All actors hired are hired as actor/techs. The six actors double as tech crew and are responsible for set-up and tear down at each venue. Sets can easily be assembled in 20-30 minutes. Actors may also be assigned an assistant management duty (sound, laundry, prop maintenance, etc.). All interested applicants should highlight tech experience and/or areas of tech interest.
Actors may earn extra compensation as instructors in our Professional Training Academy. Previous experience/willingness in teaching theatre-based classes is highly valued. Learn more about our academy here
A few facts about tour
Notable Alumni Pay Housing Transportation Schedule Call Times Hiatus
Ted Levine - "Monk" (Captain Leland Stottlemeyer)
Dan Manning - 2009 Broadway Revival Ragtime (Grandfather)
Marina Hunley-Graham - Artistic Director, Unto these Hills
$250 week + per diem ($5-$20/day on road)
TWVPTA Instructor Pay $25/class; Private lessons fees vary
Theatre West Virginia will find you housing and provide basic furnishings. The housing is subsidized and on average rent is $250 and includes most utilities. Housing is in very close proximity to the rehearsal studio where rehearsals and academy classes are held. Whenever you are on the road hotel accommodations (typically Wyndham hotels) are provided by Theatre West Virginia. At the hotel you will have your own bed, but share the room with one other individual.
Theatre West Virginia provides two vehicles for tour travel. A box truck/cargo van is utilized to transport the set and technical elements as well as two actors. A Nissan Quest transports the remaining actors and costumes. Actors take turns driving the vehicles. All vehicle expenses are maintained by Theatre West Virginia.
The month of September will be spent rehearsing both productions. Touring will start the first week in October with A Year with Frog and Toad. The tour typically performs at schools in West Virginia and surrounding areas (Virginia and Ohio). Public performances are also possible as are workshops. Your road manager and/or the Director of Touring Sales will fill you in on these should they be applicable. You can tour at up to ten shows at ten schools over the course of a school week. The schedule will fluctuate and is subject to change due to varying factors. Any schedule changes will come from the Road Manager or Director of Touring Sales. Generally you will receive your schedule two weeks at a time. As travel is generally within a four hour radius of Beckley, you'll never be on the road more than five nights in a row and that is very rare. You'll always have 24 hours of darkness per week, but more commonly, 48.
As the schedule varies, so does the call time. Unless otherwise noted, the touring company will arrive at a venue 90 minutes prior to performance time. Your call time reflects the amount of time to travel safely from the office (or hotel) to the venue in order to arrive 90 minutes prior to showtime. Call times are non-negotiable.
There is a five week hiatus from December 14, 2013 - January 19, 2014. This is non-paid. However, you may apply for unemployment during this break.
Note: Tracks are in order of appearance and don't correlate between shows. For example, you may be hired for male track 1 in Honey in the Rock and male track 2 in A Year with Frog and Toad.