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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2010

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

Register now for 2011 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 2011 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair, scheduled to take place February 26 at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts.

The Auditions and Job Fair, now its fourth 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 2011 summer and fall seasons.

More than 800 people worked in New Hampshire’s vibrant professional theatre industry in 2010. Each year, several participants in the Auditions and Job Fair are hired directly because they participated in this 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. In addition, adult New Hampshire residents interested in working at a New Hampshire professional theatre may also participate. Positions working backstage or in marketing, administrative or box office capacities, as well as onstage roles, are available.

“The Auditions and Job Fair has become a valuable tool for students working toward careers in the theatre industry,” said Elizabeth Cox, associate professor and director of theatre at Plymouth State University. “For New Hampshire students, being able to meet with theatre professionals right here at home is an outstanding way to get their feet in the door.”

“The fact that New Hampshire professional theatres are able to work with ‘home-grown’ talent is a plus,” said Lyn Winter, managing director of the Weathervane Theatre. “New Hampshire has an outstanding tradition of professional theatre, and letting the next generation of professionals know that there are opportunities here will keep that tradition going strong.”

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.

“According to data collected by the New England Foundation for the Arts, New Hampshire’s cultural organizations had revenue of more than $206 million in 2007,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “New Hampshire professional theatre supports our communities not only by providing jobs for those who work at the theatres themselves, but also by supporting restaurants, lodging establishments and other businesses that benefit when people go to a show.”

The following New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association members are currently scheduled to be present at the 2011 Auditions and Job Fair:

  • Advice To The Players
  • The Barnstormers Theatre
  • Children’s Stage Adventures
  • Hampstead Stage Company
  • Interlakes Summer Theater
  • Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company
  • New London Barn Playhouse
  • Papermill Theatre / North Country Center for the Arts
  • Peterborough Players
  • Seacoast Repertory Theatre
  • Second Stage Professional Company
  • Weathervane Theatre
  • Winnipesaukee Playhouse

Preregistration for the 2011 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair is required. Cost is $15 for students and $20 for non-students. 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 Commission on Native American Affairs. 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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