Opportunities, Casting, and Submissions

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San Diego Repertory Theatre is calling for video audition submissions for their production of MOTHER ROAD by Octavio Solis, directed by Sam Woodhouse.  All roles listed below are currently available, unless stated otherwise.
$717/week (pending AEA approval of Health & Safety Plan)
San Diego REP is committed to diverse casting.  We encourage actors of all ethnicities, actors who are differently-abled, actors who are neuro-diverse, and actors who identify as LGBTQIA+ to audition. Non-equity roles are also available.
On video, please perform two contrasting monologues, no more than 3 minutes total. Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other third-party platform; please not send your audition video as a file attachment. Please email the link to your audition video to kheil@sdrep.org NO LATER THAN OCT. 12. Please include Pic & Res in your email as attachments. 
Written by Octavio Solis
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Rehearse: 2/23/21
Preview: 3/18/21
Open: 3/24/21
Close: 4/11/21
Submission Notes:
AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit. Housing is available for select roles. 
Inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, this world-premiere play by playwright Octavio Solis (Don QuixoteEl Paso Blue) finds hardworking and hard-living William Joad with no blood kin to inherit the family farm.  No one, that is, until he finds an unexpected relation: Martín Jodes—a young Mexican-American man descended from Steinbeck’s original protagonist Tom Joad. This powerful story—filled with humor and heart—about land, family and survival inventively reverses the Joads’ mythic journey, as these modern-day Joads travel from migrant farm-worker camps in California back to Oklahoma.
William Joad (Man, White, 70s), a bitter, sour, bigoted old man who’s too damn stubborn to die; an old farmer from Oklahoma hiding liver cancer while looking for his kin, Tom Joad was his first cousin, ill, paid for Roger's law school, former drinker, initially against "illegal" immigration, strong ties to his memories of the dust bowl, father abandoned family, calls Martin an ‘anchor baby’
Martín Jodes (Man, Latinx, 20s-30s), a Mexican-American young man looking for a home but who always seems to find trouble instead, documented, related to William (at least 1/4 white), Tom Joad was his great grandpa, worked as a laborer, knows farmwork, calls out injustice
Seven Chorus Members, from whom the following characters emerge:
Roger Graves (Man, White, 50s) Will’s friend and lawyer, investigates and travels in search of Martin in service to William, good lawyer and a helluva businessman but not a farmer, sees William as a replacement father, private civil transactional lawyer (also plays State Trooper, and Ranch Hand 3)
Mo (Woman, Latinx, 20s-30s) Martín’s migrant worker 'cousin', scrappy and funny, defiant and deeply intuitive about the land, queer Chicana from Fresno, wants to take the farm organic
Amelia (Woman, Latinx, 20s-30s) Martín’s love, also a migrant worker, both romantic and gritty, appears out of time in non-realistic moments, she and her family work the fields, wants to be an engineer
James (Man, African-American, 30s-40s) Martín’s friend from his rough youth, was in Juvee with Martin, speaks in quasi-poetry, in the diversion program at Juvee, got the holy call, hears God in nature, calls himself Pastor Crazyman (also plays Fry Cook)
Ivy (Woman, 30s-40s) Waitress whose family also traveled out west from Oklahoma but settled along the way, becomes William's mother in the dustbowl memory, Midwestern/western, uneducated, New Mexico/Okie type with a worn nametag and worn eyes (also plays Officer Hamilton)
Fry Cook (Man, African-American, 30s-40s) content in his roadside cafe, disapproving of tourists
State Trooper (Man, White, 30s-40s) targets Latinx people in roadside stop and fights with Martin and Mo
Officer Hamilton (Woman, 30s-40s) helpful officer who processes Mo’s release and flirts with Mo
Abelardo (Man, Latinx, 50s-60s) a motel clerk with a duty to his father's wishes (also plays Ranch Hand 2) – ALREADY CAST
Father of Abelardo (Man, Latinx, 30s-40s) deeply distrustful of los Oklahomas, appears only to Abelardo, covered in sawdust and much younger than Abelardo (also plays Curtis)
Curtis (Man, Latinx, 30s-40s) a Choctaw ranch hand who accidentally shoots William but ultimately seeks forgiveness


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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are central values to our work at San Diego REP and are deeply embedded in our hiring process. We encourage candidates who identify as a person of color; a person with a disability; a member of the LGBTQIA+ community; or a member of any underrepresented group(s) to apply.


San Diego Repertory Theatre Internships offer professional experience opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the calendar and academic year. Internships are designed to provide students professional development opportunities working within our artistic and production areas. Interns will work with a SD Rep staff member and receive mentorship in their respective discipline.

Testimonials from former interns:

“The internship in the Literary Department was one of the most valuable experiences I had during my work on my M.A. in Theatre Arts at San Diego State University. I had opportunities to research and develop audience engagement materials for current productions at the REP and make real contributions toward the development of the REP’s upcoming seasons. The whole team at this top San Diego theatre were fantastic. I was treated like an equal collaborator, a real member of the artistic team.” – Joel Castellaw (former intern)

“At any one time, the REP has several young interns working in their Development, Marketing, Production, and Artistic departments. When I approached the REP for an internship, they designed a cross-departmental experience that would be most fulfilling for me. This personalized touch indicated a care and hospitality at the REP's core. It has been my pleasure and good fortune to work here—a fantastic introduction to professional theatre.” – Kayla Cohen (former intern)

Internships may fulfill academic requirements, which would be determined by the respective applicant’s academic institution if applicable. Internships are unpaid learning opportunities.  Prior theatre experience, while helpful, is not required.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter detailing your specific interests and qualifications, a resume and one letter of recommendation and your availability to kheil@sdrep.org.

San Diego Rep is  currently seeking the following internship position(s):

  • Casting
  • Literary Management/Dramaturgy
  • Producing
  • Latinx New Play Festival

Potential interns should have a strong interest in exploring the day-to-day operations of an artistic department. The successful candidate must have excellent computer, writing and organizational skills, and should have an interest in casting, new play/musical development and artistic administration.

Responsibilities vary by department and may include a variety of administrative tasks and occasional errands. Specific duties may include:

  • Casting: general correspondence for casting opportunities, attending casting sessions, ongoing organization of casting database
  • Literary Management: reading and evaluation of new scripts, updating and maintaining the script library
  • Dramaturgy: drafting aspected and articles for a production’s curious report, attending rehearsals, dramaturgical research
  • Producing: attending reading auditions, correspondence with reading artists, reading and evaluating scripts for readings
  • Latinx New Play Festival: recruiting and coordinating with festival sponsors, attending rehearsals, managing festival volunteers, creating festival lobby designs, social media marketing

Applications are accepted year-round. There are both full-year, flexible, and summer internship time slots available.

Email housemanager@sdrep.org for more information.

Important.  Please read:

San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score

Our six-show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101


If you have questions about casting or would like to receive information about future auditions, please provide us with your email address at casting@sdrep.org.