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Acting Roles

We are looking for passionate actors of all levels of experience to entertain our visitors! Actors, actresses, dancers, circus performers and singers work in a variety of attractions and experiences throughout the penitentiary. The acting departments include but are not limited to haunted attractions, dance performers, themed walkthroughs, lounges (including The Speakeasy at Al Capone’s Cell) and more!

Job responsibilities for acting roles may include:

  • Attending all training and staff meetings
  • Performing your assigned role as outlined in your character sheet
  • Remaining in character, full costume, and makeup at all times when in view of the public
  • Assisting with nightly set-up and breakdown procedures for your department as needed

View a full job description here.

Interested actors, actresses, dancers, and singers must attend a group audition where they’ll get a chance to show off their talents and skills! No experience required; however, all of our acting roles require a very high level of energy, stamina, sense of urgency and positive attitude. Positions will be filled on a first come, first-considered basis – meaning that you have a better chance of getting a role by attending an earlier audition/interview. Auditions and interviews run RAIN OR SHINE.

Looking for a job in customer service or costuming? Return to the Overview page to explore other open positions.

Please Note: All employees must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit to a weekly PCR test (not a rapid screen) at your local pharmacy each week in order to work on site. In addition, in accordance with the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 protocols, we also require everyone to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.

2021  Acting Role Auditions
All auditions are held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Eastern State Penitentiary, unless otherwise noted below. Late arrivals will not be permitted.  You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Sunday, July 11
  • Wednesday, July 14
  • Sunday, July 18
  • Monday, July 19
  • Monday, July 26
  • Wednesday, July 28
  • Sunday, August 1
  • Wednesday, August 18
  • Monday, August 23
  • Monday, August 30
  • Monday, September 27
  • Sunday, October 17 - 1:00 to 1:30 pm

Check back soon for future dates! And sign up for email updates below to be the first to know when we schedule new auditions and interviews.

2021  Singing Role Auditions
We’re seeking singers for The Speakeasy at Al Capone's Cell. If you want to apply for a singing role, you must attend an acting audition first and let the hiring managers know you are interested in a singing role as well.

Singers must have singing experience and be comfortable singing to tracks. Singers must also be comfortable creating a character; improvising within that character; and mingling with visitors to create a creepy, elegant, and fun atmosphere. Singers must prepare a track and come prepared to perform. Styles include jazz, big band, lounge, and soul.

2021  Dancing Role Auditions
If you want to apply for a dancing role, you must attend an acting audition first and let the hiring managers know that you are interested in a dancing role as well.

Dancers must have experience and be comfortable dancing on pavement. Dancers must also be comfortable creating a character, improvising within that character, and mingling with visitors. Dancers must be able to follow and learn choreography. We welcome dancers of all styles!

For all acting, singing, dancing roles, and circus performers please bring your completed Acting Role Application. Applicants with special talents (stilt walking, superhuman tricks, break dancing, the ability to make strange noises, willingness to change your appearance, immersive theater experience, etc.) should inform hiring managers of those particular talents at the audition session. Positions will open up periodically throughout the season; check back for additional audition dates.


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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.