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Auditions and Employment

The Washington Ballet is currently accepting applications for the following positions. To apply for a listed position, interested candidates should send the following items:
1. Cover letter (complete with salary history)
2. Current resume
3. List of professional references
4. TWB Employment Application (click here to complete this fillable application, print and sign it)
Return the above items via email to resumes@washingtonballet.org or by post mail to The Washington Ballet, Attention: Resumes, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. NO PHONE CALLS or ALTERNATE EMAILS PLEASE.

The Washington Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of The Washington Ballet to employ individuals without regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws.


The Washington Ballet and The Washington Ballet Studio Company are seeking dancers for the 2014- 2015 season.

The Washington Ballet, an AGMA company, is seeking high level experienced professional male and female ballet dancers with experience dancing soloist and principal roles with established professional ballet companies.

The Washington Ballet Studio Company is seeking talented young dancers entering the field. Studio company members receive continued hands on training while dancing in some of The Washington Ballet’s productions at the Kennedy Center, The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre and starring in their own performance programs.

Candidates should possess a strong classical ballet technique, advanced pointe work for the ladies and highly developed male technique for the men. Candidates should demonstrate a good sense of contemporary movement and style and possess excellent partnering skills. The ability to learn and retain complex choreography is essential.

The 2014- 2015 Season includes a new production of Swan Lake, ALICE (in Wonderland), Balanchine’s Serenade and company premieres from van Manen, Kylian, Wheeldon, Webre and others. The Washington Ballet auditions are intended for classically trained dancers with performance experience with a professional company or school. All dancers must bring a completed registration form, résumé, dance photo and a $20 registration fee* to the audition.

Company and Studio Company auditions will be held in the following locations:

Washington, DC Audition

The Washington Ballet Studios
3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
March 30, 2014
12-1PM: Registration
1-3:30PM: Women and Men

Download the flyer HERE.

For any inquiries, please contact Company Manager, Nick Mullikin, at nmullikin@washingtonballet.org or 202.362.3606 x117.

*Registration fee is waived for AGMA members with proof that they are in good standing with the union.


Full-Time Positions

Manager of Institutional Giving

Department: Development
Reports to: Director of Development (DOD)
Start Date: Immediate
Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Scope: The Manager of Institutional Giving is responsible for identifying prospective foundation, corporate and government donors, for preparing and submitting grant proposals and reports, for developing and maintaining relationships with representatives of foundations, corporations and government agencies, and managing the timely submission of funding proposals. The manager reports to the Director of Development (DOD) and is an integral member of a talented Development Team with overall responsibility for raising unrestricted and restricted gifts in support of The Washington Ballet (TWB), its School and Community Engagement programs.


  • Create grant proposals, project descriptions, budgets and attachments
  • Manage portfolio of current and prospective institutional funders
  • Construct new and finely targeted proposals for prospective funders
  • Identify and research new support opportunities and determine connection with TWB funding
  • Identify, research, cultivate and solicit corporations for general, program and event
  • Assist and coordinate with the events team for special event support
  • Maintain familiarity with TWB’s artistic, education, and community engagement programs to advocate effectively for support stewardship
  • Attend staff, company and departmental meetings
  • Work with Directors to develop contacts with key institution funders
  • Work with CFO to ensure proper reporting of grant agreements, gifts and gift recording and reporting
  • Prepare reports, maintain frequent and balanced communication, and schedule visits with foundation, corporate and government funders
  • Generate required reports, acknowledgements, and ensure benefit fulfillment of all commitments
  • Manage grants calendar to ensure the timely submission of proposals and reports
  • Prepare reports and record-keeping documents for management, i.e., grants to-date, i.e. actual vs. projections, asks out etc.
  • Meet regularly with donors and prospective donors for stewardship, cultivation and solicitation
  • Enter and update constituent records for institutional donors in Raiser’s Edge and disseminate information to appropriate TWB staff and Board members
  • Represent and provide support as a member of the Development Team at TWB all major fundraising and Opening Night events; attend other events as needed
  • Assist the department with office communications, events and proofreading/editing
  • Planning/Strategy
  • Prepare foundation, corporate and government sections of annual development plan for planning and budgeting
  • Work with the Development Committee of the Board and the Development staff to develop strategies to increase foundation, corporate and government support
  • Special Projects
  • Provide management and leadership assistance to a comprehensive Scholarship Funding Program for The Washington School of Ballet and TWB@THEARC, including but not limited to grant preparation, meetings with donors and enabling the work of Board of Directors engage in this funding effort
  • Serve as staff representative to TWB’s Medical Alliance supporting their activities and fulfilling benefits
  • Other duties as assigned

