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2016 PSF Summer Company

Founded in 1991, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA and the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre, and each fall, PSF produces a Shakespeare tour that visits middle schools and high schools in PA, NJ, and DE. About an hour north of Philadelphia and less than two hours from Manhattan, PSF is summer home to over 200 artists from around the country, including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards. The Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Summer Season Production/Administration

Heading into its 26th season, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University in the Lehigh Valley, 100 minutes from NYC and 60 minutes from Philly. The Festival uses both the 473 seat mainstage and the 187 seat black box at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare alongside other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. Employment runs early May through mid-August, housing is provided. The Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contract dates vary slightly by department but the overall season runs May 1 through August 11 with performances running from June 2 through August 6.


Administration-Management

All administration-management positions for the 2017 Season have been filled


Box Office

All box office positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Company Management

All company management positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Costume Shop

All costume shop positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Electrics Department

All electrics department positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


House Management

All house management positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Marketing

All marketing positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Overhire

To submit, please send cover letter, resume and references (please include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line) to Director of Production, Jared Goldstein: jared.goldstein@pashakespeare.org

General Overhire

If you are local (or in our general area) and looking for period but not full summer jobs let us know! We are always looking to expand our database of available hands/skilled workers. Include a resume, your expected availability (if you know it) between May and August, and what various departments you work in. No specific deadline here, feel free to submit your info at any time.


Production Management

All production management positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Prop Shop

All prop shop positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Run Crew

All run crew positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Scene Shop

All scene shop positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Sound Department

All sound shop positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Stage Management

All stage management positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.


Wardrobe

All wardrobe positions for the 2017 Season have been filled.

Summer Season Casting

PSF employs 25-35 AEA and a smaller number of non-union actors each summer. PSF operates under a Letter of Agreement and a Small Professional Theatre Contract with Actors' Equity Association in its two theatres and engages a NYC casting director. Employment length is typically 6-7 weeks from first rehearsal to final performance. Longer contracts for multiple shows. Housing is provided.

Please note that undergraduate acting internships are open ONLY to students attending DeSales University, the Festival’s host institution. As such, students from other undergraduate theatre programs are ineligible to audition for PSF’s summer season, but are welcome to apply for technical, staff, and front of house positions.

Equity Principal Auditions (EPA) for PSF’s 2017 Season are listed below. For complete information, please see listings on www.actorsequity.org or www.backstage.com.

Thursday, January 12
NYC Equity Principal Audition (EPA) at Actors’ Equity Association - 9:30-5:30

Friday, January 13
Local EPA at Labuda Center, DeSales University - 9:30-5:30

Tuesday, January 17
Philadelphia EPA at Walnut Street Theatre - 10:30-6:30

Wednesday, February 8
NYC Equity Chorus Call at Actors’ Equity Association - 9:30–5:30
Che ECC Side
Eva ECC Side
Magaldi ECC Side
Peron ECC Side 1

Head shots and resumes may be sent to:
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Re: Casting
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034
Fax: 610.282.2084
Or email: casting@pashakespeare.org


NON-EQUITY OPEN CALL for EVITA
Wednesday, February 22nd – 12pm-5pm
Ripley Grier Studios – Studios 17C & D - 520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA will hold an OPEN CALL for non-equity male and female dancer-singers. PSF is 90 miles from NYC. Salary: $350/wk. Housing provided. EMC points available. Rehearsals begin: 5/23/17; Closes: 7/2/17. Six week gig. Seeking fit dancers with strong ballet technique, jazz technique, and partnering ability. Actors will dance first and may be asked to stay to sing. Prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song. Bring sheet music for your song; a piano accompanist will be provided. Bring character shoes and a photo/resume stapled together.

Sign up begins at 11:30am.
12-2pm female dancers who sing
2-3pm male dancers who sing
3:30-5pm male singers (strong tenors) who move well

Video submissions are accepted and may be sent to casting@pashakespeare.org.
All videos must be submitted as links - please do NOT send attachments.

