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Taking Stock of Summer

Welcome back to Casting Actors Cast your go-to destination for all things theatre and acting. I'm your host, casting Partner with McCorkle Casting, Jeffrey Dreisbach, and today, we're delving deep into the world of summer theatre acting opportunities. Summer theatre isn't just about sunshine and warm nights; it's a vibrant playground for actors to sharpen their skills, explore new horizons, and forge lasting connections. So grab your metaphorical sunscreen and join me as we uncover the magic of summer theatre!

First off, what makes summer theatre such a hotbed (pun intended) for actors? Well, picture this: a condensed rehearsal period, a diverse range of productions, and the chance to perform in a variety of unique venues. This whirlwind experience not only challenges actors to think on their feet but also pushes them to delve deeper into their characters, resulting in accelerated growth and development.

From outdoor amphitheaters under the stars to cozy black box theatres, summer theatre stages come in all shapes and sizes. Each venue offers its own set of challenges and rewards, allowing actors to flex their creative muscles and adapt to different performance environments.

But what about the audition process? How can actors increase their chances of landing a coveted role in a summer production? It all boils down to preparation, perseverance, and a dash of networking savvy.

  • Preparation-Find out where the jobs are-Breakdown, Backstage, Colleges, community theatres

  • Perseverance- Putting the word out-have material ready to go-Let everyone know

  • Look locally then regionally, then statewide, then grow the circles to make connections


Summer theatre isn't just about honing your craft; it's also about building meaningful connections with fellow artists and industry professionals. Whether you're bonding over late-night rehearsals or celebrating a successful opening night, the camaraderie forged in the crucible of summer theatre is second to none.


Now, let's shift gears and explore the range of opportunities available within the world of summer theatre. From classic Shakespearean dramas to cutting-edge contemporary works, there's something for every actor's taste and talent. Finding your jam is a matter of exploring each of the venues you are familiar with and then reaching out. Barrington Stage, CATF, many regional theatre’s have summer programs.

Of course, no discussion of summer theatre would be complete without addressing the elephant in the room: the dreaded "summer stock syndrome." common misconceptions and challenges associated with summer theatre,

Practical advice for overcoming obstacles

  1. Poor quality production values

  2. Credits do not count

  3. Amateur results

  4. Financially disappointing

Thriving reasons for summer gigs:

  1. Role opportunities

  2. Connections

  3. The pressure is stimulating

  4. Really great way to spend a summer


And there you have it, folks – a comprehensive guide to seizing the spotlight in the world of summer theatre. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a fresh-faced newcomer, there's never been a better time to dive headfirst into the exhilarating world of summer theatre. So pack your bags, polish your monologues, and get ready to shine!

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Until next time, break a leg!

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