Auditions

American Stage 21-22 Season

Commitment to EDI in our casting

At American Stage, we see the empty space as an opportunity for social change & civilized discourse to occur –one of the few sacred places left in a far too noisy, often divided, world where human beings can still sit in the quiet dark together, think a while, & be awakened. To gain a richer connection to the fragility of beauty & pain that exists in all art & life. 

Theater of, by, and for all people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic. Through artistic excellence and the craft of storytelling, American Stage is committed to creating a safe space for multicultural artists to share their full humanity, as we come back to the theatre at this exciting but challenging time. We choose to create a new American Stage that enriches and embodies the rich diversity and cultural tapestry of America and truly reflects the American experience. 

Description

American Stage is seeking Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for our 2021-2022 Season. All work will be in accordance with our COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines. There is payment for all roles, and all roles are available. We are committed to providing opportunities for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ actors throughout our entire season. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ actors are strongly encouraged to apply for all shows in our season.  American Stage can provide housing to out-of-town actors.

About American Stage

Since 1977 American Stage has been dedicated to telling meaningful, compelling stories with integrity and professionalism. As the Tampa Bay area’s longest-running, most critically-acclaimed professional theatre company, we seek to bring the power of quality live theatre to each generation in our community.

As we move into our next exciting era, American Stage is committed to being a vital arts leader and contributing to the cultural landscape of the Tampa Bay region as we pursue innovative programming and deeper connections with our patrons and community partners.  Because we believe that live theatre can connect us to our world and to one another, we aspire to make the experience of world-class theatre accessible to all.

American Stage invites you to lean forward and experience the most captivating stories of the moment and the most relevant stories of the past.  All told with passion and a commitment to excellence.

 

Productions and Dates

THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon

Rehearses: 10/5/21-10/28/21

Runs: 10/27/21-11/21/21

JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL by Tom Mula

Rehearses: 11/16/21-12/9/21

Runs: 12/8/21-1/2/22

SCHOOL GIRLS, OR THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY by Jocelyn Bioh

Rehearses: 1/11/22-2/3/22

Runs: 2/2/22-2/27/22

FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL by Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, and Walter Bobbie  

Rehearses: 3/15/22-4/5/22 

Runs: 4/4/22-5/8/22

DUTCHMAN by Amiri Baraka

Rehearses: 6/7/22-6/30/22

Runs: 6/29/22 – 7/31/22

Guidelines

Video Auditions are now being accepted. Please prepare two contrasting monologues that are no longer than 3 minutes total. You may include 16 bars (or 1 minute) of a song if you wish to be considered for Footloose. We encourage actors to make bold choices and use the video to its fullest capability as storytellers. We are seeking energetic actors who have active, imaginative storytelling skills and can play a variety of characters. Callbacks will be scheduled at a later date.

Requirements

Please fill out the audition submission form, and submit a copy of your headshot & resume along with your video submission link there. 

Video submissions will be accepted until September 22.

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

Footloose Music Click Here


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.

Thank you for your interest in working with American Stage!