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DONT WORK HERE. I did West Side Story with them and I’m the only Latina shark they cast. Because I was a last min replacement, they paid me less than everyone in the company. They asked me back for Evita at the same rate, when I asked to be paid as much as the white girls hired for the Evita ensemble, they said they couldn’t afford me and rescinded the offer.
The actors that did stay ended up getting hand foot mouth disease because they rehearse at a community center with children.
Some people’s checks bounced. They pay around $120/wk. If you are in their first round of offers, and ask for more money, they might give it to you but know that then they will be paying another actor less.
also you have to stay with a host family, which can be somewhat awkward, especially for the people who didn’t stay in town and then they were stranded at the host family’s home outside of rehearsal times.
this theatre is racist and poorly run.
They hire really talented actors but the staff isnt great!
I’m not sure where they are going wrong but I felt like I wasn’t liked even while they smiled in my face.
I worked some of the best company actors and singers that I’ve ever met however I don’t get how some of these great singers and dancers choose to stay in New Hampshire and get sucked into this bubble that isn’t sweet.
1. They do not have a proper costume designer that effectively knows how to design a show. We were given costumes by the artistic directors (who do everything Themselves)
The costumes came from amazon Lmao. (which were distastefully given for the shows overall style).
2. This doesn’t matter but is uncomfortable; the Artistic Director’s happen to be in a throuple relationship with one of the company actors. which is totally fine, but the thought of a young professional actor graduating from school and going to a nonunion theater to start work, meanwhile two older men are preying on this young actor and giving him every single role he wants and imagines is sickening...
Go & see the shows.. it won’t take long for you to see the shows they specifically give to said actor. But they can get away with it because he’s a company actor. Which is a conflict of interest in my book. But they are
3. they are non union.
4. they claim to not have money but they have a newly owned rehearsal space but couldn’t negotiate $100, $200 more for a contract that doesn’t even pay you enough to buy groceries? Okay.
4. They have hidden microphones all around the theatre that they use to listen to conversations (which is weird and very uncomfortable to find out).
5. they really need to do a better job with creating a space that doesn’t feel fake and ingenious. They claim to want to make strides to being inclusive and I see it but they seem to be unaware of how the the theatre and the staff creates a hostile and uncomfortable space.
This contract was long as hell..we only performed on the weekends which left Monday- Wednesday free for us. but it made time go by so slow. there were so many cliques and I truly felt like no one wanted me there.
like I mentioned before, they hire great talent and the shows come together to be good but the weird struggle of living in host homes, dealing with shitty pay (that they don’t tax) and having so many cliques that are very well evident in each cast..I don’t think it’s worth working here.
Nope nope and NOPE. Do NOT work here. Favoritism up the wazoo, checks don't deposit, poor attitudes all around, the Artistic Directors do EVERYTHING instead of having an actual production team, overwork their staff, always claim to have no money yet buy a brand new rehearsal space, LOOOOONG history of bad management, zero communication, not inclusive or respectful, can you stop with the steam punk, need I say more? These people are awful and will treat you awful.
Don't work here. This theatre has a long history of bad judgment calls with the current administration. The pay isn't great and they give their performers a hard time when they go elsewhere to get work.
I worked here on a 2-show contract in 2022 and, since the shows played in rep, I made $400/week. I don't know if the pay was higher than what others have said because they were actor/musician roles or because they reevaluated their actor pay in recent years. Actors were housed by local host families within 15 minutes of the theatre and each had their own rooms and, while there isn't a company car, many of the actors brought their own and the company manager loaned their car out to those that needed it. I was able to work my remote part-time job online, picked up side gigs as a dog walker with Rover, and worked some stage crew positions on other shows at the theatre to make some extra cash. Overall, I had a pleasant experience!