Auditions

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for FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS or VIDEO AUDITION GUIDELINES scroll to the bottom of the page

 


February 6, 2019 – MAMMA MIA casting update

We are pleased to officially announce that all roles in MAMMA MIA have been offered and accepted. Thank you to everyone who auditioned in person or via video.


January 15, 2019 – THE ROOMMATE casting update

We are pleased to officially announce that all roles in THE ROOMMATE have been offered and accepted. Thank you to everyone who auditioned in person or via video.


December 12, 2018 – New MAMMA MIA / FUN HOME audition updates

Thank you to the over 160 actors/singers/dancers we saw on 12/10 and 12/11 at our local call. There is a lot of talent in this town! We are now processing how to move forward and will reach out if we need to see anything further. We will also post notice when casting is complete, and send out emails to those who submitted/auditioned. At this time, we are no longer accepting unsolicited video submissions.


December 5, 2018 – MAMMA MIA / FUN HOME audition updates

We have two updates to announce:
1 – ATTN Non-Union actors – almost all of the after-lunch audition slots (2pm-5pm) have now been allotted to AEA actors. It still may be possible for you to be seen after lunch, but it’s going to be tougher. There is plenty of open availability before lunch either day (9am-1pm). If you are hoping to be seen as a non-union actor, this is a friendly piece of advice to arrive early.
2 – All actors interested in being considered for Mamma Mia should plan on attending the dance auditions on the same day as the vocal audition you attend. Dance callbacks will not be held at American Stage. They will be held at the Gibbs High School / PCCA campus, 850 34th St. S. in St. Petersburg. Enter the campus via 31st St. S., and park in the lot, and enter the building at the west end of the parking lot through the blue door under the sign for “Experimental Theatre”


December 5, 2018 – PIPELINE casting update

We are pleased to officially announce that all roles in PIPELINE have been offered and accepted. Thank you to everyone who auditioned in person or via video.


October 17, 2018 – MAMMA MIA / FUN HOME official audition dates scheduled

American Stage is seeking Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for musicals in our 2018-2019 Season.

Mamma Mia! by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Catherine Johnson  |  Rehearses: 3/19/19-4/12/19  |  Runs: 4/10/19-5/12/19
Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on Fun Home by Alison Bechdel  |  Rehearses: 6/25/19-7/19/19  |  Runs: 7/17/19-8/18/19
(scroll down for character breakdowns)

AUDITION INFORMATION

  • Live local auditions for MAMMA MIA and FUN HOME will be held Monday December 10, 2018 and Tuesday December 11, 2018, 9am-5pm (lunch 1-2pm) at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL. A Dance callback for actors auditioning for MAMMA MIA will be held each night from 6pm-9pm.
    • This is an AEA Required EPA – Only AEA Members will be given appointments.
    • AEA Members – for an audition appointment please send an email request to: auditions@americanstage.org.
      • Please include your preferred date and time.
      • Please bring your AEA membership card with you to the audition.
    • Non-Union actors may still attend, and will be seen on a first-come, first-seen basis as time permits.
      • We anticipate having enough time to see ALL non-union actors in addition to AEA actors.
      • To expedite registration, please email your headshot & resume to auditions@americanstage.org.
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby.
    • An accompanist will be present for these auditions.
  • For an in-person audition:
    • Please prepare a short vocal selection that shows you at your best, and that shows you fit a role we’re trying to cast.
    • Please bring sheet music in the correct key.
    • Please bring a printed copy of your headshot & resume.
    • Actors auditioning for MAMMA MIA:
      • Be prepared to attend the dance callback (6pm-9pm) on one of the nights, ideally the same day you sing.
      • There will be a MOVER callback for actors being considered for the Dynamos or the Fathers.
      • There will be a DANCER callback for all other actors. This will be not difficult technically, but very high energy and athletic. Please wear appropriate clothing.

June 19, 2018 – SEASON AUDITION update

Thank you to those of you who auditioned for us in-person on June 11th & 12th. We saw a lot of talented local actors, both AEA and non-union. We will be reaching out to people we would like to see more from within the next couple of weeks for Between Riverside and Crazy, or next month for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Other shows will have later deadlines.


May 15, 2018 – AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT for American Stage 2018-2019 Season

American Stage is seeking Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for our 2018-2019 Season.

Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis  |  Rehearses: 9/11/18-10/3/18   |  Runs: 10/3/18-11/4/18
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon  |  Rehearses: 11/6/18-11/28/18  |  Runs: 11/28/18-12/30/18
Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau  |  Rehearses: 1/1/19-1/23/19  |  Runs: 1/23/19-2/24/19
The Roommate by Jen Silverman  |  Rehearses: 2/19/18-3/13/19  |  Runs 3/13/19-4/7/19
Mamma Mia! by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Catherine Johnson  |  Rehearses: 3/19/19-4/12/19  |  Runs: 4/10/19-5/12/19
Long Day’s Journey Into Night  by Eugene O’Neill  |  Rehearses: 5/7/19-5/29/19  |  Runs:5/29/19-6/30/19
Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on Fun Home by Alison Bechdel  |  Rehearses: 6/25/19-7/19/19  |  Runs: 7/17/19-8/18/19

AUDITION INFORMATION

  • Live local auditions for NON-MUSICALS will be held Monday June 11, 2018 and Tuesday June 12, 2018, 10am-6pm (lunch 1-2pm) at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL.
    • This is an AEA Required Season EPA – ONLY AEA MEMBERS WILL BE GIVEN APPOINTMENTS
    • Non-Union actors may still attend, and will be seen on a first-come, first-seen basis as time permits.
      • We anticipate having enough time to see ALL non-union actors.
      • To expedite registration, please email your headshot & resume to auditions@americanstage.org.
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby.
    • No accompanist will be present for these auditions – we will not see singers at this call.
  • Auditions for MUSICALS (Mamma Mia! and Fun Home) will be held on a date TBA in December 2018 or January 2019.
  • AEA Members – for an audition appointment please send an email request to: auditions@americanstage.org.
    • Non-Union actors may still attend, and will be seen on a first-come, first-seen basis as time permits.
      • We anticipate having enough time to see ALL non-union actors.
      • To expedite registration, please email your headshot & resume to auditions@americanstage.org.
  • For an in-person audition
    • Prepare no more than 2 minutes of material that shows us that you’re a good fit for a role or roles in our 2018-2019 season.
    • The sides below are for callback or video audition purposes only. For the season generals, please prepare your own material.
    • Please bring a printed copy of your headshot & resume.

 

Casting Breakdown 2018-19 Season

Please note that sides will be posted as they become available – the link will be provided after the character description. These sides are for in-person callback and video audition purposes only, but will give you an idea of what we’re looking for. For guidelines on video audition submission, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
directed by Brendon Fox
Rehearses: 5/7/19-5/29/19  |  Runs: 5/29/19-6/30/19

Video audition deadline: 2/10/19 – Video submissions are being accepted by request only at this time.

All ethnicities strongly encouraged to audition.

EDUMUND TYRONE- Male, early-mid 20’s. Son of Mary and James Tyrone. Brother of Jamie Tyrone. Sensitive, literate, suffering from tuberculosis. Tries to be the peacemaker in the family but has a limit to his patience. Finds solace in literature.  EDMUND 1   |   EDMUND 2
MARY TYRONE- Female, 50s-60s, (ROLE IS CAST)
JAMES TYRONE- Male, late 50s- mid 60s. Husband of Mary Tyrone. Father of Edmund and Jamie Tyrone. Actor in early 20th century nearing end of his career. A healthy ego, a powerful voice and a volatile personality. He has deep love for his family, as well as a great deal of frustration and hurt that he feels they have caused him. Excellent at deflecting blame. (The trap to avoid is playing his anger all of the time.)  (ROLE IS CAST)
JAMIE TYRONE- Male, early-mid 30’s. Son of Mary and James Tyrone. Brother of Jamie Tyrone. Acerbic, sardonically funny, cutting perspective on those around him. Covers his deep love of his family with cynicism and a serpent’s tongue. Always ready to bait and provoke his father; loves and is jealous of his brother.   JAMIE 1   |   JAMIE 2
CATHLEEN- Female, Early 20s. Fairly innocent, Irish maid working for the Tyrones. Naive but with a mischievous streak that comes out when she drinks.  (ROLE IS CAST)

FUN HOME
directed by Karla Hartley
Rehearses: 6/25/19-7/19/19  |  Runs: 7/17/19-8/18/19

Video audition deadline: 12/09/18 – Video submissions are being accepted by request only at this time.

