Tacoma Arts Live Auditions: STILL a Poetic Journey of Two Women
Tacoma Arts Live
About the project and the company
A Poetic Journey of Two Women
Seeking 5 Devising Collaborators/Performers ages 18 or older to join our company and participate in a collaborative devising process exploring the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Dr. Maya Angelou.
Themes to explore through this process include age, gender, class and race. This exciting creative process is lead in partnership with theatre, playwriting, and poetry faculty from UWT School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and will result in the creation of a new play to be performed by 2-3 members of the devising company in May 2023 at the Washington State History Museum. The play will be performed as a work in development, with an opportunity for the audience to offer feedback and shape the future of the play.
Desired skills include Improvisation, physical theatre, character development, acting, spoken word; Movement background in Contemporary/Modern or Creative Movement a plus. Non-binary actors encouraged to apply.
Preparing for Auditions:
Because this devising process will develop the script through the exploration of multiple artistic perspectives (i.e., movement, sound, image, language, etc …), this audition process is open to creative storytellers from all backgrounds. This means that while we are of course interested in performers from traditional acting backgrounds, we also welcome auditions from dancers, singers, musicians, spoken word artists, etc … basically anyone who feels that the work and the project speak to them and that they have a unique voice to bring to the project through their art.
We would like to see the following two elements from all of our auditioners:
1. Memorize and perform one of the selected poems
2. Prepare a monologue that you feel contrasts the poem. Additional monologue should not be longer than 2 minutes.
For performers from other backgrounds:
1. Memorize and perform/recite one of the selected poems
2. Prepare an artistic response to the poem. This is open to any interpretation, for example, dance, a musical response, movement, image, words, etc. We ask that the response is no longer than 3 minutes.
We encourage auditioners to contact us if there is any clarification they need.
Contact us to communicate which audition day you plan to audition and to receive an audition time slot as well as the list of selected audition poems.
Please bring a headshot and resume to the audition.
Preliminary Devising Schedule
Monday, Feb 13: 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Thursday, Feb 16: 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Sunday, Feb 19: 5:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Tuesday, Feb 21: 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Thursday, Feb 23: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30p.m.
March – April dates will be set with the selected actors/artists collectively.
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule
The rehearsal window is April 10 – May 10. Rehearsals will be set with the cast and be held either:
Monday – Thursday from 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday from 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. + Sunday afternoon rehearsals TBD with cast
Preview Night: Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 12, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.
Company Members are hired as part time employees of Tacoma Arts Live. Tacoma Arts Live shall pay each deviser a guaranteed amount of $680. Payment shall be made by payroll check at the rate of $17/hr on the regular bi-weekly payroll schedule, for an estimated 40 hours for the devising process. Company Members who are also cast in the resulting devised play shall be paid a guaranteed amount of $1,020 for the rehearsal and performance process. Payment shall be made by payroll check at the rate of $17/hr on the regular bi-weekly payroll schedule, for an estimated 60 hours for the rehearsal and performance process. The difference, if any, between the guaranteed amount and gross wages for hours worked will be paid on the final paycheck. Company Members are required to study on their own time and come to meetings, rehearsals and performances prepared.
For questions, to confirm your audition date, and to receive the list of selected poems:
Contact Katie Lappier, Tacoma Arts Live Senior Director of Education at Klappier@tacomaartslive.org
Location of Audition
Tacoma Armory, Roosevelt Room (enter up the big ramp) 1001 S. Yakima Ave Tacoma, WA 98405
During auditions, devising sessions, and rehearsals, masking is supported but not required. Performers will be expected to perform unmasked. Additional Covid protocol information will be shared as soon as it is available.
ACTORS: Memorize and perform one of the selected poems and prepare a monologue that you feel contrasts the poem. Additional monologue should not be longer than 2 minutes. PERFORMERS FROM OTHER BACKGROUNDS: Memorize and perform/recite one of the selected poems and prepare an artistic response to the poem. This is open to any interpretation, for example, dance, a musical response, movement, image, words, etc. We ask that the response is no longer than 3 minutes. ALL AUDITIONERS: Please bring a headshot and resume to the audition.
Preferred method of submission
Friday 2/10, 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. and Saturday 2/11, 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Monday 2/13, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Email Katie Lappier, Tacoma Arts Live Senior Director of Education to confirm your audition date and timeslot.
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