Cultural Trust Puts out Casting Call for New Live, Interactive Game Show

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is now seeking applicants for a new live interactive game show. Interested parties may now apply online. See below for more details.

Game Time! Overview

While Pittsburgh’s interactive entertainment opportunities grow and evolve, Game Time! offers this city an unprecedented and unparalleled opportunity for physical activity, competition, and fun. Inspired by nostalgic activities including mini golf, fishing, and board games, Pittsburgh’s first locally-produced game show brings recently popularized challenges like escape rooms and bar trivia to a new level by adding an audience, team-based competition, and the chance to win a grand prize.

Every Game Time! attendee receives a complimentary t-shirt in one of four team colors and can register for a chance to play one of the four large-format games that evening. Four audience members from each team are randomly selected to play each game for four total rounds, with each round featuring an entirely new and unpredictable game. At the end of all four rounds, the team with the highest score spins a prize wheel to determine the grand prize each player will receive.   

Featuring a soundscape by DJ Inception, an inflatable pool, pink pirate ships, a hamster cage, and a large rubber duck, Game Time!’s lineup of games promises a night of challenge and high-energy entertainment unlike anything you’ve experienced before.


Roles to be Cast

The Host

Character Overview: We are seeking a charismatic host to be the face and voice of Game Time!. We encourage applicants to show their unique personality and energy or to create a character whose persona is tailored to the role of a game show host. The host is responsible for welcoming the audience, introducing the show and its games, and providing banter during scene change and commentary during game play. This role is partially scripted but also relies heavily on improvisational skills.

The actor chosen to play the host will work closely with the producer in the development of the show and their character.

Performance Schedule: The pilot run of Game Time! will take place on the last Saturday of every month from April 2020 – September 2020, with up to two performances per day. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will evaluate the success of this pilot phase to explore the potential for future expansion of this program.   

Compensation: $200 per performance; $50 per production development/rehearsal prior to the April 2020 launch

Audition Process:

Round 1: You will need to submit two video links. The first video is you performing an introductory monologue in character using the host script as a guide, but feel free to make it your own. The second video will contain your commentary on three hypothetical scenarios during a show. 

Round 2:  The four finalists will each be invited to host one of four 30-minute versions of Game Time! at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh in the Cultural District on New Year’s Eve with a live audience. Each finalist will be compensated $50 their time and energy that night. Finalists will be notified of our decision within two weeks of the New Year.

Apply at TrustArts.org/GameTime 


Game Master

Character Overview: The Game Master is the glue that holds the show together. The Game Master plays a crucial functional and logistical role, with oversight of the game play to keep score, keep time, and make sure that everyone is playing safely and fairly. Beyond this, the Game Master also provides a critical character element that adds dimension to the show through his or her interactions with the players and host. This character is mute and relies on noise making instruments to communicate to players, so an aptitude for physical comedy is highly desirable. This character also has several costume changes to match the themes of each game. Examples of costumes may be hip waders for the fishing-themed ‘Think Tank’ or a mermaid for the nautical-themed ‘Bombs Away’.

For this audition, we encourage the applicants to make their own choices as to whether their relationship to the host is that of friend or foe, and if the extensive costume changes make their character excited, miserable, confused, or something else.

The actor chosen to play the Game Master will work closely with the producer in the development of the show and their character.

Performance Schedule: The pilot run of Game Time! will take place on the last Saturday of every month from April 2020 – September 2020, with up to two performances per day. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will evaluate the success of this pilot phase to explore the potential for future expansion of this program.  

Compensation: $200 per performance; $50 per production development/rehearsal prior to the April 2020 launch

Audition Process:

Round 1: Submit a video of your character and non-verbal responses to several situations and questions. Also include any special skills that you feel would contribute to the show and set you apart from other applicants.

Round 2: The four finalists will be invited to an audition with the host in January 2020. Finalist will be notified of our decision within two weeks of the audition. 

Apply at TrustArts.org/GameTime 

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