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June 28, 2017 – VIDEO AUDITION REQUEST – Updated 11/3/17

American Stage is actively seeking video auditions from Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for shows in our 2017-2018 Season.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – 1/24/18 – 2/18/18 – No long accepting unsolicited submissions
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison – 3/7/18 – 4/1/18
The Producers by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan – 4/18/18 – 5/13/18
Strait of Gibraltar by Andrea Lepcio – 5/23/18 – 6/17/18
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon – 7/11/18 – 8/5/18

Please see the individual show description below for a link to the script & sides, and follow the instructions in our FAQ to submit a video.


May 17, 2017 – AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT for American Stage 2017-2018 Season

American Stage is seeking Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for our 2017-2018 Season.

The Royale by Marco Ramirez – 9/20/17 – 10/15/17
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – 11/8/17 – 12/10/17
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – 1/24/18 – 2/18/18
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison – 3/7/18 – 4/1/18
The Producers by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan – 4/18/18 – 5/13/18
Strait of Gibraltar by Andrea Lepcio – 5/23/18 – 6/17/18
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon – 7/11/18 – 8/5/18

  • Auditions will be held Monday June 12, 2016 9am-6pm (lunch 1-2pm) at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL.
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby.
  • For an audition appointment please send an email request to: auditions@americanstage.org.
    • Include HEADSHOT, RESUME, and PREFERRED AUDITION TIME.
  •  PLEASE NOTE: The American Stage casting team will attend the Tampa Bay Unified auditions on June 10th. Non-Equity actors, if you are attending those auditions, please know that we have seen you there and do not need to see you at our season call. If you have a particular interest in a role in one of our shows, please send an email to auditions@americanstage.org and let us know.
  • No accompanist will be present at these auditions. A separate audition for THE PRODUCERS will be held at a future time, TBA, likely in January 2018.
  • 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 that we’re looking for.

 

A Raisin in the Sun

Link to Script

By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by L. Peter Callender
Rehearses January 2 – 26, 2018
Runs January 24 – February 18, 2018

Walter Lee Younger: Male, 30-40, African American. The protagonist of the play; Walter is a dreamer; he wants to be rich and devises plans to acquire wealth with his friends, particularly Willy Harris; when the play opens, he wants to invest his father’s insurance money in a new liquor store venture; he spends the rest of the play endlessly preoccupied with discovering a quick solution to his family’s various problems.  – WALTER LEE SIDES – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Beneatha Younger: Female, 19-25, African American. Lena’s daughter and Walter’s sister; Beneatha is an intellectual; twenty years old, she attends college and is better educated than the rest of the Younger family; some of her personal beliefs and views have distanced her from conservative Mama; she dreams of being a doctor and struggles to determine her identity as a well-educated black woman. – BENEATHA SIDES

Lena ‘Mama’ Younger: Female, 55-65, African American. Walter and Beneatha’s mother; the matriarch of the family, Mama is religious, moral, and maternal; she wants to use her husband’s insurance money as a down payment on a house with a backyard to fulfill her dream for her family to move up in the world. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Ruth Younger: Female, 29-37, African American. Walter’s wife and Travis’s mother; Ruth takes care of the Youngers’ small apartment; her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love; she is about thirty, but her weariness makes her seem older; constantly fighting poverty and domestic troubles, she continues to be an emotionally strong woman; her almost pessimistic pragmatism helps her to survive. – RUTH SIDES

Travis Younger: Male, 9-12, African American. Walter and Ruth’s sheltered young son; Travis earns some money by carrying grocery bags and likes to play outside with other neighborhood children, but he has no bedroom and sleeps on the living-room sofa. – TRAVIS SIDES

Joseph Asagai: Male, 24-34, African American. A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha; Asagai, as he is often called, is very proud of his African heritage, and Beneatha hopes to learn about her African heritage from him; he eventually proposes marriage to Beneatha and hopes she will return to Nigeria with him. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

George Murchison: Male, 29-36, African American. A wealthy, African-American man who courts Beneatha; the Youngers approve of George, but Beneatha dislikes his willingness to submit to white culture and forget his African heritage; he challenges the thoughts and feelings of other black people through his arrogance and flair for intellectual competition. – GEORGE SIDES

Mr. Karl Lindner: 35-50, Caucasian. The only white character in the play; Mr. Lindner arrives at the Youngers’ apartment from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association; he offers the Youngers a deal to reconsider moving into his (all-white) neighborhood. – LINDNER SIDES

Bobo: Male, 30-40, African American. One of Walter’s partners in the liquor-store plan; Bobo appears to be as mentally slow as his name indicates. – BOBO SIDES

Mrs. Johnson: Female, 40-60, African American. The Youngers’ neighbor; Mrs. Johnson takes advantage of the Youngers’ hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood; nice cameo role. – JOHNSON SIDES

 

Marjorie Prime

Link to Script

By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Stephanie Gularte
Co-Production with Capital Stage, Sacramento, CA
Rehearses February 13 – March 9, 2018 at American Stage
Runs March 7 – April 1, 2018 at American Stage and May 2 – June 3, 2018 at Capital Stage

