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Echo Theatre 2022 General Auditions

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ECHO READS 2022 AUDITION NOTICE

Echo Theatre is a professional, non-profit theater dedicated to producing works by women+ playwrights.  For our 24th Season, Echo is casting for Echo Reads (six live staged readings from May through July) and our Fall Main Stage (August 1 - October 9).  There are no Equity contracts available for the 2022 Season, but we strongly encourage AEA members to submit their headshot and resume to [email protected] for future seasons.

Echo Theatre will be following all CDC and Dallas County HHS recommendations and precautions for the health and safety of our artists and audience. At this time, we are requiring proof of vaccination for all of our creatives.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled audition slot to fill out preliminary paper work.  Please also bring your vaccination card and two copies of your headshot and resume. If you are interested in more than one role, please read your favorite two sides during the audition, and we will consider you for all roles (as listed on your form).

Echo is committed to giving opportunities to performers of all backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities.  We strongly encourage BIPOC and LBGTQ+ actors to audition.

Sides, play summaries, and full cast breakdowns will be made available on April 25th on our website, echotheatre.org.


ECHO READS

Echo Reads is a six-play, staged reading series that aims to make plays by women+ playwrights accessible to all by presenting free, casual readings followed by Audience Talkbacks.

Echo Reads 2022 will be produced from May to July, with readings of 2 different plays scheduled each month. All six plays will have one reading at our home venue, the Bath House Cultural Center, followed by a 2nd reading at a Venue Partner in a different neighborhood of Dallas.  Rehearsals are typically scheduled in the week prior to the performance.  Performance dates are non-negotiable.  Actors are not required to attend the audience Talk-Back, but are welcome to participate.  Each actor will receive an artistic stipend of $75.

            15 Women (1 role specifically for a trans woman)
            4 Men (1 role specifically for a trans man)
            1 Non-binary actor
            1 Any gender

Rehearsals: To be scheduled by the director once the reading is cast. Please note that each reading will have 8-11hrs of rehearsal the week prior to performance.
Performance Dates:
     May 10 & 11
     May 24 & 25
     June 14 & 15
     June 28 & 29
     July 12 & 13
     July 26 & 27


FALL MAINSTAGE

FOUNDERS, KEEPERS by Aurora Behlke
dir. Caroline Hamilton

The nation is in crisis. Washington DC is burning and the government has assembled five 5th Grade girls to rewrite the Constitution of the United States.  Friendships form and break as these young women struggle with grief, power, and what it means to grow up in a broken democracy.

2 Women or non-binary actors of Color
4 Women or non-binary actors of any race
1 Woman or non-binary actor of any race, aged 40 years or older

Rehearsals: August 1 - 5 & August 29 - September 15
Performances: September 15 – October 9

All actors will receive an artistic stipend.


VIDEO AUDITIONS

If you are unable to attend in person auditions, you may submit a video audition instead.  Please email your headshot and resume to [email protected] to receive a Dropbox upload link.  In the body of your email, please list all plays/roles you would like to be considered for and any known conflicts from May 1st through October 9th.  Please label your files:  FirstName_LastName_FileType.

Example: Jane_Doe_Resume.pdf, Jane_Doe_Headshot.jpeg, etc.

Please record your video(s) according to Echo’s Video Submission Guidelines below. If you are interested in multiple plays, please submit separate videos for each play. You will be considered for every play/role which you listed in your email, even if you don’t record a side for that character.  Please upload your audition video(s) to the Dropbox link as a .mp4 or .mov file labeled: FirstName_LastName_ShowName.

Example: Jane_Doe_PlayTitle Side1.mp4, Jane_Doe_PlayTitle Side 4.mov, etc.

You may submit Video Auditions from Monday April 25th until midnight Saturday, April 30th.

If you have any additional questions or technical difficulties, please reach out to [email protected] and allow one business day for a reply. The Video Submission Guidelines are available below:

VIDEO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

  • Record in front of a well-lit, neutral background in a quiet space.  Please frame in a ¾ or full body shot.  You will not be judged on production quality, we just need to be able to clearly see and hear your audition.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE TITLE CARDS. Instead, please slate in front of your audition: state your name, height, the roles, and the name of the production you are reading for.
  • ex. “Hello, my name is ___ and I am _’ __”.  I will be reading for ____ in ____.”
  • If you are reading two sides, please record them separately and slate for each one.
  • Please format your video as an .mp4 or .mov file using the following specifications:
    • Under 100MB, 640x840 VGA
    • Compression: H.264
    • Compressor Quality: High
    • Sound Format: AAC
  • Label each audition video: FirstName_LastName_SideTitle. Then, upload to the Dropbox link you received from [email protected]
  • ex. Jane_Doe_PlayTitle Side1.mp4, Jane_Doe_PlayTitle Side 4.mov, etc

 

Date: 05/01/2022 (Sun.)

Location: Bath House Cultural Center

Created by:   Echo Theatre
 
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