Jobs and Calls

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Development Manager (specializing in Individual Giving)

Program/Department: Administration/Management

Direct Report: Producing Artistic Director

Classification: Full-Time/Salaried/Exempt/Benefits Eligible

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization produces artistic works and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific experiences. As the longest running professional theatre of color in the country, EWP has a full-time staff of 7 and produces 4-5 mainstage shows per season at the 240 seat David Henry Hwang Theater located in Los Angeles, California and other venues.  Additionally, EWP’s education programs reach thousands of youth in Southern California through touring shows, storytelling workshops, and its professional enrichment programs which aim to support artists through its actor conservatory program and writers institute.

Reporting to EWP’s Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, the Development Manager will oversee individual donor and corporate sponsorship programs,  support Board development, and oversee management and execution of grant writing to public and private funding agencies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Artistic Director to design and implement a comprehensive annual giving campaign and reassess EWP’s individual and corporate donor programs;
  • Oversee planning, strategy and implementation of donor campaigns with Marketing team;
  • Devise and implement strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade individual and corporate donors;
  • Strategically support the effective implementation and execution of an annual events schedule, including donor cultivation events, galas, and related efforts;
  • Craft and lead next capital campaign with the Producing Artistic Director;
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors; assist in the recruitment of new Board Members; respond to Board Member requests for information and communicate development initiatives with the Board.

East West Players seeks a committed, proactive, and strong diplomatic thinker to help shape the organization’s future. This individual will possess a passion for Asian American issues and for bringing people together across community lines. In addition to articulating and demonstrating a commitment to the mission of East West Players, he/she will also demonstrate a commitment to and share in East West Players’ aesthetic, which is diverse, enlightening, educational, innovative, and community-specific theater. Interpersonal skills and oral/written skills must be exceptional.

Additional requirements include:

  • 3-5 years of development management experience preferably in the arts field;
  • A track record of securing major gifts and meeting contributed income goals;
  • Experience with planning capital campaigns;
  • Proficiency in PatronManager;
  • Must be able to multi-task efficiently, work under high-stress situations, and meet deadlines in fast-paced environment.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation; sick leave; personal and holidays.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest, resume, three references, and salary requirements via email to, ℅ Snehal Desai, Producing Artistic Director.  Please include “DEVELOPMENT MANAGER POSITION” in the subject line.

This position is available to start immediately.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early.    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please do not submit any application materials through the U.S. mail or phone.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Please no emails or phone calls.

It is the policy of East West Players to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

[CASTING] Seeking Actors (Male & Female) for AS WE BABBLE ON by Nathan Ramos

East West Players, the longest-running theater of color in the US, in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, is seeking actors to play Asian American, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Mixed Race & African American for As We Babble On by Nathan Ramos, winner of East West Players’ 2042: See Change Playwriting Competition.

As We Babble On explores the pursuit of success, its costs, and conquering the Swedish BIGBOX. Benji, a first-generation Asian American, struggles in New York City to find his voice as his writing career stalls. As the professional paths of his best friend Sheila and his half-sister Laura begin to blossom, he begins to unravel. As We Babble On explores what lengths we are willing to go to realize our dreams, whether morality is tied to upward mobility, and whether boxed wine and soda is an appropriate sangria recipe after the age of 24.

Find out more at

Directed by Alison M. De La Cruz.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Technical Rehearsals begin Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
Previews begin Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Opening Night is on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Runs for 4 weeks (5 performances a week) through June 24, 2018.

AEA SPT Cat. 5 Contract ($409 per week plus pension and health).
Also seeking non-union performers ($200 honoraria per week plus EMC credit).


BENJI (28 years old): “Gaysian” graphic novelist now moonlighting as a barista who feels that the ‘system’ is against him. Endearing bordering on caustic, potentially charming, awkward but deeply neurotic. Benji’s insecurities root from a real place of loss, which blinds and sometimes paralyzes him to the privileges he does possess.

LAURA (27 years old): Mixed-Race Asian/Caucasian Hapa, half-sister to Benji and bestie to Sheila. A talented, undiscovered long-form journalist critical of systems but still a scrappy pragmatist. Laura believes in taking opportunity at face value regardless of any morally gray implications. She is done with Benji’s wishy-washy BS.

