Opportunities, Casting, and Submissions

SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE INVITED AUDITIONS

All auditions are by invitation only.  If you have already submitted video for the Season EPA, or if you have already submitted your materials for THE GREAT KHAN, there is no need to re-submit.

San Diego REP invites AEA and non-union actors to submit themselves for consideration for our upcoming production of THE GREAT KHAN, written by Michael Gene Sullivan and directed by Jess McLeod. Auditions are by invitation only, and will take place at the San Diego REP Creative Studio, located at 1616 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 108, Chula Vista CA 91911, on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31. Please read below for instructions on how to submit.

WE ARE SPECIFICALLY SEEKING ACTORS OF COLOR, ACTORS WHO ARE DIFFERENTLY-ABLED, ACTORS WHO ARE NEURO-DIVERSE, AND ACTORS WHO IDENTIFY AS LGBTQIA+.

To submit for THE GREAT KHAN please email your headshot and resume to kheil@sdrep.org. Pic/Res should be sent as an attachment and not embedded in the email. Please use the subject line "KHAN Submission". Please send in your submission no later than Monday, October 25.
 
THE GREAT KHAN
Written by Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Jess McLeod
 
First Rehearsal: February 3, 2022
First Preview: March 3, 2022
Opening: March 9, 2022
Closing: March 27, 2022
 
Submission Notes:
AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit. Housing is available for actors not based in San Diego. 
 
PLEASE NOTE: We will not be casting minors for this production.  All actors must be ages 18 and over.
 
Story
Jayden, an African-American teenager, just wants to be his game-playing nerdy self. But after he saves a girl, Ant, from almost being raped he and his mother are forced to move to keep him safe from the boys who attacked her.

And while Jayden debates with himself if he should toughen up, Ant tries to reject the tough Black girl persona she has adopted in reaction to her victimization.

Both are trying to figure out how to be themselves in a country that sees them as runaway slaves, trying to define themselves in a culture that insists on defining them as only and forever dangerous.

Then Genghis Khan shows up.
 
Characters
JAYDEN - 16, Black, Male.  An anime-watching, Minecraft-playing loner nerd with a mouth.  Intervened when a group of guys attacked Ant (a female classmate) outside school and then beat him up instead.  His mom Crystal moved neighborhoods and changed schools to keep him safe; now he hides in his room playing Call of Duty and blowing off his schoolwork.  Has a strong anti-colonialist point of view and can rattle off true history and Black history anytime, anywhere, but it doesn’t stop him from being terrified by the world outside his door.  When assigned Genghis Khan for his history report, he feels empowered by Khan’s take-no-prisoners philosophy…and is then shocked when the real Khan (TEMUJIN) shows up to fill in the rest of the story.  Scared of girls.  Great comic timing, must be able to rap. 
 
ANT - 16, Black, Female.  Tough and guarded until she trusts you - once she does, her precociously fast brain, mouth, and quirky dreaminess and curiosity emerge.  Spends the play intimidating Jayden - climbing through his window to threaten him with a real-looking AirSoft gun in the middle of the night unless he keeps what happened quiet - but might also be testing out a potential friend.  A secret computer nerd.  Always 10 steps ahead of Jayden - of most people - but her attack has been slowing her down.  Great with language. – OFFER OUT TO ACTOR
 
TEMUJIN - 30s-50s, Asian/AAPI, Male.  Genghis Khan - the man, the myth, the legend.  Dead.  Didn’t hesitate to kill his enemies before they could kill him.  Fiercely protective of his people.  A radical leader in both war and philosophy/spirituality who allowed anyone to join his tribe.  Shows up hoping that Jayden will understand his complexity and tell his story accurately.  Occasionally confused and annoyed by the modern world.  Great comic timing.  
 
GAO MING - 16, AAPI, Female.  A smart, savvy, self-possessed teenager with an awareness of the systems and structures around her, the rigidity of her parents’ thinking, the contradictions in people, and curious about how to hold or balance it all.  Great storyteller, with that unique ability to fascinate you with the parts of the story that fascinated her.  Great comic timing. 
 
CRYSTAL - 30s, Black, Female.  A single mom who’s doing her best raising a teenage boy on her own and mostly succeeding.  Smart, honest (sometimes too honest for Jayden) and always on the lookout for how she can improve their lives.  Determined to make this move work, Crystal is working night shifts at the USPS because it pays better, slowly accumulating credits to finally get her degree and embarrassing her son into action when/if he needs it.  Geeks out on LORD OF THE RINGS when she has time.  Has never been more scared than the night Jayden came home beaten up.  Great comic timing. 
 
