Opportunities, Casting, and Submissions

If you are interested in receiving information about how to audition, please email casting@sdrep.org.

San Diego Repertory Theatre is calling for video audition submissions for their Black Voices Reading Series.  The series will be presented virtually, so we are seeking actor submissions from across the US. We have an incredible selection of 4 scripts in the series and are seeking a range of performers. (See below for more information about the 4 plays and playwrights.)

Total rehearsal and reading time will be no more than 12 hours. Rehearsals will take place over the week before the scheduled reading of each respective play, and will be scheduled according to artist availability. Please see below for schedule of readings.

We are seeking both AEA and non-AEA actors.
 
On video, please perform a one-minute monologue. Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other third-party platform; do not send your audition video as a file attachment. Please email the link to your audition video to kheil@sdrep.org by Monday, February 8. Please include Pic & Res in your email as attachments. 
 
March 15, 2021 @ 5:30pm PST
Polar Bears, Black Boys, and Prairie Fringed Orchids
By Vincent Terrell Durham
Directed by Rondrell McCormick                           
 
With a perfect blend of wit, irony, and humor, this play boldly explores race and redemption in today’s America. The story opens with a liberal white couple hosting a cocktail party at their renovated Harlem brownstone. The guests include a gay Black Lives Matter activist, his white partner, an author and businesswoman, and the mother of a slain 12-year-old black boy. As this precarious party mixes cocktails and conversation about underweight polar bears, Lana Turner, gentrification, racial identity, and protecting the lives of Black boys, the evening reveals the importance of collective action that comes from truth.
 
Characters:
JAQUAN WALLACE - Black-American, male, 33 years-old, born and raised in Harlem, NY. He spent his high school years on academic scholarship at a boys school in New Haven, CT. He is an elementary school teacher and Black Lives Matter activist. He is openly gay but is often mistaken as not. His activism with the Black Lives Matter movement has him re-examining his 6
year relationship with his white lover.
PETER CASTLE - White-American, male, 45 years-old, born and raised on Long Island, NY to a blue collar, middle class family. He worked to put himself through college and medical school and believes anyone is able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Nonetheless, he would lend you the shirt off of his back. His home is his refuge from a stressful career as an emergency room trauma surgeon. He has been married to Molly Castle for 15 years. He is father to the couple's adopted 3 year-old Black son. He still hopes to have a biological child with his wife.
MOLLY CASTLE - White-American, female, 40 years-old, born and raised on Long Island, NY to a blue collar, middle class family. Her parents encouraged education and paid for all of their children to attend private schools and the best colleges the family budget could afford. She is the co-founder of a non-profit environmental foundation and dedicated to saving the planet. She is intelligent, eager and open. She is content with her marriage and being a mother of 1.
SHAMEKA DAVIS: Black-American, female, 31 years-old, born and raised in Harlem, NY to a
middle class family. Her mother was a music teacher and her father previously owned the bookstore that she now operates. She is not a "Sassy Black Girl", but a well-read, college
educated, uninhabited, single, Black woman.
TOM: White-American, male, 33 years-old, born and raised in Manhattan, NY to a well to do
family. He is a former meth addict and now works as a drug rehab counselor. He obtained his
college degree during his 6-year relationship with Jaquan. He is openly gay, uninhibited and
blissfully ignorant of his lover questioning their relationship. (doubles as Officer Lennox: White-American, male, 30s, NYPD officer.)
RITA DUPREE: Black-American, female, 27 years-old, born and raised in Harlem, NY.
She is a single mother. She works at a dollar store during the day and a Roy Rogers at night. She
is grieving the death of her son Elijah Dupree at the hands of NYPD three weeks prior.
ELIJAH DUPREE: (Pre-recorded voice over) Black-American, male. Rita Dupree's deceased 12
year-old son.
 
Vincent Terrell Durham is a playwright and author who first honed his storytelling skills as a stand-up comic in comedy clubs across the country. He was born and raised in Binghamton, New York to a family of vibrant storytellers. His powerful new play Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids was co-commissioned and developed by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts and was a 2020 Eugene O’Neill semifinalist. As a proud gay man of color, his voice is fresh and compelling as he goes unflinchingly to the heart of the matter and pulls no punches. All of which can be found in his 2020 Great Plains Theatre Conference finalist play, The Fertile River as well as his 2020 Samuel French OOB finalist play, Masking Our Blackness.
 
