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.
Youth Casting Auditions
Auditions for youth roles in Barter's 2015 Christmas show, "Miracle on 34th Street," will be held on Thursday, September 10th from 6:00-8:30PM at Barter Theatre's Production Building.
Several roles for actors between the age of 5 and 14 are avaliable, including:
Susan—the young girl at the center of the whole story. She sings major solos and is the acting center of the show.
Brigitte- a little Dutch girl who sings and dances with Kris Kringle. This is a wonderful featured cameo in the show
Tommy- a boy who testifies in court for Santa
Girls to Shop at Macy's
Roles will be double cast/swung—seeking at least 6 young actors for the cast.
Rehearsals begin on October 9th and the first performance is on November 20th. The show closes on December 27th with no shows on Mondays, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Because we are double casting, shows off will be arranged to allow for people's holiday schedules.
These are professional positions and the young actors are paid for their participation. No experience is required, however- we'd love to see everyone at the audition! This is your chance to act alongside Barter's professional company!
Each auditionee must bring sheet music and be prepared to sing a song. We will provide parts of the script for each person to read for the audition when you arrive- no need to prepare a monologue. Some people will be asked to dance as well.
The auditions are at our Production Building at the end of Barter Drive at 5:45pm to sign in and fill out paperwork. Below is a link for directions from Barter Theatre to our production building. When you get to the dead end of Barter Drive, you will see 3 brick buildings. The production building is the one in the center, and there will be someone there to greet you and help you park.
Please RSVP to us at firstname.lastname@example.org that you are coming so we will know to expect you. Tell your friends!!
For directions to the production building, click HERE.
Barter Youth Academy Instructor Position Available
Barter Youth Academy is seeking energetic, passionate, and skilled instructors for our growing programs in Abingdon, Virginia; Bristol, Tennessee; Kingsport, Tennessee; and Elizabethton, Tennessee! Qualified candidates should have two or more years of teaching experience with K-12 students and working knowledge of theater.
Being a BYA instructor involves teaching students fundamental and intermediate acting and stage skills. All instruction and orientation hours take place in the evening or on weekends. Classes and curriculums are divided by age level into Pre-Academy (ages 5-7), Elementary (ages 8-11), Middle School (ages 12-14) and High School (ages 14-18). In some cases Middle and High School students may be grouped together based on enrollment.
Instructors usually teach one to three hours each week for eight weeks per workshop period. Instructors also help put together a final “demonstration” performance at the end of the course which will include minimal light, sound, costume, props, and set design. This demonstration is designed to showcase what students have learned during the course of the workshop. Some community outreach is included with job duties. Professional development and training is available and an initial six-hour initial training and orientation session is required. The next instructor orientation day will take place on September 12.
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. Reliable transportation and willingness to commute a must. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Click HERE to apply online!
For any further information, please email email@example.com
Barter Theatre (founded 1933) – a full-time, year-round LORT – AEA resident repertory company located in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, is seeking two full-time Production Interns. Duties may include (but not be limited to) running a spotlight, working as part of the backstage deck crew, show changeover and filling in other areas as needed. These positions will work in various departments, including Props, Electrics, Scene Shop, Sound and Stage Management. Candidates must be energetic, possess willingness to learn and work well within a team. Responsibilities will include working during changeovers and running shows. This is a full time position involving six days of work per week and includes work at night, on weekends, and occasionally on holidays. Relevant experience and/or degree is desired for all positions. Contract dates are: one to start early/mid-July and the other to start early August in 2015 and go until August 2016. Both positions have the potential for extension. Please send resume and references to Stage Management at 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: 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.