Marjorie: Female, 85, – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.
Walter: Male, early 30s, Marjorie’s handsome companion  – WALTER SIDES
Tess: Female, 55. Marjorie’s daughter. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.
Jon: Male, 55. Marjorie’s son-in-law. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

 

Strait of Gibraltar

Link to Script

By Andrea Lepcio
Directed by Jim Sorensen
Rehearses May 1 – 23, 2018

Runs May 23 – June 17, 2018

Miriam Rosenberg: 20’s Female. A lovely 20-something Jewish Woman.
Sameer Fakhoury: Non-White 20’s Male. A handsome 20-something Moroccan Man.
Actor 3: 20’s Male. Tripp Bacon a 20-something lawyer friend, Prosecutor, Waiter, Cop, Guard.
Actor 4: Non-White 20’s Female. Asra Fakhoury Zameer’s sister, Prosecutor, Waiter, Cop, Guard.
Actor 5: 40+ Female. Selma Sassman Miriam’s Mother, Announcer, Cop, Guard.

 

Bad Jews

Link to Script

By Joshua Harmon
Director TBA
Rehearses June 19 – July 13, 2018

Runs July 11- August 5, 2018

The following character descriptions are taken directly from the published script:
Daphna Feygenbaum: 22, Liam & Jonah’s first cousin. 2/3 body, 1/3 hair. Thick, intense, curly, frizzy, long brown hair. Hair that clogs a drain after one shower. Hair you find on pillows and in corners of the room and in your refrigerator six months after the head from which it grew last visited. Hair that could not be straightened even if you had four hours and three hairdressers double-fisting blow driers. Hair that screams: Jew.
Liam Haber: 25. Daphna’s cousin: his mother is the sister of Daphna’s father. Wire-rim glasses. U of Chicago Asian studies Ph.D. student. Former Fulbright scholar in Japan. Has as much of a sense of humor as an overdue library book. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.
Jonah Haber: 21, Liam’s younger brother. Sometime-UVM sophomore. Less lanky than his brother. Less brainy. More brawn. More heart.
Melody: 24, Liam’s girlfriend. Short, stick-straight blonde hair. Which she wears with a barrette. To be extra cute. Mousy. She looks like someone who would have been abducted when she was nine but returned to her parents unharmed. Works for a non-profit.

 

American Stage in the Park

The Producers

By Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Director TBA
Choreographed by Shain Stroff

Runs April 17th-May 13th

Max Bialystock: Mid 40’s – 60’s. A sleazy, washed up Broadway producer seducing little old ladies for their money. A loveable rogue who is desperate to return to his former glory days. Must have great comedic timing. Range: Baritone, low Bb to high Eb – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Leo Bloom: Mid 20’s – late 30’s. A timid, unassuming, naive, neurotic accountant yearning to become a Broadway producer and live life to the fullest! Must have great comedic timing and the ability to sincerely take it all in and react. Tap dancing a plus! Range: Tenor/Baritone, low A to high F

Ulla: 20’s: early 30’s. The voluptuous Swedish actress ready to be an overnight star! A triple threat. Must be able to stop the show, belting and dancing her solo, and deliver comedic lines with a Swedish accent. The ideal candidate would be taller than Leo. Range: Mezzo/Alto, low Bb tohigh Eb, great belter.

Roger De Bris: 40’s – 60’s. The flamboyant gay director desperate for the true recognition of his theatrical talent. The ideal candidate would be tall & statuesque for the evening gown scene & have the comedic schmaltz necessary to play Hitler (German accent for Hitler) Range: Baritone, low G to high G. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Carmen Ghia: 20’s–late 40’s. Roger’s significant other. The ideal candidate would be shorter than Roger and have the moves of a cat and the soul of Norma Desmond. Range: Tenor/Baritone, low C to high F, good falsetto.

Franz Liebkind: 40’s. The Nazi author of Springtime for Hitler who has never left WWII behind. A good German accent & the ability to play big comedy seriously are necessary. Range: Baritone/Tenor, low A to high G. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Ensemble: Nine men & nine women of all ages to play a multitude of roles, such as Roger’s entourage, Mr. Marks, the judge, little old ladies, show girls, first nighters, male accountants, male & female prisoners, storm troopers, etc. Most chorus people will be in at least five to six numbers. Four excellent tapping showgirls needed for “I Want to Be a Producer.” Lone Storm Trooper begins “Springtime for Hitler” (tenor solo). These chorus parts are fun with plenty of stage time and lots of variety!

 

 


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.

I missed your season call – can I still be considered?
If you missed our General Auditions but would like to be considered, please mail your headshot, resume, and production choice 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.

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?
Absolutely! Here are the VIDEO AUDITION GUIDELINES:

  • Your video must be specifically recorded for American Stage – please no “Here’s the same video that I submit to every theatre who will take it.” or “Here’s my generic reel.”
    • If there are sides available, they will be posted with the character descriptions above. Please record all listed sides for your character.
    • If no sides are available, please choose your own material.
    • Audition material should be tailored to a specific role(s). Please don’t send us your Medea monologue if you want to be considered for Mame.
  • If there is no audition submission date listed, assume the date is “The sooner the better”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.