Internal Contacts: 
Managing Director, Artistic Director, Director of Development, Development Department Staff, TWB@THEARC staff, School Directors, Marketing Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Artistic Staff, and others as needed

External Contacts:
Institutional and Foundation contact, contacts from area chambers of commerce, civic clubs and professional organizations, donors, corporate and business partners, members of the Board, constituents and donors (institutional), members of the general public

Qualifications: Education and Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience working in institutional advancement for a major non-profit
  • 2 years grant/proposal writing experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Interest in ballet and/or performing arts

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Strong commitment to the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet
  • Act as an advocate for TWB in the community
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Exhibit superb interpersonal skills and maintain positive and professional decorum in relations with others
  • Foster ongoing positive relationships with internal and external contacts
  • Prioritize work to effectively organize, manage and balance assignments, communications, and relations
  • Demonstrate sound project management skills including ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines and objectives with a sense of urgency
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner and exercise resourcefulness, optimism and flexibility in approaches to tasks and assignments
  • Demonstrate exceptional skills in managing day to day administrative tasks
  • Confidentially, and with respect to private/confidential information, communicates and disseminates information or data to appropriate personnel or individuals
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity

Knowledge of:

  • Fundraising Operations and Planning
  • Raiser’s Edge Database management software
  • Ballet/dance company or performing arts operations is highly desirable in candidates

Working Conditions/Physical Effort:

  • Cyclical working hours – according to season programming
  • Some evening and weekend hours as required
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
  • Regularly sits at desk/computer workstation
  • Frequently moves about the office to collaborate with others
  • Occasionally visits SE campus, schools to observe operations and activities

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment

Director of Marketing and Communications

Department: Marketing
Reports to: Managing Director (MD), Artistic Director (AD)
Start Date: Immediate
Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Scope: As a senior member of The Washington Ballet (TWB) staff, the Director of Marketing and Communications sets the message for and oversees the work of the entire Marketing and Communications Department.

Responsibilities for the supervision of the Marketing Department include:
Developing and maintaining annual budgets for department; collaborating with the AD and the MD on design of seasonal collateral (brochures, direct mail and advertising); working with the Patron Services Manager in developing sales goals; planning, directing and managing all single ticket campaigns including direct mail, advertising (print, online, radio and television) and promotions; and managing the design and production of all signage, direct mail and collateral materials, directs institutional and production oriented merchandising, including the annual Sugar Plum Shoppe and promotional events.

Responsibilities for the supervision of the Communications Department include:
Overseeing and working with the Public Relations & Publications Manager on developing story ideas and angles to garner traditional and non-traditional media attention; overseeing all public relations and publication campaigns, materials and databases; overseeing and managing the company’s website, including the design of the site; overseeing the development and execution of an e-mail marketing, social media and publication plans.

General Responsibilities: 

  • Liaison with the Communications and Marketing Committee
  • Develops and executes annual revenue goals and expense budgets
  • Manage departmental expenses, codes invoices and compares expenses and revenues against actuals and budgets
  • Manage and perform annual reviews on department personnel
  • Executes contracts on behalf of department
  • Implement budgetary reviews and Year End report
  • Marketing Management
  • Develop and execute annual subscription campaigns
  • Develop and execute advertising creative and schedules for each production and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Devise mailing list strategies for direct mail campaigns. Direct list exchanges
  • Act as primary contact for mail house for all marketing-related mailings
  • Research and maintain current media outlets (with the Public Relations and Publications Manager) and community partners for advertising and promotional opportunities
  • Conceptualize and manage promotions and cross-promotions to heighten institutional awareness and support ticket sales
  • Develop and execute sales, pacing and revenue comparison reports
  • Public Relations and Publications
  • Lead on all crisis management public relations issues
  • Serve as an on-site media representative at performances, special events and promotional activities
  • Oversee the activities of the Public Relations and Publications Manager, artists and media for interviews, media coverage, promotional and publicity events
  • Assist the fundraising activities by editing collateral materials produced by that department and scheduling and utilizing electronic distribution
  • Oversee the production of video clips, media photography, electronic media publications, program books, in-house publications and promotional collateral
  • Coordinate proofing and approvals between TWB, designers and printers
  • Oversees bi-weekly external communications meetings and media scheduling
  • Website and e-Marketing Management
  • Point of contact for website design firm
  • Manage the compiling, writing, collection, coordination, updating and management of site content
  • Conceptualize and implement initiatives to increase patron email database
  • Maintain consistency in company image and editorial content in traditional and non-traditional collateral materials
  • Retail/Merchandise Management
  • Oversees the activities of the Sugar Plum Shoppe and production merchandising
  • Develop and maintain merchandise budgets
  • Oversee the Marketing and Communications Coordinator’s efforts to manage the production and ordering of all merchandise and supervise season retail manager, staff and volunteers
  • Miscellaneous
  • TWB representative at special events, promotions and appearances
  • Manage the hiring of department staff and the management of department volunteers and interns
  • Other duties as assigned

