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Actors and Puppeteers

Current Opening


Mesner Puppet Theater seeks professional actors and puppeteers to perform in our premiere of  “In the Workshop-Live” at the Midwest Trust Center in May 2022.


We are currently looking for:

5 roles for Non equity performers of any gender, age, or race with a passion for performing for young people. 3 roles for storyteller/actors and 2 roles for puppeteers.


About the Show:

Nico, Zora, and Langston are all members of an eclectic artist workshop. They are renovating their workshop, and have invited the audience to take a sneak peek inside before it’s opened to the general public. But when conflict among the characters causes quite the catastrophe, it’s up to the audience to work with the cast of characters to help solve the problem. Through the course of this hour-plus, outside-the-box theater experience, ensemble members might find themselves manipulating puppets, facilitating theater games, improvising, singing, and transitioning audience members from area to area. Think of this as part actor, and part teaching artist!


Prior to the audition we will send you more information on what to prepare.


Required Qualifications:

  • Training/experience in acting, clowning, improvisation, and/or puppetry.

  • Experience or interest in performing for young people ages 4-8 years old.

  • Reliable with strong communication skills.

  • Creative problem solver.

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience facilitating activities with 4-8 year olds.

  • Confidence in improvising.

  • Ability to carry a tune (solo singing ability not required).


  • Contribute artistically during rehearsal and devising process

  • Perform production as rehearsed.

  • Communicate with production staff via email.

  • Represent Mesner Puppet Theater to communities through conducting self and work with professionalism and empathy.


Required Availability for In the Workshop-Live!

Rehearsals: TBD (Winter/Spring ‘22) 

Tech: March 29-May 9 

Performances: May 10-15  


Application/Casting Process:

Choose an audition slot on Sign up Genius and email headshot and resume to


$1450 - Artists are paid as contractors. Fee supports all work related to performance including research, rehearsals, performances, and media requests.

Mesner Puppet Theater is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Email: Rita Sobbing,, with questions.

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