So youve always longed to be an actor. Or maybe a director. You dont have the resume or maybe the physique to audition for a Broadway role. But you still want to satisfy a yearning. Theres a place for you on stage or behind it, as long as you dont mind giving your time for free.
There are dozens of community theaters across Long Island. For our purposes here, community theater is defined as a company of volunteers -- from director to cast, theyre not remunerated. In general they dont own or lease a performance space. Performances are usually in schools, churches, libraries or community halls.
Thats why many of the more familiar names -- from Broadhollow to Bay Street, Theatre Three to Gateway -- are missing from this list. (Others didnt return our calls or have a current Web site.)
Only three companies on Long Island pay union scale to cast and crew, but many others have a fulltime staff and pay modest stipends to actors.
The director of Take-One Theatre, Jessica Cianciotto, works with the teenage cast of "Grease," which includes (L-R) Cristen Feeney and Mike Gaudio during a rehearsal at the Smithtown United Methodist Church in Smithtown. Photo Credit: Photo by John Griffin