Gig&Tell: Sea Coast Repertory Theatre

  • Great Experience    
    09/11/2016  9:58pm

    As the previous review said, Seacoast Rep is under new management and the new management has improved the theatre immensely. All of the staff is welcoming, kind, and incredibly professional and worked hard to make sure that the cast always had everything they needed.
    The pay is ok for non-eq, but housing contracts are limited, which is the only down side.
    Sets and costumes are beautiful and production value is very high for non-eq. The locals they cast are very talented and welcoming to newcomers. I had a wonderful experience working for this theatre and felt challenged by a smart creative team that put together a beautiful show. Go audition!

  • 2016 - Under New Management!    
    04/06/2016  4:49pm

    I just recently worked at Seacoast in early 2016. I read the reviews here prior to accepting the contract, so my guard was up and I was ready for anything. But I learned that things had changed much in the last year. First of all, the previous artistic staff is completely gone. Things were going under, so they packed up and left (apparently not on great terms). The new team is AWESOME. Miles Burns is the new AD and he is just wonderful. They are new, so they are still adjusting to AEA rules/regulations, but are so willing to learn and so respectful if I encountered any problems during my contract. When a problem with overtime occurred, they paid me every penny I was owed - they were just grateful I was willing to put in the extra hours. This house operates under a Guest Contract Tier 2. They no longer have housing, so out-of-towners are put up in volunteer housing. I personally stayed with the family of someone on the board; the AEA actor in the show before mine was put up in a hotel. So it varies on what is available at the time. The entire staff was supportive and loving. There was never any pressure for 'partying' as some of these posts suggest - in fact, other than an opening night toast, there were no parties. I would say Seacoast has made a full turn-around in the right direction. I will definitely be willing to work with them again in the future.

    I forgot to mention - they also gave me a car to use during my stay!

    04/06/2016  4:50pm
  • Seacoast Rep    
    04/10/2014  10:06am

    Working for this theater right now. I love every single person here ( in the cast and on their staff). Not only were they welcoming, they treated us non eq actors as professionals. They provided housing, they GAVE us cars for transportation downtown and the rehearsal process was incredible. Yes they smoke and drink, but we are all adults..choose to participate or not. The town is incredible and I can not wait to work here again.

    This place is run by a lying, cheating, thieving, psychopath. Ask around outside the bubble and you will hear some pretty awful stories. The facade is very thin and "The Rep" will be bankrupt very soon.

    05/04/2014  4:00pm

    This person is clearly either a liar or a paid shill. There is a zero percent chance that the company GAVE you cars. They used to have a van that broke down and was never fixed. The place USED to be run by a lying cheat but he has since been ousted. That said I'd give it time before working here again.

    12/15/2014  2:34pm

    I've recently heard of mistreatment of actors, their artistic director resigned in the middle of their season, and the space and housing isn't well maintained. Fellow actors have told me that they won't be returning next year if offered a contract.

    04/14/2015  10:32pm

    Really, if "drinking and smoking" are mentioned to this extent, and if this is something that could be used as a determining factor as to whether or not you'd fit in on an acting gig...doesn't that speak rather strongly to the overall maturity of a production team, let alone corps of actors? I don't think you hear many Broadway casts complaining "wow...this cast of Wicked sure does smoke and drink too much." Point being: it sounds like summer camp. If that's below your professional level, work elsewhere. I would never even audition here.

    06/16/2015  11:16am
  • Just be careful.    
    08/07/2014  10:13am

    I worked here three summers ago. I keep hearing about people not getting paid. When it came to business stuff, i was always paid, never an issue, and i was non union at the time. The real problem are the people in charge. There is a core group of people there and they have convinced them self that they can do any show, and that their lead actress is capable of playing any role... any role.

    Its kind of like high school. If you are friends with the right people there, then you will love it. You don't have to drink like they do, you do have to kiss their asses. But if they welcome you into their little click, then you will have an amazing summer and most likely be precast in their future shows. The actual space is great, and they get good crowds. Also the town could very well be the most beautiful town I've ever worked in.

    Even though I would never work there again, I will not agree that there is illegal shit going down . Their problems exist at many other theaters. If you want the job, if you are starting your professional career, i would suggest working there. I learned a lot about acting being a "job" at this theater. Sometimes you hate everyone your working with and you have to stick it out. You have to do your job and as long as your physically safe and getting paid, you should be able to handle anything. That was my seacoast experience. I hope this was helpful.

    One more thing. They probably put on some of the best productions of Rocky Horror Picture Show Live ever! I've done it at three theaters, and they are the best, in every way. People travel long distances to see the midnight shows. Always a new concept every year. I wish that was all they did. Sometimes Merril Peiffer is in it. She is seacoast reps secret weapon.

