Auditions

American Stage will occasionally (though infrequently) distribute information about upcoming opportunities via email. To be added to this list, fill out THIS AUDITION FORM.


American Stage practices Non-Traditional Casting and encourages ALL actors to audition. Non-Traditional Casting is a method designed to expand casting opportunities for women, actors of color, and actors with disabilities in roles where race, ethnicity, sex, or the presence or absence of a disability is not germane to character or play development.


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

 


December 5, 2019 – NEXT TO NORMAL and FOOTLOOSE casting update

Thank you to the nearly 180 actors, singers, and dancers that attended our call on 12/2 and 12/3. As usual, we saw enough local talent to cast the show half a dozen times over, and now we’ll be working hard to narrow down our choices, and to explore where we’d like to increase our casting options. Callbacks for FOOTLOOSE will be held on Friday, 12/20 in the early afternoon. If we’d like to see you for a callback, we’ll reach out with specific instructions. If we do not reach out, it doesn’t mean we’re not still considering you – it’s that we don’t need to see any more from you to make a decision. Callbacks for NEXT TO NORMAL will occur in January/February of 2020, dates TBA.

At this time we are no longer accepting unsolicited video submissions for ensemble roles in FOOTLOOSE.


October 23, 2019 – FOOTLOOSE and NEXT TO NORMAL auditions set for December 2 & 3, 2019

FOOTLOOSE by Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, and Walter Bobbie  |  Rehearses: 3/24/2020 – 4/17/2020  |  Runs: 4/15/2020 – 5/17/2020
NEXT TO NORMAL by Brian Yorkey & Tom Kitt  |  Rehearses: 6/23/2020 – 7/17/2020  |  Runs: 7/15/2020 – 8/16/2020

See further down the page for character descriptions & creative info.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Live local auditions for FOOTLOOSE and NEXT TO NORMAL will be held
Monday December 2, 2019 from 9am – 4pm (lunch 12-1pm) and
Tuesday December 3, 2019, 9am-5pm (lunch 1-2pm)
at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL, 163 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

    • This is an AEA Required audition – 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 actors, regardless of union status.
      • Non-Union actors – To expedite registration, please fill out THIS AUDITION FORM.
  • FOR AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT:
  • WHAT TO PREPARE:
    • Prepare one or two short (less than 30 seconds) musical cuts from or in the style of the show(s) that indicates a good fit for a role(s) in either FOOTLOOSE or NEXT TO NORMAL (or both).
    • An accompanist will be provided. Bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key.
    • Please bring two printed copies of your headshot & resume.
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby.
    • Actors auditioning for FOOTLOOSE should plan to stay for the DANCE CALLBACK at 6pm on the same day as your vocal audition.
  • MOVEMENT/DANCE CALL FOR FOOTLOOSE:
    • ALL actors auditioning for FOOTLOOSE should plan to attend the dance call on the same day as your audition.
    • Dancers should attend the vocal call before attending the dance call.
    • Dance call will be held at 6pm each day.
      • On MONDAY, 12/2, the dance/movement call will be held at St. Pete Opera’s “Opera Central” space, 2145 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
      • On TUESDAY, 12/3, the dance/movement call will be held at American Stage, 163 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

 


October 22, 2019 – Master class with JODI KIMURA

Tuesday, October 29th from 3-5pm, join Jodi Kimura from the current American Stage production of VIETGONE for a special Master Class Intensive, “STORYTELLING THROUGH SONG” with musical accompaniment by Michael Raabe. Looking at text, subtext, context and phrasing, she can help you turn a string of notes and words on a page into the story YOU want to tell. Whether you’re working on preparing for an audition or a performance, or just wanting to develop your craft as an artist though song, she can help take you to that next level.

Visit americanstage.org/masterclass for more information or to enroll.

 


September 1, 2019 – SILENT SKY and THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS casting update

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


April 13, 2019 – AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT for American Stage 2019-2020 Season

American Stage is seeking Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for our 2019-2020 Season.

VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen  |  Rehearses: 9/10/2019 – 10/4/2019  |  Runs: 10/2/2019 – 11/3/2019
SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon  |  Rehearses: 10/29/2019 – 11/22/2019  |  Runs: 11/20/2019 – 12/22/2019
SKELETON CREW by Dominique Morisseau  |  Rehearses: 12/31/2019 – 1/24/2020  |  Runs: 1/22/2020 – 2/23/2020
THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS by Natalie Symons  |  Rehearses: 2/18/2020 – 3/13/2020  |  Runs: 3/11/2020 – 4/5/2020
FOOTLOOSE by Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, and Walter Bobbie  |  Rehearses: 3/24/2020 – 4/17/2020  |  Runs: 4/15/2020 – 5/17/2020
ADMISSIONS by Joshua Harmon  |  Rehearses: 5/5/2020 – 5/29/2020  |  Runs: 5/27/2020 – 6/28/2020
NEXT TO NORMAL by Brian Yorkey & Tom Kitt  |  Rehearses: 6/23/2020 – 7/17/2020  |  Runs: 7/15/2020 – 8/16/2020

 

AUDITION INFORMATION

  • Live local auditions for NON-MUSICALS will be held Monday June 10, 2019 and Tuesday June 11, 2019, 10am-6pm (lunch 1:30-2:30pm) 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 actors, regardless of union status.
      • To expedite registration, please fill out THIS AUDITION FORM.
    • 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 (FOOTLOSE and NEXT TO NORMAL) will be held on a date TBA in December 2019 or January 2020.
  • AEA Members – for an audition appointment please send an email request to: auditions@americanstage.org AND fill out THIS AUDITION FORM.
    • 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 actors, regardless of union status.
      • To expedite registration, please fill out THIS AUDITION FORM.
  • 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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 Season

Sides will be posted as they become available. Links will be provided after the character description. Posted 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.

If you’re interested in borrowing a digital copy of a script for audition purposes, you may request a temporary link from auditions@americanstage.org.

SKELETON CREW
by Dominique Morisseau
Director: L. Peter Callender
Rehearses: 12/31/2019 – 1/24/2020  |  Runs: 1/22/2020 – 2/23/2020

ALL ROLES HAVE BEEN OFFERED & ACCEPTED

FAYE: Black Female, Mid-Late 50’s. Working-class woman. Tough and a lifetime of dirt beneath her nails. Somewhere, deep compassion. – FAYE SIDES
DEZ: Black Male, Mid-Late 20’s. Working-class young man. Young hustler, playful, street-savvy, and flirtatious. Somewhere, deeply sensitive. – DEZ SIDES
SHANITA: Black Female, Mid-Late 20’s. Working-class young woman. Pretty but not ruled by it. Hard-working. By-the-books. Believes in the work she does. Also, pregnant. Somewhere, a beautiful dreamer. – SHANITA SIDES
REGGIE: Black Male, L30’s. White-collar man. Studious. Dedicated. Compassionate. The Foreman. Somewhere, a fire brims. – REGGIE SIDES

THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS
by Natalie Symons
Director: Chris Crawford
Rehearses: 2/18/2020 – 3/13/2020  |  Runs: 3/11/2020 – 4/5/2020

ALL ROLES HAVE BEEN OFFERED & ACCEPTED

MILES LISOWSKI: Male, 73. “Born with a taste for whiskey and a taste for laughter”. Working-class, guileless and rough around the edges. Fiercely determined not to accept his daughter’s fate. Currently working a mortuary janitor. – MILES SIDES
MABEL LISOWSKI: Female, 47. Agorophobic and legally blind, her connection with the outside world is via an audio pen-pal program with prison inmates. Mabel does not at all feel sad or sorry for herself. – MABEL SIDES
TODD SCHNEIDER: (ROLE IS CAST) Male, 46. A new hire at the mortuary, Todd is earnest, undaunted, and somewhat inept. An unconventional prince charming. – TODD SIDES
SHELLEY WILLIAMS: Female, 30-50. A court-appointed guardian assigned to the Lisowski family, Shelley wants to make sure they follow the rules. Forceful, nurturing, but mostly frustrated with having to deal with the Lisowkski’s hoarding. – SHELLEY SIDES

FOOTLOOSE
by Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, and Walter Bobbie
Director: Stephanie Gularte
Choreographer: Shain Stroff
Music Director: Jeremy Douglass
Rehearses: 3/24/2020 – 4/17/2020  |  Runs: 4/15/2020 – 5/17/2020

*CASTING NOTE: We are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions for ensemble roles for this production.

