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La Jolla Playhouse is a passion-led organization and offers several fun and rewarding employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

How to Apply: To apply for an open position please submit a resume and cover letter to the contact listed. La Jolla Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer. La Jolla Playhouse will not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, gender identity, genetic information, sex or sexual orientation, or any other protected category in its hiring and employment practices, or in any other aspect of the employment relationship.


PRODUCTION


Production Carpenter

Department: Production
Classification: IATSE Hourly
Schedule: Weekdays, weeknights, holidays and/or weekends
Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Production Manager & Technical Director
Works With: LJP Staff, Visiting Artists & Designers, IATSE Labor, UCSD Residents & Students
Supervises: IATSE Carpenters, Welders, Riggers, and Casual Over-hire; IATSE Apprentices & Pre-Apprentices

Under the direction of the Technical Director and Production Manager, the Production Carpenter serves as a key member of La Jolla Playhouse’s Production Staff. The position is expected to function in a fast-paced and detail-critical environment with direction from the Technical Director, participating in and facilitating stage activities including load in, tech, the run of a show, and strike & transfer.

The Production Carpenter is responsible for collaborating with the Master Carpenter on all projects from load in of the show through strike and is responsible for the management of all scenery during technical rehearsals, previews, performance, and strike. Key to the success of those projects, the Production Carpenter, in conjunction with the Technical Director and Production Manager, will take an active role in communicating with other IATSE Stage hands and La Jolla Playhouse Management to ensure successful execution of all designed scenic elements.

The Production Carpenter supervises day to day operations of the stage related to any productions produced or presented by La Jolla Playhouse to which they are assigned; collaborates with the Technical Director and Master Carpenter in the development of load-in schedules and crew assignments; monitors the safety and maintenance of all stage-related facilities and equipment; fulfills all other duties as assigned by the Technical Director or Production Manager. The strongest candidate is a leader and technician committed to the artistic vision and mission of La Jolla Playhouse.

Please see the full job description here.

To Apply:

  • Please send resume and references along with a cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • No phone calls please
  • La Jolla Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Employment decisions are based on needs of the organization, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, age or belief and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply.



Draper

FT Seasonal

Classification: Hourly IATSE
Schedule: Weekdays, some weeknights, holidays and/or weekends
Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Production Management & Costumes Supervisor
Works With: LJP Staff, UCSD Residents & Students, Visiting Artists & Designers, IATSE Labor
Supervises: LJP Staff Costume personnel, Apprentices & Pre-Apprentices, IATSE Over-Hire

Under the direction of the Costume Supervisor and Production Manager, the Draper serves as a key member of La Jolla Playhouse’s Production Department. The position is expected to function independently in a fast-paced and detail-critical environment. The Draper works closely with and is responsible for managing projects from conception through completion with the design and creative teams for each production. Key to the success of those projects, the Draper, in conjunction with the Production Manager and Costume Supervisor, will take an active role in communication with, Designers, IATSE personnel and La Jolla Playhouse Management to ensure successful execution of all designed costume elements.

The Draper supervises day to day operations in the costume shop related to any productions produced and presented by La Jolla Playhouse to which they are assigned; supervises implementation of the Costume Designer’s plans; assists the Costume Supervisor in the development of scheduling, inventory controls and communication between production and artistic staff; achieves other special projects as needed; and fulfills all other duties as assigned by the Costume Supervisor or Production Manager. The strongest candidate is a manager, skilled technician and artist committed to the artistic vision and mission of La Jolla Playhouse.

Please see the full job description here.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to: Benjamin Seibert, Production Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include “Draper” in the subject line. Electronic submissions only. No mail, fax or phone calls please. EOE.



First Hand

FT

Classification: IATSE Over-Hire, Seasonal Hourly
Schedule: Weekdays, weeknights, holidays and some weekends
Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Draper, Costume Shop Manager

It is the job of the First Hand to assist the Cutter/Draper in whatever way it best serves the production.

