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.
First and foremost, we are primarily a social-justice theater company and produce important plays by and about the following communities: women, LGBTQIA+, BIMPOC, immigrants, and the disabled. We do not exclude other groups, but the actors we work with should be passionate about issues facing these communities and want to be a part of an ensemble making social change through theater.
Artistically, 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.)
STRUCTURE OF MEMBERSHIP, AND BENEFITS:
Actors begin at The Seeing Place in a 3 month 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:
At the end of 3 months, 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 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. And click here to read more about The Seeing Place's commitment to diversity.
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.
To see information about our current ensemble, please click here.
NOTE: Ensemble members must have significant evening and weekend availability, as workshops, readings, rehearsals and performances occur during those times.
The Seeing Place's Schedule for Season 10
Master Classes / Workshops / Ensemble Readings
Note: All plays have rights pending and are subject to change. Some roles have been pre-cast with current company members.
Plays in consideration for the season are:
SWEAT by Lynn Nottage (Ripple For Change Series)
SPIN CYCLE a new play by Cornelia Ravenal (Ripple For Change Series)
MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn (Ripple For Change Series)
2 more plays TBA (Ripple For Change Series)
WIT by Margaret Edson (TSP Mainstage - post COVID)
BOY by Anna Ziegler (TSP Mainstage - post COVID)
Already Performed in Season 10:
ANIMAL FARM a new play adapted by Brandon Walker (TSP- Mainstage)
DUTCHMAN by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka (Ripple For Change Series)
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare (Ripple For Change Series)
KEELY AND DU by Jane Martin (Ripple For Change Series)
To see our production history and get a sense of the kind of work we do, go to our Press Page.
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.
For our Ripple For Change Series, we use Theater Authority's agreement, which governs benefits with Union members.
Each stipend depends on our projects - for the Ripple For Change reading series (via Zoom) we pay between $100-$150 per reading. We current pay about $500 per production for AEA members ($125 per week for tech & performances, which includes the transportation reimbursement.) We try to pay the same for non-AEA members, but sometime it will fall shorter if there's a large cast. All AEA pay is subject to Most Favored Nations rules, even for the creative team. (No artist will be paid more than each AEA member.)
Our intention is to build to a Transition or Mini Contract (Off-Broadway contracts for small theaters) by the 2022-2023 season. Non-monetary compensation for the 2020 Season includes weekly participation in readings, weekly workshops and master classes in craft & business, 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.
Theater-Maker Training Program:
Select members who demonstrate commitment to ensemble work & passion for self-producing may be invited to join our Self-Producing Training Program. All participants get hands-on training in one specific area of producing per mainstage production cycle:
Audience and Donor Development
Participants are also given personal mentorship in leadership, team-building, goal-setting, and the craft of acting.
Those who excel in the Training 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.
Click here to learn about our current company members and ensemble.
If interested in becoming a member of our ensemble, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
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