REN McCORMACK: Male, 18-25. Tenor. Energetic, emotional, rebellious, likeable; emotes his pain through quirky sarcasm and dance; strong dancer. – REN SIDES  |  REN MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – I CAN’T STAND STILL
REVEREND SHAW MOORE: Male, 35-55. Baritone. The powerful, traditional local church leader; strict, stern, and solemn, still struggling with the death of his son. – SHAW SIDES  |  SHAW MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – HEAVEN HELP ME
ARIEL MOORE: Female, 18-25. Mezzo-Pop. Smart, a bit of the bad girl with an edge, sweet, the rebellious minister’s daughter; role requires strong belt, must be a strong singer/dancer. – ARIEL SIDES  |  ARIEL MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
VI MOORE: Female, 35-55. Soprano. Reverend Moore’s loving, supportive, resilient wife. – VI SIDES  |  VI MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – CAN YOU FIND IT IN YOUR HEART
RUSTY: Female, 18-25. Great soprano/pop voice. Ariel’s friend; a bit scatterbrained, sweet, fun, knows everything about everything; role requires strong belt, strong comedic timing and dance. – RUSTY SIDES  |  RUSTY MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY
WILLARD HEWITT: Male, 18-25. Tenor. A simple country bumpkin with a warm heart and a big smile; comedic timing and dance a must. – WILLARD SIDES  | WILLARD/MALE ENSEMBLE MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – MAMA SAYS
ETHEL McCORMACK: Female, 35-45. Soprano. Ren’s mother; had a tough go, just trying to make it…would do anything for her son.  – ETHEL SIDES
CHUCK CRANSTON: Male, 18-25. Tenor. The local bad boy and Ariel’s boyfriend.  – CHUCK SIDES  |  CHUCK MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – THE GIRL GETS AROUND
URLEEN: Female, 18-25. Mezzo/Alto. Ariel’s friend; the smart one of the group; role requires strong belt, comedic timing, and dance.  –  URLEEN/WENDY JO SIDES  | FEMALE ENSEMBLE MUSICACCOMPANIMENT – HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – SOMEBODY’S EYES
WENDY JO: Female, 18-25. Mezzo. Ariel’s friend; strong belt, comedic timing, and dance required. – URLEEN/WENDY JO SIDES  | FEMALE ENSEMBLE MUSICACCOMPANIMENT – HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – SOMEBODY’S EYES
ENSEMBLE: Males & Females, 18-50. Seeking strong singers/dancers/character actors for many roles; teenage through adults; chorus singing, dancing parts; all teens dance, all adults dance at the prom. Roles include: LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt; WES WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband; COACH DUNBAR – Gym teacher; ELEANOR DUNBAR – Coach’s Wife; LYLE – Chuck’s buddy; TRAVIS – Chuck’s buddy; PRINCIPAL CLARK; BETTY BLAST – Owner of the Burger Blast; JETER – Ren’s friend; BICKLE – Ren’s friend; GARVIN – Ren’s friend; COWBOY BOB; COP; HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS  –  COACH SIDES  |  WES SIDES  |  PRINCIPAL SIDES  |  COWBOY MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – STILL ROCKIN’  |  WILLARD/MALE ENSEMBLE MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – MAMA SAYS  |  FEMALE ENSEMBLE MUSIC  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO  |  ACCOMPANIMENT – SOMEBODY’S EYES

ADMISSIONS
by Joshua Harmon
Director: Michael Stevenson
Co-Production with CAPITAL STAGE in Sacramento, CA
Director: Michael Stevenson
Rehearses: 2/18/2020 – 3/13/2020 at CAPITAL STAGE  |  Runs: 3/11/2020 – 4/12/2020 at CAPITAL STAGE
Rehearses: 5/19/2020 – 5/29/2020 at AMERICAN STAGE  |  Runs: 5/27/2020 – 6/28/2020 at AMERICAN STAGE

Actors interested in the roles of CHARLIE, ROBERTA, and BILL must be available for both runs. The role of GINNIE will be cast with a different actor for each run.

