Auditions and Employment

City Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Depending on the available roles for any given production, City Theatre hires both equity and non-equity actors.



There are no audition opportunities at this time.



City Theatre Company, a professional theatre committed to the production and development of new plays, seeks a dynamic and passionate EDUCATION DIRECTOR.

This full-time position will oversee all of the organization’s educational activities and work closely with senior management on ensuring a spirit of learning and enrichment is embedded in all programming. Salary is mid- to upper-30s.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Develop, manage, and nurture all educational programs related to the company. Current initiatives include:
    • The Young Playwrights Contest: Each winter and spring, City Theatre accepts over 300 submissions of one-act plays from area middle and high schools which are assessed and considered for the annual Young Playwrights Festival. Scripts are reviewed by a national panel of readers with feedback provided to every submission.
    • The Young Playwrights Festival: A total of six plays (three middle school and three high school) are selected for a professional production and presented for school and public audiences in the Lester Hamburg Studio each fall. The Festival features professional actors, directors, designers, and dramaturgs who work closely with each student writer and full development of their piece. While several departments engage with YPF, including artistic staff, marketing, and development, it is the Education Director’s overarching responsibility for the success of the Festival that meets the excellence standards of City Theatre and achieves a rewarding and enriching experience for its students.
    • The compiling and editing of the annual Young Playwrights Festival Anthology.
    • In-School Workshops: A City Theatre teaching artist collaborates with the classroom teacher to facilitate in-school playwriting workshops for students, which focus on the fundamentals of playwriting, as well as other basic theatre skills.
    • Young Playwrights Teacher Institute: Teachers take on the role of students during this one-day training in the Young Playwrights model.
    • Professional Development Workshops: Teachers are invited to attend pre-show workshops that include discussion and demonstrations with guest artists before attending main season shows.
    • Coordinating Student Matinees for 2-3 subscription season productions. This includes recruiting attendance from area schools and providing pre-performance study guides and related materials for educators.
    • Serve as point person and coordinator for City Theatre Interns who may be working in any department at the organization.
    • Arts Access Classrooms: City Theatre supports students with disabilities to explore and express their creativity through playmaking and the theatre arts. The education department custom designs workshops for both inclusive and special education classrooms that best support the needs and goals of individual participants.
    • Coordinate and facilitate The Art of the City: a CMU Osher Lifelong Learning class hosted at City Theatre in conjunction with main season shows.
    • Further develop new initiatives, such as City Studies, which will be identified during strategic planning that expands the reach and impact of the organization.
  1. Recruit, hire, train, and supervise all teaching artists (on average, 10-15 annually) associated with educational programming and oversee a part-time Education Manager.
  2. Carefully manage the approved departmental budget.
  3. Work closely with development staff to ensure that current education department funders are regularly updated, represent the organization in related fundraising efforts, and compile necessary statistics for grant reporting.
  4. Stay informed about national trends, standards, and best practices, and maintain a deep knowledge of local stakeholders, including school districts, educators, administrators, and other arts education professionals.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for arts education, contemporary theater, and learning for all ages of student. Previous experience as a teaching artist or other professional work in a similar learning-focused environment a must and candidates should be suited for office and administrative tasks (including adequate knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite). Strong writing skills and comfort with public speaking, as well as being a self-motivator and task-minded, are critical aspects of the position.

Candidates must possess or be willing to obtain Act 151 (Child Abuse), Act 34 (PA Criminal) and Act 114 (FBI) clearances upon hire. 

City Theatre is located on Pittsburgh’s South Side and is the largest professional performing arts organization not located in the downtown Cultural District. Pittsburgh—regularly listed as one of America’s most livable cities—is a pioneering example of the “rust belt” transformation of the Midwestern city, with a burgeoning tech sector, low cost of living, robust cultural community, and numerous major universities.

City Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In building an equitable work environment, the organization values diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skill sets. It does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. City is committed to building a team that reflects its values and encourages all interested candidates to apply.

Please send a compelling cover letter explaining your strengths for the position as described above and a current résumé to James McNeel, Managing Director, at No calls, please.