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Acting Roles

Terror Behind the Walls (TBTW) is one of the top ranked haunted houses in the nation, so, of course, we want top notch actors entertaining our visitors!

Actors, actresses, dancers, and singers work in and around the six haunted attractions that comprise TBTW. The acting departments include Lock Down, Machine Shop, Blood Yard, Infirmary, Quarantine: 4D, Break Out, The Zombie SWAT Dance Team, The Speakeasy, Bloodline, Roamers, Line Beasts, and the Street Team that entertains visitors outside penitentiary walls before they enter the property.

Interested actors, actresses, dancers, and singers must attend a group audition where they’ll get a chance to show off their skills! No experience required; however, acting, dancing, and singing roles require a very high level of energy, stamina, and positive attitude.

Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-considered basis – meaning that you have a better chance getting a role by attending an earlier audition/interview. Auditions and interviews run RAIN OR SHINE.

2019 Acting Role Auditions
All auditions are held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Eastern State Penitentiary, unless otherwise noted below. You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Saturday, July 27 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Thursday, August 1
  • Saturday, August 3
  • Thursday, August 8
  • Sunday, August 11
  • Thursday, August 22
  • Tuesday, August 27
  • Wednesday, August 28


2019 Singing Role Auditions
TBTW is seeking an additional singer for The Speakeasy at Al Capone's Cell.

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

All auditions are held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Eastern State Penitentiary, unless otherwise noted below. You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Thursday, August 8
  • Thursday, August 22


2019 Dancing Role Auditions
TBTW is seeking dancers for our Zombie SWAT Dance Team.

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 patrons. Dancers must be able to follow and learn choreography. Dance audition will last for one hour. Please bring a water bottle. All dance styles welcome but we would like a concentration in hip-hop and breakdancing.

All auditions are held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Eastern State Penitentiary, unless otherwise noted below. You do not need to make an appointment. All dancers MUST be on site by 6:00 pm.

  • Thursday, August 1

For all acting, singing, and dancing roles, please bring your Acting Role Application completely filled out. 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.

No phone calls please.