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 every spring at the StrawHat Auditions. 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 Anything Goes, The Addams Family, The Who’s Tommy, Into the Woods, and Rock of Ages, as well as three cabarets and the children's shows, which will be Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA. Possibilities for main stage roles include leads, supporting roles, and ensemble.


Contracts: Most resident actor contracts begin May 30, 2017 and all will extend through August 29, 2017.  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

 in New York March 17-19, 2017


We hire all our resident company from this audition ONLY. We do not attend other group auditions nor do we hold separate auditions in New York for resident company members.   If you are non-Equity and want to audition for the Forestburgh Playhouse, you must attend the Strawhats. 


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.


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.



The Forestburgh Playhouse will attend the Strawhats Auditions in New York City.