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Storytellers and First Person Interpreters

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI)

Post Date: Mar 14, 2023

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) seeks actors (ages 18 and up) of all ethnic backgrounds to work as Storytellers and several actresses to work as First-person, Costumed Interpreters/History Makers for a new program called “Meet the Women of 18th Century Philadelphia”.  


Storytellers are stationed at one of our storytelling benches around the historic district in Philadelphia or Valley Forge National Historical Park. Storytellers immerse the guests in a wide variety of historical stories about the trials and tribulations that gave rise to this nation, America. Storytellers (will be trained) should also know information about their locations and have some understanding of the geography and points of interest of Old City. 


First-person, Costumed Interpreters, or History Makers, have an opportunity to portray real life people who lived in Philadelphia during the time of the American Revolution. 


HPI seeks actresses who can convincingly fill the following roles: 


·         Sarah Bass Allen, a free, African American woman in her early 30s 

·         Betsy Ross, a white woman between the ages of 24-30. 


This is a social job, one should be able to work well with others, acting experience preferred but not required, know the importance of the guest’s experience, be engaging, flexible, and an overall great communicator. 

Knowledge and Skills: 

·         Acting skills – improvisation and ability to work from a script 

·         Interpreting skills – ability to make relevant connections for guests 

·         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 


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

How To Apply

Candidates will be invited to auditions, held on March 30th, based on how well their experience and skills listed on their resume match the needs of our programs.  For more information visit www.historicphiladelphia.org.  


Part-time paid seasonal work, starting April 2023 with training and educational groups. The main season will run from June until September. Pay $16.00 - $18.00 per hour. $14.00 per hour for rehearsal time.  


HPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Pay $16.00 - $18.00 per hour. $14.00 per hour for rehearsal time
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