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Timber Lake Playhouse is the oldest continuously operating professional summer theatre company in Illinois. Celebrating its 58th season, the Playhouse is located on four acres about 140 miles west of downtown Chicago and 2 miles south of Mount Carroll.  Since 1962, TLP has served thousands of young artists in the transition from educational to professional work. The 371 seat indoor theatre has a revolving stage and a 45′ wide proscenium space, allowing for excellent production values. Housing, shops, and meal facilities are all located in 15 other buildings on the property. Timber Lake Resort is located across the street from the Playhouse. While we are not officially affiliated, the resort gives our company members free access to a beautiful in-ground pool and various other activities.

TLP will hold auditions at various locations throughout the mid-west and in NYC. Contracts will be offered throughout the winter with the Resident Company and Guest Artists announced in March. Audition sites are listed below.

A-1 Conference– January 17-20th- New York-

Equity/Non-Equity Guest Contract auditions– February 1st- Chicago (You must request an appointment for this by emailing your pic/resume to

Illinois Theater Auditions– February 2nd- Chicago-

Timber Lake Playhouse Local Auditions– February 3rd- These auditions will be held at Henry’s Double K at 834 S. Jackson in Mt. Carroll from 2:00 – 6:00. Contact TLP at for an audition appointment. Prepare a song that best shows your vocal talent. Bring the sheet music for the accompanist. Auditions will not be allowed to be sung aca pella. Bring a headshot/resume if available. Auditions are for Adult Guest and Equity Artists, Adult Ensemble and Resident Company only. There are no roles for children in the 2019 Season. Watch our website for opportunities for teens (All Area Teen Show) and children (Jr. Show) this summer.

UPTA– February 7-11th – Memphis-

Midwest Theater Auditions– February 22-24th- St. Louis-

*We will be auditioning/ interviewing performers and technical candidates at these events. Please visit the individual websites for registration info.

TLP’s Chicago Equity/ Non-Equity auditions will be by appointment only.