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2023 Audition Intensive

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) is pleased to announce a free two-day in-person Audition Intensive this summer as an extension of Crowded Fire’s core values of expanding access to Bay Area stages for all and creating art with fierce love. CFTs Audition Intensive is a chance for any actor to brush up their game plan – or create one – for auditioning, initiating and maintaining solid professional relationships with Casting Directors, and generating an original monologue. Leading the intensive, Dawn Monique Williams and M. Graham Smith will take you through the ins and outs of finding casting notices, polishing your resume and headshot, and preparing a strong audition monologue in a simulated audition. 

This is also an opportunity to prepare for CFT’s audition process and to allow our team to get to know actors better through an in-depth, intimate process. We are thrilled to be able to offer these sessions free-of-charge to actors.

If you wish to participate in this intensive, please submit your Headshot and Resume along with a note of interest in the online application. The goal of this intensive is to support a diverse pool of applicants. In your brief note of interest please tell us a little about yourself as an artist and as a person and/or a piece of art that moved you. If you would prefer, you can submit a link to a short video or audio file instead of a written response. Participants must be available to attend both sessions in-person and willing to prepare a monologue.

Application Deadline:  Monday, June 26th, 12pm PST

Link to Apply:

Intensive Dates: 

  • July 10, 6:30pm-10pm PT: Seminar and Q&A
  • July 17, 7pm-10pm PT: Mock Auditions

Location: Crowded Fire Theater Annex 1695 18th St San Francisco, CA

Please contact Leigh Rondon-Davis (leighr[AT] with any questions or concerns!


Year-round Staff

Our indispensable home for theater-makers prioritizes a human-centered approach. We nurture, develop, and produce revolutionary artistic voices, centering courageous and inventive BIPOC narratives that push the boundaries of what a play is. We do this by resourcing a variety of different programs each season including, and not limited to:

  • Productions (one-to-three)
  • Matchbox development program (three-to-seven pieces) consisting of commissions, workshops, readings, and the creation of solo work
  • Twitch BIPOC-centered artistic discussion series
  • our Audition Intensive 
  • and The Ignite Grant for designers and technicians

Crowded Fire Staff and Board hold a multiplicity of identities, with a plurality of experiences!

In line with our commitments to shared leadership and greater transparency, we’ve created an outline of our recruitment process and policies! You can find more information here, and don’t hesitate to contact opportunities[AT] with any questions or concerns!


Board Membership

Have you ever considered that your experience and passions might be just what a non-profit theater arts-organization is looking for? Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) seeks Board Members. We are seeking volunteer changemakers as Board members to advance and uphold the mission of the organization, through collective guidance and governance. 

What qualities might you bring? 

  • A deep care for others and community (long-term relationship building).
  • Strong communication skills with intuitive awareness. 
  • A strong balance of respect, humbleness, and badassery.
  • Strong consensus building with the ability to motivate people and assemble strong teams. 
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative or collective-based environment.
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to look ahead. A radical futurist who pushes the organization and field forward.
  • Deep appreciation for the arts as a pathway for social change.
  • Self-reflection and leadership through learning. 
  • Some negotiation skills.
  • A solution-oriented mindset.
  • Sense of humor and a love of theater. 

Read the full Board Member position description
& learn more here!

Let us know you are interested!

Please email a resume and a letter of interest (or resume with a video submission expressing why you are interested in this service role with our organization), along with the names and contact information for one or two references to opportunities[AT], subject line: Board Interest. Please make sure that references are from current and/or former supervisors and/or board colleagues and that information includes names, phone numbers, and the name of the organization where you worked with each person. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the existing roles will remain open until filled. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis. No phone calls or packets by regular mail, please.


Artist Positions

We hire on a project-by-project basis and are eager to connect with local artists in our field. Check out ways to let us know about you and your work in order to be considered for upcoming projects.

Actors: Please email headshots/resumes. Project-specific auditions are by invitation only; however, we also hold general auditions once a year. In your email, let us know if you are also interested in our free Audition Intensive, aimed at demystifying and making you comfortable with the audition process. This initiative, which is completely free for participants, seeks to increase representation on our Bay Area stages, and was conceived of and led by CFT Resident Artists.

Designers, Stage Managers, and Technicians: Please send your resumes, with cover letter, to opportunities[AT], subject line: [Your Field, ie. Lighting Design]. Stage Managers, in your cover letter, please specify what color spike tape you would be and why. Along with professional technicians and designers, Crowded Fire is interested in current theater students and other qualified individuals to assistant stage-manage, production-assist, volunteer, or shadow the Production Manager at a technical rehearsal.

Dramaturgs: Resumes and cover letters can be sent to the literary office.

Playwrights: We receive a high volume of scripts from literary agents and new play development companies, including Playwrights Foundation and PlayGround locally, Playwrights’ Center (MN), and New Dramatists. We are particularly interested in meeting new and emerging writers of color whose work aligns with our mission, and who are radically challenging theatrical conventions — writers whose work is experimental, abstract, interrogative, and iconoclastic.  Unagented playwrights are welcome to submit their scripts to our literary office. (Please note that due to the number of script submissions we receive and our limited capacity, response times for unsolicited scripts may be longer than usual.)


Ignite Fund

Are you a Bay Area designer or technician? You may be eligible to apply for Crowded Fire’s IGNITE FUND, supporting the growth of and enhancing the working lives of theater designers and technicians in the Bay Area,with an eye towards supporting the plurality of race, culture, class, gender, and age in our local design and technical community. Click here for guidelines and to apply.


Mentorship Program

For individuals at any stage of their career, in any area of theater, Crowded Fire offers customized one-to-one mentorship programs within our Resident Artist community. We are not currently soliciting applicants, but please email us if you’d like to learn more.



We love volunteers! CFT is a nonprofit theater, and a donation of your time is a deeply meaningful way to give. If you are interested in operating concessions, assisting with administrative tasks, or are handy behind the scenes, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll shower you with love and complimentary admission to our shows! Email Managing Director Bethany Herron with your interest and availability.


About working with CFT

View our full Code of Conduct here!

Crowded Fire Theater provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all who work for and/or apply to work for Crowded Fire, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or disability (mental & physical).

Crowded Fire Theater is committed to a diversity of voices on and off the stage, and we seek to remove any of the structural barriers that prevent a broad landscape of candidates making it through the door. We present clear and flexible criteria for our job postings, to reduce applicant self-censoring, and we avoid the creation of unnecessary barriers that may otherwise preclude candidates from reaching us with their interest in working with Crowded Fire.  

Since 2013, Crowded Fire Theater has worked to right-size the financial stability of the organization, setting aggressive and intentional goals to raise staff salaries and artist fees. While we navigate these financial waters, we believe transparency in our staff salary ranges and in our hourly artist rates is critical in order to build trust and engage with our community of artists, with as much clarity as possible around the compensation we offer. Artist compensation is currently set at a minimum hourly rate ($17.20/hr as of July 1, 2022), and all staff are compensated at an hourly rate ranging between $20-$25/hr, with the exception of specific grant-funded roles and a temporary Technical Director, hired as needed at a higher rate.