Gretna Theatre has a commitment to the casting and employment of local talent from the Lancaster/Lebanon/Harrisburg area.  For that reason, open call auditions for each season begin locally in the Spring and would be followed by open call auditions in New York City in accordance with Actors' Equity Association.  Information about these auditions will be made available on this website, AEA, Backstage, and Playbill.  All other auditions are held by appointment only.


As a professional theatre, Gretna Theatre engages both union and non-union actors.  The theatre operates with an Actors' Equity Association agreement that references the COST contract.


Any local actors who are interested in being kept on file for future audition consideration, please mail a hardcopy or drop off a picture/resume and cover letter to: Gretna Theatre, PO Box 578, Mount Gretna, PA 17064



Gretna Theatre employs both part time and full time seasonal staff each summer for operations.   

For consideration, please forward a resume and cover letter indicating position of interest to:


Gretna Theatre in beautiful Mount Gretna, PA is America’s oldest summer theatre, and is currently celebrating its 95th Anniversary season. We are seeking a Managing Director to join our dedicated team and board.  The Managing Director will work in collaboration with our Executive Producer to fulfill our mission to grow community by producing and presenting live, professional theatre that engages, transforms, entertains and educates.  Primary responsibilities include creation and management of annual operating budget with Executive Producer, managing finances and bookkeeping, handling contract negotiations, oversight of marketing and sales departments and reporting to Board of Directors.  This is full-time and has an annual salary of $60,000.

Major areas of responsibility include:

  • Coordination of long-range and annual planning in collaboration with the Executive Producer and the Board of Directors.

  • Providing leadership for and actively participating in marketing and sales departments, including oversight, creation of annual marketing and sales goals, hiring and oversight of Front of House Staff.

  • Developing the annual budget with Executive Producer, including providing monthly financial reporting and forecasting, cash flow management, spending and expenditures review and approval to finance committee.

  • Supervising the administrative staff in collaboration with Executive Producer and directing administrative operations.

  • Administering and supporting, in conjunction with the Executive Producer all outreach programs of the theatre.

  • Maintaining and managing organizations finances, including bookkeeping, filing weekly payroll, and paying bills and invoices.

Qualifications include:

  • BA, BS or similar Arts Administration related 4-year degree or higher or comparable work experience.

  • Experience in a non-profit arts management/leadership position.

  • Possess strong budgeting and financial management skills including experience with Quickbooks or similar accounting software.

  • Demonstrated capacity to lead, manage, motivate and inspire the theatre’s team.

  • Experience with various database software, Microsoft Office programs,

  • Experience with Patron Manager, and Salesforce a plus, but not required.

  • Proven methods of driving growth in ticket sales and associated revenues.

  • Exhibit excellent interpersonal leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated a strong work ethic, stamina and passion.

  • Previous experience in sales, advertising, public relations and marketing a plus.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to  No phone calls please. 



GRETNA THEATRE BRANCHES is our theatre's volunteer troupe.  The trees of Mt. Gretna can only go as far as their branches allow, and as a nonprofit organization, Gretna Theatre relies on your help for us to stretch our mission out in the community. Get involved today! Complete out THIS FORM and email it to with the subject VOLUNTEER. 

  • Usher Volunteers - Assist our front-of-house staff as an usher before curtain time and during intermission, greeting patrons, taking tickets, and seating our theater guests.   And see the show for free!

  • Cast & Crew Dinner - Tech Rehearsals are long 12 hour days, and after constructing the set on stage and hanging all of the lights, volunteers have set up hot food/dinner/drinks/snacks for our team.  This happens the Tuesday evening before each new production opens.

  • Special Events Volunteers - Support our fundraising department with setup, greeting, and service at our annual gala each October and at other special events that are so essential in supporting the outreach at Gretna Theatre.

  • Administrative Volunteers - Work alongside our daytime staff in Marketing, Development, or Education doing data entry, phone solicitation, or providing general clerical assistance.  Help keep Gretna Theatre growing!



Script Submission Policy - If you have written a play or musical that you feel is appropriate for Gretna Theatre, please send the following:


  • 1-2 page synopsis

  • 5-10 page excerpt from the script

  • a character breakdown

  • bios for the playwright, composer, lyricist, and any other artistic collaborators

  • Demo CD with tracks clearly labeled (musicals only)

Hardcopy submissions should be mailed to the attention of the Executive Producer.

Please do not send the full script unsolicited. If, upon reading the synopsis package we find that your show is a good fit for Gretna Theatre programming, we will request a full script at that time. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard for response, and please allow up to 6 months for review.



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