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First-person interpreter/actress/educator Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, PA

  • 26 Apr 2022 12:27 PM
    Message # 12753180

    Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) is looking for several first-person, costumed interpreters for a new program called “Meet the Women of 18th Century Philadelphia” in the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House at 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia. This program is an opportunity to portray real life people who lived in Philadelphia during the time of the American Revolution, drawing from primary sources and historical scholarship. This would be an ideal position for students or emerging living history professionals. A blend of acting and history/museum experience is desirable.  


    HPI seeks interpreters who can convincingly fill the following roles: 


    • A free, African American woman in her early 20s 
    • A working class, white woman in her 40s 
    • A wealthy, white woman in her late teens to early 20s 


    Knowledge and Skills: 

    • An enthusiasm for history; prior experience with museum interpretation and living history is desirable  
    • Acting skills – improvisation and ability to work from a script 
    • Interpreting skills – ability to make relevant connections for guests and craft interpretations based on historical sources 
    • Ability to take on an 18th century persona, including mannerisms, speech, worldview, etc. 
    • Adaptability to various performing environments, from one-on-one encounters to large groups 
    • General knowledge and understanding of 18th century Philadelphia History and the American Revolution 
    • Willingness to explore and share complex and sensitive aspects of history 


    Physical Requirements: 

    • Ability to wear historically accurate 18th century clothing for an entire 4-hour shift 
    • Ability to demonstrate a craft or task while interacting with audiences 
    • Ability to work outside in varying weather conditions and come in daily contact with pollen and other seasonal allergens 


    Part-time, seasonal work with approximately three to four weeks of paid training beginning in May and public performances from mid-June through October. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. 


    To Apply: 


    Send photo and resume to jgreenplate@historicphiladelphia.org 


    For more information, please visit historicphiladelphia.org. No phone calls please. 

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