract, nurture, and retain staff in a supportive home where we can be our best selves. We celebrate our commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure that everyone has access to our work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the community.Position SummaryThe Casting Associate serves as the main point of contact for talent outreach and casting projects at Center Theatre Group. This position serves as the liaison between Center Theatre Group and local actors in Los Angeles and covers monthly Actors’ Equity Association open calls and any required seasonal Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs). Collaborate with Center Theatre Group Artistic staff to cast readings and workshops for Center Theatre Group as needed. The ideal candidate is a curious, flexible, creative person, able to work on multiple projects, with an upbeat attitude and collaborative spirit, likes problem solving, and will keep their cool and sense of humor while juggling multiple deadlines or priorities. Previous theatre experience casting necessary.Primary Responsibilities Coordinate and attend monthly Center Theatre Group /Actors’ Equity Association open calls. Organize and conduct AEA Seasonal Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs) and general meetings/auditions as needed. Cast specific projects/roles in readings and workshops as assigned including understudies as needed.
Communicate with Center Theatre Group Artistic and Management and project creative team regarding casting. If auditions are required for projects/roles, draft audition sessions by scheduling and confirming appointments in conjunction with Casting Coordinator. Record, upload, and/or edit video auditions and submissions as needed. Work with Casting Coordinator and/or Management and Artists to facilitate offers to actors with agents, managers and attorneys, as applicable.
Attend bi-weekly casting check-in meeting at Center Theatre Group. Read scripts for potential and scheduled productions, readings, and workshops. Attend all Center Theatre Group productions including readings, and workshops. Communicate as needed with agents, managers, actors, and other Center Theatre Group departments.
Secondary Responsibilities Research actor representation and check actor availabilities; acquire headshots and resumes. New talent outreach: attend university showcases and productions at other theatres as assigned. New duties depending on the casting needs of Center Theatre Group.
Center Theatre Group provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties.All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to Center Theatre Group’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.Qualifications
Knowledge and Essential Skills
Knowledge of and interest in theatre. An enthusiastic theatregoer, always interested in discovering new talent essential! Excellent communication skills (both written and oral). Ability to maintain good working relationships with agents, managers. Must be able to multitask. Must possess excellent organizational skills, research & literary skills, and be detail-oriented and self-motivated. Able to work independently, meet deadlines, and prioritize. Ability to work well under time constraints or while handling multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. Patience, initiative, and ability to work with actors High level of organization, professionalism, and discretion. Working knowledge of computers and software including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, email, and databases. Possess a sense of humor, flexibility, positive attitude, and level head a plus.
Minimum Requirements: Essential Functions and Abilities/Education/Experience
Previous experience in casting necessary. Theatre casting experience desirable. Experience working under AEA/LORT contracts a plus. Accurate typing and database input ability. Must be able to effectively and efficiently operate office equipment including telephones, copiers, fax machines, computers, etc. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred (or equivalent work experience). Concentration in theatre a plus.
Notes Candidates MUST be able to pass a background check. Center Theatre Group is not able to provide relocation assistance for this position. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified. Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time. Staff members are expected to consciously and continuously promote the mission, values, programs, and impact of the organization.
CompensationThe position will receive a competitive compensation.Center Theatre Group also offers a comprehensive benefits package including retirement plan options; escalating vacation, paid sick, personal days, and holidays; and health benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, pet insurance, and life and long-term disability insurance. To ApplySell yourself by writing a cover letter that describes why you’re the best person for this job. Send resume and cover letter along with salary desired to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include the position title in the subject line of the email. Due to heavy volume of resumes received, emails that do not include the job title in the subject line of the email may not be considered.In your cover letter, please indicate how you became aware of this position, e.g., name of website, current employee, via another source.NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We will contact qualified candidates to set up interviews.Center Theatre Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, color, ancestry, disability, age, national origin, pregnancy, veteran/military status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law. Center Theatre Group will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We support, promote, and embrace a diverse workforce.