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Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in Arena Stage.

Auditions for our productions are typically by invitation only. Arena Stage casts both Equity and non-Equity actors for our productions and in our developmental workshops and readings.

If you would like to be considered for our upcoming season or for a particular project, please submit your picture and résumé by mail only to:

Arena Stage
1101 Sixth St., SW
Washington, DC 20024

We review every photo and résumé that we receive, and we contact actors individually to schedule auditions based on their experience and training. Please feel free to invite us to any performances you may have in the area as well, so we can see your work on stage.

Script Submission

We are no longer accepting script submissions. Arena Stage is working hard to develop more effective and impactful ways of supporting the nation’s playwrights than reading hundreds of plays each year that we have no means of supporting.

In 2010 we put five playwrights on staff and made commitments to develop and produce their work over the next three years. We also launched the American Voices New Play Institute to study and advance the infrastructure for playwrights and new plays. We are working through a set of commissioned projects that we also have committed to producing.

We recognize the importance of being current with new work and writers not currently served by these approaches, so we have committed Arena’s Artistic Development Team to being present at the major new play festivals and reading series around the country. Arena artistic staff also regularly serve on funding panels, reviewing hundreds of new play proposals each year. And we remain in close communication with the nation’s play development centers.

Thank you for your interest.


Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater seeks highly intelligent, hardworking and motivated early career arts managers to assist in the Artistic Development department in semester or year-long internships. Positions require an 18 hour a week commitment and are offered a modest travel stipend as compensation. To apply, please download application at here and send completed application including CV, letter of interest, writing sample, diversity statement and unofficial transcript

Artistic Development Intern(s)
PURPOSE OF POSITION: Artistic Development Interns work closely with the Literary Manager, Casting Director and the Director of Artistic Programming on multiple projects and initiatives of the Artistic Development Department, including all aspects of the Public Arena Initiative (helping to facilitate post- and pre-show discussions, writing credited articles for Extras & Insights, assisting in Artistic Development Scouting, Artistic Producing and Planning processes).  Ideal candidates will have some background in producing theater, clear and concise writing and excellent interpersonal communication skills.  This is an excellent opportunity for candidates interested in learning the art of producing from within the nation’s flagship resident theater.  

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Collaborate on the planning and implementation of the Public Arena Initiative (Arena Stage’s major audience engagement efforts focused on connecting audiences and staff to the work on stage), including writing credited articles for Arena’s online dramaturgical toolkit, Extras & Insights, assist with planning and producing new programs including the Writer’s Arena and Cradle Series and assist with Scouting, Literary Management and Season Planning efforts.

The Artistic Development Department activates and operationalizes the artistic vision and mission of Arena Stage. Guided by the vision and interests of the Artistic Director, we:

  • Ensure the work onstage meets Arena Stage’s high standards for quality, clarity and purpose.
  • Support creative risk-taking.
  • Develop and deepen Arena’s connections to artists and audiences.
  • Foster the creation of new work and support artists in their process both locally and nationally.
  • Care for the artistic health of the organization, nurturing the involvement and interests of all staff in the artistic work of Arena Stage.


For employment opportunities at Arena Stage see our Employment page.

The Kogod Cradle Series — Get Involved

To apply for inclusion in the 2014-2015 season of the Kogod Cradle Series, please submit the following forms by May 16, 2014 to

The Kogod Cradle RFP

The Kogod Cradle Tech Rider