While it is the distinct privilege of Out Front Theatre Company to provide the greater Atlanta area with performances that are important to the LGBTQIA+ community, it is also our mission to provide a place for LGBTQIA+ artists to develop and shine. We hope that this will allow more queer artists to be more commonly and better represented in artistic representations of their own stories and in theatrical casting across the board. Out Front is also beginning a local casting search for trans and gender non-conforming performers for upcoming productions, including an upcoming production of the Tony and Pulitzer Award winning I Am My Own Wife.
On March 4, 2018, Out Front will be hosting a March Audition Workshop for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Performers. This workshop is meant for performers who identify anywhere under the umbrella of “trans” or «gender non-conforming» — (i.e. non-binary, transgender man, transgender woman, or anywhere else in between.) This is your chance to show the artistic director of Atlanta's LGBTQIA+ theatre and a queer director your audition, and get some helpful feedback. Our hope is that trans/GNC performers can benefit from this opportunity to better prepare and deliver for auditions and we would like all performers in the trans/gnc community to feel empowered, prepared and better able to succeed on stage.
The workshop will be lead by Paul Conroy, Found and Producing Artistic Director of Out Front, and Graham Miller, NYC based director of the 2019 Out Front production of I Am My Own Wife. The goals of the workshop are to cater to the individual needs of the performer. We want to create a relaxed environment where people can feel free to grow and take chances. More experienced actors will be given the chance to perform and receive feedback on their choice of audition material (see options for preparation below), in a “work session” format typical of what an actor might experience as part of a casting director-led workshop. Actors or performers with less formal acting experience/training will be given tools to audition at their best, exploring questions like:
-What are directors or casting directors talking about when they use phrases like “cold-read,” “off-book,” “make choices,” or your “monologue scene partner”? How can you translate feedback from a director/casting director into workable information to use in the audition room?
-What are the ways that we can help you feel comfortable in the room so you feel that the creative team truly “sees” you?
-How can you “lose yourself” in your material (in a good way!) that makes it less about you, and more about what you are doing to another person?
-How can you walk into a room with confidence, knowing that you have control and value?
All of these questions will be addressed as we do our best to help our workshop actors show off their most authentic, freest selves in their auditions!
What audition material should I prepare?
Actors who wish to be considered for the role in I Am My Own Wife should:
1) Please prepare a one — two minute monologue from the play where Charlotte is speaking. (PLEASE read the play before coming to the workshop with your monologue. It will help you tremendously as you choose and prepare your piece!)
2) Please be familiar with one of the four sides attached below, in which multiple actors are represented. You will likely be asked to work on the one you have chosen, time permitting. (Hard copy paper versions of the sides will be available at the workshop for use.)
I Am My Own Wife materials may be downloaded here: dropbox.com/sh/xakj1mpmo9iw7tb/AAA25fZY04z9WjqYWo-1ve_Ia?dl=0
Actors/performers only interested in being considered for future Out Front projects/who want general audition feedback:
1) Please prepare a one to two minute monologue of your choice.
2) Please prepare a true story about yourself- with a beginning middle and end- about a time you thought something would go terribly, and it was great, or a time you thought something would be great, and it ended up being terrible. (Please note that this it is not our intention to pry into your personal life- feel free to bring in any story about anything that has happened to you- as long as it’s true!)
You can RSVP here for this event, but if you do not have a Facebook account or are seeing/hearing about the workshop from another source, please email Paul Conroy at [email protected]
to reserve your spot (space is limited.). You can also email with any questions regarding audition material or general workshop questions, and we will respond as promptly as possible!
We look forwarding to working and learning with you!
**The actor playing this role will be compensated with a stipend (TBA)— we encourage both Equity and Non-Equity actors to join us!