Audition Information
Cortland Repertory Theatre is holding local auditions for NON-UNION actors for an evening of two one-act plays being performed in October: “The Receptionist” a dark comedy by Adam Bock, and “The Birds” a thriller by Conor McPherson, based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier. Producing Artistic Director: Kerby Thompson. Director: Shaun Peknic (Associate Director of Broadway's Tony-Award Winning Musical “ONCE” and director of CRT’s “Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror” in 2015).
Seeking actors to be cast in both plays. Paid positions. Rehearsals in Cortland run from September 27 - October 12. Actors must be available for day and evening rehearsals. Performances run October 12-23. 2 weeks rehearsal, 10 performances. Due to the short time frame, please be sure you are available for ALL rehearsal and performance dates before attending. The theatre is an intimate 125 seat, alley style black box. Housing will be in private homes. The ability to provide your own housing and/or car is helpful.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 3 from 10:00 – 4:00 at Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland, NY. Auditionees will be seen on a first come-first seen basis. Doors will open at 9:00 AM; sign-ups list will begin at that time. Please bring a current headshot and theatre resume, and prepare one or two brief (1 – 2 minute) memorized monologues. You may also be asked to read a side from the show. Please, no phone calls.
THE PLAYS: “The Birds”: Four New Englanders surviving a societal collapse after worldwide attacks by birds have changed cultural norms. Trapped in a farmhouse, paranoia becomes more threatening than the attacking birds outside.
“The Receptionist”: A Corporate America office which does a questionable business. Beverly runs the office very efficiently, juggling phones, her family, visitors and co-workers needs…until a stranger from the Home Office arrives and employees start disappearing.
Diane in “The Birds”/Beverly in “The Receptionist”: Seeking one actress to play both roles. Age range: late 30's - early 50's. Diane ("The Birds"): A writer. Plain, very complex, smart, calm but filled with pain and fear. Somewhat of a mother figure for Nat, but attracted to him as well. Coping with the situation, but decidedly ruthless when the time comes. Beverly ("The Receptionist"): The receptionist for a small corporate office. Motherly, chatty, gossipy. Very in charge of her own world, which is her desk. Easily juggles phone calls, visitors and co-workers needs. Comic timing necessary.
Julia in “The Birds”/Lorraine in “The Receptionist”: Seeking one actress to play both roles. Late 20's - Early 30's. Julia ("The Birds"): Attractive, sexy, not as much of a victim as she lets on, manipulative, resourceful. Plays innocent, but is usually scheming and surviving. Knows what she wants and how to get it. Lorraine ("The Receptionist"): A young corporate executive. Having romantic troubles, which she freely gossips about with Beverly. Smart, quick witted, moving up the ladder.
Nat in “The Birds”/Mr. Dart in “The Receptionist”: Seeking one actor to play both roles. Late 20's - mid 30's. Nat ("The Birds"): Male, handsome, masculine, maintains charisma and sex appeal even in this bizarre life threatening situation. Equally a coward and an adventurer, depending on the challenge. Both a father figure and love interest for both women. Mr. Dart ("The Receptionist"): The outsider - a visitor from The Home Office. Charming, sexy, flirty, but has a definite dark side.
Tierney in “The Birds”/Mr. Raymond in “The Receptionist”: Seeking one (male) actor to play both roles. Age range: late 40's - late 50's. Tierney ("The Birds"): A farmer and a survivor. Brash, blunt, eccentric, intimidating and scary. Mr. Raymond ("The Receptionist"): The boss. Usually in charge, but has made a mistake and is troubled, beginning to fear for his job…and his life.
Technical Job Opportunities

All of our technical and design positions have been filled for the 2016 summer season.  Thanks to all who applied! We are keeping everyone on file, should any positions become available.


Scenic and Properties Construction Shop at CRT Downtown.

Technical Internships

2016 Technical Intern Program

Cortland Rep has  five technical interns in our summer program.  In each department, knowledge of the basic skills is helpful, which our staff will work with the interns to refine over the course of creating 6 mainstage productions and one children's show.  Interns will learn the balance of working in a very quick paced environment while creating high quality and detailed theatrical elements.

