Artistic Associate - Casting

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Artistic Associate - Casting



As the Artistic Associate – Casting you will be responsible for all casting for Arena Stage productions and developmental work, serving as Local Casting Director and coordinating all out-of-town casting. Reporting to the Associate Artistic Director, this position will brainstorm and supervise the curation of short companion pieces for each season production, working with outside artists and managing their timelines and budgets. You will be a key representative of the Artistic Team both out in the community and within Arena Stage!



  • Primarily responsible for casting the productions, workshops, and readings in such a way as to promote and maintain artistic excellence.
  • Attract the best artists to Arena by creating and maintaining relationships with actors, agents, and other casting directors.
  • Creating lists of local and national actor ideas for each upcoming production.
  • Maintaining a database of local actors.
  • Running all day-of logistics for auditions – including scheduling, set up and staffing.
  • Contracting New York (or other out of town) casting directors for projects as needed.
  • Attend all New York (or other out of town) auditions, offering any support needed and offering feedback

Community Artist Engagement:

  • Lead the curation, creation, and direction of short companion videos for each show in the season.
  • Attract the best artists for these pieces by establishing relationships with artists outside of the theatre realm.
  • Participate in and coordinate scouting activities seeing work out in DC and beyond. Support Artistic Development Special Projects.

Season Planning:

  • Member of artistic team, support Arena’s season planning process by reading scripts, scouting productions nationally, and brainstorming ideas of playwrights, plays, directors, designers, and actors.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the team internally and externally on artistic matters, at the direction of the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director.
  • Supporting new play development projects – casting and other specific tasks as assigned.
  • Attend first rehearsals, production meetings, on stage rehearsals, tech, previews, and at other times in the production process as needed.
  • Mentor Artistic Fellows such that they receive an education in casting.

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Job Category: Performance
Position Type: Full Time
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