Working at Dobama

Are you ready to partner with Dobama? See information below about our Volunteer, Audition, Internship, and General Employment opportunities.


There are several Volunteer Opportunities available. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to view the Volunteer Interest form. After filling in the form, save it and close it. Then you can either email the completed form to Mindi Bonde, Front of House Coordinator, at, or send via mail to:

Mindi Bonde, Front of House Coordinator
c/o Dobama Theatre
2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Tips on filling in the Volunteer Interest Form

You must save the completed form in order to attach it to an e-mail message. Click in the ‘Name’ field and type your name.  You can press Tab to move to the next field, or just click in the appropriate field.  Please enter your entire address, including City, State & Zip.  Enter any phone number you would like us to have – you can include (h), (w), or (c) if you have multiple phone numbers.  And enter any e-mail addresses you would like us to have – you can use the same notations (h), (w) or (c).  You can click on any of the checkboxes, or if you use the Tab key to move between fields, you can press the Spacebar to enter a check.  In the explanation fields, you can enter up to 2 lines for each column.  If you have any comments, you can enter them in the last field.

Volunteer as an Usher

Volunteering as an usher is a great way for theatre lovers of all ages (and all budgets) to go behind the scenes and see a Dobama play for FREE – we’re always looking for responsible and friendly people to help us welcome our audiences. If you are interested in ushering for Dobama productions, contact us Front of House Coordinator Mindi Bonde at or call us at 216.932.6838.

Duties & Attire

Ushers are typically called to the theatre 60 minutes prior to the curtain time of a production (though this may vary according to the needs of the play), and are expected (unless otherwise noted) to wear black and white attire.  Duties include inserting marketing materials into programs, learning about the seating and theatre protocol, tearing tickets and helping guests find their seats, picking up the theatre space following the performance and most importantly, helping make each patron’s experience as pleasant as possible. 

Volunteer Behind-the-scenes

Good with a hammer?  Enjoy painting?  Put your talents to use by assisting backstage at Dobama.  If you are interested, contact the Dobama office at 216.932.6838.



We welcome actor submissions throughout the year. General Season Auditions typically happen in April-May. To submit audition materials, email

Check back often for audition information throughout the season.


Interested in an internship at Dobama Theatre? We are Northeast Ohio’s leading professional theatre dedicated to Cleveland premieres of contemporary plays by emerging and established playwrights. The region's only full-time Equity Small Professional Theatre, get real life experience helping to produce some of the best new plays in American Theatre for Cleveland audiences.


Dobama Theatre offers hands-on experience in both artistic and management areas including Arts Management, Finance, Marketing, Development, Event Planning, Stage Management, Box Office/ Front of House, Lighting, Sound, Costume, Directing, and Props. Interns gain valuable experience and are presented with many networking opportunities with theatre professionals in the greater Cleveland area.



Management interns get experience in the day-to-day running of a Small Professional Theatre. Work in marketing, public relations, contracts, archiving, ticketing/ box office, front-of-house and much more. Get hands-on training, help with Dobama production preparations, and assist in planning special events including fundraisers, donor appreciation parties, and receptions.

Artistic Interns serve as assistants to a director or dramaturg on assigned mainstage productions, and in some cases can direct smaller scale projects and events such as readings and education programs. Artistic interns assist in both the operations of the theatre and the rehearsal process. Artistic interns can earn professional credits from an Equity theatre while assisting on Mainstage production.

Technical Interns serve as assistants to a designer, scenic charge artist, and/ or the technical director on a mainstage productions. In some cases technical interns design smaller scale projects and events themselves. They assist in both the rehearsal and technical processes. Artistic interns can earn professional credits from an Equity theatre while assisting on Mainstage production. For those in Stage Management, Equity Membership Candidate enrollment is also a possibility.



While you can apply for an internship at any time, internships are available for either the Mainstage Season (Sept.-May) or for the Summer Session (May-August).



They differ. We ask that interns work 15-20 hours a week. For Management interns that time might be exactly 15 hours a week. For a technical intern, that might mean two or three weeks of 40 hours, followed by three weeks of not coming to the theatre at all. We are flexible are will do all we can to accommodate outside schedules the best we can.



Internships are unpaid and are open to anyone looking for theatre experience including college undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates looking for an opportunity to work in a professional theatre setting. We do however train those interested in front-of-house duties (box office, bartender, house manager, etc) and interns can earn money performing those jobs in many instances.



To apply, simply fill out an application and email it to Dobama's Assistant Managing Director Anne Bakan at
*Please note: we only accept electronic applications (no phone calls please).

Employment Opportunities

Bartender/ Concessions Manager (Part Time): Dobama Theatre intermittently seeks part-time Concessions Managers/Bartenders for our front-of house roster. The Concessions Manager/Bartender sets up 30 minutes before the theatre opens and works through the end of intermission. click here for full job posting

House Managers (Part Time): Dobama intermittently seeks House Managers for our front-of house roster.
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