Gig&Tell: Texas Shakespeare Festival

  • Work here if you get the chance!    
    10/31/2012  8:06pm

    This is an absolutely WONDERFUL company to work for. Undoubtedly, this is the best experience I have had as an actor. The community is amazingly supportive of the actors (which manifests itself every Monday when the cast and crew gets invited to a locals house for a fun night!)

    Aside from the community, the Artistic Director, Raymond Caldwell, really cares about the quality of these shows. Unlike most summer stock experiences I've been a part of, the rehearsal process is lengthy enough to really feel confident with the show. The quality of the productions is fantastic, especially when you think about being in the small town of Kilgore, Texas. The other guy who is the production manager of the Festival, John Dodd, is the nicest man you will ever meet in your life. That's right- the Festival only has TWO year round employees.

    The shows run in rolling rep- basically you perform 4 shows in two days. 6 when the children's show gets put in the rep. Typically, actors are employed for 3 of the 4 shows, with the interns acting in the children's show. It may sound like an exhausting schedule- sometimes the lines get overwhelming, but honestly, it's the most well controlled schedule I've ever had. Most of the time, you have at least 3 hours off a day as the one show you aren't in rehearses. It's amazing!

    The only downsides you could find to this place is staying in the Kilgore College dormitories. I mean, they aren't the best, but they are certainly decent enough. For me, the productions were so fulfilling- I wouldn't care if I lived in a box. The town of Kilgore is small. But it is cheap to live in and extremely charming.

    It's a worthy experience and one I will remember forever. If you get hired by this company, I would STRONGLY recommend you spending a summer in East Texas!

    I definitely agree with the poster, This company is run by fantastic people and my experience was very positive. Arriving in the small East Texas town I didn't know what I had gotten myself into, but I had a blast. The community is very supportive of the company and full houses are common for most of the shows. Definitely felt well taken care of working here.

    02/13/2014  9:25am