Seeking actors of all backgrounds, ages and genders who have experience in Shakespearean verse and can play musical instruments and/or sing.
Exact casting for roles will occur after the Ensemble is chosen and all members will play multiple roles. This is a professional, non-union opportunity and actors will be compensated.
- Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, at least one in verse, and
- Be prepared to sing a song in any style acapella or accompanied by your own musical instrument. Actors are encouraged to bring in as many musical instruments as they feel represents their abilities.
Ensemble Auditions will be held at North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, on Monday, January 29th from 6pm – 9pm and Tuesday, January 30th from 5pm – 9pm.
To schedule an appointment, please submit updated headshots and resumes to [email protected]. We will email you back to confirm when we have scheduled your appointment. Please, no phone calls.
About the Ensemble
North Carolina Stage Company is launching an Ensemble dedicated to bringing professional performances to audiences who traditionally experience barriers to attending live theatre.
Venues will include homeless shelters, correctional facilities, community centers, low income senior centers and locations throughout rural Western North Carolina, specifically Mitchell and Avery counties during this inaugural year. Part of the community tour will include workshops with students at schools with few arts resources. In addition to the community tour, the Ensemble offers a series of ticketed performances for audiences at NC Stage.
Members of the Ensemble are artists committed to equity, integrity and excellence for audiences of all experiences and backgrounds, as an ensemble and within themselves. We will be performing in a wide variety of spaces, in the round, with all the lights on, and with only what we can easily carry in terms of props and costumes. Live sound and music will play an integral role in how we tell the story.
The Ensemble is inspired by the work of Ten Thousand Things in Minneapolis, MN. Actors are encouraged to research Ten Thousand Things, their founder Michelle Hensley and their model of performance to decide if this opportunity is right for them.
March 27 – April 22
Community Tour: 8-10 performances in the community between April 24 – May 20th
Performances at NC Stage: Th – Su, weekends of May 31 & June 7
The Community Tour will be scheduled based on what works for community partners as well as the Ensemble. This may mean performances happen during the day on a weekday.
The 2018 Ensemble Community Tour is funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council Rural Outreach Grant.