FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2009
Shelly Angers, NH Department of Cultural Resources
NH Pro Theatre Audition and Interview opportunities still available
New Hampshire students and others interested in working in professional theatre are encouraged to register for the upcoming 2009 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Interviews. The spaces for 100 individuals wishing to perform onstage or work backstage and in administrative positions for more than a dozen of the state’s professional theatres have been filling up quickly.
The Auditions and Interviews, a partnership of the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association, the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources and Plymouth State University, will take place at the Silver Center for the Arts on Plymouth’s campus on February 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Preregistration is required.
New Hampshire has been a mainstay of professional theatre and theatre arts for well over a century. The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Interviews began as a way to offer opportunities for New Hampshire students interested in theatre to find jobs in their home state.
In 2008, the event’s first year, more than 80 students participated. Due to increased interest from throughout the professional theatre community, the 2009 event has been opened to include the following:
- Students enrolled in New Hampshire colleges and universities
- New Hampshire residents enrolled in colleges and universities elsewhere
- Actors 18 and older who are New Hampshire residents
- Theatre faculty (production/direction/design) who are teaching at New Hampshire schools or who are New Hampshire residents
- Non-theatre, cross-disciplinary applicants in fields of business sciences, marketing and more.
“We are hearing from students from all over the state who want to have careers in theatre, and who prefer being part of New Hampshire’s theatre tradition,” said Elizabeth Cox, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre at Plymouth State University. “For them, having the opportunity to do what they love, where they love to be, is a dream come true.”
The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association includes more than two dozen professional producing theatres from across the state. It serves as a resource for the professional theatre community, providing information about 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.
“In 2008, the first year that the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association held this event, we found that not only was it a tremendous way to reach out to the next generation of theatre professionals and to let them know that they can pursue their dream right here at home, but that it was also an opportunity for those of us working in theatre to get together and strengthen the industry,” said Lyn Winter, managing director of the Weathervane Theatre.
“Professional theatre is a vital part New Hampshire’s economy,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. “People from all over the country—in fact, from around the world - come to New Hampshire and see these performances, and while they’re here, they stay overnight, eat out, shop and enjoy the many things that make New Hampshire so special.”
The cost to participate in the Auditions and Interviews is $15 for students, $20 for non-students; this fee includes lunch. To learn more and to preregister, visit http://oz.plymouth.edu/~mkizer/NHPTA/.
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/.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the 2009 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Interviews, or to arrange and interview with Lyn Winter, Elizabeth Cox or Commissioner McLeod, please contact Shelly Angers, 603-271-3136, [email protected].