Join the cast of the New York Renaissance Faire
The New York Renaissance Faire (NYRF) has opportunities for people with a wide range of performance experience and skills. There are positions available for volunteers, as well as a few internship positions for qualified college students. NYRF encourages performers of all ethnicities, ages and backgrounds to audition.
Audition dates will be announced in 2019. Please check back. In the mean time, please review the 2018 audition announcement for an overview of potential opportunities and audition requirements.
THE 2018 SCHEDULE FOR CAST MEMBERS:
- New York Academy of Performing Arts: ALL Saturdays and Sundays, June 30 – July 29, 2018
- Additional rehearsals may be required for specific scenarios
- Faire Performance Days – Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday, August 4 through September 30, 2018
- Strike – Dates vary by cast, but fall between October 2 and October 10, 2018
Auditions will be held Friday & Saturday, June 1 and 2, 2018. Callbacks are on Sunday June 3.
- Friday — The New York Renaissance Faire, 600 Rte. 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY, between 5PM and 10PM
- Saturday – Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue (Bet. 36th & 37th Streets) 16th Floor, New York, NY, between 10AM and 4:30PM
- Callback Sunday: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue (Bet. 36th & 37th Streets) 16th Floor, New York, NY, between 10AM and 4:30PM
Stage Combat Auditions
Every performer with stage combat training who wishes to audition for a fighting role MUST request a fight call.
- We are offering EARLY FIGHT-CALL AUDITION opportunities on May 19 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Ripley Grier Studios to accommodate and properly evaluate the large number of performers who have combat training skills. You MUST be scheduled for a fight-call; walk-ins are not accepted at fight call.
- PLEASE NOTE: If you do not mention that you wish to be considered for a fight call, you will not be considered.
- The early fight call audition opportunity is listed on the Audition Registration Form.
Have the following information ready before scheduling an audition session time online:
- Your full name, full address, phone and email address. Families may register for one time slot
- Your full birth date
- A list of the skills and training you wish to present for evaluation
Once you have registered, you will be contacted with further instruction, including special music or requests for auditions.
Wait List: There will be a wait-list at the audition location for walk-in auditions. There is no guarantee that we will be able to see walk-ins. Everyone wishing to audition must complete the form to schedule a date and session.
What to Bring to your Audition (Standard Requirements):
- A head-shot (or a recent picture of your face)
- A performance resume
- Any instrument(s) you wish to use for your audition
- A sense of humor — we love positive attitudes and the willingness to improvise
We will keep the headshot and performance resume for our files.
What to Expect at Auditions
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your audition session. When you arrive, sign in and submit your resume and headshot.
Those auditioning will be directed to a general waiting room where you may warm up. Please be considerate of your fellow performers. If your warm-up includes singing or running through a choreographed fight (for fight call auditions), you will be directed to a space to prepare.
Performers will be escorted one at a time, by a staff member, to see the panel of Directors. Auditions occur in the order in which you signed in for each appointment timeslot. Some performers may be invited to join our Performance Company on audition day; others will be invited to a call back at which we will evaluate movement, combat, and musical and improvisation skills.
Please do not bring any food or beverages into the audition other than bottled water.
The NYRF Directors
There may be up to 15 people on the panel. We are looking for a variety of talent and skills throughout our performance troupes. This may sound scary – but remember, every one of them wants your talent and your skill for their group. The most important thing to bring on audition day is your smile and willingness to try!
What Happens Afterward?
The directors will discuss each audition as a group and determine where your special skills and talents are needed. You will be contacted within two weeks with a casting decision. If you are cast, you will receive a package of information that will guide you into the rehearsal process.
If you have questions about these performance opportunities at the New York Renaissance Faire, please feel free to contact the Audition Email Address: NYRFauditions@gmail.com.
New York Academy of Performing Arts: NYRAPA
All cast members become a part of the Faire’s training program, the New York Academy of Performing Arts (NYRAPA).
NYRAPA is taught by a faculty of professional performers, historians, and arts educators. Classes include Street Theatre, Improvisation, Dialects, Customs and Manners, Movement, Country Dance, Song and a variety of Elizabethan History and Performance classes. In conjunction with Faire rehearsals, the 5 week NYRAPA program prepares our cast for performance at the Faire. There is no fee for participation in this program and you may qualify for college credit or high school service hours. NYRAPA is required for all new cast members.
