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Employment Opportunities

Development Manager

Program/Department: Administration/Management

Reports To:  Producing Artistic Director 

Classification:  Full-Time Salary — Exempt


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 3-5 mainstage shows per season at the 240 seat David Henry Hwang Theater located in Downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, EWP’s education programs reach over 11,000 students in Southern California through touring shows and storytelling workshops; and its professional enrichment programs support artists with an actor conservatory program and the David Henry Hwang Writer’s 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 the management and execution of grant writing to public and private funding agencies.  

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Producing Artistic Director to design and implement a comprehensive annual giving campaign; 

  • Oversee planning, strategy, and implementation of donor campaigns with Marketing Manager;

  • 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, two annual fundraising events, and related efforts;

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors on their fundraising efforts and communicate development initiatives with the Board;

  • Manage a contract grant writer, oversee a robust grant writing calendar, and work with the General Manager in preparing budgets and financial documents related to grant programs;

  • Manage strategic community partnerships with neighboring businesses in Little Tokyo and other community non-profits;

  • Manage a Development Intern, when applicable;

  • Manage donor cultivation and VIPs during opening nights, and for the duration of a show run.


East West Players seeks a proactive and strategic leader 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. Interpersonal skills and oral/written skills must be exceptional. We are seeking an individual who can develop big picture strategy, and then implement that strategy day-to-day — all with a vision to help EWP grow beyond current contributed income sources. 

Additional requirements include:
– 5+ years of development management experience, preferably in the arts field
A track record of securing major gifts and meeting contributed income goals
– Experience working with the Asian American community
– Proficiency in PatronManager and/or Salesforce is a plus
– Must be able to handle multiple projects efficiently, work under high-stress situations, and meet deadlines in a 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, resume, and salary requirements via email to, ℅ HR Department.

This position is available to start immediately.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early, with a preference towards submissions made by December 20th.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please do not submit any application materials through the mail or phone. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. 


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

Casting Calls

There are no open casting calls at this time.

Casting Requests

All casting requests must be submitted via email to No phone calls please.

Play Submission Guidelines

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!