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Acting Roles

PLEASE NOTE: TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS IS SUSPENDED FOR 2020. We are not currently hiring for any positions.


Terror Behind the Walls (TBTW) is one of the top ranked haunted houses in the nation, and we’re looking for passionate actors of all levels of experience to entertain our visitors!

Actors, actresses, dancers, and singers work in and around the six haunted attractions that comprise TBTW. The acting departments include the haunted attractions, the Zombie SWAT Dance Team, The Speakeasy at Al Capone’s Cell, Bloodline, Line Beasts, and the Roamers.

Job responsibilities for acting roles may include:

  • Attending all training and staff meetings
  • Performing your assigned role as outlined in your character sheet
  • Remaining in character, full costume, and makeup at all times when in view of the public
  • Assisting with nightly set-up and breakdown procedures for your department as needed

Interested actors, actresses, dancers, and singers must attend a group audition where they’ll get a chance to show off their skills! No experience required; however, all of our acting roles require a very high level of energy, stamina, sense of urgency and positive attitude.

Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-considered basis – meaning that you have a better chance getting a role by attending an earlier audition/interview. Auditions and interviews run RAIN OR SHINE.

2020 Acting Role Auditions
All auditions are held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Eastern State Penitentiary, unless otherwise noted below. Late arrivals will not be permitted. You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Thursday, July 9
  • Saturday, July 18
  • Wednesday July 22
  • Wednesday, August 5
  • Thursday, August 13
  • Saturday, August 15
  • Wednesday, August 19
  • Thursday, August 20

2020 Singing Role Auditions
TBTW is seeking singers for The Speakeasy at Al Capone's Cell.

Singers must have singing experience and be comfortable singing to tracks. Singers must also be comfortable creating a character; improvising within that character; and mingling with visitors to create a creepy, elegant, and fun atmosphere. Singers must prepare a track and come prepared to perform. Styles include jazz, big band, lounge, and soul.

The call time for singing auditions is 5:45 pm. Late arrivals will not be permitted. You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Thursday, July 30

2020 Dancing Role Auditions

TBTW is seeking dancers for our Zombie SWAT Dance Team.

Dancers must have experience and be comfortable dancing on pavement. Dancers must also be comfortable creating a character, improvising within that character, and mingling with visitors. Dancers must be able to follow and learn choreography. While we welcome dancers of all styles, we prefer a concentration in hip-hop and breakdancing.

Call time for dancing auditions is 6:45 pm. Late arrivals will not be permitted. Please bring a water bottle with you.

  • Thursday, July 30

For all acting, singing, and dancing roles, please bring your completed Acting Role ApplicationApplicants with special talents (stilt walking, superhuman tricks, break dancing, the ability to make strange noises, willingness to change your appearance, immersive theater experience, etc.) should inform hiring managers of those particular talents at the audition session. Positions will open up periodically throughout the season; check back for additional audition dates.

No phone calls please.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.