Auditions for Red

Burien Actors Theatre

About the project and the company

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is seeking a male-presenting actor for the role of Ken in BAT’s production of the 2-character play Red, by John Logan. The role of Mark Rothko is pre-cast.


Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his Bowery studio. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist facing the conflict of his ambition, integrity, and legacy as he strives to create a work that will decorate an icon, capture a moment, and assure his own immortality. Winner of 2010 Tony Award for Best Play.

Contains some adult language.


Approx. March 4-April 5: Rehearsal will be in Burien with some initial rehearsals via Zoom. Exact schedule TBD based on actor availability, 3 to 5 days per week, weekday evenings and weekend afternoons/evenings. A general schedule will be provided by start of process. Exact calls with work plan will be sent out by start of each week.

April 6-11: Tech will be in Burien in the Theater at Kennedy Catholic High School. Plan on full days Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, plus full evenings April 8 through April 11.

April 12-May 5:  Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm in the Theater at Kennedy Catholic High School.


All members of the team must be fully vaccinated and have received at least one booster by the start of the rehearsal process. While not required, we strongly recommend receiving the current (fall 2023) booster prior to the rehearsal process beginning.

All members of the team will be required to test regularly and report any possible Covid exposures.

Everyone will be masked during in-person auditions and in-person rehearsals until we get near tech. Performers will be unmasked for shows, but audience will be masked. 

BAT will provide masks and tests as needed. So far, these protocols have prevented cancelation of rehearsals and performances. Masking and other Covid protocols will adjust as needed to meet government requirements and/or enhance safety.


There is free parking onsite, plus rehearsal and show location is about 6 blocks from Burien Transit Center.

Stage director is Beau M.K. Prichard. 

Location of Audition

Auditions will be on Zoom. Callbacks will be in-person in Burien.

Audition requirements

Auditions and callbacks will consist of reading sides from the script. Sides will be sent via email. Audition appointments will last 15 minutes. To audition, please make appointment, and provide resume and headshot (or link to TPS member profile) at, or call 206-242-5180 and leave a message. If you have a conflict with auditions, a self-taped video audition will be accepted. If you have access needs, please let us know. If there is anything that will help make you comfortable in our auditions, please ask.

Character breakdown / Project needs
BAT is seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions, and physical/mental ability. Actors do not have to be the age or sex indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them. 
Male-presenting role, early 20s. Rothko’s new assistant, intelligent and ambitious. An aspiring painter himself, Ken is eager to learn. He is initially nervous, a little overwhelmed around Rothko, but slowly grows in confidence. By nature, he is quiet and thoughtful, but as the show progresses, he learns to stand up to Rothko's bullying. 
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Sun. Jan. 14 from 7 to 10 pm on Zoom. If unavailable on Jan. 14, provide self-taped video audition from sides.

Pay type


Audition location

Burien WA

Pay type

$350 $350

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Callbacks will be in person in Burien Sunday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 8 pm. Actors will only be called as needed, and not for the entire time period.

Submission instructions

To audition, please make appointment, and provide resume and headshot at, or call 206-242-5180 and leave a message.

Union Requirements


Equity Contract