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 is seeking to fill the following positions:


Director of Development

La Jolla Playhouse is seeking an entrepreneurial, results-driven, senior fundraising professional to lead our dynamic Development team. As one of the top regional theatres in the country, the Playhouse is at the forefront of innovation and new work on the American theatre scene – with 3 three shows currently on Broadway, 2 shows Off-Broadway and 3 touring internationally. The Playhouse has its home in the UC San Diego Theatre District and is a strong voice of San Diego’s Arts & Culture community. Our annual operating budget is $15M and our annual fundraising goal is $7M. We are also in the process of a series of $5M to $10M Endowment and Capitalization Campaigns.

The Director of Development is a key member of the Playhouse Senior Leadership team and manages an accomplished, energetic fundraising department of 8. This position plays a vital role in insuring the theatre’s continued success.

As a Playhouse Philanthropy leader, the Director of Development will be propelled into a transformative – relevant – stimulating arts environment, where you will work in close partnership with staff, Executive leadership, trustees, artists, students and volunteers to achieve the fundraising goals of the organization.

The Director of Development is responsible for cultivating relationships and executing the strategic direction, coordination and implementation of all fundraising efforts including annual giving and unique campaigns. Collaboration and positive visibility are both essential components to the success of the role.

» Please see the full job description here

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Include “Director of Development” in the subject line of your email.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The compensation package includes excellent medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, a paid time off program and a 403(b) retirement plan.

Institutional Giving Officer

Classification: Full-Time Exempt with Benefits
Reports to: Director of Development

The Institutional Giving Officer will oversee the organization’s Corporate, Foundation and Government grants (totaling approximately $1.5 million annually). The Incumbent will assist the Institutional Giving Campaign by conducting prospect and donor research and writing grant proposals and reports, including compiling and editing support materials. The Institutional Giving Officer will be fully responsible for the grant process including maintaining a grant calendar, tracking grant status and reporting progress to goal. Additionally, the Incumbent will be responsible for the creation of presentations; will steward relationships with funders; support government advocacy efforts and supervise grant-related activities of the Development Coordinator. The Institutional Giving Officer will be expected to maintain a keen understanding of the Playhouse strategic plan, artistic mission and education and outreach programs by proactively interacting with leadership and colleagues.

» Please see the full job description here

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to [email protected]. Please include “Institutional Giving Officer” in the subject line. EOE.


Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt, Hourly
Reports to: Special Events Manager

The Bartender will work elevated events ranging from corporate receptions of 100 people to our opening night receptions with top-notch donors ranging from 200 to 500 people. The Bartender will be responsible for serving our donors at the bar, making mixed drinks as requested for opening nights, and bringing up as well as taking down alcohol to the basement for each event with a Special Events staff member.

» Please see the full job description here

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to [email protected]. Please include “Bartender” in the subject line. EOE.

Patron Services

Patron Services Representative

FT or PT: Part Time
Schedule: Weekdays, weeknights, weekends

The Patron Services Representative represents the La Jolla Playhouse and UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance to patrons, both over the telephone and in person, selling single tickets and subscriptions while providing quality customer service. The Patron Services Representative is responsible for renewing subscriptions for fixed seat subscribers. They will resolve patron complaints within the scope of their responsibility; otherwise referring the patron to Patron Services Management. The ideal candidate will provide patrons with accurate play, musical, and/or special event information ensuring a positive ticketing experience.

» Please see the full job description here

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include “Patron Services Representative” in the subject line. EOE.


Technical Director

FT or PT: Full Time
Classification: Annual Salary
Schedule: Weekdays, weeknights, some holidays and/or weekends
Status: Exempt
Reports to: Production Management
Works with: LJP Staff, Production Management, Visiting Artists and Designers, IATSE Labor, LJP Operations, UCSD Residents & Students, UCSD Supervisors
Supervises: Technical Direction Staff, IATSE Scenery Labor, IATSE Paints Labor, IATSE Apprentices & Pre-Apprentices

Under the direction of the Production Manager, the Technical Director 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, working 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 Technical Director, in conjunction with the Production Manager, will take an active role in facilitating communication with Scenery, Props, Electrics, and Sound Departments, Designers, IATSE Stage hands and La Jolla Playhouse Management to ensure all departments are informed about designs, changes, technical planning, and scheduling for each production.

The Technical Director will have the primary responsibility of overseeing the construction, installation, maintenance and transfer of scenery (built, purchased, rented, or otherwise) for all productions produced and presented by La Jolla Playhouse including festivals and special events while maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. Strong candidates will possess a demonstrated ability to forecast labor and material budgets, track budgets throughout the production process, and present efficient technical and artistic solutions to the design and production teams. The successful candidate is an engineer, technician, manager, 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 [email protected]. Please include “Technical Director” in the subject line. Electronic submissions only. No mail, fax or phone calls please. EOE.



Full Time
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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. Electronic submissions only; no mail, fax or phone calls please. EOE.

Photo credit: Emma Hunton (left) and the cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Freaky Friday; photo by Jim Carmody.

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