Job duties

  • Assist the Draper in laying out and cutting of garments as assigned.
  • Act as primary source of information regarding construction of garments. It is your job to try and answer as many questions as possible from the seamstresses so that the Draper may concentrate on patterning.
  • Obtain as much information as necessary about each garment's construction.
  • Carry out construction assignments as given, asking questions and/or offering alternative methods if they seem appropriate.
  • Confer with drapers, shop foreman, shop manager and/or assistant shop manager and seamstresses in helping to set up construction and fitting deadlines and assignment of garments to seamstresses.
  • Keep abreast of the construction process.
  • Attend costume shop staff meetings, as well as special conference meetings.
  • Stock supplies as they come in.
  • Monitor supplies and advise buyer or shop manager when things are getting low.
  • Clean and oil personal machine and remind seamstresses to do the same

Please see the full job description here.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to: Benjamin Seibert, Production Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include “First Hand” in the subject line. Electronic submissions only. No mail, fax or phone calls please. EOE.



Stitcher

FT

Classification: IATSE Over-Hire, Seasonal Hourly
Schedule: Weekdays, with occasional weeknights, weekends, and holidays
Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Costume Shop Manager

Responsibilities shall be those for Stitcher as that term is generally understood in the theatre industry and shall include but are not limited to: all facets of the construction process for costumes under the Shop Manager’s supervision as well as any other duties as assigned by Costume Shop Manager. You will be expected to comply with departmental safety regulations.

Job duties

  • Serve as Stitcher for specific La Jolla Playhouse productions.
  • Assist in construction of all costumes for productions, including alteration and modification in existing garments.
  • Assist with upkeep and general clean up of costume shop facilities.
  • Assist with the maintenance of costume shop supplies and inventory.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the shop manager, shop supervisor, and shop foreman.

Please see the full job description here.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to: Benjamin Seibert, Production Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include “Stitcher” in the subject line. Electronic submissions only. No mail, fax or phone calls please. EOE.



Seasonal Positions

La Jolla Playhouse (LORT B) is currently accepting resumes for consideration for future IATSE hourly positions. Special attention will be paid to applicants residing in the San Diego area. Must have a valid driver's license, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Positions are hourly plus overtime. Send resume and references to: Production Management at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Electronic submissions only; no mail, fax or phone calls please. EOE.



DEVELOPMENT


The Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theatre in residence situated on the magnificent campus of the University of California, San Diego. La Jolla Playhouse is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, California.

Under inspired leadership, La Jolla Playhouse has become the place to see what’s next on the American theatre landscape. The Playhouse’s brilliant and innovative productions of new plays and musicals, including 75+ world premieres, 44 commissions and 38 American or West Coast premieres, have merited over 300 major honors, including 35 Tony Awards for its 28 productions that have transferred to Broadway, along with the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

The Playhouse is currently interviewing for the following Development positions:


Special Events Manager

Full-time Exempt (Pay Group "A")

The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse seeks to hire a Special Events Manager who will manage our institutional events from start to finish. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Special Events Manager will manage the Playhouse’s 60 high quality annual events to include fundraisers, Development donor benefit fulfillment events and other institutional events.

The ideal candidate will possess the skills needed to successfully execute all the responsibilities of the position, including supervising a team of people including the Assistant Manager of Special Events, Special Projects Coordinator, interns, consultants, porters, bartenders, vendors and volunteers.

Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; and a minimum of 4 years’ experience managing large events. Experience in a non-profit environment a plus.

Please click here to see the entire job description.

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and place “Special Events Manager” in the subject line.



Major Gifts Officer

Full-time Exempt with benefits
Reports to the Director of Development

La Jolla Playhouse is looking for an entrepreneurial, dynamic development professional to join our team. As one of the top non-profit theaters in the country, the Playhouse is at the forefront of innovation on the regional, national and international theater scenes. Our annual operating budget is $17 million and our annual fundraising goal is $6.5 million. Reporting to the Director of Development and working with an accomplished, collaborative fundraising team, the ideal development professional will play a key role in insuring the theater’s continued success. If you have a passion for theater, the arts and San Diego please review our job description by clicking the link below and apply to join us in a transformative, impactful and stimulating arts environment.

The Major Gift Officer will work on the team to design, develop and implement an advanced major gift program. Responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as an emphasis on identifying new individual and corporate prospects. An ability to work with high level donors and clearly communicate our organization’s mission. Expected to energize team members, persuade prospects and persevere as the program grows into a strong 5 figure and 6 figure gift program. Leveraging existing events as a tool to attract and cultivate a new pipeline of support.

Please click here to see the entire job description.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include Major Gifts Officer in the subject line. We will contact you if we need anything further from you.