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ArtsWest General Auditions

Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail Jay O’Leary at auditions@artswest.org. Please include your availability along with your headshot and resume when requesting an appointment. Requests will not be accepted past Monday, 6/26.


ArtsWest General Auditions information.

Thursday, 7/6 and Friday, 7/7 from 1pm-9pm

Saturday, 7/8 from 10am-6pm

NOTE: If you plan to sing, an accompanist will be provided on Saturday, 7/8 ONLY.

In the room: Artistic Director Mathew Wright and Production Manager Jay O’Leary.

All auditions will take place at ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery, located at 4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98116.

ARTSWEST GENERAL AUDITIONS – REQUIREMENTS

Thursday and Friday (non-singing):

  • Please prepare (2) contrasting contemporary monologues. Both pieces should not exceed a total of (5) minutes.
  • Please provide a hard copy of your headshot and resume.

Saturday (accompanist provided):

  • Please prepare 32 bars of contemporary musical theatre and a 2-minute monologue.
  • Please provide a hard copy of your headshot and resume.

CAST BREAKDOWNS

THE WHO AND THE WHAT by Ayad Akhtar
AFZAL- South Asian. 60. Father of Zarina and Mahwish. A man of staunch tradition and quick wit. Feels as though his daughters are his only achievement.
ZARINA- South Asian. 32. Daughter of Afzal. Sister of Mahwish. Brilliant. Rebellious. Silver tongued.
MAHWISH- South Asian. 25. Daughter of Afzal. Sister of Zarina. Daddy’s “perfect” girl.
ELI- White. 30. Converted to Islam. Philosophical. Loves to debate. To challenge.

THE NANCE by Douglas Carter Beane
CHAUNCEY MILES- 45. Elegant. Refined. A man of grand everything.
JOAN- 25. Professional burlesque performer. Can speak in many dialects.
CARMEN- 35. Professional burlesque performer. Can speak in many dialects.
SYLVIE- 45. Professional burlesque performer. Can speak in many dialects.
NED- 30. Masculine. A bit too frayed for his age.
EFRAM- 30—50. Chauncey’s confidante. Fellow burlesque performer.

PEERLESS by Jiehae Park
M & L – twin sisters. Asian
BF – M’s boyfriend. Black
D – male. Looks (really) white. 1/16 Native American
DIRTY GIRL- aka Caroline aka That Weird Girl in High School (you know the one)
D’s BROTHER- (doubles with D)
PREPPY GIRL- (doubles with DIRTY GIRL)

HIR by Taylor Mac
ISAAC CONNOR- 24. Cisgender son of Paige and Arnold. Brother to Max. A marine who has been dishonorably discharged.
PAIGE CONNOR- 55. Cisgender mother to Max and Isaac. Wife of Arnold. Neurotic. Eccentric. Prone to hyperbolic outbursts.
MAX CONNOR- 17. Transgender child of Paige and Arnold. Sibling to Isaac. The actor playing Max should be someone who was a biological female and now identifies as transgender or gender-queer. Frank. Sharp. Turns everything into a debate.
ARNOLD CONNOR- 58. Cisgender father to Isaac and Max. Husband to Paige. Recovering from a very bad stroke. Borderline catatonic. Can no longer do things on his own.

AN OCTOROON by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
BJJ- played by an African-American actor or a black actor
GEORGE- played by same actor as BJJ
M’CLOSKY- played by same actor playing BJJ
PLAYWRIGHT- played by a white actor or an actor who can pass as white
WAHNOTEE- played by the same actor playing PLAYWRIGHT
LAFOUCHE- played by the same actor playing PLAYWRIGHT
ASSISTANT- played by a Native American actor, a mixed-race actor, a South Asian actor, or one who can pass as Native American
PETE- played by actor playing ASSISTANT
PAUL- played by actor playing ASSISTANT
ZOE- played by an octoroon actress, a white actress, a quadroon actress, a biracial actress, or an actress of color who can pass as an octoroon
DORA- played by a white actress or an actress who can pass as white
MINNIE- played by an African-American actress, a black actress or an actress of color
DIDO- played by an African-American actress, a black actress or an actress of color
GRACE- played by an African-American actress, a black actress or an actress of color
BR’ER RABBIT– played by the actual playwright or another artist involved in production
RATTS- played by same actor playing BR’ER RABBIT

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN by Terrence McNally
(a musical)

Molina- Latin American or Afro-Latino. A homosexual window dresser. Incarcerated for allegedly corrupting a minor.
Valentin- Latin American or Afro-Latino. A Marxist revolutionary imprisoned for supposed terrorist activities.
Spiderwoman- Latin American or Afro-Latina. A mysterious and beautiful silent film star.
Warden- Latin American or Afro-Latino. Cruel and ice cold.
Molina’s Mother- Latin American or Afro-Latina.
Marta- Latin American or Afro-Latina. Girlfriend of Valentin.