Seeking Actors, Singers, Directors, Playwrights: SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK 2022

Theatre Battery


About the project and the company

Theatre Battery is accepting artist applications for SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK VII: A 24-Hour New Play Festival, performing on July 30th, 2022. Local playwrights, actors, directors, composers, and choreographers are encouraged to apply. The project will present on Theatre Battery’s adapted stage at Kent Station. The company is returning to in-person programming after two years of digital-only content.

SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK identifies determined voices and builds networks among new play artists in the Puget Sound region, with a particular emphasis on introducing emerging playwrights to directors and actors. The time limit, production challenge scenarios, and randomized creative teams provide an instant canvas on which to take risks and build trust between otherwise unlikely collaborators. The resulting performance is a singular and sleep deprived expression of Theatre Battery’s community.

Approximately 40 selected applicants will be grouped by drawing into 5 – 6 teams at the start of the festival. Each team will face a special challenge that will diversify their piece in structure from the rest of the program. Four to five short plays will be produced. Past challenges have included pieces performed without the use of spoken language, solo performances, and plays written without the use of stage directions. One group will create an original ten-minute musical, for which a composer, choreographer, and musicians will be provided. Other surprise challenge conditions will be introduced.


Friday, July 1st:

5pm Application Deadline (All Disciplines)

Monday, July 11th:

Selected Participants Announced

Friday, July 29th:

6:30pm Kick-off Reception and Selection of collaborative teams

8pm Playwrights/Composer commence writing

Saturday, July 30th:

7am Playwrights complete work and meet with Directors

8am Rehearsals begin with Directors and Actors

6pm Technical Rehearsal

8pm Performance & Closing Reception


Email submissions and inquiries to with the following:

ACTORS: Resume, Headshot, and link to a recent audition, taped monologue, or song. Please note if you have experience with drag performance, clown, puppetry, and/or musical theatre. Actors not listing Musical Theatre experience or providing a singing audition will not be considered available for casting in the musical.

PLAYWRIGHTS: Brief cover letter, resume, and representative script sample lasting no longer than 10 pages.

COMPOSERS: Brief cover letter, resume, and representative audio sample of one of your compositions. All styles and training backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

DIRECTORS/CHOREOGRAPHERS: Brief Cover letter and Resume.

Artists of all ages, types, gender identities, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and disabilities are encouraged to apply for all positions.

Please note: We will be operating as a fully-vaccinated company and checking verification cards for entrance to our spaces.

All festival events hosted in downtown Kent. A stipend of $100 will be paid to each festival participant. Housing available in Kent for the duration of the festival. Free parking; carpools arranged. Food provided throughout.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 1st @ 5pm

Job Description

Seeking Playwrights, Directors, Actors, and Singers - see description.

Required Qualifications

See description.

Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Pay Rate

$100 Stipend

Audition location

Kent WA

Submission instructions

Email us at by Friday, July 1st, 2022.

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