About The Producers & Venue
Guggenheim Entertainment, Inc. has been a leader in event design and production since 1996 when the owners left 15 years in the non-profit theater world to produce “Schoolhouse Rock Live” in San Francisco at Union Square’s Alcazar Theater. Throughout the late '90s and well into the next decade, GE created original musicals that were presented throughout the western United States before settling down into a new home, The Retro Dome in San Jose, CA. After the venue housing The Retro Dome met its demise in 2013, GE worked to secure a new, permanent location all while producing “The MeshugaNutcracker!”, the first professional musical to celebrate Chanukah, and presenting it as part of Fathom Events and BroadwayHD.
In 2017, Guggenheim Entertainment reimagined a venue in downtown San Jose. Camera 3, a three-screen independent movie theater, became 3Below Theaters & Cafe featuring a 220-seat flagship theater for professional musical theater, live events, and movies; an 80-seat theater for cabaret events and movies; and a twin 80-seat theater dedicated to live improvised comedy presented by ComedySportz San Jose.
We are proud to announce a new name for our non-profit organization, San Jose Playhouse. San Jose Playhouse will be the producing entity of our high quality, live theatrical events and our education wing. Guggenheim Entertainment, Inc. will continue as a separate commercial entity, specializing in theatrical and film productions and events and will continue to manage the film programming, rentals, and the cafe.
Plans for 2021-2022
Although nothing is set in stone since no one can predict when venues will be allowed to open nor when audiences will feel comfortable returning to theaters, we are laying the foundation for future seasons and events. We hope to be able to kick off what’s outlined below in the fall of 2021 and are prepared to reshuffle dates if reopening is pushed to 2022. Plans for reopening include the start of our Resident Young Artists Program designed for post-college graduate, pre-professional, triple threats in addition to the expansion of our professional series utilizing members of the Actor's Union.
San Jose Playhouse
- Live Professional Theatre
- A professional season employing a minimum of 30 AEA artists per year for runs of 3-6 weeks with mid-size casts in classic and original musicals. San Jose Playhouse will present
- Broadway and Off-Broadway works (like our past productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Nine, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Sondheim On Sondheim, and future considerations like Hadestown, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins)
- New works (like our past productions of A Spoonful of Sherman, Disenchanted, Shout! The Mod Musical, Sisters Of Swing: The Story of The Andrews Sisters)
- Original works created by our in-house creative team (like The MeshugaNutcracker!, Thanks For Playing...The Game Show Show!)
- Resident Young Artists Program
- These artists will join San Jose Playhouse's company of performers for a year-long residency with opportunities to perform, teach, and gain hands-on experience in theatrical production and administration. Opportunities in the Resident Young Artists Program include:
- Performing in SJ Playhouse Professional Series when appropriate roles are available
- Performing in "Clubhouse" events; this program designed for youth and families includes 4-person, original musical theatre productions celebrating holidays including Easter, Halloween, and Christmas as well as other themed events
- Serving as hosts and technicians for live, weekly events including Broadway Karaoke, Family Game Nights, and Open Mic Nights
- Serving as educators for year-round series of theater arts classes for all ages
- Rotating internships with multiple departments at San Jose Playhouse with the goal of giving the Artists a wide range of theatrical production and administrative experiences during their employment
- Cabaret Series
- These once-a-month events feature professional singers and musicians performing unique sets of favorite and new music
- SJPlayhouse's Community Engagement
- This program provides year-round classes in acting, singing, design, filmmaking, and more to youth, teen, adult, and senior citizen students.
We are currently seeking two types of artists:
For our Live Professional Theater series:
- We are seeking accomplished, professional singers who act and dance/move well.
- Qualified artists will be capable singers with the musicianship required to handle challenging musical theatre scores.
- We are not seeking “entry level” performers for these productions; qualified artists will have previous professional experience in musical theatre.
- Artists of all ages; artists of color; artists with disabilities; women, trans and gender non-conforming actors; and other members of historically and currently marginalized communities that are not well represented or misrepresented onstage in theatre productions; all with the above performing skillset are encouraged to submit.
- Please do not “type yourself out” by assuming roles from listed productions must be filled as they may have been previously. Unless a playwright calls for an actor that is race/ability/gender/age-specific, the producers will hire the most capable artists to create an inclusive ensemble.
For our Resident Artist Program:
- Participation in the Resident Young Artists Program will give the actors and stage manager the opportunity to complete creditable weeks of work to enter the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC). The EMC permits actors and stage managers in training to credit theatrical work towards eventual membership in Equity. Local housing and pay.
- Our Resident Young Artists Program is designed for pre-professional triple threats, age 21-30. Artists of all ages; artists of color; artists with differing-abilities; women, trans and gender non-conforming actors; and other members of historically and currently marginalized communities with the above performing skillset are encouraged to submit.
- Qualified artists will be energetic performers who are comfortable with comedy, slapstick, and non-stop action; who can quickly pick up and execute choreography (traditional Broadway-style, tap, and basic musical theatre movement); and who can quickly learn music as well as hold one’s own in tight, four-part harmony.
Using the form on this page, submit your resume, headshot, and a video(s) of your intro and song(s).
Part 1: Introduction - Take as long as you need to help us get to know you a bit. If you need some prompting: share a favorite holiday memory...tell us about a favorite moment on stage or in an audience...dogs or cats?...why?
Part 2: Song - Do as many takes as you need to get a recording you feel shows you off singing any song of your choosing. We do a lot of Sondheim and classic musical theatre so you can head in that general direction but we also produce shows that need singers who are comfortable with rock 'n roll, Motown, and big band.
Part 3: Song #2 (optional) - If your first song only shows one aspect of what you can do, feel free to submit another piece.
'21-'22 Submission Deadline:
May 15, 2021