  • Properties Intern: (Position filled for the 2016 Summer) This intern has the opportunity to work with a professional Props Designer and Artisan. He/She will work learn many “tricks of the trade” from our staff, assisting in the building / borrowing / pulling-from-stock all props and set decoration - from large furniture pieces and soft goods, to smaller hand props, edibles, paper goods and everything in between.  It is helpful to have basic working knowledge of upholstery, foam carving, scenic painting, machine and hand sewing, Powerpoint and other computer photo programs...and have a great creative instinct!
  • Scenic Shop Intern: (Position filled for the 2016 Summer) This intern will work with our professional Technical Director and Scenic Designers, as well as Assistant TD and two Carpenters. He/She will work building and installing all the sets for all productions. In this quick paced environment, this intern will learn how to build scenic elements that are sturdy, strong and safe, but are also quick to install and strike.  A solid working knowledge of all typical power tools is helpful; basic knowledge of scenic painting is a plus.
  • Assistant Stage Manager/Assistant Company Manager: (Position filled for the 2016 summer) The ASM/ACM will act as the Stage Manager for our children’s show, and as ASM on all mainstage shows, attending rehearsals and working backstage. He/She will be in charge of the backstage running crew, which will consist of actors in the show and possible local assistants.  This is perhaps the busiest job of the summer, but the only staff member who works directly with all show directors, designers and crew.  Key traits are organization, strong people skills, problem-solving abilities and a tireless love of the theatrical process.
  • Costume Shop Intern: (Position filled for the 2016 Summer) This intern has the opportunity to work with our professional Costume Designers and Supervisors, taking part in the build of all the costumes for our entire season.  Our shop builds from scratch, pulls from our considerable stock and borrows from local community members.  A good working knowledge of hand and machine sewing, patterning and fabric dying is helpful.  There are some long hours ahead, but the time spent is reflected in the quality costumes seen up close in our intimate, 250 seat theatre.

Per diem pay is $150.00 per week.  Housing is provided. To be considered for an technical internship, please e-mail a cover letter and  resume to Kerby Thompson, Producing Artistic Director or regular mail to PO Box 783, Cortland, NY 13045. Please include cover letter and at least three references with phone numbers and email addresses.  There is no formal application to complete.  If we are interested in speaking with you further about an internship, we will contact you to arrange a phone interview (or in person, if you are in the Central New York or New York City area). No phone calls, please. Please see more information about the theatre and our intern programs on the information page for our Performing Intern Program.   CRT's Intern Programs are supported, in part, by The Triad Foundation and The Tiger Baron Foundation

Performing Intern Program

Performing Internships

ABOVE:  2007 CRT Performing Intern Ephie Aardema (in striped shirt) in our children's production of Treasure Island made her Broadway debut in The Bridges of Madison County.
Other former interns are working or have worked on national tours (Kinky Boots, Bullets Over Broadway, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, ) and have been featured in articles in the New York Times and on national commercials.  Some are also now working as casting directors for movies, television and stage.
CRT's Intern Programs are supported, in part, by The Triad Foundation and The Marsted Foundation

---------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is information on our performing intern program. If you are interested in becoming a Performing Intern at CRT, we MUST see you audition in person. Please check the Audition section above for updates on dates and places.  (There will be a form to fill out at the auditions upon which you can state your interest in our intern program - there are no additional applications beforehand.) Again - There is no written application for our internships, but we do require you to audition in person. Websites, YouTube clips or DVD auditions are useful to add after your initial audition, or to serve as a reminder to us of your abilities; however, we rarely (meaning, never!) hire anyone without seeing them audition first in person. Our intern program offers significant performance experience, and we like to think it is a better-than-average internship in that respect.  Because of this, we are looking for better-than-average interns. We audition our interns just as specifically as we do our leading roles. We are looking for not only good performers, but hard workers and people who are dedicated to the "quality of the end result." Have no doubt – you will work hard, you will learn a lot, and when you finish your stay with us, you will have built a strong resume and have a better understanding of how a professional theatre works.  

