The Wyldewood Players

The Sterling Renaissance Festival, a 35-acre wooded site containing Renaissance style buildings and open-air wooden amphitheaters, is a whimsical re-creation of an Elizabethan town; Warwick, circa 1585. The core company of interactive actors, The Wyldewood Players, brings the town to life by portraying the rogues, vagabonds, and townspeople of Shakespeare’s day.

Town characters as well as Queen Elizabeth’s court, roam the lanes and environments of the festival, including the audience in this very unique form of theatre. Other entertainers provide music and period acts. All of this, combined with food, crafts, and games help create an exciting, comic history of the old English trade faire.

Actors portray a given village character throughout the 9-hour performance day through interactive improvisation in the lanes and environments, and take part in pre-rehearsed scenarios and plays on stages.

Salary and Benefits for the 2019 Season

Casting 30 male and female roles, ages 21 to 50.  Company members receive $3,500 for the 9- week season. (Paid $175 per week for two weeks of rehearsals and training, and $450 per week for the seven performance weeks.)  Housing is provided. Upon completion of the performance season and training workshops, company members receive a certification in “Immersive & Interactive Theatre Performance” (IITP certification) from InterActive Artists. NYS Workman’s Comp and NYS Unemployment Insurance provided as salaried employment.

The Commitment

The contract commitment for runs from Wednesday, June 12th to Monday August 19th, applicants must be available for full-time work, and arrive on-site on June 12th .  There are 4 weeks of intensive rehearsals (three pre-opening and one post –opening) and 7 performance weekends. Brush up rehearsals are scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays throughout the performance run.


  • Performances are Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 AM to 7 PM, with additional rehearsals midweek.
  • Rehearsals will vary according to how you are cast - and may include rehearsals for scenarios, plays, or other scheduled events during a performance day.
  • Rehearsal days run from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM, six days per week.
  • Rehearsals will include master class workshops in:
    • Ensemble Improvisation and freeing the imagination
    • Interactive character development
    • Interactive performance technique
    • Shakespearian Dialect and language
    • History, Customs and manners of the Elizabethan period
  • Actors have no required technical duties, other than care of their housing facilities.
  • Some supplies and references purchase will be required, as well as some reading or memorization prior to arrival.
  • Between performance weekends, actors will have between two and four days off with the remaining weekdays used for brush-up rehearsals. Actors may be scheduled for promotional outings at any time.
  • Transportation and expenses for promotional outings will be provided.
  • No other transportation is provided or reimbursed.
  • Informal voluntary workshops in other disciplines and as well as cast outings are sometimes arranged.



Housing is provided. Festival housing meets all State and local fire and safety codes and takes the form of either lofts above Festival buildings and stages (with electricity and separate access to hot and cold running water, showers, bathroom and cooking facilities); or sharing a house in nearby Oswego, NY (usually 4-8 actors per house). Rooms in housing off-site or in lofts will be single occupancy only. All housing is within a 12-mile radius of the site so having a car for transportation is best, but shared rides among the cast are often arranged.

Audition Preparation

Headshots and resumes with professional acting credits are required. Minimum age is 21. We begin each audition (excluding UTPAs) with an open call, followed later in the afternoon by a callback.  For your open call audition, we ask for a one-minute comic monologue.  Monologues may be either contemporary or period (i.e. modern or Shakespearean), and should show your comic flare and your ability with characterization.  Monologues are heard in small groups. After your group, some will be asked to remain for a callback audition held after all monologues are heard.  Callbacks will consist of an improv audition, held in small groups.  Please keep the audition monitor informed of any scheduling conflicts. There are no follow-up audition dates. Since this is an improv ensemble, Actor’s Equity has no jurisdiction, therefore both Union and Non-Union actors may apply. We do our best to emulate Equity guidelines for all actors.


Casting 15 male and 15 female roles, ages 21 to 50. Casting calls will take place within two weeks of audition with final calls out no later than March 15th under normal circumstances. Casting by Gary Izzo. Although we would like to personally contact all callback candidates either way, we cannot always do so. If you are not called or offered a role by March 15th , please accept our thanks for your time and interest; and don’t count us out for next year. We often have far fewer roles than qualified actors with whom we would love to share the summer.

We will sometimes call first alternate candidates if an actor who has been offered a role needs some time to decide. Please respect our request for a prompt answer and know that other actors may be waiting as alternates.