Auditions & Opportunities

SEEKING:
AEA and Non-AEA actor/singers of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities.

RENT
Directed by Julia Deter
First Rehearsal: October 18th, 2022
First Performance: November 11th, 2022
Closing Performance: December 4th, 2022

AVAILABLE ROLES:
MARK COHEN: 20s. Baritone/Second Tenor. A filmmaker who has left behind his affluent upbringing to pursue his craft.

ROGER DAVIS: 20s. Rock Tenor. Former drug addict searching for answers through one last song.

MIMI MARQUEZ: 20s. Raw voice with high belt. Vulnerable yet defiant young woman who is struggling with drug addiction. Must be a strong mover.

TOM COLLINS: 20s / early 30s. Baritone. Former roommate of Mark, Roger, and Benny.

BENNY: 20s. Baritone/second tenor. Went to college with Mark. Lived with Roger, Collins, Maureen and Mark. Married into a wealthy family.

ANGEL: 20s. High tenor with good falsetto. Outgoing, flamboyant, yet honest and caring individual living on the New York Streets with AIDS. Must be a strong mover.

MAUREEN JOHNSON: 20s. Large vocal range. A performance artist who is not as good as she thinks and slightly self-centered.

JOANNE JEFFERSON: 20s to 30s. Pop belt. Harvard grad with affluent upbringing. Has an insecure relationship with Maureen.

ENSEMBLE (20s-30s): Great actors/singers who move well to play various characters including: Joanne’s Dad/Mom, Mark’s & Roger’s Mom, Life Support Group, Squeegee Man, Seasons of Love Soloist, and more

CONTRACT:
AEA SPT Tier 2 (2021 min. $328/wk)
Non-AEA - $2,000
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. Pursuant to the terms of a concession made to this employer's agreement, the employer has agreed that any Equity member who attends this call will have an opportunity to be seen. Please note: The Umbrella Stage Company is unable to offer housing or transportation for this contract.

HOW TO APPLY/CONTACT
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: All submissions should be emailed to auditions@theumbrellastage.org. Along with your audition material, please include a headshot and resume. Videos may be sent via Youtube or Vimeo links. Submissions are due no later than 5pm on June 24th.

All tapes will be reviewed by:
Brian Boruta, Producing Artistic Director
Julia Deter, Director
David Wright, Music Director

WHAT TO PREPARE: Please submit a self-tape of 16-32 bars of an early 90’s pop/rock song or a selection from a pop/rock musical. If you prefer, you may also prepare one of the preselected musical sides found here. Though not required, if you are proficient on a musical instrument, feel free to submit an additional tape demonstrating this ability.

 

SEEKING:
AEA and Non-AEA actor/singers of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities.

DRACULA - A FEMNINIST REVENGE FANTASY
Directed by Michelle Aguillon
First Rehearsal: September 6th, 2022
First Performance: September 30th, 2022
Closing Performance: October 22nd, 2022

AVAILABLE ROLES:
DOCTOR VAN HELSING: 40s+. American. A female vampire hunter. She takes no crap from anybody. She wears dusty beaten clothing and a big cowboy hat. She has a long nasty old scar all up and down the side of her face, as if someone has taken their hand and RIPPED down, long ago. It’s from an encounter she’d rather not talk about. She’s been through it. She’s a bit of a know-it-all; okay, she’s a lot of a know-it-all. She’s prickly. She’s strong. She’s brilliant. She’s no lady. She’s on the hunt. She is badass– and 19th century men do not, as a rule, appreciate it.

MINA HARKER: 20s-30s. Very smart. Caring. Loyal. Wants to do the right thing. Wasraised to be a Lady, and is thus suppressing an inner fire that emerges throughout the progression of the play. Great emotional depth, good sense of humor. Must face her darkest fears – comes out stronger at the end of it. Secretly an adventurer, and fighter. Is called to be more than she once was.

