How to Apply
The Washington Ballet’s Company and Studio Company seeks classically trained dancers.
The Washington Ballet is currently accepting applications for the following positions. For details of each position, click on the left side menu tabs below. To apply for a listed position, interested candidates should send the following items:
- Cover letter (complete with salary history)
- Current resume
- List of professional references
- TWB Employment Application (click to complete this fillable application, print and sign it)
Return the above items via email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Position Title: Stage Manager
Reports to: Production Manager
Classification: Full Time Seasonal – Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Under the Supervision of the Production Manager, the Stage Manager’s role is to facilitate rehearsals, performances, and events for The Washington Ballet’s performing company (TWB) and The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB).
- Serve as the principal Stage Manager for all Company and Studio Company performances, and TWB and TWSB events as assigned.
- Serve as the primary show caller and run tech rehearsals for all Company and Studio Company performances, and TWB and TWSB events as assigned.
- Tape out/mark studios (England, Phillips, Studio 2, and Studio 3) to venue specs, updating as new information arises. This includes, but is not limited to, centers, quarters, eighths, wing locations, spike marks, and scenic marks. Refresh marks as needed.
- Facilitate technical needs in rehearsal (i.e., props, scenery, music, floor marks, etc.).
- Check in with rehearsals, keeping tabs on needs and questions. As requested, create and disseminate daily rehearsal reports.
- Check studios daily to ensure they are ready for company class, rehearsals, and events (i.e., temperature, cleanliness, audio systems functional, etc.). Liaise with the Facilities Manager to resolve issues promptly.
- Proactively seek out any recorded music needs for rehearsals. Install music on the studio audio systems and update as needed. Upon request, provide the music on USBs for anyone running a rehearsal.
- Source rehearsal props as needed.
- When needed, set and strike props and scenery before, during, and after rehearsals and studio performances/events.
- Research and create show running paperwork, such as calling sheets, deck run sheets, follow spot run sheets, etc.
- Archive “As Run” paperwork and recorded performance tracks.
- Serve as the day-to-day communications hub between the Artistic and Production Departments.
- Record rehearsals as requested. Disseminate as required.
- Maintain TWB’s Vimeo account for rehearsal, rental, and other needs. Upload videos as requested, and share with dancers, répétiteurs, choreographers, etc.
- Participate in all production and venue meetings.
- Train and supervise Assistant Stage Managers and Production Assistants as needed.
- Work with the Assistant Stage Manager and Production Assistants to keep them informed of duties and show running needs.
- Keep the Production road box stocked.
- At the venue, disseminate run sheets, schedules, and other information to the crew and update as needed. Set up Production office. Post schedules, run orders, and other show-specific information. Page preshow and intermission calls, check presets and dancer amenities, etc. Cover class and work-light rehearsals. Create and disseminate Performance Reports after each performance. Pack up Production office on load out.
- Ensure that props and other performance equipment are handled and stored safely according to industry best practices.
- Ensure that dancer and crew safety is paramount in technical rehearsals and performances.
- Other duties as assigned.
General Manager, Production Manager, Assistant Production Manager, Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Masters, Facilities Manager and staff, Production Carpenter, Production Electrician, Assistant Stage Manager, Properties Master, Lighting Supervisor, Wardrobe Supervisor, Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor, Wardrobe Assistant
Venue crews, theater managers, répétiteurs, choreographers, designers.
Qualifications – Education and Experience
- A bachelor’s degree in stage management, or equivalent stage management experience.
- Minimum two years of professional stage management experience, preferably in ballet.
- Strong musical sense. Ability to read music is a plus.
- Knowledge of ballet terminology.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Proficiency with the basics of QLab and Sound Forge Pro (or other sound editing software) is a plus.
- Basic knowledge of scenic carpentry, theatrical sound, and lighting.
Professional and Personal Competencies:
- Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet.
- Collaborate effectively with the Production and Artistic Departments.
- Ballet experience strongly preferred.
- Touring experience and experience working in a unionized environment preferred.
- Ability to foster a safe, collaborative, respectful, and energized work environment
- Self-motivated and goal oriented.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Successfully juggle multiple priorities and meet demanding deadlines.
- Willingness and ability to learn new things and eagerness to acquire new skills.
- Maintain positive and professional decorum in relations with others.
- Sensitive to equity, diversity, and inclusion issues and committed to supporting greater equity, diversity, and inclusion in the ballet community and in the arts in general.
- The ability to lift 50 pounds, get down to and up from the floor, and sit or stand for long periods.
- The ability to maintain a good sense of humor and the composure to work among and with unionized stagehands and children are assets deemed essential to the execution of responsibilities.
- Finalist candidates will be expected to undergo a background check at the expense of TWB.
Equipment Knowledge and Use:
- PC computers
- Microsoft Office
- Standard office equipment
- Portable music player and speakers
To apply please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Please put the words STAGE MANAGER in the subject line of the-mail.
The Washington Ballet is an equal opportunity employer
Upper Division Faculty, SE Campus
Part-time Faculty: Upper Division, SE Campus
Department: School – SE Campus@THEARC
Position Title: Part-time Faculty, Upper Division
Reports to: Head of School SE Campus
Classification: Part-time, Contract
Location: TWSB SE Campus, THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020
The Washington School of Ballet seeks a candidate with significant experience teaching ballet technique to children ages 11-18. Applicant must possess strong classical ballet and pedagogy knowledge, must be a team player, teach the school’s syllabus, and have experience in staging and adapting classical repertory for children.
- Instruct ballet classes in Levels 4-6 of TWSB Syllabus
- Serve as a substitute for Lower Division, Pre-ballet Division, and/or Adult Program as assigned
- Répétiteur for Spring Performance and Upper Division Showcases
- Provide written evaluations for students
- Attend faculty meetings and curriculum trainings
Director of School Operations, Artistic Director, SE Campus School Manager, Faculty, Accompanists
Students, Faculty, Pianists
Qualifications – Education and Experience
Teaching and professional experience in a nationally recognized company and/or school is preferred. Experience teaching and choreographing for children is a must.
Professional and Technical Competencies:
- Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
- Must possess cultural sensitivity and awareness to work with a diverse demographic
- Have a desire to learn the school’s syllabus and lesson plan accordingly
- Works in a detail-oriented manner
- Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor
- Desire to work collaboratively as part of the team
- Understanding of musicality and ability to communicate with pianist
- Willingness to take constructive feedback and embrace a reflective approach to teaching
- Classical Ballet
- Ballet History and Pedagogy
Equipment Knowledge and Use:
- PC and software
- Standard office, sound, and AV equipment
For consideration, please send cover letter and resume to Monica Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre Ballet and Lower Division Teacher
Pre-Ballet and Lower Division Teacher (Levels 1A, 1B)
Department: Pre-Ballet Division/Lower Division
Position Title: Teacher
Reports to: Pre-Ballet Division Head/Lower Division Head
Classification: Part Time
Location: TWSB NW Campus
The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is in search of a well-qualified teacher to teach in our year-round and summer programs. Candidates should have two+ years of dance instruction experience with young children ages 4-9. We prefer applicants with an extensive dance background, a degree in elementary or early childhood education, or professional equivalency.
If interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Pamela Bjerknes at email@example.com.