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The Seeing Place is an ensemble theater company of professional, hungry artists that have been producing critically-acclaimed organic theatre since 2009. We are currently looking to add to our ensemble, which meets every Monday night to develop its work through play readings, ensemble workshops and master classes. These are a free benefit of membership - there are no dues.

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First and foremost, we're dedicated to bringing the actor back to the level of Theater Maker, much like we saw with the Group Theater in the 1930s. We maintain a year-round ensemble of actors and directors that are mentored in all elements of producing theater, with hands-on apprenticeships in dramaturgy, fundraising, community outreach, marketing, artistic direction, digital/social media and theater management. The practice of theater making (from the moment the rights are granted to the last set piece being struck) is deeply satisfying for our ensemble of artists, who are passionate about having a say in the art they create.

Thus, we're looking for actors that want to creating work for themselves (ie: collaborative theater-makers in a team-player environment) and who are committed to constantly growing as artists and building their craft throughout rehearsal and performance. We are particularly interested in well trained actors with a good sense of themselves and some knowledge of the work of Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Hagen, or Stanislavski - and an openness to explore plays in non-traditional ways. With a heavy focus on the craft, our ensemble trains together year-round using the rehearsal practices of The Group Theatre (including developing work by layering character and situation through structured improvisation, and using relaxation and sensorial exercises to connect the actor to their instrument.)

It is also important to note that ensemble members each have a hand in creating productions from the ground up, so we’re particularly interested in meeting actors who are passionate about producing, development, and community outreach.

 

CURRENTLY SEEKING:

As of 4/7/17 - We're looking to expand the diversity of our ensemble and we encourage all ethnicities and types to submit. We are currently seeking 7 actors to be added to our current ensemble of 12:

[FEMALE ENSEMBLE ACTOR 1] 18 to 25 years old, female. Classic Ingenue. Must be willing to be vulnerable in her work and bring a strong point of view to her storytelling. Especially open to actors of color, transgender actors, and those with disabilities. For understudies and possible replacements for MAUD/VICTORIA in CLOUD 9, and NUNA or SEADA in NECESSARY TARGETS, and others.

[FEMALE ENSEMBLE ACTOR 2] 45 to 55 years old, female. Strong character actor with poise. Must be willing to be vulnerable in her work and bring a strong point of view to her storytelling. Especially open to actors of color, transgender actors, and those with disabilities. For understudies and possible replacements for ELLEN/MRS SAUNDERS/LIN in CLOUD 9, and AUNT in THE HAIRY APE, and others.

[FEMALE ENSEMBLE ACTOR 3] 55 to 65 years old, female. Strong character actor with poise. Must be willing to be vulnerable in her work and bring a strong point of view to her storytelling. Especially open to actors of color, transgender actors, and those with disabilities. For understudies and possible replacements for ELLEN/MRS SAUNDERS/LIN in CLOUD 9, and AZRA in NECESSARY TARGETS, and others.

[MALE ENSEMBLE ACTOR 1] 18-22 years old, male. 18+ to play younger. Must be willing to be vulnerable in his work and bring a strong point of view to his storytelling. Especially open to actors of color, transgender actors, and those with disabilities. For understudies and possible replacements for LONG in THE HAIRY APE, and WOLF in BENT, and others.

[MALE ENSEMBLE ACTOR 2] 35-45 years old, male. Strong and dangerous leading actor. Must be willing to be vulnerable in his work and bring a strong point of view to his storytelling. Especially open to actors of color, transgender actors, and those with disabilities. For understudies and possible replacements for KENT in REASONS TO BE PRETTY, and PADDY in THE HAIRY APE, and others.

[MALE ENSEMBLE ACTOR 3] 40-55 years old, male. Quirky character actor. Must be willing to be vulnerable in his work and bring a strong point of view to his storytelling. Especially open to actors of color, transgender actors, and those with disabilities. For understudies and possible replacements for GRETA in BENT, and SECRETARY in THE HAIRY APE, and others.

[MALE ENSEMBLE ACTOR 4] 55-65 years old, male. Compelling character actor. Must be willing to be vulnerable in his work and bring a strong point of view to his storytelling. Especially open to actors of color, transgender actors, and those with disabilities. For understudies and possible replacements for HARRY BAGLEY/MARTIN in CLOUD 9, and UNCLE FREDDIE in BENT, and others.

Actors of other ages/types are welcome to submit, but we may hold onto your submission until a slot opens up in your type category.

NOTE: Ensemble members must have significant evening and weekend availability, as workshops, readings, rehearsals and performances occur during those times.

