Tacoma Arts Live Auditions: Civil Rights Legacy Tour

Tacoma Arts Live

About the project and the company

Seeking actors/performers of color to play Malcolm X, John Lewis, and Zhuli (ages 18 or older) in a four-person ensemble of Where Blooming Flowers Meet the Sky. This show follows the story of Zhuli, a young artist writing a new book of poetry. On her artistic journey she is visited by three prominent ancestors from the 1960s civil rights era. Each one gives her a piece of wisdom from their experience, helping her to find her voice. This production tours to K-12 schools, museums, and community centers in the South Sound and potentially state-wide. The primary audience is students, teachers, and families. The production is 35 minutes long, with a scripted 10-minute audience reflection led by the tour manager and actors following each performance.

Desired skills include: Acting, vocal training, and the ability to work well with children and maintain a professional, collaborative attitude amidst a rigorous touring schedule

Audition Requirements: Please send a headshot and resume and prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. Audition window closes on Monday, November 20th at 12pm.

Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays & Tuesdays | November 27th – December 19th between 10am – 3pm
January 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th 10am – 2pm

Touring Dates: Monday – Friday | January 9th – February 10th
Company Members must be available from 5am – 6pm during the performance window to allow for travel time to and from the performance sites. Most performances will take place Monday – Friday. However, there is a possible evening performance on Friday, January 12th and a confirmed matinee on February 10th. On performance days, Company Members will travel in Tacoma Arts Live vehicle(s) from Tacoma Arts Live to the performance sites and back to Tacoma Arts Live.

Compensation: Performers are hired as part time employees of Tacoma Arts Live. Payment shall be made by payroll check at the rate of $18.00/hr on the regular bi-weekly payroll schedule, for an estimated cumulative 180 hours of rehearsals and performances. Performers are required to study on their own time and come to rehearsals and performances prepared. Performers are paid for time spent in rehearsal, traveling to performance sites, loading in and setting up at each site, performing at the site, and loading out at each site. There may be long breaks within a given performance day, depending on the schedule, where the performers will be off the clock until their second performance of the day.

To audition, please contact Production Manager, Monique Otter-Johnson (motterjohnson@tacomaartslive.org)

Audition requirements

Please send a headshot and resume and prepare a 1-2 minute monologue.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Malcolm X
Male presenting, person of color
Female presenting, person of color
John Lewis
Male presenting, person of color
Additional information
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Audition location

Tacoma WA

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Submission instructions

Submit you audition video via a YouTube or Google Drive link

Union Requirements


Equity Contract