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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 email a copy of your headshot and resume, along with a short note of introduction, to



Headshots and resumes are now being accepted for all shows in our 2024 Season. For show descriptions, please visit this page. Interested actors should email PDF copies of their headshot and resume, along with a note of interest and information about their local/non-local status to Please put the show title in the subject line of the email for reference. SUBMISSION DEADLINES ARE NOTED BELOW FOR EACH SHOW. For the 2024 season, all auditions will be held virtually.  


Submission Instructions for Non-Equity Actors

Non-Equity musical theater actors interested in submitting for Burt & Me or Chess, please record 2 contrasting 16-bar cuts or one of the 32-bar cuts provided here. Actors interested in submitting for Every Brilliant Thing, please record a 1-minute contemporary monologue or original storytelling piece. All Non-Equity actors should email PDF files of your headshot and resume to Kate Galvin, Casting Director at by January 1st. Please include the subject line “Non-Equity Season Submission” and if you are local to the Mount Gretna/Lancaster area, please indicate that in your email. 



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 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 follow PDF >  PDF 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 Producing Artistic Director.

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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