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Evening Interpreter C - Actor / Interpreter

Evening Interpreter C - Actor / Interpreter

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA

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Compensation: $17.22 per hour


Who We Are

Founded in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational, historic, and cultural institution that owns and operates one of the largest and best-known museum complexes in the world. Our mission is “that the future may learn from the past” through preserving and restoring 18th-century Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. We engage, inform, and inspire people to learn about this historic capital, the events that occurred here, and the diverse peoples who helped shape a new nation. Today, Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the U.S. The Historic Area is the 301-acre restored colonial capital with 88 original buildings and 525 buildings reconstructed to how they appeared in the 18th century through extensive archaeological, architectural, and documentary research. The Historic Area is staffed by highly trained, historically dressed interpreters and expert tradespeople who bring the 18th century to life. The Foundation also owns and operates two world-class museums, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and a renowned research library, the John D Rockefeller Jr Library. Additionally, Colonial Williamsburg is home to five world class accommodations at the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge Autograph Collection, the Griffin Hotel, the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotels and Suites and the unique Colonial Houses in the Historical Area. Visitors may also indulge in food and drink at our many on site restaurants and taverns that blend a historically inspired dining experience with today’s evolved tastes. Each year over 5 million people visit Williamsburg and another 20 million engage with us digitally.

About the Position

The Evening Actor Interpreter for our popular theatrical programs, including trial programs like Cry Witch, To Hang a Pirate, Trial of a Patriot, and Adventures! as well as other ensemble cast programs help to teach 18th century history to diverse audiences using a variety of performance techniques and educational themes while also providing exceptional guest service and experiences.

Work To Be Performed:

Teach 18th century history by:

  • Interpreting 18th century Williamsburg and Virginia history
  • Using a variety of presentation techniques to meet the needs of diverse audiences
  • Interpreting, participating in, and supporting a variety of seasonal and special events
  • Engaging in program preparation, rehearsal, public performance and/or interpretation as assigned
  • Successfully performing the work assignment as prepared by Programmatic Personnel in accordance with the approved standards for the particular presentation and site. The employee will not alter, or cause to be altered, the approved set up arrangement including blocking, scripting ET.

Provide exceptional customer service by:

  • Modeling the organizational values of stewardship, customer service, hospitality and respect for people
  • Managing guest/employee service
  • Orienting visitors
  • Maintaining a caring attitude guided by integrity, truthfulness, fairness, courtesy and respect for the individual

Work collaboratively to achieve the mission of Colonial Williamsburg by:

  • Modeling the organization’s personal/professional expectations
  • Participating as an active member of a team

Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Competencies usually acquired through completion of 4 years of college or 2-4 years’ experience in storytelling, character interpretation, theatre, music, dance, or related field, OR any combination of education and experience that fulfill the responsibilities of the job AND completion of established Foundation, Division, and Department training requirements.
  • Interviews, clearings and or auditions are required for some positions.
  • Must have exceptional problem-solving skills, including the demonstrated ability to be proactive in a reactive situation.
  • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule including nights, holidays and weekends. Must be able to provide annual availability that includes a minimum of 2 evenings per week on a regular basis and up to 4 evenings per week during periods of peak demand, when required.
  • Must have good overall attendance, work ethic, and attitude to lead a team of co-workers.
  • General knowledge of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation policies and procedures; familiarity with physical layout of Historic Area and interior of exhibition buildings.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather including rain, snow, wind, heat, humidity, and storms, and to come in daily contact with allergens, including pollen and dust
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Colonial Williamsburg

Management Company

The Colonial Williamsburg Company has been driven by the same core values since 1930, when the ideas were first established by Williamsburg Tavern and Ordinaries, Inc. With a new formation of hotel properties, the opening of the Williamsburg Inn by Mr. John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1937, we’ve hosted and entertained guests from across the globe with our rich history and impressive collection of amenities.

Today, we offer gorgeous guestrooms & colonial homes, over 20 food and beverage outlets, three championship golf courses, a 30,000 sq. ft. spa wellness & fitness center, and a retail shopping district – all supporting The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s education mission and historic preservation. By utilizing our relevance, craftsmanship, courage, and inclusion we’ve continued to fuel our passion in providing captivating experiences for our guests and rewarding opportunities and benefits for each of our trusted employees. And as an Equal Opportunity Employer, we embrace diversity and incorporate culture to unite our team and ensure that we always exceed our guests’ expectations.