Join the cast of the New York Renaissance Faire
The New York Renaissance Faire (NYRF) has a variety of opportunities for people with a wide range of performance experience and skills. Please 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 as well as long hours outdoors and large crowds. There are some paid positions available for experienced performers, many positions available for volunteers, and a few internship positions for qualified college students. NYRF encourages performers of all ethnicities and backgrounds to audition.
Auditions will be scheduled in the new year. For insight into the audition process and potential performance opportunities, please feel free to review our 2017 audition announcement, below. Please note: An updated set of performance opportunities may be available in 2018.
Auditions will be held Friday & Saturday, May 12 & 13, 2017; Callbacks are on Sunday May 14
- Friday — The New York Renaissance Faire, 600 Rte. 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY, between 5PM and 10PM
- Saturday and Callback Sunday: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue (Bet. 36th & 37th Streets) 16th Floor, New York, NY, between 10AM and 4:30PM.
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AUDITION 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 5, 2017). You must be at least 18 years old to be cast in the Fight Guild/Academy or Pub Crawl. 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 2017 SCHEDULE FOR CAST MEMBERS:
- Fight Rehearsals: Saturdays/Sundays as scheduled, June 17- July 29, 2017.
- New York Academy of Performance Arts: Company Meeting July 1, Saturdays through July 29, 2017.
- Rehearsal Days: Sundays July 2 – July 30, 2017 (additional rehearsals may be required depending on the specific cast)
- Faire Performance Days: Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday: August 5 through October 1.
- Strike: Dates vary by cast but fall between October 2 and October 10.
AUDITIONS ON MAY 12 & 13, 2017:
Have the following information ready before scheduling an audition session time:
- Your full name, full address, phone and email address.
- Your full birth date.
- A general idea of the troupe, guilde, or position you wish to audition for (See below for troupe descriptions). Everyone will experience a General Audition as well; you don’t need to choose just one in the list.
NOTE: If you wish to audition for the Fight Guild or Fight Academy, you must request a fight call, which will be held at Callbacks on Sunday. If you do not mention that you wish to be considered for the Fight cast then you will not be considered.
Wait List: We will have a wait-list at the audition location for walk-in auditions. We will make an effort to see walk-in auditions, but 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
- a copy of your photo identification
- a sense of humor: we love positive attitudes and the willingness to improvise
- We will keep the headshot, performance resume and copy of your ID for our files.
What to Expect at Auditions
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your audition session. When you arrive, you will sign in and hand over your resume, head-shot, and copy of your photo identification.
All those auditioning are 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, 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/appointment timeslot. Some performers may be invited to join our Company on audition day; others will be invited to a call back at which we will evaluate movement, combat, musical and improvisation skills.
Please do not bring in any food or beverages into the audition other than bottled water. A water bottle is permitted.
The NYRF Directors
There may be up to 15 people on the panel – this is due to all directors possibly needing your talent or skills. This may sound scary – but remember, every one of them wants your talents and your skills for their group.
What Happens Afterward?
The Directors will discuss each and every auditionee as a group and determine where your special skills and talents are needed. Each Director looks at the needs of their particular group, and the needs of the entire faire as a whole. 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.
Please understand you will receive only ONE offer to be part of the cast. If you decline that troupe then you will not be part of the 2017 cast but are welcome to audition in future years.
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: [email protected]
New York Academy of Performing Arts: NYRAPA
All new 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, 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.
NYRAPA classes are all day on Saturdays beginning June 17, 2017 and run the 6 Saturdays prior to the opening day of the Faire, including Saturday July 1, 2017. Rehearsals are all day on Sundays beginning June 4, 2016 and run the 6 Sundays prior to the opening day of the Faire, including Sunday July 2, 2017.
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, a Naval Maneuvers stunt show 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 Sunday, May 14 by invitation (based upon your initial audition, training and expressed interest in a fight call).
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, historical sword and stage combat work, 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 Guilde of St. George has opportunities for those with a wide range of experience and interests.
Guilde of St. Nicholas of Myra the Wondermaker
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 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 Creative Director Darlene Patrick today at [email protected] 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: [email protected].