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Seasonal & tour Employment

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We will open up applications for the 2024 Season and post the audition schedule later this fall.

Employment Equity Statement
The Black Hills Playhouse strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, and veterans to apply or audition. We are an equal opportunity employer and applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.

The Black Hills Playhouse (BHP) seeks creative professionals and emerging professionals of all backgrounds for a 12-week summer stock season in beautiful Custer State Park in South Dakota. These are seasonal employment contracts.

  • Season Start & End Dates: May 23 - August 13, 2023. Dates may vary by contract.

  • All positions include room & board. What does that mean exactly? Housing is provided in our scenic location in Custer State Park and meals are made fresh on campus during all workdays specifically for the company.  Housing and meals are valued at $250/weekly.

  • First-year intern positions are paid $250/wk and all other positions DOE. Job descriptions are found in the online application. When hiring is complete for the season (generally late March to mid-April), it will be posted on the website and social media.

2023 Season 77 Audition and Interview Locations

Please submit applications at links below and schedule interview and audition slots as directed per location.

The Black Hills Playhouse will be attending the following audition and interview sites:

KCACTF Region 5 - Des Moines, IA (Technical interviews only)
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Register through the organization and available only to those registered. Find more information at
Rapid City, SD

First Baptist Church, 707 St. Patrick St., Rapid City
Saturday, February 11, 2023
10 am - 12 pm

Contact: Randy Niles, to schedule a slot
University of South Dakota - Vermillion, SD

Warren M. Lee Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, February 18, 2023
Tech interviews: 9-11 AM
Auditions: 12-3 PM
Sign up on the USD call board or contact Vic Shonk,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Lincoln, NE
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Sunday, February 26, 2023
11 am - 2 pm

Sign up with Ian Borden,

Southeast Missouri State University -- Cape Girardeau, MO
Monday, February 27, 1- 5 pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 9 am to Noon

Contact: Amber Marisa Cook: 

SETC - Lexington, KY
March 1-5, 2023
Register online at for audition and interview information.

Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Monday, March 6, 2023

Auditions: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Simpkins 343
Tech Interviews: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Hainline Green Room
Contact: Tammy Killian



Unable to make it to the audition/interview locations?
Audition by submitting headshot, bio/resume, link(s) to monologue,
and portion of song, limited to a combined 2 minutes. Materials can be submitted below 
through the APPLY HERE buttons in the appropriate section.


  • Production & Company Manager 

  • Stage Manager 

  • Head Electrician 

  • Sound Engineer/Asst. Elect.

  • Electrician Intern 

  • Technical Director 

  • Assistant Technical Director 

  • Head Carpenter 

  • Carpenter Intern

  • Stagecraft Intern

  • Costume Shop Manager

  • First Hand/Cutter/Draper 

  • Stitcher 

  • Stitcher Intern

  • Head Props 

  • Props Intern

  • Charge Artist 

  • Scenic Artist 

Tech Questions?  Randy Niles​.

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Performance & Design

  • Actor Intern

  • Actor

  • Designer** 

  • Director** 

  • Choreographer**

**Hiring for design positions is usually done between September and December previous to the season.

Performance & Design Questions?  Dan Workman​.

Customer Service & Dining

  • Customer Service Intern (Box Office & Snack Bar)

  • Head Chef (position filled)

  • Assistant Chef (position filled)

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Customer Service & Dining Questions?  Randy Niles​.

2023/24 Dakota Players Children's Theatre Tour Jobs

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The BHP is also seeking two year-round Tour Actor/Directors for the Dakota Players children's theatre 2023/24 touring season.


  • These positions are full-time with benefits and are contracted Jan - August 2023 and  July 8, 2023 - August 2024

  • The tour team conducts auditions and leads a week-long rehearsal process in each town, culminating in performances in front of local community audiences.

  • The tour team is trained to lead theatre workshops, works with students at BHP Jr. Performing Arts Camps, and assists with all-ability productions.

For consideration, sign up for auditions at a site listed above or submit your materials electronically. Include a headshot, resume, and link(s) to a monologue and short song (limited to a combined 2 minutes).​

Dakota Players Questions?  Deb Workman at​.

Thanks for visiting!

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Performance & Design
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