Do you want the ability to not just perform your craft, but really live it? This is what we do each day in our 17th-century English Village. Educate, enlighten, and engage a diverse audience of all ages through a timed, semi-scripted, semi-improved, interactive experience. Take on the role of a real person, learn who they were, and invite guests to explore a day in the life of a Pilgrim.

This “show” consists of scripted scenarios, hands-on activities (improvised), storytelling, and unscripted guest conversations. Through these interactions, historical performers (actors) are able to impact our guests by bringing history to life.

This position is a full-time seasonal position beginning on or around March 7, 2022 and concluding on November 27, 2022. Here at Plimoth Patuxet Museums we offer actors the unique ability to have two consecutive days off each week, generally consistent working hours, and benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform five days a week, in our timed, semi-scripted, immersive experience portraying a historical figure in 17th-Century Plymouth Colony. This production occurs in an outdoor (non-climate controlled) environment.

  • Run non-scripted, time programs demonstrating 17th-century lifeways, skill sets and topics/activities as a historical figure in 17th-Century Plymouth Colony when not participating in the scripted experience.

  • Engage and interact with a diverse audience of all ages throughout the performance

  • Improvise in character based on the reactions of audience members while successfully completing all required blocking, lines, and performance cues.

  • Provide a friendly and welcoming presence for all guests and coworkers throughout the Museum

  • Attend rehearsals, training sessions and meetings as requested by the supervisor.

  • Memorize lines, blocking, and relevant historical information.

  • Take & implement notes given by the Museum Theater Manager or Assistant Manager.

  • Wear and use voice amplification devices

  • Collaborate with other Historical Performers as part of an ensemble cast.

  • Participate in additional acting performances/shows including but not limited to 1 person shows, scripted dining experiences and online performances for schools and other groups. (these will be assigned with as much advance notice as possible)

  • Maintain proper use and care of props, costumes and scenic design.

  • Adhere to the policies of Plimoth Patuxet Museums as outlined in the Museum Employee manual and current job description.

  • Other duties as assigned

This outline description focuses on the primary duties of the position. It is not designed nor intended to include all duties and responsibilities inherent in satisfactory performance of the position. Management reserves the right to revise this job description from time to time as needed.

Required Skills

  • Flexible, resilient and growth mindset

  • Fluent in English & ability to pick up on/learn dialects.

  • Able to deliver an engaging, consistent performance multiple times a day

  • Performing in an outdoor environment where the weather may be unpredictable

  • Have an understanding of immersive theatre, improvisation, and the theatrical process as a whole.

  • Great at problem-solving in the moment

  • Enjoys learning history, dialect, hands-on activities, etc...

  • An interest in learning and performing period music and dances.

  • Have an engaging and creative personality with excellent interpersonal skills.

  • A positive, can-do attitude and sense of humor is essential

  • Reliability, dependability and punctuality

  • Fluency in English, strong verbal skills, and ability to communicate clearly and engagingly with guests and colleagues.

  • Ability to work independently, without direct supervision.

  • Must be able to read and understand a variety of historical and educational sources.

Work Environment

The workplace is not climate controlled. This position requires primarily outdoor work with some minimal moments working indoors. When outdoors, it can sometimes be in adverse climatic conditions. Work may be performed in dusty and smoky environments; in poorly lit areas; near open fires. The noise level in the workplace varies from quiet to loud.

Additional Requirements

Must be available to work Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays. Typical hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm, five days a week through the end of November. Flexibility in work hours and days off is required. This position will include working additional night/weekend hours or days as needed; these will be primarily in October & November.

Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Some college or professional level training in acting or performance is preferred.

  • Minimum of two years of acting experience. This may include high school, college or community theatre performances.

  • Experience with improv, immersive theatre, and devised theatre strongly preferred

  • Experience playing an instrument, singing, and dancing strongly preferred

  • Experience in theatre education and passion for history preferred

  • Experience working with the public or customer service is essential.

Core Commitment

Whether part-time or full-time, year-round or seasonal, all staff and volunteers at Plimoth Patuxet advance the Museum’s educational mission and strategic goals. They uphold the Museum’s core values and principles in their work and in all of their interactions with the public and with coworkers. This commitment helps to ensure that Plimoth Patuxet's reputation for excellence is maintained and that, as stewards of the Museum, we are helping to create a relevant and sustainable future for Plimoth Patuxet Museums. The core principles that guide us in our work are:

  • Safety and Comfort

  • Compassionate Customer Engagement

  • Professional Excellence

  • Personal Accountability

  • Advance a Culture of Philanthropy

  • Teamwork

Full-time, Temporary

  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a PDF file of your resume, and cover letter to apply@plimoth.org, or by submitting them by US mail to the following address:

Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Attn: Human Resources
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360