DEADLINE FOR VIDEO SUBMISSION: 10/3/19

SHERRI ROSEN-MASON: (ROLE IS CAST) White Female, Late 40’s-Early 50’s. A very liberal secular-Jewish woman. Head of Admissions for Hillcrest. Has a warrior’s spirit, a fighter. As hard as she fights at work, she fights even harder for her kid. Even when he doesn’t make it easy. – ROLE IS CAST
BILL MASON: White Male, Late 40’s-Early 50’s. A very liberal WASP and Sherri’s husband. Head of the School at Hillcrest. Has lived a pretty charmed life, for the most part. Firmly believes he is always right, and acts accordingly; in other words, leaves little room for doubt. Assertive in his opinions, decisive. – BILL SIDES
CHARLIE LUTHER MASON: White Male, 18. Bill & Sherri’s son, a senior at Hillcrest. Precocious and intelligent. His anger can overtake him, but he doesn’t lead with it. At his core, he’s a sweet kid. Like lots of kids his age, he can quickly become a devout believer in newly adopted philosophies. – CHARLIE SIDES
GINNIE PETERS: White Female, Late 40’s-Early 50’s. very liberal, WASP, stay-at-home mom, her son is Charlie’s best friend, and she is one of Sherri’s closest friends. Unlike Sherri, who has mastered work-life balance, Ginnie’s easily overwhelmed, even as she has much less on her plate. – GINNIE SIDES
ROBERTA: White Female, Mid 60’s-Early 70’s. Has worked in administration at Hillcrest for many years. She is warm and means well, if also obstinate and stubborn. When she offends, it is unwittingly; her confusion is genuine. The world is changing faster than she can keep up. – ROBERTA SIDES

NEXT TO NORMAL
by Brian Yorkey & Tom Kitt
Director: Stephanie Gularte
Music Director: TBA
Rehearses: 6/23/2020 – 7/17/2020  |  Runs: 7/15/2020 – 8/16/2020

DIANA: Female, 30’s-40’s. Sexy. Sharp. Delusional bipolar depressive.
GABE: Male, Almost 18. Diana’s son. Dashing. Gentle. Bright. Playful. Everything a mother would want.
DAN: Male, 30’s-40’s. Diana’s husband. Handsome. Genuine. Constant. Tired.
NATALIE: Female, 16. Diana’s daughter. Trying to be perfect. It’s not going well.
HENRY: Male, 17. Musician. Romantic. Stoner. Slacker. Philosopher king.
DOCTOR MADDEN (DOCTOR FINE): Male, young side of ageless. Assured. A rock star.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

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/where do you hold auditions?
Our mainstage season auditions are held in June each year, with musical auditions (for American Stage in the Park and any mainstage musicals) held in December. We may hold supplemental auditions & callbacks throughout the year as needed. Additionally, American Stage attends the Florida Professional Theatre Association (FPTA) and Tampa Bay Unified annual season auditions. We have no current plans to hold auditions in NYC.

I just auditioned for you. When will I hear back?
It depends on a lot of factors. Our goal is to cast shows at least three months in advance of first rehearsal, though we may not always achieve it. After a general season audition, we’ll bring people in at various times for individual show callbacks. After a show-specific audition or callback, we may cast the piece right away, or may still be looking to see other actors, depending on what we still need. Casting is a puzzle. We need to balance our AEA/Non-AEA ratio, locals vs. out-of-town actors, and 100 other factors to get just the right group of people to help us tell powerful stories. Once final casting decisions have been made, we’ll put a post up on this page.

I’m an out of town actor who is visiting St. Petersburg. I’d love to audition – is that possible?
The answer will most often be no, since a drop-in audition requires the availability of multiple people and scheduling of rooms, but you can always ask! Send an email to auditions@americanstage.org. DO plan to at least stop by the theatre and take a look at our space.

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?
Possibly. Please fill out THIS AUDITION FORM and tell us specifically what you’d like to be considered for, and submit a video audition by following the guidelines below.

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 often 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.

Audition sides will be posted at the end of May/beginning of June.

  • 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.
    • Please indicate the role and show you are interested in being considered for. Auditions for “anything you have available” are less interesting for us, and less effective for you.
  • 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 (off-camera) scene partner.
  • 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.
  • Please fill out THIS AUDITION FORM.
  • Last, let us know whether or not you will require local housing if hired.

Thank you for your interest in working with American Stage!