Questions and Answers

How many interns will there be?

We will hire 6 Performing Interns, usually three men and three women. We also bring on Technical Interns in the Scenic, Costume, Properties and Stage Management Departments. See more information about the Technical Interns in the section above.


We pay all our performing interns a stipend of $150.00 a week.  You will also receive an "up to $100" travel stipend to help get to Cortland.


Housing is provided, and will be in off-campus apartments connected to the State University of New York - Cortland campus.  Almost all the actors in the mainstage company are housed in the same building, with the technical crew housed just a short distance away. All the bedrooms are single rooms, but you will share the apartment (kitchen, bathroom and living space) with 2 or 3 other people. Laundry facilities (coin operated) are located in the basement. Housing is about an 8 minute walk to downtown Cortland and "CRT Downtown", which is our summer rehearsal site. However, a car is GREATLY useful because the grocery store is about a 5 minute drive and the theatre itself is about a 20 minute drive. Because this is college housing, we will move out mid-August, to be relocated to private homes. Our Guild and Board members are very welcoming - they’ve been doing this for years - and they are all extremely nice and easy-going.


You must be able to arrive no later than May 23, 2016. Rehearsals begin on May 24. Our season runs until September 10; however most intern contracts will end before that so that you may return to school.  We are somewhat flexible with the contract ending date, as long as it does not conflict with performance dates.

Equity Points?

CRT operates under a Guest Artist contract with Actors’ Equity Association, and so can not unfortunately offer points towards an Equity card.

What are the duties?

While our performance internships focus mostly on performance, there are a few technical duties that are expected. All the performing interns will be in at least two mainstage shows (our two large-cast musicals) and our children’s show - Note that these may be performed AT THE SAME TIME. Which means you may be rehearsing a show during the day and performing in a show at night. It’s exhausting, but a terrific opportunity to get some great performance experience under your belt. In the past, interns have played featured ensemble roles in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, Chicago, and  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Others have played principal roles such as Cosette and Marius in Les Mis,  Rutledge, Thompson and the Courier in 1776, Munkestrap, Jennyanydots and Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, Frenchie, Jan, Patti Simcox, Doody, Sonny, and Eugene in Grease, Lun Ta and Tuptim in The King and I, and Tzietel, Hodel, Chava, Motel, Perchik and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof. This year intern roles are available in West Side Story and A Chorus Line with possibly some roles in the straight play Cards on the Table as well. Our interns will start the summer with rehearsals for our children's show Pinocchio. These will be full-day rehearsals for the first week of the summer.  During the second week, we will have numerous morning peformances for school groups, and there may be some tech duties in the afternoons.  During the third week, we begin rehearsals for West Side Story, and our interns will just be required to attend those reherarsals - there will not be any tech work. However, the entire company assists with strikes and change-overs, and the interns are asked to help on ALL change-overs, not just the shows you are in.  You may be asked to work backstage as running crew or as a dresser during the run of a show that you are not performing in.  However those duties will be arranged so as not to conflict with your rehearsal schedule.

Days Off?

There is one day off a week, which varies depending on the show schedule of that week. When you are not performing at night or working backstage, your evenings are free.

Comp tickets?

You get two for each of the six mainstage shows.


Many of our directors and choreographers are more than willing to hold audition, acting or dance classes. These will be arranged during the summer when there is time in the schedule. These classes will be at times so as not to conflict with other duties and rehearsals that need to get done (which will be tough, but we’ll try). You will have the opportunity to work closely with some professional directors and choreographers from New York City and elsewhere.


No sorry, absolutely no pets are allowed. Please find a summer home for Rover and Fluffy, because they cause huge problems when the housing crunch is on, and are not allowed in the cast housing.

Thanks again for your interest! If you have any other questions, drop us an email. Please do not call. Good luck!