ALISON – Female, 43 years old, any race. a cartoonist – narrator; now a self-aware adult, she is able to reflect insightfully on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death  –  ALISON MUSIC 1  |  ALISON MUSIC 2   |   ALISON SIDE
MEDIUM ALISON – Female, 19 years old, any race. A freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality; an incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent teenager; her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times  –  MEDIUM ALISON/JOAN MUSIC   |   HELEN/MEDIUM ALISON SIDE 1   |   HELEN/MEDIUM ALISON SIDE 2   |  JOAN/MEDIUM ALISON SIDE
SMALL ALISON – Female, around 9 years old, any race. Alison Bechdel as a child; precocious and opinionated; on the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress; confident and intelligent  – SMALL ALISON   |   KIDS SIDE   |   SMALL ALISON/BRUCE SIDE 1   |   BRUCE/SMALL ALISON SIDE 2
BRUCE BECHDEL – Male, 40’s-50’s, Alison’s father, any race. High-school English teacher, funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger  –  BRUCE MUSIC   |   ROY/BRUCE SIDE   |  SMALL ALISON/BRUCE SIDE   |  HELEN/BRUCE SIDE   |   BRUCE/SMALL ALISON SIDE 2
HELEN BECHDEL – Female, 40’s-50’s, Alison’s mother, any race. Alison’s mother; frustrated, exhausted by her tumultuous marriage; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband  –  HELEN MUSIC   |  HELEN/MEDIUM ALISON SIDE 1   |  HELEN/MEDIUM ALISON SIDE 2   |   HELEN/BRUCE SIDE
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Male, Alison’s older brother, around 10 years old, any race. Oldest of the three children; strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality  –  JOHN/CHRISTIAN MUSIC   |  KIDS SIDE
JOHN BECHDEL – Male, Alison’s younger brother, around 6 years old, any race. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; looks up to his siblings  –  JOHN/CHRISTIAN   |  KIDS SIDE
JOAN – Female, 20’s a college student, any race. Student at Oberlin; exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian  –  MEDIUM ALISON/JOAN MUSIC   |   JOAN/MEDIUM ALISON SIDE
ROY/MARK/PETE/BOBBY JEREMY – Male, 20’s, any race. Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination  –  BOBBY JEREMY MUSIC   |   ROY/BRUCE SIDE

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does American Stage hire non-equity actors?
Yes. We work with both Equity and Non-Equity professional actors.

What is your AEA contract?
American Stage operates under the SPT Tier 7 contract on our Mainstage and under an LOA Agreement at American Stage in the Park.

When do you hold auditions?
Our season auditions are held in June each year, and we hold other auditions & callbacks throughout the year as needed. Additionally, American Stage attends the Florida Professional Theatre Association (FPTA) and Tampa Bay Unified annual season auditions.

I’m interested in your apprenticeship program – what’s that about?
More information is available at this link: americanstage.org/apprenticeships

I missed your season call – can I still be considered?
Yes. Please email your headshot, resume, and the role(s) you’re interested in to: auditions@americanstage.org.

  • Please make sure your stage name is either printed on your headshot, or part of the file name (or both!)
  • If your resume is separate from your headshot, make sure your name is part of the file name.
  • Please submit resumes in .pdf, .doc or .docx format only. Please no .pages format – we can’t read those.
  • Make sure to tell us what role(s) you’d like us to consider you for, and consider submitting a video audition.

I am a local actor with a day job. Can I still be considered?
American Stage makes a purposeful effort to hire local actors and artists, in order to support our community and its overall artistic presence. As a professional theatre, however, we do rehearse during the day, and only rarely are we able to work around another schedule.

What is your rehearsal schedule?
Typically, for the first two weeks of any given show, we rehearse during the day (10am-6pm). After that, we’ll normally transition into afternoon & evening rehearsals (2pm-10pm), followed by a full week of tech, where hours can vary between just evenings to full 10-out-of-12 days. During opening week, there will be rehearsals in the afternoon prior to evening showtimes, and there will always be at least one brush-up rehearsal the Wednesday after opening.

Do you provide housing for out-of-town actors?
Yes. American Stage has a limited number of housing spots available to out-of-town artists.

Will you accept a video audition?
Yes. See the VIDEO AUDITION GUIDELINES below.

VIDEO AUDITION GUIDELINES:

American Stage does accept video auditions, and we have cast actors who we met this way. However, a live audition is our much preferred form of casting, and we cannot promise that any unsolicited video will be watched or considered, depending on who we’ve already seen in person.

  • Your video must be specifically recorded for American Stage.
    • If there are sides available, they will be posted with the character descriptions above.
      • Please record at least one of the listed sides for your character. If we would like to see further material from you you, we may ask you to record additional sides.
    • If no sides are posted, please choose your own material that is relevant to the character you’re auditioning for.
  • Film yourself standing, with your scene partner(s) off camera. If the scene calls for you to be sitting, make sure we can see more than just your face.
    • Alternately, you can start by slating your name and having the camera show you from head to toe, then cut to more of a closeup audition.
    • For interactive scenes, you must record with a scene partner (as opposed to just saying your lines and pausing when another character is supposed to speak.)
  • Send the LINK(s) to a YouTube, Vimeo, or other video-sharing service file to: auditions@americanstage.org
    • On YouTube, please make your video setting Public or Unlisted, not Private (as we can’t share those with the rest of the artistic team.)
    • On Vimeo, please set your viewing settings to Anyone or Only people with a password, and supply us your password.
    • DO NOT send the actual file. Video files will not be downloaded or watched.
    • DO NOT send the file via WeTransfer or any other file-sharing service.
  • Make sure to include your headshot & resume.
    • Your stage name should either be printed on your headshot, or part of the file name (or both!)
    • If your resume is separate from your headshot, make sure your stage name is part of the file name.
    • Submit resumes in .pdf, .doc or .docx format only. Please no .pages format – we can’t read those.
  • Last, let us know whether or not you will require local housing if hired.

Thank you for your interest in working for American Stage!