Opportunities at Barter Theatre
Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com.
Barter Youth Academy Instructors
Barter's Youth Academy in Abingdon, Virginia, is seeking energetic, passionate, and skilled instructors for our growing programs in Abingdon, Bristol, Kingsport, and Elizabethton! Successful candidates will have at least 2 years of teaching experience with one or more of the following age groups: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, or High School. Must also have a fluent working knowledge of theater (with stage-direction experience as a plus.)
The position will involve teaching students in Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle or High School fundamental and intermediate acting/stage skills. The position will involve 1 to 3 hours of class-time per week (during a 6 week workshop period), and also putting together a final “demonstration” performance at the end of the course which will include light, sound, costume, props, and set design.
Professional development and training is available and an initial 8 hour initial training/orientation session is required (Date TBD).
Successful candidates must be self-reliant, motivated, adaptable, and willing to receive input from the Artistic Director and Associate Director of BYA. Strong class-management skills are imperative as well. Reliable transportation with proof of auto insurance required.
Click HERE to apply online!
For any further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Scenic Artist
The Scenic Artist Assistant assists the Charge Artist with painting and sculpting sets/ scenes as well as other duties as assigned by the Charge Artist or Technical Director. This is a paid postion.
Qulified applicants should possess knowledge of all aspects of scenic painting and sculptural techniques, ability to work off of designer paint elevations, ability to work in fast paced professional environment. Applicants must also be able to maintain all scenic tools and equipment, organize paint schedule to be able to paint the shows on time, must attend all paint calls for strike and load-in times, must show up for paint calls on time and ready to work. Strong self-motivation is essential to success in this position. Job may require heavy lifting, ladder work, and long hours.
Additional jobs may be assigned by Charge Artist or Technical Director.
- B.A. in Theatre or Fine Arts or at least two years professional work experience is preferred.
Resumes, cover letters and references should be sent to email@example.com
Resident Sound Designer
The Resident Sound Designer is ultimately responsible for the sound design and video design (in conjunction with scenic designer), programming, recording, editing and execution of all sound or video needs in any production at Barter Theatre.
- Collaborate with directors and other designers on the sound and video needs of productions
- Create and maintain approved departmental budget
- Responsible for all sound and video equipment including maintenance and repair
- Hire, support, train and schedule any needed departmental employees
- Responsible for all sound and video if/when shows tour
Minimum of BA degree in Sound Design/Engineering and at least 5 years professional experience. Proficiency in QLab, Digital Signal Processors, MIDI, Logic Pro and Isadora
Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com
Disclaimer: Although Barter Theatre has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, Barter Theatre reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add, or to subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of Barter Theatre, at any time, with or without advance notice.
All cover letters, resumes and references should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Apprenticeships and Internships
Acting apprenticeships and The Barter Players
Katy Brown email@example.com
Technical Internships: Camille Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing Internships: Kalonn Gentry Roberts email@example.com
Advancement Internships: Katherine Foreman firstname.lastname@example.org
Barter depends on its amazing group of volunteers! There are many ways to help support Barter with your time.
Volunteer ushers assist patrons, take tickets, answer questions, sell concessions and ensure the safety and comfort of all of our guests. For more information about ushering, contact: Kenny Davis, House Manager email@example.com.
The Advancement Office counts on dedicated volunteers to help with mailings, events and special projects. It’s a great way to make new friends and make a difference at Barter. To sign up, contact: Allison Woods, Advancement Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines for the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)
The usually takes place in July and August, and play submissions are accepted through March. The next AFPP deadline will be in March 2016. Click here for more information on the AFPP.
Plays may be emailed to email@example.com
Or mailed to
Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212-0867
Guidelines for Barter’s Shaping of America Initiative
America began as an idea. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get there? “The Shaping of America”: The stories you won’t find in history books. What’s your idea? Submit a proposal for Barter Theatre’s “Shaping of America” Series. Existing full-length scripts are not accepted.
Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mailed to
Shaping of America
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867
Guidelines for other play submissions
Barter also accepts new play proposals that do not fit in to either of the above programs. Please note: Barter does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Barter does not generally produce one-act plays nor plays with extremely urban themes. Barter does produce plays for Young Audiences, whether one-acts or full length. Plays with an Appalachian theme or by an Appalachian playwright are encouraged to submit via Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. To submit your play for consideration, please use the following guidelines.
Submissions may be emailed to email@example.com
Or mailed to
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867
Emory & Henry College Theatre Department Partnership
Committed to the education and training of future generations, Barter Theatre, a professional LORT D Equity company, aids in the operation of the Emory & Henry College Theatre Department, in Emory, Va., 10 minutes from Barter Theatre. This association offers theatre majors opportunities for professional internships, mentoring, workshops, and master classes throughout their college career. Barter staff members and artists often serve as adjunct faculty and guest artists in the Theatre Department.
In addition, E&H theatre majors have the opportunity to attend professional rehearsals, participate in “talk backs” with the actors and crew after Barter performances, and serve as understudies in Barter Theatre productions. With this partnership, Emory & Henry Theatre Department offers students the combined strengths of a small liberal arts college and the type of pre-professional experiences often found only in large conservatories.
To learning more about the Emory & Henry Theatre Department and the educational offers available, visit ehc.edu or theatre.ehc.edu.