The Bucks County Playhouse Acting Apprenticeship Program, led by Broadway choreographer and founder of “Steps On Broadway” Patrice Soriero, will start accepting electronic applications for its summer 2022 program beginning Monday, Jan. 3 until Feb. 1. The Playhouse will also participate in A1 Conference Auditions, in-person at Rider University on Jan. 14-16.
The Bucks County Playhouse Apprenticeship Program prepares the next generation of musical theater professionals for their own performing careers. In 2022, the centerpiece of the program will be the Playhouse’s large scale musical (title to be announced soon). The program is scheduled to run from June 3 through Aug. 1. Apprentices receive a living wage, housing (if needed) and transportation.
Apprentices become part of the acting company of the show and serve as ensemble members and/or swings. They rehearse for two weeks in NYC alongside professional actors, singers, dancers, producers and creatives before settling in New Hope to perform full eight-performance weeks at the Playhouse.
In addition, apprentices perform in the Playhouse’s Deck cabaret series and learn from Broadway professionals through master classes. To further enrich the summer experience, apprentices are responsible for inspiring the next generation by teaching and mentoring the Playhouse Youth Company and the Solebury School StarCatchers program.
The Bucks County Playhouse Apprenticeship Program is part of the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate Program, and apprentices may be able to obtain EMC points for some of their work at the Playhouse.
Casting for the program will be conducted nationwide through both live auditions and video submissions. Apprentices typically come from theater 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, Point Park University and more.
Bucks County Playhouse welcomes applicants of all backgrounds. Candidates who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. The Playhouse also welcomes individuals who are underrepresented in the theater industry, including race, ethnicity, class, gender identity or expression, ability and sexual orientation.
Bucks County Playhouse will be attending the A-1 auditions, which are being held Jan. 14-16, at Rider University, located in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. More information is available at thea1auditions.com.
The Playhouse will accept video submissions starting Monday, Jan. 3. Email headshot, resume, completed application, as well as a video of a 32-bar cut and a short dance combination. The video should be sent as a link on YouTube, Vimeo or another video-sharing website. Email all materials to email@example.com by Feb. 1. In-person callbacks may be scheduled at a future date.