Internal Contacts: 
ED, AD, Marketing Department Staff, Artistic Staff, Finance Department Staff, School Director, and others as needed

External Contacts:
Advertising media and agencies, mailhouses, printers, designers, venues, telemarketing, photographers, videographers, website developers, media, TWB Volunteers, retail/publication partners (designers, shippers), Members of the Board

Positions Supervised:
Director of Patron Services, Public Relations and Publications Manager, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Group & Patron Sales Coordinator, Ticket Services Assistant


  • A bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Communications, or a related field
  • 7-years experience working in Marketing/Public Relations, preferably in the arts, or a non-profit organization, 3-years in a supervisory capacity

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Experience in event operations and management
  • Comfortable in a leadership role
  • Communicate conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to executive staff
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently and as part of team
  • Ability to work in high-pressure situations

Knowledge of:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook essential
  • Website content management systems, email systems, databases, html, and Adobe Creative Suite beneficial
  • Dance knowledge, or arts organization knowledge (non-profit) a plus

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment

Executive Assistant and Corporate Secretary (EA/CS)

Department: Administration
Reports to: Managing Director (MD), Artistic Director (AD), Board Chair (BC)
Start Date: Immediate
Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Scope: The EA&CS enhances executives’ effectiveness by providing information management support; representing the executive to others as required. This position is responsible for supporting administrative duties related to the responsibilities of the MD, AD and BC, it serves as a primary contact point for communications with the AD and MD, and liaises with members of the Board of Directors at-large.


  • Conserves executives’ time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence; drafting letters and documents; collecting and analyzing information; initiating communications
  • Maintains executives’ appointment schedules by planning and scheduling meetings, events, activities, and travel activities
  • Books company travel and lodging for the AD and MD
  • Supports daily responsibilities and ongoing projects of the AD, MD and BC
  • Liaises between the AD and MD and members of the Board of Directors
  • Provides ancillary administrative duties to the BC of the Board of Directors
  • Coordinates the implementation or board mandates and strategic plan initiatives, board and committee meetings, drafts and prepares agendas for board meetings
  • Liaises with the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board
  • Coordinates, updates and communicates edits to the company calendars
  • Records and distributes minutes at meetings as assigned, including all meetings of the Board of the Directors
  • Acts as official holder of all corporate documents and minutes
  • Coordinates and prepares agendas for meetings led by AD/MD
  • Communicates any studio/meeting/facility use requests to internal/external parties
  • Assists on special projects as assigned by AD, MD, or the Director of Artistic Operations. This may include conducting industry research, compiling and analyzing data, processing files or generating communication, etc.
  • Culls specifics of schedules, itineraries, maps, accommodations, etc. for AD and MD company related travel in a concise print/electronic document; may perform the same for guests of the company in communication with the Company Manager
  • Assists with the set-up and restoration of equipment and supplies, food and beverage for events and meetings as needed
  • Fields phone calls, communications, mail and general inquiries made to the AD and MD
  • Provides limited administrative assistance to the Artistic Group (Ballet Master/s, Guest Artists, etc.). Duties may include meeting arrangement, travel coordination (in connection with the Company Manager), answering correspondence, filing, faxing, copying, scanning, printing, generating letters and forms, and processing invoices or reporting budget information to appropriate budge manager/s.
  • Maintains office supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; evaluating new office products; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks
  • Maintains company’s participation in professional service organizations
  • May serve as “manager on duty” for assigned performances or events/shows
  • Other duties as assigned

