The Resident Acting Company (aka the ResCo) forms the core of the Forestburgh Playhouse. The sixteen non-union actors in this year's company (8 men, 8 women) spend the summer performing and rehearsing in a professional atmosphere, gaining valuable experience and learning their craft. Resident actors are not interns or apprentices, but full time performing non-union professionals.

The Playhouse selects its company from the approximately 1,000 undergraduate actors seen during the spring at the A1 Auditions and by visiting multiple conservatories/ college programs across the country. As part of its commitment to developing young talent, Resident Company members who do particularly well are often invited back the following year and given opportunities to perform larger roles or in other capacities, such as directing, choreographing, assisting the producer, etc. A number of former Resident Company members have been re-hired as Equity actors.

Former ResCo actors who started their careers in the ResCo at the Forestburgh Playhouse include: Jason Danieley (The Full Monty, Next to Normal), Kerstin Andersen (Maria, Sound of Music National Tour), Trista Moldovan (Christine in Phantom of the Opera Broadway), Kathy Brier (Tracy in Hairspray Broadway, Emmy nomination Days of Our Lives), Morgan James (Wonderland, Godspell, Motown Broadway), Eric Millegan (Bones), Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk) and many more current and former Broadway, film, and TV actors.

Performance: Resident actors have enormous performing opportunities at the Playhouse. Each company member is guaranteed to appear in Kiss Me Kate, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia, , as well as three cabarets and the children's show, which will be Seussical the Musical TYA. Possibilities for main stage roles include leads, supporting roles, and ensemble.


Contracts: Most resident actor contracts begin around June 4, 2018 and all will extend through August 26, 2018.  All performers must be available for the entire season.

  Before it's magic onstage - rehearsing West Side Story on the back rehearsal deck

Before it's magic onstage - rehearsing West Side Story on the back rehearsal deck

Compensation: Resident actors make $200/week.  The Playhouse also provides housing for the summer, all meals, and the cost of round trip transportation to and from NYC.


Qualifications: Resident actors must be at least 18 years of age, with excellent singing, dancing, and acting skills, and a professional work ethic.  Due to the nature of our musical season, non-singers and non-dancers cannot be considered.


Auditions: The Forestburgh Playhouse will attend the A1 Auditions in New York City and will visit various conservatories/college programs throughout the country.

If you are not attending the A1 auditions and interested in submitting for our Resident Company, please email your headshot and resume and a video containing 16 bars of your best song to:



The Forestburgh Playhouse is committed to non-discrimination and a flexible, imaginative casting policy. Performers of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.