  • Seacoast Rep 04/16/2012  10:48am

    I am going to have to agree 110% with the person above. Thank you for a clear, objective opinion. Here's the thing kids:This is show business. It's a business like any other business. Therefore, it is up to YOU (unless you have an agent) to make sure you negotiate your contract to get what you think you should be paid, or have them at least meet you in the middle. So, this whole jazz about Seacoast not paying is a bunch of crap. From a producers standpoint, part of their job is to put on the best show while spending the least amount of money. That said, if the producer had his way, he/she wouldn't pay the actors ANYTHING! So, yes, some theaters may try to low ball you by offering you $200-250 a week. If you think you deserve more, you should ask for it. I worked at Seacoast as a lead as well as ensemble, I was NOT one of the "core group of actors" as I am based in New York, and I made more than $300 a week.
    Also, to the person who claims they never got paid- it clearly says in your contract that if you do not leave your room clean and the way you found it (trash is out of room, personal belongings have been removed, food is out of the refrigerator) you will forfeit your final pay. The seacoast doesn't need your money. If you didnt get paid, it's because you didn't follow the guidelines of your contract. Also, yes, a lot of the cast are heavy smokers and drinkers but guess what- a lot of actors are. You either participate or you do not. We are all grown ups. I highly doubt that they took smoke break "every 15 minutes" because if they did, you would have never had any time to learn the show. You know, the one you claim you didn't get paid for.
    This is all meant to be informative and not condescending, of course. However, I do not agree with using this forum to post false bitterness you may have with a theatre. We all want the same thing as actors: to be able to live in a clean, comfortable environment where we can live with other artists and learn from them as well as create something magical and memorable on stage. Also, get paid on time in the correct amount. We follow the rules and they follow the rules and everyone will be happy. Equity or non eq, there will always be crap to deal with. A friend of mine said it best, "performing on stage in a show is the greatest thing in life but dealing with the BUSINESS can be the worst"
    Take what you will from this. I enjoyed my time at Seacoast and will always return there for work because it's one theatre that does give chances to actors that others may not. Especially if you are an actor of color. This theatre usually tries to do non-traditional casting, as long as it does not affect the story of the show. This is something RARE to find.
    Have a nice day kids.

    This poster is clearly a shill. This theater has been on the AEA 'Do Not Work' list more than once for not paying actors, misrepresenting themselves or misleading actors. The place is notorious for not paying, AEA or otherwise. The poster at the top of this thread is correct, the resident company are all alcoholics. Also, the Artistic Director and his "assistant" are really sketchy.

    05/29/2013  2:01am

    I'm not trying to say anything untrue just to make the theatre look good. Actually, I am an actor who worked there for a summer. I always got paid. Maybe you had or knows someone who had a bad experience.

    06/30/2013  10:40pm

    This place is the definition of bad amateur theater. I remember this was THE place to work at one time.

    10/21/2013  12:58pm
  • Seacoast Rep 03/28/2012  2:51pm

    Appts have started going out.



    Also...I thought no one would see this if I posted it in G&T... but if anyone has worked at Seacoast I would SO appreciate it if you could put up a review. I don't know anyone who has worked there :-/

    Thank you so much in advance....and sorry for putting this request in CB Corner.

    I've worked there a few times. I like it. Then tend to do stuff that pushes the envelope a little. So if you're one of those actors who doesn't like to be around people who smoke, curse, or are just rowdy, then I wouldn't go in for them. They're great people, and the space is great, and the theater is great, and the city is beautiful, but they're big drinks, smokers, etc. So if that's not your thing, you might have a hard time fitting in there.

    03/28/2012  6:41pm

    I had a horrible experience at this theatre. They have a core group of "actors" who work here over and over and over. Lets just say, they are NOT a classy bunch of people. I did not enjoy my contract.

    03/28/2012  7:15pm

    Agreed w what they said. Read my bitch in the bitching post. After several emails & calls(some of which were not responded to), I still have no final paycheck & the show closed dec 24. I refuse to go in for them again. Unless it's a show u r dying to do & want it on ur resume, don't do it. U r also semi stranded at the cast house(which us a big house but not kept clean bc every1 parties so much). They are not bad people, but my experience was highly unprofessional. During rehearsals, they would take smoke breaks every 15 minutes(not even joking). And don't expect to be up for a lead role, they do use their residents for those.

    03/28/2012  9:42pm

    Do they give EMC points or cards!?

    03/28/2012  11:09pm

    What show are they doing?

    03/28/2012  11:19pm

    Chicago and Full Monty

    03/28/2012  11:29pm

    No emc points just equity contracts. Pay...when u actually get your paychecks...is not great.