March 22, 2021 @ 5:30pm PST
Baton
By Deneen Reynolds-Knott
Directed by Dexter Singleton     
 
This highly contemporary story tackles today’s headlines: police brutality, Black Lives Matter and the Me Too Movement through the complex lens of human relationships. The story introduces Ava and Tim, a black couple on a date that is interrupted by news of unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Ava and Tim grapple with differing feelings about the case--which, much like George Floyd, included a black man who arrived at the police station unconscious and not breathing. When Ava reveals her past engagement to a White cop, it sparks a night of accusations, interrogations, and confessions.
 
Characters:
AVA - Black woman, early 30s
TIM - Black man, mid-30s, Ava's Date (NATHAN, early 40s, played by TIM)
CALEB - White man, early 30s, Ava's Ex-Fiance
EDDIE - White man, mid 30s, Caleb's Brother
LATRICE - Black woman, early 30s, Ava's Friend (SERVER, late 20s, played by LATRICE)
Deneen Reynolds-Knott is a playwright living in Brooklyn, New York. She has developed work with Rising Circle’s INKtank Development Lab, The Frank Silvera Workshop’s 3in3 Playwright Residency, The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation, Little Black Dress INK and Primary Stages/ESPA. Her full-length play, BATON, was selected for the 2018 Premiere Play Festival and received a workshop reading at Premiere Stages, the 2017 Playfest at the Orlando Shakespeare Company and was a finalist for the 2017 PlayPenn and Bay Area Playwrights conferences. For the 2018-2019 program season, she is participating in the Writing Residency at Liberation Theatre Company and Project Y’s Playwrights Group. Deneen is the co-creator and executive producer of BULK, a web series about friendships and romances within the gay bear community in New York City. She received her MFA in film from Columbia University.
 
March 29, 2021 @ 5:30pm PST
Mud Row
By Dominique Morriseau
Directed by Patricia McGregor
 
Two generations of sisters protect and defy the legacy of their foremothers in this surprisingly funny, heart-pounding, and ultimately hopeful play. Elsie hopes to move up in the world by marrying into “the talented tenth,” while her sister Frances joins the fight for Civil Rights. Decades later, estranged sisters Regine and Toshi are forced to reckon with their shared heritage, and each other, when Regine inherits Granny’s house. Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau deftly shifts between past and present to paint a living portrait of family legacy. 
 
Characters
ELSIE -  Black Woman, 20's (can be played by Women in their 40's to give the appearance of age and time). Poised. Proper. Soft. Desperate to find a sense of belonging.
FRANCES - Black Woman, 20's (can be played by Women in their 40's to give the appearance of age and time). Tough. Fighter. Persistent. Not easily contained, especially when she believes in
something.
REGINE - Black Woman, 35-40. Well-Educated. Reserved. Guarded and Worrisome. Wife to Davin. Sister to Toshi. Somewhere a vulnerable and fragile soul.
TOSHI - Black Woman, 25-28. Fiesty. Impulsive. Resistant. Rough around the edges and a former drug addict. Girlfriend to Tyriek. Sister to Regine. Somewhere a deep and wise soul.
DAVIN - Black Man, 35-40. Patient. Supportive. Optimistic. Can be pushy in his positivity. Husband to Regine.
TYRIEK - Black Man, 28-30. Sharp. Calculating. Former thug looking for a second chance at life. Boyfriend to Toshi.
 
Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the TONY nominated book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). Dominique is alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons). Additional awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18, and a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.

April 5, 2021 @ 5:30pm PST
The Great Khan
By Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg                                             
 
In this entertaining piece centering on today’s Black youth, you will find a call to action to fight against the injustices of our modern society. Two Black teens, Jayden and Ant, are connected together through unforeseen circumstances. As they seek to define themselves and reclaim their identity, Genghis Khan shows up to challenge their ideas, as well as our own. We are left with question: WHO gets to tell the story that makes up our history?
 
Characters
JAYDEN - A Black teenaged boy.
ANT - A Black teenaged girl
CRYSTAL - Jayden's mother, 30's - 40's
GAO-MING - A Chinese American teenaged girl
MR ADAMS - A White schoolteacher, 30's - 40's
TEMUJIN - a Mongolian man, 30+
 
Michael Gene Sullivan is a veteran actor, playwright, director, blogger, and teacher committed to developing theatre of social and economic justice, of political self-determination, and, of course, musical comedy.  As a playwright, Michael's work has appeared across the United States, as well as in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, The Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, the United Kingdom, Columbia, Hong Kong, Canada, China, and Ukraine. He is a Resident Playwright for the Playwrights Foundation, was awarded the 2017 Playwriting Fellowship by the Djerassi Arts Center, and since 2000, served as Resident Playwright for the Tony and OBIE award-winning (and, despite its name, is never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has written or co-written over 20 plays.
 


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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

Questions?

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.