SHEILA (29 years old): African American freelance artist who moonlights as a cam girl (no nudity required) and is Benji’s roommate. She is confident and makes her own rules. Undeterred by adversity, she is a fiercely loyal friend, but has moved past her own angst, and is always future sighted.

VISH (30 years old): South Asian app developer. He is Benji’s Ex, extremely good looking, smart, and confident. Secure in himself enough to see the best in everyone around him, and challenges those he cares about to live past their flaws.

ORSON (33 years old): Caucasian heir to the “Archer eInk Empire.” An optimistic and charismatic person who doesn’t always know where his silver spoon and his privilege have limited him. Orson has begun to question if his family’s wealth has shielded him from ever truly experiencing failure.


For appointments, Agent and Personal submissions may be made through Actors Access and Breakdown Services through November 26, 2017.

Electronic submissions: please send Headshot and Resume to

  • Please list desired role to be considered for in the Email Subject Line
  • Please change file name of PDF or Digital Images to YOUR LAST NAME

Or send via postal mail your recent photo, resume, and role to be considered for:

Casting: AS WE BABBLE ON – [Name Desired Role]
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Open Call Auditions: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11:30AM – 4PM
Preparation: Please prepare 1 one-minute monologue showing your comedic timing.

[CASTING] Seeking Actors for Untitled Theatre for Youth Project

Untitled Theatre for Youth Project
Directed by Marilyn Tokuda

East West Players, the longest-running theatre of color in the U.S. is seeking actors for a world premiere touring production, written by Elizabeth Wong to be performed throughout Los Angeles County.

In response to the recent rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this production tells the story of Tam Tran, Vietnamese American immigrant rights advocate who stood before a congressional committee, advocating for passage of the DREAM Act.

Developed to chronicle the 2001-2002 Senate Bill S.1291 also known as the Dream Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors DREAM Act. The bill failed to pass after several attempts, but solidified the movement until the Obama administration began accepting applications to the DACA program in 2012.

This is a limited run for community organizations, middle and high schools, and colleges and universities.


Five rehearsals a week for 3 weeks : end of January through mid-February 2018.  Performances are on weekdays at schools throughout the county, mid-February through early April 2018 (Actual Schedule TBA pending bookings).

Non-Union Contract ($600 honoraria for rehearsal period, $50 per performance).


Seeking two actors, Age 20s-40s, to play teens to young adult college students:

  • Female, Asian American, and Latina actors highly encouraged to submit.
  • Excellent vocal and physical range, to play several contemporary characters including Tam Tran, her friends and family, professors, administrators, and politicians.
  • Ability with heightened language from classical text to spoken word a plus.


Headshot/resumes will be accepted through November 26, 2017.
Agent and Personal submissions may be made through Actors Access and Breakdown Services.

Electronic submissions, please send Headshot and Resume to 

  • Please specify “EWP TFY” in the Subject Line of the Email
  • Please change filename of PDF or Digital Images to YOUR LAST NAME

Or send via postal mail your recent photo, resume, and role to be considered for:

Casting: Theatre for Youth
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thank you for your interest in submitting your script to East West Players.

Please note that our mission focuses on the Asian Pacific experience, and the majority of the new works we workshop and produce revolve around Asian and Asian American characters and/or themes. We are interested in both plays and musicals.  Works need not be “issue-oriented,” in that race/immigrant issues can be an unspoken component in the work.

We are particularly interested in new comedies, musicals, and works that unearth the history of Asians in America.

Writers are strongly encouraged to browse through our production history, which can be found here. Ask yourselves what kind of plays we’ve produced in the past, and who our audience is.

Manuscripts are now being accepted via email. Scripts should be emailed to Emailed versions of scripts are preferred.

Scripts should be submitted in a PDF format and must include the following:

1. A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number, website and email address.
2. A theatrical resume (two pages max) listing major productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information.
3. A 100 word max synopsis of the play.

Our Literary Committee will read all scripts we deem to be in line with the mission of the theater. Due to the large volume of submissions we will only reach out to playwrights whose work we are interested in.

If you have questions as to whether your work might be suitable for our theater or if you are a playwright with multiple works and not sure what to submit, email: for assistance.

Thank you,
Snehal Desai
Artistic Director, East West Players