LUCY WESTENRA: 20s-30s Bright, funny, vivacious, playful, and mischievous. Feels trapped by expectations and torn about her lot in life. About to be married, and deeply conscious of how that puts her under a 19th century man’s control. Reflexively flirtatious. Believes she must pretend to be less than she is. Yearns for freedom. Falls desperately ill after being bitten by Dracula... and then becomes a completely different being -an animalistic, vampire demon – a naturally manipulative predator. Lucy’s vampire self is deeply unpredictable and frightening.

MARILLA / as cast: 20s-30s. A vampire. More animal than human. Was lured into vampirehood by Dracula, who then proceeded to exploit her. Enjoys being a predator. Finds pleasure in consuming others. Resents her objectification. Manipulative; vicious; probably sociopathic. Capable of moving very fast– blink, and oh God, she’s right behind you. Sister- wife to DRUSILLA. Doubles with MAID – an underpaid, resentful servant.

DRUSILLA / as cast: 20s-30s. A vampire. More animal than human. Was lured into vampirehood by Dracula, who then proceeded to exploit her. Enjoys being a predator. Finds pleasure in consuming others. Resents her objectification. Manipulative; vicious; probably sociopathic. Capable of moving very fast – blink, and oh God, she’s right behind you. Sister- wife to MARILLA. Doubles with MILLER – a casually brutal asylum attendant, and MERCHANT – a merchant looking to make a sale.

RENFIELD: any age: a madwoman. Worships Dracula. Believes that if she can earn his approval, she will be free. Not a bad soul, really, but capable of extreme brutality or duplicity in service of her religious zealotry.

DRACULA / as cast (late 30s – late 50s.): A physically imposing man. He is....extremely confident. Strong. Funny. Charming. Sexy. You’d like him, reader - no, really, you would. He makes people lose their heads. Manipulative. Commanding. Capable of being very, very frightening. Unpredictable. Physically strong. Incredible with language. Unimaginably powerful. Brilliant. Casually takes pleasure in cruelty. An equal-opportunity sexual sadist. A toxic predator; a wolf in the fold; a very old and clever parasite, capable of adapting and surviving. Fundamentally enjoys himself.

JONATHAN HARKER (20s-40s): A nice man. A truly decent man. A lawyer; a man of letters; a slight man; a slightly fussy man. If being unkind, one could say he’s delicate. He’s very, very British. Cares about people. Is maybe a little rule-bound. Loves his wife, Mina, deeply. Is bitten by Dracula, and then loses his mind – becoming an easily-confused, raving shambles. After recovering from sickness, he slowly gives in to Dracula’s darkness – becoming an abusive, toxic man. Once he’s under Dracula’s influence, we can’t always tell if he’s telling the truth. Can quickly switch from likeable to extremely volatile.

DOCTOR GEORGE SEWARD: (30s – 40s): The head physician of a lunatic asylum. A good man, but starts out the play as a product of his era – has some trouble listening to women. Believes only in the evidence of his own eyes. Tends to mansplain. Deeply in love with his fiancé Lucy Westenra, of whom he is overprotective. Has a very contentious relationship with Van Helsing. Doesn’t like to not feel in control. Chivalrous. Thinks of himself as a modern man; a man of science. Over the course of the play, he learns to accept female leadership and question his assumptions. A brave man. Likeable.

CONTRACT:
AEA SPT Tier 2 (2021 min. $328/wk)
Non-AEA - $2,000
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. Pursuant to the terms of a concession made to this employer's agreement, the employer has agreed that any Equity member who attends this call will have an opportunity to be seen. Please note: The Umbrella Stage Company is unable to offer housing or transportation for this contract.

HOW TO APPLY/CONTACT
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: All submissions should be emailed to auditions@theumbrellastage.org. Along with your audition material, please include a headshot and resume. Videos may be sent via Youtube or Vimeo links. Submissions are due no later than 5pm on June 24th.

All tapes will be reviewed by:
Brian Boruta, Producing Artistic Director
Michelle Aguillon, Director

WHAT TO PREPARE: Please submit a self-tape of a close to one min monologue of your choosing. Selections should be stylistically similar to the play and/or of the same timeframe/period.