Skills-based NYRAPA classes are all day on Saturdays, beginning June 30, 2018 and run the 5 Saturdays prior to the opening day of the Faire. Performance preparation rehearsals are all day on Sundays beginning July 1, 2018 and run the 5 Sundays prior to the opening day of the Faire.
Camping is available on site for performers for the duration of the performance.
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In order to be a member of the Entertainment Cast you must be at least 16 years of age by the beginning of the Faire season, August 4, 2018. You must be at least 18 years old to be cast in the Fight Guild/Academy or Pub Crawl. However, families with younger children are encouraged to audition as a group – children younger than 16 may be on cast if a parent is also on cast.
PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENT NOTE:
The New York Renaissance Faire is a high sensory environment where our cast and audience experience musket, cannon and black powder fire, possible extreme weather conditions, long hours outdoors, and large crowds.
We are looking for a wide range of instrumentalists, with a particular focus on percussion and brass.
Guildes and Troupes within the NYRF Company
If you are interested in more than one group, you can do a general audition. Make sure you include anything for a specific group (like bring an instrument if you wish to be considered for a musician opportunity or a movement piece for one of the movement groups.)
All Auditionees should prepare the standard audition requirements.
Fight Guild and Academy
Robin Hood and his Merry Band defend the poor from the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham and his thuggish Guards while Sailors of the Royal Navy chase down the scurviest Pirates of the high seas! Individual combat and group melees are staged throughout the day, including two Combat Chess Matches, Naval stunt combat scenes and a Final Showdown armed melee. Both male and female actor-combatants are encouraged to audition — many roles are available. Combat evaluations will be held on Callback Sunday by invitation (based upon your initial audition, training and expressed interest in a fight call) as well as on the optional Fighter-Only audition dates May 19. (See registration page for details.)
The marvelous Fae bring magic and wonder to Sterling Shire. The Faerie Queen and her Seelie Court have encamped in the deep woods, where their enchantments draw the hearts of children and adults alike. Our Fae lack verbal language, but communicate through focused movement, dance and play. Performers wishing to join the Fae will be evaluated on the basis of movement and focus. These roles require tremendous stamina, patience, teamwork and creativity.
The Villagers of Sterling
For fun, dynamic individuals looking to bring a character to fully fleshed life on the streets of Sterling Shire. Each Villager is a unique, offbeat and unforgettable creation of the actor, whose improvisational skills will empower them to become playwright, performer, and most importantly, ambassador to our thousands of visitors. The Villagers are invited to exercise their full range of performance skills, from music to dance, improv to storytelling.
Guilde of St. George
(The Court of Queen Elizabeth) Using a combination of improvisation and first-person interpretation, performers in St. George portray the lords, ladies, knights, maids, yeomen, ambassadors, and servants that comprised the Court of Glorianna. With a strong emphasis on singing, period dance, Folio Shakespeare technique, costuming, and Elizabethan style, actors in the court breathe fresh life into historical figures to create engaging interactions with our guests.
The Nautical Guilde
The Pirates’ and Sailors’ Guild — Ahoy, mateys! Our Pirate and Sailor’s Guild is seeking shanty singers, trained combatants and all-around Nautically-minded players of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders.
Instrumentalists and Vocalists
We seek both instrumental and vocal musicians, especially musicians who play percussion, brass, recorder, violin, and other Renaissance instruments or are willing to learn. High School/College Band, Choir, and Orchestra students encouraged to audition. Note reading ability desirable, but we can work with strong “by-ear” musicians. Musicians should prepare one musical piece, not to exceed one minute, preferably a Renaissance-era piece in addition to the standard audition requirements. Musicians, instrumental and vocal, may be asked to sight-read. Instrumentalists should be prepared to sing and all musicians should be prepared to do some acting improvisation exercises. This area includes both volunteer and paid performance opportunities.
It takes a village… to run our village! Want to be involved at New York, but performing’s not your style? Consider joining our Stage Management team. No experience? That’s ok! If you can be responsible, we’ll do the rest. You’ll get to take classes in the history and culture of the time period, receive all the training you need from industry professionals, and spend an amazing summer working closely with nationally touring and local entertainers, expanding your skill set, and making lasting memories with new friends and teammates as a part of one of the most integral groups at the faire. Learn more about the team by contacting New York Entertainment Director Darlene Patrick today at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you have questions about any of these performance opportunities at the New York Renaissance Faire, please feel free to contact the Audition Email Address: NYRFauditions@gmail.com.