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Professional Actors

Actors who define themselves as professional or semi-professional are expected to have considerable stage experience and/or training. Actors in this category may include theater undergraduate and graduate students, actors with theater degrees, and actors who have appeared on stage in the region (or elsewhere) in leading or character roles over a number of years.

An actor in this category is expected to present a professional audition – a prepared monologue (not necessarily from the show being cast), 16 bars of sheet music for an accompanist for a musical audition (musical pieces from the show we are casting are acceptable), and an 8x10 photo with attached resume. Actors not prepared in this way may audition as volunteers.

Parkway Playhouse is unable to compensate professional and semi-professional actors at a level which truly recognizes the value of their talent, training, or time. The level of compensation generally ranges from $20 - $50 per performance, depending on the size of the role, and the actors experience. This is negotiated within a budget. This limited compensation is offered primarily to help define the role as “professional” on a resume, and to acknowledge the value of the actor’s training and experience.

Gas Stipends: Professional or Semi-Professional actors in a cast traveling from over 30 miles (one way) to Parkway Playhouse may apply for a gas stipend of up to $200 to help defray some of the cost of commuting to the theater. These stipends are discretionary.

Actor’s Equity Association Members

Parkway Playhouse on occasion employs actors who are members of Actors Equity Association under a Special Appearance contract.

Volunteer Actors
Actors who define themselves as volunteer actors are offering to donate their time on stage as volunteers. They may be cast in any role including leading parts. Actors in this category may or may not have experience and/or training. Experienced actors may simply be electing to donate their time and talent. When auditioning, volunteer actors will be asked to cold read from the script. They are not expected to have photos or resumes, but should bring sheet music or recorded accompaniment for a musical audition.

Directors, Designers, & Creative Production Team

For consideration, please send resume, cover letter and references, along with relevant reviews and work samples to: 

Parkway Playhouse
PO Box 1432
Burnsville, NC 28714

Seasonal, Part-time, & Non-Performance Positions

For information about seasonal, part-time, and non-performance positions go to our employment opportunities page.


Parkway Playhouse will cast more than 80 roles in its 2017 Mainstage season. We will hold open auditions for student, professional, and volunteer actors on the following dates/times:

Open Auditions: 
Feb 18, 2017 10 am - 4 pm 
Feb 19, 2017 1 pm - 5 pm 

Callback Audition Date: TBD

Audition Location:
Mountain Heritage Center (driving directions)
113 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

All actors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Professional actors should be prepared as described on this page. Actors may be asked to read from pre-selected scenes from shows.

Actors who are unable to attend either of the open audition dates should contact the theatre by email at to request a video audition or an appointment.  Requests need to be made before February 18. (Email only, no calls please.)

  • Due to time constraints, actors should only attend ONE of the audition dates above.
  • Actors wishing to be considered for casting in a musical must sing and attend the dance audition.
  • Actors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the plays BEFORE auditioning.
  • Casting information and sides are available in a folder for each show at the bottom of this page.
We will be casting roles in the following shows (see Casting Information and Sides at the bottom of this page for more information):
  • On Golden Pond
    by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Jeff Messer
Casting Needs: 3 men, 2 women, 1 boy 
  • The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Chelsea Thayer
Casting Needs: 3 men, 1 woman
  • A Year with Frog and Toad  
        Theatre for Young Audiences Version
    Music by Robert Reale
    Books and Lyrics by Willie Reale
    Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
          Directed by TBD
          Casting Needs: 3 men, 2 women (16+up)
          • Bonnie & Clyde 
            Book by Ivan Menchell
            Music by Frank Wildhorn
            Lyrics by Don Black
          Directed by Dwight Chiles
          Music Direction by Sarah Fowler
          Choreography by Jessica Garland
          Casting Needs: 7 men, 5 women, 1 boy, 1 girl, and ensemble
          • Footloose 
            Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
            Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford
            Music by Tom Snow Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
            Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
          Directed by Kristen Livengood
          Music Direction by Ginger Haselden
          Choreography by Julie Becton Gillum
          Casting Needs: 5 men, 5 women, 8 teenage boys, 4 teenage girls, and ensemble (15+up)
          • The Fox on the Fairway
            by Ken Ludwig
          Directed by Kristen Livengood
          Casting Needs: 3 men, 3 women
          • The Mousetrap
            by Agatha Christie
          Directed by Jeff Messer
          Casting Needs: 5 men, 3 women

          For more information about auditions, email

          Here is a great article about casting from the perspective of directors - 10 Things All Theatre Directors Know To Be True.
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