The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, in preparation for its 38th performance season of jousting knights and royal delights, is seeking professional and semi-professional actors. Auditions are set for January, February, and March 2018 in the Mansion at Mount Hope Estate & Winery in northern Lancaster County. 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 39th season of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire starts August 3rd and continues every Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day Monday through October 27th. Audition dates, times and locations are cast specific. 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 Henrician characters. Housing is available with salaries starting at $275 per week.
Dates: Sunday, March 24th and Monday, March 25th
Times: Between 9:30am and 4:30pm
Location: Philly Improv Theater, Second Stage Theater - Upstairs (2030 Sansom Street; Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Additional Details: Those auditioning should prepare a 1-minute monologue, 16 bars (30 seconds) of acapella song, headshot, and resume. Callbacks will be held throughout the day and include group improvisation, so wear comfortable clothing for movement.
Part-Time Blackfryar Company: The part-time, semi-professional 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 April, attending rehearsals and workshops. During performance days, Blackfryars over the age of 18 receive stipends, and all Blackfryars receive lunch.
Dates: Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, February 3rd
Times: Morning Session Beginning at 9:30am and Afternoon Session Beginning at 1:30pm available
Location: Mount Hope Mansion (2775 Lebanon Road; Manheim, PA 17545)
Additional Details: Each session will consist of a meet and greet with the directing staff and 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.