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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2009

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

Register now for 2010 NH Pro Theatre Auditions and Job Fair

New Hampshire students and adult residents with dreams of working in theatre—on stage, backstage or in a business capacity—are encouraged to register for the 2010 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair, scheduled to take place February 20 at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts.

The Auditions and Job Fair, now its third year, gives participants the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than a dozen of the state’s professional theatres that are seeking cast members and staff for the 2010 summer and fall seasons.

More than 800 people will work in New Hampshire’s professional theatre industry during that time. Each year, several participants in the Auditions and Job Fair are hired directly because they participated in the event.

The Auditions and Job Fair is open to New Hampshire college and university students as well as to New Hampshire residents enrolled in higher education out of state. Adult New Hampshire residents interested in working backstage or in marketing, administrative or box office capacities, or who would like to audition for onstage roles, may also participate.

“The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association has found the Auditions and Job Fair an excellent way to make smart hiring decisions,” said Lyn Winter, managing director of the Weathervane Theatre. “It’s also been a great way to let talented people know that indeed, they can work in an exciting, creative field and stay close to home.”

“The Auditions and Job Fair have been a great way for students to meet with professionals from New Hampshire’s theatre community,” said Elizabeth Cox, associate professor and director of theatre at Plymouth State University. “Each year dozens receive callbacks to be performers, and several get their first professional jobs. It’s an amazing opportunity.”

The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair is just one project to come out of the Governor’s Jobs Cabinet, which focuses on creating and identifying job opportunities statewide.

“People often have the mistaken idea that acting is the only job in theatre,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “Actually, there are all sorts of jobs—paying jobs—that people with a variety of skills can do, from working in the box office to doing marketing to constructing sets to making costumes.

“The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair is an opportunity to do something that you excel at, right here in New Hampshire, while being part of an industry that’s respected worldwide,” he added.

The following members of the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association are slated to attend the 2010 Auditions and Job Fair:

Preregistration for the 2010 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair is required. To register, and to learn more about the event, visit http://oz.plymouth.edu/~mkizer/NHPTA/.

The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association is a resource for the theatre community that provides information on events, jobs and theatre news. It is also a source for the public to find information about the Granite State’s professional theatre productions, as well as information on lodging, dining and other attractions near each member theatre. Learn more at www.nhprotheatre.org.

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the American Canadian French Cultural Exchange Commission. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.

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