Current Opportunities:

  • Internships for high school seniors or college students. Use the contact us to send us your theatre resume and set up an interview!
  • Assistant Director positions open! Send your theatre resume and a statement as to why you want to AD at The Downeaster and which production(s) speak(s) to you and why.
  • Set Design and Construction: Help design and build awesome sets for our upcoming productions! Send photos of previous work and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Costuming: Help shape the characters this season with wardrobe! Send photos of previous work and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Lights: Light up the stage! Let us know your previous experience and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Props: Create the world of each production with props! Let us know your previous experience and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Board Members: contact us with your interest!
  • Volunteers: construction, painting, box office, concessions, ushers, fliering, audition assistants, and merchandise sales.

Fall Classes 2018

More info coming in February!

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Upcoming Adult Auditions:

  • By appointment only: Lucky's, Betrayal, Rabbit Hole.
  • Ring Around Rosalie: April 12 & 13, 7-10pm and April 14, 10a-noon.


Auditions are rolling, so come anytime during any audition session. And no need to prepare anything - auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. If you would like to read the script in advance, you are welcome to stop by the office to borrow one ($10 deposit in case of loss or damage required).

Submit a Play to our First Ever Staged Reading Weekend!

  • Deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018.
  • Any length goes!
  • Open to all ages!
  • No musicals, please.
  • Previously produced permitted, but not published or under review for publishing. If previously produced, please include production history.
  • ​Must be submitted in play script format, in a readable, normal-sized font.
  • Please number your pages, include a title page, and character descriptions.
  • Include a bio and photo of yourself! We want to get to know you!
  • $10 reading fee required, made payable to The Downeaster Theatre.
  • Please mail or hand-deliver submissions and accompanying checks to 1120 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI 48906. If you email your submission (artisticdirector@thedowneastertheatre.com) and we do not receive payment, we will not read your script. We have a very small staff, and we must compensate them for their work, just ask you wish to be compensated as a playwright.
  • Re: Stipends - It is our hope that we will be able to pay you for your work as a writer, but that will entirely depend on the success of our event. (Officially: TBA)
  • It is our goal to notify our selections by May 1, but submission volume may delay this.

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Summer Camp 2018

More info coming in February!

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Sponsor a Show!

We offer several levels of sponsorship and benefits. Once you choose a level, fill out and return this form.

Upcoming Youth Auditions:

  • The Princess and the Goblin: Jan. 25 & 26, 630-830pm and Jan. 27, 10a-noon.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream:​ May 31 & June 1, 630-830om and June 2, 10a-noon.


Audition Workshops are 530-630 on the first day of auditions. Get comfortable with the Director and Assistant Director and the space before your audition for only $5!


Auditions are rolling, so come anytime during any audition session. And no need to prepare anything - auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. If you would like to read the script in advance, you are welcome to stop by the office to borrow one ($10 deposit in case of loss or damage required).


If cast, youth participants must pay a fee to be involved. We offer scholarships if this is an issue for anyone, no questions asked!