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Community theaters on Long Island

The director of Take-One Theatre, Jessica Cianciotto, works

(Credit: Photo by John Griffin)

So you’ve always longed to be an actor. Or maybe a director. You don’t have the resumé or maybe the physique to audition for a Broadway role. But you still want to satisfy a yearning. There’s a place for you on stage or behind it, as long as you don’t mind giving your time for free.

There are dozens of community theaters across Long Island. For our purposes here, community theater is defined as a company of volunteers -- from director to cast, they’re not remunerated. In general they don’t own or lease a performance space. Performances are usually in schools, churches, libraries or community halls.

That’s why many of the more familiar names -- from Broadhollow to Bay Street, Theatre Three to Gateway -- are missing from this list. (Others didn’t return our calls or have a current Web site.)

Only three companies on Long Island pay union scale to cast and crew, but many others have a fulltime staff and pay modest stipends to actors.

--Compiled by Steve Parks