In preparation for its 43rd performance season, The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is seeking a diverse group of actors to portray a multitude of characters. Auditions are set for February 2023. All cast members, together with a Renaissance village full of guildsmen and artisans, independent musicians, jousters, fire-eaters, sword-swallowers, and the like, perform for hundreds of thousands of patrons annually, transporting them back to the 16th century.
The 42nd season of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire starts August 19th and continues every Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day Monday through October 29th. Please see details below.
Full-Time Bacchanalian Cast: The full-time, professional Bacchanalian acting company consists of 35 to 40 experienced male and female actors, singers, and dancers from across the country. The Bacchanalians will perform swashbuckling swordplay shows, Shakespearean dramas, interactive improvised scenarios, and rollicking music and dance numbers, all while portraying Elizabethan characters. Housing is available with salaries starting at $350 per week.
Audition Dates: Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19
Times: Between 10am and 4pm
Location: Azuka Theater in Philadelphia (1700 Sansom Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
To Schedule: Fill Out Bacchanalian Audition Form
Additional Details: Those auditioning should prepare a 1-minute monologue, 16 bars (30 seconds) of acapella song, headshot, and resume. You are welcome but not required to bring your instrument if you are a musician. Callbacks will be held throughout the day and include group improvisation, so wear comfortable clothing for movement.
Part-Time Blackfryar Company: The part-time Blackfryar acting company consists of 40 to 80 members who spend their time portraying the characters who bring our working Tudor village to life. The Blackfryars begin their training in May, attending rehearsals and workshops. Stipends are given for rehearsal attendance. Compensation for Performance days will be offered based on years of service.
Audition Date: Sunday, February 12th
Times: Between 9am and 5pm
Location: Mount Hope Mansion (2775 Lebanon Road; Manheim, PA 17545)
To Schedule: Fill Out Blackfryar Audition Form
Additional Details: Each session will consist of a meet and greet with the directing staff and a group improvisation workshop, followed by your formal audition. Sessions will last approximately three hours. Those auditioning should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and 16 bars (30 seconds) of an A Capella song along with a resume and headshot. You are welcome but not required to bring your instrument if you are a musician.
Please Note: Individual ages 14-18 must have working papers. Anyone under the age of 14 must have a parent or legal guardian on cast with them.