 

STRUCTURE OF MEMBERSHIP, AND BENEFITS:

Actors begin at The Seeing Place in a 90 day Artistic Associateship. As a part of their training in our unique rehearsal process, Associates are eligible to audition for principal roles in our TSP Unplugged Reading Series and understudy roles in Main-Stage productions. Artistic Associates also receive:

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• Free Bi-weekly workshops & master classes on topics like technique/craft, improv, marketing, dialects, etc to strengthen the members’ skills in our organic rehearsal process.

• Bi-weekly play readings to build chemistry amongst the members and deepen their awareness of plays in the world theatrical cannon.

•Organic, improv-driven rehearsal structure which encourages the actor to become more of a decision-maker in their work while also building their skill in blending their aesthetics into ensemble-focused storytelling. 

• A unique ensemble position which can grow with your interests - the more you put in, the more artistic and developmental reward you'll receive as well rounded theatremaker.

• Inclusion in a theater company that has a proven track record, a passionate audience base and positive reputation with critics and industry alike.

• A warm, supportive community of like-minded artists who like to PLAY!

At the end of 90 days, those who feel at home in our ensemble and are engaged by our artistic and producing style will be invited to join our permanent ensemble. Once a member of the ensemble, actors are given exclusive invitation to perform in developmental workshops of new plays and audition for principal roles in main-stage productions (in addition to the benefits above.)

We’re deeply committed to developing and mentoring a new generation of theater-makers. As mentioned on our website, being a part of our year-round ensemble includes teaming up with fellow members to support the producing efforts of the company throughout the year. This includes helping with box office, delivering postcards to area theaters/studios, getting the word out about our fundraising events, encouraging friends/family/colleagues to attend our programs, and generally working with our group to build audiences and The Seeing Place’s standing within the community. Click to read more about The Seeing Place's commitment to its ensemble.

This is a full season commitment for actors who want more control cover the art they create and have strong ideas about the plays they want to make. With that, preference will be given to those artists who have experience producing, marketing and/or fundraising, or those who are eager (and have the time) to learn. NO JOBBERS.

To see information about our current ensemble, please click here.

 

THE SEEING PLACE'S SCHEDULE FOR SEASON 8

Master Classes / Workshops / Ensemble Readings
Every Monday, 7-11pm

 

Our eighth season will be announced soon and will consist of 6-7 plays presented via our TSP Unplugged Reading Series and on our Main-Stage. Here is the list of plays in consideration:

Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil Labute
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Brian Friel
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay Abaire
Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Book of Days by Lanford Wilson
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo
Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl
Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill
The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neil
Middletown by Will Eno
Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza
Reckless by Craig Wright
Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire
Bent by Martin Sherman

To see our production history and get a sense of the kind of work we do, go to our Press Page.

 

Self-Producing Apprenticeship Program:

Select members who demonstrate commitment to ensemble work & passion for self-producing may be invited to join our Self-Producing Apprenticeship Program. All apprentices get hands-on training in one specific area of producing per mainstage production cycle:

Audience and Donor Development
Company Management
Digital Media
Dramaturgy
Education
Fundraising & Events
Grants & Major Gifts
Marketing
Patron & Volunteer Services
Production Management
Public Relations
Social Media & Online Promotions

Apprentices are also given personal mentorship in leadership, team-building, goal-setting, and the craft of acting.

Those who excel in the Apprenticeship Program course of a season may be considered for Company Membership. Company Members are given an exclusive management position at the company level, and receive the added benefits of pre-casting in fulfilling roles, the possibility of directing and/or writing mainstage shows, and being an ongoing, integral part of the executive production team. Typically, only 1-2 slots are available for Company Membership per season.

Click here to learn about our current company members and ensemble.

For questions about our Self-Producing Apprenticeship Program, please email Erin Cronican, Managing Director, at erin@seeingplacetheater.com.

 

Compensation:

We produce under the AEA Showcase Code, which offers modest transportation reimbursement and stipends for production rehearsals and performances for AEA members and small stipends for non-AEA actors. There is no salary. Our intention is to build to the Seasonal Showcase Code by Autumn 2018, and further build to a Transition or Mini Contract (Off-Broadway contracts for small theaters) by 2020. Non-monetary compensation for the 2017 Season includes bi-weekly participation in readings, bi-weekly workshops and master classes in craft & business, weekly social events, on-the-job training in producing elements, and an actor-focused, creatively rich approach to our art.

There are no financial membership dues.

 

To Submit:

If interested in becoming a member of our ensemble, please email us at info@seeingplacetheater.com with:

- Headshot & Resume.

- Details about your training.

- Your experience with (or interest in) producing elements like marketing, fundraising, outreach, and design (sets, lights, costumes.) Preference will be given to those with a passion for producing or an interest in learning all aspects of theatermaking.

- Which shows (if any) you've seen at The Seeing Place.

- Why you are interested in being a part of a year round ensemble, and what do you think you can bring to the group.

Again, please email this information to info@seeingplacetheater.com

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We're looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 


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