MR. ADAMS - 20s-30s, White, Male.  Upbeat, energetic history teacher in a small-to-medium-sized city.  Genuinely loves teaching young people and is trying to do his best in this new era of raised social awareness - he both steps in it with Jayden and honestly takes on his challenge to name 20 famous Black people who aren’t in sports or entertainment (and doesn’t cheat).  He’s trying his best; his best just isn’t that great.  

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

Marketing

Position: Director of Marketing & Communications
A member of the REP’s leadership team, the Director of Marketing & Communications supports the highest strategic priorities of the Theatre, including effective communication of the REP’s mission, vision, and activities. They focus on both growing new audiences while retaining and deepening relationships with current audiences. The Director develops and executes strategies to generate $2 million in earned revenue for the Theatre (prior to the pandemic) and attract an audience of 40,000. They lead an in-house marketing staff plus outside vendors in all marketing, creative services, public relations, audience development, audience engagement, and sales. The Director of Marketing & Communications reports to the Managing Director and works closely with the Artistic Director and Director of External Affairs. Additionally, the Director of Marketing & Communications collaborates with other departments to advance the organization’s long-term and day-to-day interests. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Development

Position: Director of Major Gifts
Reporting to the Director of External Affairs, the Director of Major Gifts cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of mid-level and major prospects and donors. They support and partner with the Director of External Affairs in the strategizing, planning, and implementation of all mid-level and major giving activities. The Director develops the overall strategy for the REP’s signature donor engagement touchpoints, such as opening nights, donor luncheons, and more. The Director supports the Director of External Affairs in ensuring the daily operations of the Development Department run smoothly and efficiently. They generate weekly and monthly campaign reports and establish and regularly monitor key measurements to foster a results-oriented culture for the development team. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.


Production

Position: Audio Technician
Audio Technician is an hourly position paid bi-weekly.  Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner. The Audio Technician will report directly to the Audio Visual Supervisor.  As the Audio Technician will also be working closely with Designers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Position: Lyceum Head Electrician
The primary responsibility of the Lyceum Head Electrician is to assist the Rep Head Electrician in the implementation of lighting designs for REP productions and Lyceum Theatre activities. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. The Lyceum Head Electrician will report directly to the Rep head Electrician and Stage Manager (while in production). As the Lyceum Head Electrician will also be working closely with Designers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationship developed there. The Rep Head Electrician and/or Production Manager will conduct periodic performance reviews as needed. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.
 
Position: Props Supervisor
The primary responsibility of the Properties Manager/Artisan is to execute properties designs and set dressings for the REP production(s) they are contracted for. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. As the Properties Manager/Artisan will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Stage Managers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. The Properties Manager/Artisan reports directly to the Production Manager who will retain final approval on departmental priorities. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Position: Stage Manager - The Great Khan
The AEA Stage Manager manages the rehearsal and performance process within the rules set by. This position is a member of the production team dedicated to making the production run smoothly and efficiently within the resources provided. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Position: Stage Manager - In Every Generation
The AEA Stage Manager manages the rehearsal and performance process within the rules set by. This position is a member of the production team dedicated to making the production run smoothly and efficiently within the resources provided.Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

 

Position: Production Fellow
The Production Fellowship program is designed to give early career theatre technicians broad based experience in a variety of technical disciplines working with theatre professionals. Production Fellow is a seasonal hourly non-exempt at-will position. Each Production Fellow will be primarily assigned to one particular production department and will, at times, work in the other production departments. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. The Production Fellow will report to the Production Manager and the theatre’s other technical department heads. As the Production Fellow will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Performers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.
 

Venue Experience

Position: Venue Experience Assistant
Venue Experience Assistants (VEA) for San Diego Repertory Theatre will be an integral part of a team that welcomes our patrons and partners through the doors of one of San Diego’s premier live theater houses located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, California. Reporting directly to the Venue Experience Manager (VEM), Venue Experience Assistants will help ensure safe, cordial, and culturally invigorating experiences for patrons attending productions and events in REP theaters and related facilities. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

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 dward@sdrep.org.

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

  • 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:

  • 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 Director of Venue Experience, Ahmed Dents, at adents@sdrep.org.
 

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.