Internal Contacts: 
MD, AD, BC, Artistic Staff, Director of Artistic Operations, School Director, Trainee Program Director, Finance Director, Production Stage Manager, Music Director, Human Resource Staff, Health Management Staff, Company Dancers, Company Pianists, Marketing Department Staff, Development Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Marketing Department Staff, School Staff, Stage Management Staff, Wardrobe/Costume Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed

External Contacts:
Board Members, constituents, representatives of other arts organizations, artist agents, artists, company guests, members of the general public

Qualifications- Education and Experience (min.):

  • Bachelor’s Degree, ideally with business emphasis and dance/theater studies
  • At least 3 years of administrative experience for a similar size performing arts organization
  • At least 2 years of non-profit performing arts industry experience in artistic, production or administrative capacity
  • Familiarity with MS Office software including Word and Excel, PowerPoint and other Windows-based software
  • Advanced typing skills, stenographic/recording skills, strong administrative and business writing skills, high-level time management and presentation skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous internal or external customer service experience preferred
  • Online and offline research experience required

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • In an optimistic, creative, and timely manner, actively attends to all administrative and logistical matters pertaining to the daily schedule, coordination, communication and planning of the AD and ED
  • Maintains constituent confidence and protects operations by keeping select information confidential
  • Alerts AD and MD of meetings, events and special activities on a daily basis
  • Prioritizes work to effectively balance assignments, communications, and relations
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director(s) in a timely manner
  • Demonstrates exceptional skills in managing administrative responsibilities efficiently
  • Confidentially, and with respect to private/confidential information, communicates and disseminates information or data to appropriate personnel or individuals
  • Communicates common information with employees and other individuals in a timely manner to ensure clear and mutual understandings
  • Prepares electronic media presentations and produces information packets for meetings and presentations
  • Fosters ongoing positive relationships with individuals encountered
  • Maintains positive and professional decorum in relations with others
  • Effectively and accurately proofs own documents and materials, adhering to contemporary professional business grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Effectively uses office equipment to perform duties in an efficient manner. Produces complete and accurate work in a timely manner
  • Enthusiastically offers support or assistance to members the staff
  • Demonstrates sound project management skills including ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Performs duties as assigned by AD/ED in a timely manner and with a creative and positive attitude
  • Works in a detail oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrates strong writing, mathematical and analytical skills
  • Faces demanding situations with tenacity, sensitivity and positive approach
  • Works independently and as part of team

Knowledge of:

  • Office workflow / operations
  • Basic Theatre operations
  • Ballet/Dance company operations

Physical Demands:

  • Cyclical working hours – according to season programming
  • Evening and weekend hours as required or assigned
  • Standing and sitting for long hours
  • Ability to lift and carry 35 pounds

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • Computer and software
  • Standard office equipment

Part-Time Positions

Please check back for available positions.


The Washington Ballet @THEARC Summer Internship 2014

The application process for Summer Internship 2014 at TWB@THEARC is now closed. Please check back for updates!

Summer Development Internship

TWB is seeking motivated candidates for an internship opportunity within our Development department. Candidates will have strong verbal and writing skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office, experience with Raiser’s Edge database highly preferred, a professional demeanor, and an interest in the performing arts and event planning and operations. Recent college graduates and college seniors are encouraged to apply.
Compensation: Rewarding and career-building experience working for one of the nation’s largest ballet companies and the opportunity to work on a variety of unique and exciting projects. Possible graduate credit if university/college allows. Free Adult Dance classes with excellent instructors from The Washington School of Ballet and tickets to productions.
To Apply: Please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to the Development Operations Coordinator, Alexandra Neal, at aneal@washingtonballet.org. Please include “Summer Development Internship” in the subject line.

Summer Public Relations and Marketing Internship 2014

The Washington Ballet is offering Summer 2014 internships, which support The Washington Ballet’s public relations and marketing efforts in the following areas: public relations, publications, copy writing, special projects and social media.
Compensation: Great experience working for the nation’s tenth largest ballet company and the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Possible graduate credit if University allows. Free Adult Dance classes with excellent instructors from The Washington School of Ballet.
To Apply: Current undergraduates may apply, but recent graduates and current graduate students preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and writing skills, interest in the performing arts and experience using Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and social media platforms highly beneficial. A professional demeanor and outgoing personality essential. Please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to the Marketing and Communications Manager, Elizabeth Chu, at echu@washingtonballet.org. Please include “Public Relations and Marketing Internship” in the subject line.