The Williamstown Theatre Festival has two levels of non-Equity actors in residence each season.

Apprentice Program
The WTF Apprentice Program is a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world of professional theatre experienced during the summer season of the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Non-Equity Company
The WTF Non-Equity Company is comprised of young artists drawn primarily from the top graduate acting programs in the country. Non-Equity company members supplement the Equity Company in the Main and Nikos Stage productions and take on principal roles in the Free Theatre and Fellowship productions.

Equity Company
The Williamstown Theatre Festival does not accept unsolicited submissions. Eligible Performer Auditions are held at Actors' Equity Association's studios in New York City, usually in April. An announcement of those auditions will appear in Backstage.


The Non-Equity Company is a nationally recognized, highly competitive group of young actors drawn primarily from the top graduate programs in the country. Members of the Non-Equity Company supplement the Equity Company in Main Stage and Nikos Stage productions and are cast in principal roles in the Free Theatre and Fellowship Project productions. The Fellowship Project company members collaborate on the creation of a new play and a new musical throughout the course of the summer, and the Free Theatre company members perform in a unique production of a play or musical for families, set outside amongst the beautiful Berkshire countryside. Non-Equity company members are also involved in projects and special events directed by the Workshop Directing Corps.

Strong consideration is given to actors who have completed the WTF Apprentice program. Some crew work, primarily assisting with Festival strikes and load-ins, is required. Non-Equity company members are responsible for their own daily living expenses and pay a fee for housing on the Williams College campus.

WTF is part of the Equity Membership Candidate program and EMC points can be obtained. College credit can be arranged through some academic institutions (contact your registrar for more information). Scholarships are available on a need basis.


Auditions are held late-February to mid-March in New York City. To apply, please send a headshot and resume by January 21, 2014.

Please include a brief note that indicates:

A) Whether you would like to audition with a monologue & song (accompanist provided) OR two monologues

B) Whether you have previously participated in the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and if so, in what capacity (i.e. Apprentice, Intern, Non-Eq)

C) The educational program in which you are currently enrolled OR the city where you currently reside. 

     Please send all materials to:

     Williamstown Theatre Festival
     Non-Equity Admissions
     229 West 42nd St., Suite 801
     New York, NY 10036

Applicants will receive a email confirming receipt of their submission by January 31, 2014 and will be contacted further only if granted an audition.

Photo Credits
Jim DeProphetis, Ginnifer Goodwin, Charlotte Ritchie, Blake Segal, Greg Hildreth, and Joe Tippet in The Corn is Green, 2007. Photo by Andy Tew.