BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE 2020 ACTING APPRENTICE PROGRAM - Bucks County Playhouse Non Equity Auditions

Posted: January 7, 2020
Audition Location: Lambertville, NJ

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2020 Bucks County Playhouse Acting Apprentice Program
To Hold Local and NYC Auditions


The new Bucks County Playhouse Acting Apprentice Program, led by Broadway choreographer and founder of "Steps On Broadway" Patrice Soriero, will hold auditions for its Summer 2020 program, this Saturday, January 11 at Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge Street in Lambertville, NJ. 


New York City Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 26 at Manhattan Movement and Arts in New York, NY. Auditions are open to students about to start college as well as those currently enrolled in college (must be over 18 years old). To secure an audition slot, please send headshot and resume by email at apprenticecasting@bcptheater.org.


In addition to these auditions, casting for the Acting Apprentice program will be conducted nationwide through both live auditions and video submissions. Apprentices come from some of the top-ranking musical theatre programs at colleges and universities throughout the country. Apprentices accepted in past years include students from University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, Syracuse University, Rider University, and Point Park University.


While a live audition is highly recommended, performers who are unable to audition in person may do so by video submission. If auditioning via video, please email headshot, resume, completed application, as well as video of a 32-bar cut and a short dance combination (sent as a link on YouTube, Vimeo, or other video-sharing website) to apprenticecasting@bcptheater.org by Saturday, February 1.


In 2020, the centerpiece of the Summer Apprentice Program will be the Playhouse’s new production of “The Addams Family” directed by Hunter Foster and choreographed by Shannon Lewis. Apprentices will become part of the acting company of the show, serving as chorus members and/or swings. Orientation will begin on June 5, the production begins rehearsal June 9, and runs June 28 – August 1, 2020. In addition, Apprentices will perform in the Playhouse’s new cabaret series, learn from Broadway professionals through our masterclass series, and may have the chance to appear in readings of new works in development.


The Bucks County Playhouse Apprentice Program is part of the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate Program (EMC), and Apprentices may be able to obtain EMC points for some of their work at the Playhouse.

After orientation weekend in New Hope, PA, the next two full weeks of the apprenticeship will be in NYC rehearsing “The Addams Family” in one of Broadway’s finest rehearsal studios June 9 through June 21. Apprentices will return to New Hope, PA on June 22 and remain there through the show’s closing on August 2.  Full term attendance in NYC and in New Hope is required. A small stipend will be paid for food and expenses.


In 2016, the Playhouse re-launched the Acting Apprentice Program, giving talented young actors in professional training programs the opportunity to work alongside its Equity company of actors, under the direction of some of America’s leading directors, choreographers and producers.




Bucks County Playhouse is a year-round, nonprofit theatre that has grown to a $6 million producing organization with an annual audience of over 73,000. Founded in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill, Bucks County Playhouse quickly became “the most famous summer theatre in America,” featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlisle, Angela Lansbury, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli and remained in continuous operation until 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. Now open, the Playhouse just unveiled a 4,000 square foot Delaware-river facing restaurant and bar expansion.


In 2014, Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser, Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler took the helm of the Playhouse, and today the Playhouse has reclaimed its reputation of attracting Broadway and Hollywood artists. Its productions of “Company” starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were named by Wall Street Journal to its “Best of Theatre” list for 2015. The 2017 season included four world premieres and audiences grew by over 34%. Box office records have been repeatedly broken by signature productions of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “Steel Magnolias” directed by Marsha Mason, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” “42nd Street,” and “Guys & Dolls” directed by Hunter Foster. The creative teams who come to create new productions at the Playhouse are among the most talented artists working in the professional theatre today and relish the opportunity to work on the historic stage where Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Jessica Walter began their careers.


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