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.
ALL-AGES NOTE: 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 15, 2020. You must be at least 18 years old to be cast in the Fight Guild/Academy or 21+ for the 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.
THE 2020 SCHEDULE FOR CAST MEMBERS:
- New York Academy of Performing Arts Rehearsals: ALL Saturdays and Sundays, July 11, 2020 – August 9, 2020. Additional rehearsals may be required for specific scenarios beginning in June.
- Faire Performance Days – Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday, August 15 through October 4, 2020
- Strike – Dates vary by cast, but fall between October 10 and October 17, 2020
Auditions dates for 2020 will be posted soon!
- • The New York Renaissance Faire, 600 Rte. 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
- • Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue (between 35th & 36th Streets) New York, New York, 10018
Stage Combat Auditions
Every performer with stage combat training who wishes to audition for a fighting role MUST request a fight call.
- 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.
Seeking instrumental and vocal musicians, especially musicians who play percussion, brass, recorder, violin, and other Renaissance instruments, or those who are willing to learn. High School/College Band, Choir, and Orchestra students are encouraged to audition. Note reading ability is desirable, but we can work with strong “by-ear” musicians.
Musicians should prepare one musical piece (not to exceed one minute) preferably from the Renaissance-era, 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.
Click Here to Register for an Audition
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 instructions, 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. We strongly recommend everyone wishing to audition complete the form to schedule a date and time.
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: NYRFEntertainment@renfair.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 6-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 July 11, 2020 and run the 6 Saturdays prior to the opening day of the Faire. Performance preparation rehearsals are all day on Sundays beginning July 12, 2020 and run the 6 Sundays prior to the opening day of the Faire.
Camping is available on site for performers for the duration of the performance. For NYRAPA members, there is no fee for camping.
Guildes and Troupes within the NYRF Performance Company
If you are interested in more than one group, sign up for a general audition. Make sure you bring any specific prop relevant to the group of your interest. Bring an instrument if you wish to be considered for a musician opportunity or a movement piece for one of the movement groups.
All auditioners 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.
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 communicate through focused movement, dance, and play, but do not speak. 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
This troupe is for dynamic individuals looking to bring a fully fleshed character to 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 incorporating music, dance, improv, and storytelling.
Guilde of St. George – The Court of Queen Elizabeth
Using a combination of improvisation and first-person interpretation, performers in the Guilde of 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 Guild – Pirates and Sailors
Ahoy, mateys! Our Nautical Guild is seeking shanty singers, trained combatants and all-around nautically-minded players to join our crew!
Instrumentalists and Vocalists
Seeking instrumental and vocal musicians, especially musicians who play percussion, brass, recorder, violin, and other Renaissance instruments, or those who are willing to learn. High School/College Band, Choir, and Orchestra students are encouraged to audition. Note reading ability is desirable, but we can work with strong “by-ear” musicians. Musicians should prepare one musical piece (not to exceed one minute) preferably from the Renaissance-era, 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.
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.
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.