Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

More than 100 people are part of the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre company — directors, designers, actors, technicians, musicians, and administrators who are a mix of students, professionals, community members, and Muhlenberg College staff. We are a non-Equity company, though we hire Equity actors under the Guest Artist Contract.

Applications for technical positions are due in March, and auditions are held in February and March.

The college is located in a residential area in the beautiful West End of Allentown, Pa., with excellent sport and exercise facilities on campus. We are minutes away from the beautiful Poconos, an hour-and-a-half from New York City, and an hour from Philadelphia. Housing is provided for company members in Muhlenberg's dormitories. There are cooking facilities in the dormitories and inexpensive restaurants near the campus, but meals are not provided.

Except for volunteer ushers, all positions are filled for the 2016 season.

Volunteering

See the show for free! Volunteer to be an usher for Summer Music Theatre performances.

Actors

Auditions for adult community members and Muhlenberg students are held in February and March. Performers are paid a stipend for rehearsals and performances. Dormitory housing will be provided for performers who do not live in the Lehigh Valley area.

Preliminary mainstage auditions have been held. Please see the Audition Page for information about auditioning for the children's musical, Growl! (Muhlenberg students and alumni only) and about mainstage callback auditions.

Production Staff

Deadline: March 9

Cutter/Draper, Stitcher, Wardrobe, Intern: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, an Equity LOA theatre in Pennsylvania's beautiful Lehigh Valley, is seeking costume production positions for the 2016 summer season. Season includes Gypsy, In the Heights and Growl!, a new musical for children by theatre company Doppelskope. This is a wonderful opportunity for candidates possessing excellent costume construction, alteration, and wardrobe skills and previous theatrical costuming experience. The application deadline is March 9, 2016. Technician dates run from May 23 to July 15. Wardrobe dates run from June 6 to August 3. Also hiring a paid costume shop intern. Intern applicants must have own transportation; sewing experience is preferred. Competitive salary and housing provided. Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to SMTcompany@muhlenberg.edu. If applying for Draper, please send photos or CD of representative work. Wardrobe applicants should be proficient with styling and maintaining wigs.

Carpenters: Experience required in standard scenic construction techniques, ability to lift 50 lbs and working knowledge of shop equipment and tools. Must have ability to read and interpret scaled construction drawings. Season includes Gypsy, In The Heights and Growl!, a new musical for children by theatre company Doppelskope. Employment from May 23 - August 3; competitive salary; housing provided. Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to SMTcompany@muhlenberg.edu.

Electrician: Experience in standard execution of stage lighting, including reading and interpreting lighting plots, hang, focus, and maintenance of equipment. Applicants will work at heights in excess of 40 feet, lift heavy equipment, operate/program light board (ETC Ion and Expression 3) during rehearsals and performances, operation of follow spot during rehearsals and performances and assist with shop carpentry as needed. Experience with DMX, moving lights, scrollers and basic soldering helpful but not required. Season includes Gypsy, In The Heights and Growl!, a new musical for children by theatre company Doppelskope. Employment from May 23 - August 3; competitive salary; housing provided. Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to SMTcompany@muhlenberg.edu.

Sound Designer/Engineer: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (Allentown, PA) seeks a sound designer/operator to design, implement, and coordinate all audio elements of our two main stage shows this summer season. Qualified applicants should have experience with wireless microphones and live sound reinforcement in the musical theatre genre. This is a "hands on" position and the designer is expected to serve as board op for all technical rehearsals and performances for productions as well as load in and strike of all related equipment. The theatre is equipped with 24 channel analog mixing console and pre-installed house sound system. Experience with Q-Lab , Yamaha DL-9 digital console, and Shure wireless microphones preferable. Position requires strategic use of in house equipment and resources. Small rental budget attached to both productions. Applicants must have the ability to work with minimal supervision. Designer will attend design meetings and production meetings and give regular updates to Directors and Technical Director. Contract dates are May 23 - August 3. Dormitory housing is provided. Send resume to SMTcompany@muhlenberg.edu.

Scenic Charge Artist: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, an Equity LOA theatre, is seeking a Scenic Artist. Duties include layout, cartooning, texture, base, and finish painting, as well as all required touch ups and maintenance. Charge should be able to work quickly, independently, and supervise a small work crew of varying levels of experience. This is an eight week contract position, beginning on May 18 - July 10. For consideration, please send resume and sample or work or link to portfolio to dgelb@muhlenberg.edu. Season includes Gypsy, In The Heights and Growl!, a new musical for children by theatre company Doppelskope. Competitive salary; housing provided.

Each summer, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre hires theatre professionals in the following areas:

  • Cutter/Drapers, First Costume Hand, Stitchers, Wardrobe Crew
  • Carpenters and Electricians
  • Sound Designer/Engineer
  • Scenic Charge Artist

Additionally, through the College/University Student Program, we invite college students to join the company to work in the following areas:

  • scenic construction
  • lighting
  • costume construction
  • properties
  • marketing and publicity
  • stage management
  • arts administration
  • box office

The deadline for these positions is March 9.

High School Internships

Deadline: March 1

Each summer we invite high school students to join the company to work as interns in stage management. Unlike other summer stock operations, we do not charge any fees. Each intern is paid a $400 honorarium. Interns work under the supervision of professional staff and gain valuable experience working on high-quality theatrical productions and as production staff for children's theatre productions. Interns also serve as running crew for productions, when needed.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old as of May 1, 2016. See the application form for additional requirements.

Download the application form and guidelines.


Photo: The Who's Tommy, 2008; photo by Kenny Ek, Kenek Photography