Prepare one of the following 2 options:

1) Prepare a brief monologue from one of the plays, or a monologue that will illuminate your ability to play one of the roles. Actors auditioning for AS YOU LIKE IT or TROILUS & CRESSIDA should prepare a brief Shakespearean monologue.

2) Prepare 16 bars of a song and a 1 minute monologue that will illuminate your ability to play a role in EVITA and/or THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (by Canny/Nicolson), THE THREE MUSKETEERS (by Ken Ludwig), AS YOU LIKE IT or TROILUS & CRESSIDA.


Children’s Casting for EVITA

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is seeking five elementary aged children to play singing roles in Evita this summer at PSF. Rehearsals begin May 23, opening is June 14, closing is July 2. Rehearsals for child actors will be mostly nights and weekends though during the tech/opening week and on a few other occasions, they may need to miss some school. This is a fully professional production with Equity actors and a number of other early-career professional actors. These five roles will be cast with non-union local child actors. Actors cast in these five roles will each receive a single $100 honorarium, intended to help defray the parent’s/guardian’s transportation expense of the daily commute. (Reliable daily transportation is a necessity.) The real value is the experience of a lifetime and a professional credit for the resume. There will be 8 performances per week, Tuesday through Sunday nights, with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There may be some flexibility for conflicts with individual performance dates, but it is best to assume that the actor must be fully available for all rehearsals and performances.

If you are interested and haven’t done so already, please schedule an audition appointment by emailing casting@pashakespeare.org. Music to prepare for the audition is as follows. The video links will provide some assistance with learning the melodies, but may not always match perfectly with the sheet music. Please rely on the sheet music for which measures to prepare. An accompanist will be provided at the audition. It may be helpful to find someone to play through the songs with your child in advance so they get used to singing to the piano accompaniment. Please do not transpose the music to a different key. We will need to hear it in the original key.

EVITA Children's Audition Music

Video Sample

Singers may choose to try to memorize the songs but please know that it is perfectly fine to hold the sheet music in hand during the audition. Being memorized or very familiar is helpful so the actor is singing out rather than into the pages, but it can be stressful to worry about forgetting words. We suggest holding the pages for reference as needed.

Fall WillPower Education Tour Casting

WillPower is the educational outreach program of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Each fall, PSF sends a company of professionally trained and experienced actors/teachers to schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to teach workshops relating to Shakespeare and perform in a Shakespearean production. PSF employs non-union performers. Employment length is late September through mid-November. Housing is provided. Audition information is posted here as well as in Backstage. PSF begins casting for the WillPower Tour in July.


Romeo & Juliet: PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL TOUR

Monday, 7/24 from 11:00AM-4:00PM at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave, (betw. 36th and 37th) 16th Floor, NYC.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA will hold a NON-EQUITY open call on Monday, July 24 for its fall tour to schools. $400/wk. Housing provided. Patrick Mulcahy, producing artistic director; Casey Wm. Gallagher, managing director; Matt Pfeiffer, director. Rehearsals begin September 14 with performances October 5 – November 18. Looking for actors age 21-35. All roles open. Must have experience and training in Shakespeare. Please prepare any Shakespeare monologue (verse preferred). Actors may be asked for a second monologue and/or to read callback sides (same day). Callback sides are available below and will be provided at the audition in the event of a callback. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to attend. Actors will also teach workshops at schools (training provided) and participate in load-in/load-out. Bring pix/resume. Sign up begins at 10:30am. Actors who cannot attend: please submit a link to an UNLISTED video audition to casting@pashakespeare.org by July 21.

Callback Sides

Benvolio 1.1
Benvolio 3.1
Juliet 1
Juliet 2
Juliet 3
Juliet 4
Lady Cap 1 iii
Lady Cap 3 v
Mercutio
Montague
Nurse
Paris
Peter
Prince
Romeo
Tybalt

Monday, July 24 – Non-equity actors, 11:00am-4:00pm


All head shots and resumes should be sent to:
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Re: WillPower Casting
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034
Fax: 610.282.2084
If you send a headshot for WillPower, please also attend a Willpower scheduled open call or submit a video audition link to: casting@pashakespeare.org