ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

About the project and the company

ACT- A Contemporary Theatre is inviting self-taped General Auditions by video submission from AEA, EMC, and non-union local actors for its 2021-2022 Season.

We welcome actors of all races/ethnicities, gender identities, disabilities, and neuro-diversities to share their work with us. Cast breakdowns indicate race/ethnicity only when specified by the playwright as integral to character and/or narrative.  Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary, written with he/him or she/her pronouns, and are assumed cis gender; this is a casting trope we would like to dismantle.  We invite transgender, gender non-conforming, gender-queer, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they feel most comfortable portraying.

We ensure BIPOC representation in all casting rooms, real or virtual, in addition to representation of other identities specific to individual plays at all callbacks.

To ensure the well-being of artists, collaborators, board members, and staff to engage in the spirit of an ever-improving process, ACT has created the following documents that express ACT’s cultural values, accountability, commitments, and agreements.

We Believe

Production Commitments and Agreements


A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens (adapt. Gregory Falls), Julie Beckman dir.

11/15/21 –  12/26/21

HOTTER THAN EGYPT (co-production with Marin Theatre Company)

By Yussef El Guindi , John Langs dir.

Seattle Dates: 1/4/22 – 2/20/22

Marin Dates*: 3/21/22 – 4/24/22  (poss. extension 5/1/22)

*Not a direct transfer, but employment contingent on availability for both contracts

THE THIN PLACE by Lucas Hnath,  Brandon J. Simmons dir.

2/22/22 – 4/10/22

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, John Langs dir.

4/5/22 –  5/22/22





Other details

**COVID INFORMATON:  ACT mandates vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  Director of Production will verify Actor's vaccination status at time of signing; all Actors must be fully vaccinated by that date.  At this time ACT considers a person fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after the second dose of a 2-dose series (Pfizer, Moderna); or, 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson-Janssen).  This definition may be revised pending new recommendations by CDC or FDA.  ACT will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local law regarding mandatory vaccinations, including any legally required exemptions, limitation, payments, leave, and recordkeeping.**

Audition requirements

Audition presentation should be five minutes to be used as you choose: one long monologue or 2 short contrasting monologues.. Please note that ACT does not have a musical on its schedule this season. You can upload the links to your self-tape, along with headshot/resumé and some additional information you’ll see requested, here: Please note that we can only accept links, we are not able to upload the video itself. Vimeo and YouTube are the preferred platforms for recording. Submissions will be reviewed by John Langs (Artistic Director), Margaret Layne (Casting Director), and David Hsieh (Casting Associate). If you’ve worked with us before, please feel free to reach out directly to John Langs Margaret Layne David Hsieh and let us know if there’s an opportunity that particularly interests you.

Character breakdown / Project needs
A Christmas Carol
BELLE, F, 20s/early 30s, Scrooge’s one-time fiancée, strong, loving, generous MARTHA CRATCHIT, F, 18-25 (may be cast w/youth actor 12-16) oldest Cratchit child, strong, cheerful, second mother to her siblings TURKEY BOY/UNDERTAKER’S ASSISTANT -- Savvy street kid and jack of all trades, gregarious, engaging, Artful Dodger type. PETER CRATCHIT -- Practical, helpful, a leader w/a sense of fun. (Possible double: Young Scrooge). CHARLES CRATCHIT -- Bright, ebullient, full of fun and high spirits. (Possible double: Young Scrooge.) BELINDA CRATCHIT -- Quiet, sweet, a little shy, but intuitive; always wanting to make things easier or make others feel better. (Possible double: Fan). ELIZABETH CRATCHIT -- Outgoing, spontaneous, affectionate. (Possible double: Fan.) TINY TIM -- Youngest Cratchit. Fragile, w/a walking disability. Chipper & sweet-natured, but an old soul. [Possible double: Fan.] YOUNG SCROOGE -- Intelligent, inquisitive, melancholy. FAN -- Scrooge’s little sister, generous, innocent, loving FEMALE UNDERSTUDY, roles covered TBD
Hotter Than Egypt by Yussef El Guindi (co-pro with Marin Theatre Co.)
All Roles Available Excepting “SEIF”: PAUL, M, 55-65, American, a business man JEAN, F, 45-55, American, PAUL’s wife, a former stay at home mom now w/an empty nest [SEIF, M, 30-40, Egyptian, a tour guide] MAHA, F, late 20s/early 30s, Egyptian, SEIF’s partner, a former tour guide & aspiring fashion designer BOATMAN/MUSEUM GUARD/DOORMAN, 25-65, Egyptian UNDERSTUDIES (SEATTLE ONLY): PAUL, JEAN, MAHA, SEIF/BOATMAN et al
The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath
HILDA, F, 30s, American, a watcher & listener, moves through life as if she were invisible LINDA, F, 50s/60s, working-class Midlands or north of England, frank, down-to-earth JERRY, M, 40s-60s, American, gregarious, elegant unassuming masculine energy SYLVIA, F, 50s, American, wealthy confident power-player MALE UNDERSTUDY (JERRY) FEMALE UNDERSTUDY (HILDA/LINDA/SYLVIA)
Sweat by Lynn Nottage
UNDERSTUDY/CHRIS – M, 20s, Black UNDERSTUDY/JASON – M, 20s, White, UNDERSTUDY/OSCAR– M, 20s, Latinx (Colombian-American) UNDERSTUDY/STAN – M, 50s, White UNDERSTUDY/BRUCIE & EVAN – M, 45-55, Black UNDERSTUDY/CYNTHIA – F, 40s/50s, Black UNDERSTUDY/TRACEY & JESSIE– F, 40s/50s, White
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Video Submissions accepted September 21, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Pay type

Contract (union or other)

Audition location

Seattle WA

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Callbacks scheduled as needed on a per-show basis, Zoom or in-person TBD

Submission instructions

5 minute self-tape, upload link w/ headshot & resumé here:

Union Requirements

Open to All

Website specific to project

Equity Contract

Equity (AEA)