Calling all actors – here’s some news you can use. Nineteen of the Detroit area’s most popular and critically-acclaimed theatre companies will be holding joint general auditions for the 2014-2015 theatre season May 12, 13 and 19, 2014, at the Marlene Boll Theatre inside the Boll Family YMCA. That’s right by the Detroit Opera House, at 1401 Broadway in Detroit. Auditions will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening. Appointments are required and may be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatres attending auditions will be:
- Abreact Performance Space (Detroit)
- A Host of People (Detroit)
- The AKT Theatre Project (Wyandotte)
- Barton Bund & Lynch Travis (Southeast Michigan)
- CMAP (Carrie Morris Arts Productions) (Detroit)
- The Dio – Dining & Entertainment (Pinckney)
- Etico Productions (Auburn Hills/Detroit)
- Jewish Ensemble Theatre (West Bloomfield)
- Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company (Detroit)
- Matrix Theatre Company (Detroit)
- Open Book Theatre Company (Downriver)
- Planet Ant Theatre (Hamtramck)
- Plowshares Theatre Company (Detroit)
- Puzzle Piece Theatre (Detroit)
- The Ringwald Theatre (Ferndale)
- RUMPUSROOM (Detroit)
- Shakespeare in Detroit (Detroit)
- The Snug Theatre (Marine City)
- Two Muses Theatre (West Bloomfield)
Male and female actors over the age of 18 from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Appointments are required; walk-ins are welcome but are not guaranteed a slot. Actors must make appointments by e-mailing email@example.com; be sure to include in the body of the e-mail your full name, desired appointment date and time, and phone number. Headshots and résumés should not be attached to the e-mail – however you will need to bring 19 sets to the audition. No appointments will be made by phone. After an audition appointment is confirmed, each actor will be sent an information form to fill out prior to arriving at the auditions. There will be a first-come, first-served waiting list at the theatre each night; the theatre companies will do their best to see everyone.
Actors should prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues no longer than three minutes combined. Note that auditions will be timed. Actors should bring nineteen sets of headshot/résumés for the artistic directors holding the auditions.
All roles offered will be paid. Jewish Ensemble Theatre and Plowshares Theatre Company are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Some theatres may offer Equity Special Appearance or Guest Artist contracts.
Each of the theatres has provided the following information about their specific company:
THE ABREACT PERFORMANCE SPACE (Detroit)
The Abreact is Detroit's most dynamic and exciting FREE performance space! We are dedicated to creating an open forum/venue for Detroit performing artists and audiences. The Abreact, formerly the Abreact Playhouse, was founded in 2000 by two Detroit actors whose goal was initially to hone their craft by creating their own artistic dojo of sorts. What blossomed as a result was a theatrical venue unparalleled in its freedoms and resourcefulness. Seven shows later the venue changed hands and the mantle has been passed on to the next generation. We pledge to do our best, to do our worst, to cut our teeth, to share our wit and skills, and learn together. Come join us!
A HOST OF PEOPLE (Detroit)
A Host of People is a theater and performance company that creates art around this question: How can we host more people into theatrical works that are complex and multifarious; work that is poetic, visual, non-conformist, and is looking to free the viewer’s imagination, curiosity and spirit? So we work to entertain and leave the interpretation to you. We invite our audience into our art as we would guests into our home, whether it is in a house, on the street, in a gallery or in a theater.
THE AKT THEATRE PROJECT (Wyandotte)
The AKT Theatre Project began as an educational summer workshop in 2008, founded by Artistic Director- Angie Kane Ferrante, catering to the interest of young people in the community. It now stages several full productions a year, annual fundraisers and concerts, student productions, and educational workshops. The AKT Theatre Project strives to create an artistic home, spark new ideas, and bring affordable professional-quality theater to the Metro-Detroit area.
BARTON BUND & LYNCH TRAVIS (Southeast Michigan)
Veteran theatre artists producing innovative works for the stage throughout Southeast Michigan.
CMAP (CARRIE MORRIS ARTS PRODUCTIONS) (Detroit)
CMAP provides a forum for contemporary puppetry and multimedia performance works in order to give residents of the larger Detroit area the opportunity to experience, create and share ideas.
THE DIO – DINING & ENTERTAINMENT (Pinckney)
The Dio is Livingston County's premiere professional dinner theatre company, located about 40 minutes from Ann Arbor. The Dio produces up to six shows a season including musicals and plays, classics and new Broadway hits! Employing actors and creative staff from Michigan, Chicago and New York, The Dio strives to bring the best in live entertainment to Livingston County. The Dio season currently includes Forever Plaid, Dracula The Musical, and Home for the Holidays, among others.
ETICO PRODUCTIONS (Auburn Hills/Detroit)
Etico Productions has been providing high quality professional theatrical entertainment for over a decade. Our artistic staff has over 150 years of combined experience in the professional theatre from Broadway to LA. Specializing in family fare, Etico Productions has brought to Michigan stages such children’s favorites as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Good Night Moon, Untangled, Puss n Boots along with productions of The Rocky Horror Show and others.