    03/28/2012  11:32pm

    Thank you guys for the reviews and the honesty. I will definitely keep all of that under consideration in the event that I get an offer from them.

    Would any of you mind sharing what the non-eq pay was like? If you don't feel comfortable I completely understand. It's a bit awkward to ask, but I guess there's no other way to find out.

    03/29/2012  10:13am

    The above posters have very valid points. I went there knowing exactly what I was getting into, my friends had worked there in the past. This is not your broadway debut but if it's a role you want and you need to get out of the city for a while, go for it. However, the reason I don't think I'd go back is the money, the non eq pay is about $200-$300 and I'm pretty sure 3 is the top, unless you are a big lead, but even then I'm not sure. I have loans and bills, so I can't make that much a week without going broke. But get an appointment, have a great audition and then stress about all this! :)

    03/29/2012  1:38pm

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but consider this: We are all adults (I'm assuming) and we are all in the arts. Get over it.People drink and people smoke. If you don't partake in those activities, your contract will not require you to do so. Yes, this theater does have a group of resident actors, but if you put yourself in their position, would you not feel that you deserved a certain role after paying your dues? This business is not just about talent, but also who you know and who you feel you can work with. Every single theater reuses actors if they are reliable. And, this theater will consider you for a role if you're qualified for it, as I was cast in multiple shows and I am based in NYC. They may not pay you a Broadway salary, but the pay is actually fairly standard, if not better than most non-equity regional theaters. Plus, they house you and pay for transportation to and from the theater. The town is beautiful and it truly is a lovely place to spend your summer doing something you love. Also, I wouldn't say that the resident actors party any more than the rest of us do. I would best describe it as enjoying and loving one another enough that they find pleasure in spending time together after a day of rehearsal or performing. And isn't that great? Doing a show at a regional theater is a life experience, it's not all business. It's a solid, warm, accepting group of artists who have created a dysfunctional (I mean that in the best sense of the word) family and that, to me, is friggin beautiful. I always felt warmly welcomed into the family they have created and never judged, whether it be as a person or an actor. They encourage creativity, allow you to make choices, embrace artistic freedom, and at the end of the day, we are all here to put on a great show. We all work when it's time to work and we all play when we need to unwind. Every theater has its drawbacks, but I would have to say that Seacoast's pros certainly outweigh its cons...by far.

    04/06/2012  1:45am

    I am going to have to agree 110% with the person above. Thank you for a clear, objective opinion. Here's the thing kids:This is show business. It's a business like any other business. Therefore, it is up to YOU (unless you have an agent) to make sure you negotiate your contract to get what you think you should be paid, or have them at least meet you in the middle. So, this whole jazz about Seacoast not paying is a bunch of crap. From a producers standpoint, part of their job is to put on the best show while spending the least amount of money. That said, if the producer had his way, he/she wouldn't pay the actors ANYTHING! So, yes, some theaters may try to low ball you by offering you $200-250 a week. If you think you deserve more, you should ask for it. I worked at Seacoast as a lead as well as ensemble, I was NOT one of the "core group of actors" as I am based in New York, and I made more than $300 a week.
    Also, to the person who claims they never got paid- it clearly says in your contract that if you do not leave your room clean and the way you found it (trash is out of room, personal belongings have been removed, food is out of the refrigerator) you will forfeit your final pay. The seacoast doesn't need your money. If you didnt get paid, it's because you didn't follow the guidelines of your contract. Also, yes, a lot of the cast are heavy smokers and drinkers but guess what- a lot of actors are. You either participate or you do not. We are all grown ups. I highly doubt that they took smoke break "every 15 minutes" because if they did, you would have never had any time to learn the show. You know, the one you claim you didn't get paid for.
    This is all meant to be informative and not condescending, of course. However, I do not agree with using this forum to post false bitterness you may have with a theatre. We all want the same thing as actors: to be able to live in a clean, comfortable environment where we can live with other artists and learn from them as well as create something magical and memorable on stage. Also, get paid on time in the correct amount. We follow the rules and they follow the rules and everyone will be happy. Equity or non eq, there will always be crap to deal with. A friend of mine said it best, "performing on stage in a show is the greatest thing in life but dealing with the BUSINESS can be the worst"
    Take what you will from this. I enjoyed my time at Seacoast and will always return there for work because it's one theatre that does give chances to actors that others may not. Especially if you are an actor of color. This theatre usually tries to do non-traditional casting, as long as it does not affect the story of the show. This is something RARE to find.
    Have a nice day kids.

    04/16/2012  10:53am

    Great news, all the "locals" or "core group" (as you say) have quit smoking. Looks like we will all have A LOT more rehearsal time now, phew!

    05/17/2013  12:58pm