JEWISH ENSEMBLE THEATRE (West Bloomfield)
JET is a professional Equity theatre based in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Founded in 1989 by Evelyn Orbach with a group of prestigious theatre and community leaders, JET was established with the mission “to produce theatre of the highest professional standards and to provide a stage for the exploration of ideas that confront issues of humanity and community from a Jewish perspective. Jewish Ensemble Theatre serves as a force for Jewish continuity, a platform for new voices, and a bridge of understanding to the general community."
MAGENTA GIRAFFE THEATRE COMPANY (Detroit)
The Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company acts to eliminate apathy, violence, prejudice and barriers to education through theatre productions, projects and programs; and further acts to reestablish and expand Detroit’s theatre community.
MATRIX THEATRE COMPANY (Detroit)
Matrix Theatre Company uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice. It creates opportunities for children, youth, adults, and elders, especially those in isolated or challenged communities, to become creators, producers, and audience of theatre. Matrix Theatre Company is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional productions in support of our social justice mission. In the interest of creating positive and lasting change, we aim to begin dialogues on hard-hitting and often difficult issues that affect our community by presenting plays that frame the American experience in the 21st century.
OPEN BOOK THEATRE COMPANY (Southgate)
Open Book is a new professional theatre company downriver. Our inaugural season will be presented at Penelope's Venue located at 12219 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate, just 15 minutes from the heart of Detroit. Our first season will be four shows including Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, Red by John Logan, Independence by Lee Blessing, and Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire. Artistic Director: Krista Schafer, Associate Director: Topher Payne.
PLANET ANT THEATRE (Hamtramck)
Planet Ant Theatre is an organization founded on the principle of artistic freedom and artistic experimentation leading to the growth of community, to artistic fulfillment, and to artistic success. This has been the main attraction to its artists since its conception and in turn has been the main attraction to its audience.
PLOWSHARES THEATRE COMPANY (Detroit)
For over 20 years, Plowshares has been the alternative voice in metro Detroit's performing arts community. A theatre that offers a true off-Broadway experience, with the kind of entertaining, and diverse productions that has made it a favorite among discerning patrons. Plowshares is an urban theatre with a distinctly Detroit style.
PUZZLE PIECE THEATRE COMPANY (Detroit)
Puzzle Piece Theatre serves the community by bringing to life a wide variety of theatrical texts through storytelling that re-imagines what is possible in live performance. Puzzle Piece Theatre's storytelling puzzles out life's complexities and fosters a greater sense of openness in both the individual and the community at large.
THE RINGWALD THEATRE (Ferndale)
The Ringwald produces work that will blur the lines between race, income, religion, and sexuality. Seasons to include productions focusing primarily on newer works, previously un-produced scripts, and fresh interpretations of seasoned classics. The Ringwald opened their doors in May of 2007 with Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy and quickly became a mainstay of Detroit’s theatre community. The Ringwald is dedicated to providing a creative environment for local artists to produce works that challenge, confront, and entertain.
The mission of the RUMPUSROOM is to curate a playroom for artistic exploration and collaboration across creative mediums. RUMPUSROOM is a place, a way of working, and a community where artists of distinct genres engage the community in happenings that hold audiences accountable for the work happening around them.
SHAKESPEARE IN DETROIT (Detroit)
Shakespeare in Detroit is a theater experience dedicated to bringing The Bard to the places where people live, work and play in the city. The site-specific Shakespeare company pioneered the first outdoor performance of the playwright's work in a city park and with an all-local cast in 2013.
THE SNUG THEATRE (Marine City)
The Snug Theater will offer high-quality, affordable, live performing arts entertainment in a fresh, yet quaint, professional facility in historic Marine City. The Snug will produce and direct licensed plays and musicals but will also seek to attract various other theatrical and musical artists to our venue to add to our season in an effort to offer diversity of product. While we do intend to deliver an assortment of performance artists, we are not planning to feature club style entertainment. We are engaged in the promotion of arts and culture to enable people to have an engaging, compelling and often humorous experience with the arts.
TWO MUSES THEATRE (West Bloomfield)
Two Muses Theatre's mission is to provide opportunities for women in theatre and promote female artists and artisans. A non-profit theater and recent recipient of a MCACA/NEA operational grant, all funds raised from performances go directly into maintaining the theater and contributing to charitable organizations centered on women, children and families. In their fourth season, Two Muses Theatre will present a world premiere musical: At the Bistro Garden directed by a guest director from LA (3 men, 4 women), Jake's Women by Neil Simon (1 man, 7 women), Clybourne Park (3 men, 3 women), and God of Carnage (2 men, 2 women). They perform in the intimate 150-seat theater located inside the West Bloomfield Barnes & Noble.
For more information about Joint General Auditions or to make an appointment, be sure to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.