Casting

Florida Studio Theatre is currently seeking the following:
 
  • Local Teen Actresses for WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
  • Equity Actors for WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
  • Musicians
  • Local, Non-Union Understudies
Florida Studio Theatre operates on a LORT D contract and works with members of Actors Equity Association (AEA), American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), United Scenic Artists (USA), and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC). Select non-union contracts may be available throughout the season.
 
For future opportunities, please continually check this page, Playbill, and the AEA website. FST also releases calls on Breakdown Services. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Casting and Hiring Coordinator, Alexa Vetter Torres at [email protected]
 
Florida Studio Theatre is working towards becoming a more anti-racist and inclusive theatre. FST is thus committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse world that it serves. Applicants from all populations and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Consideration for employment will be given to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, gender identity/sexual orientation, age or ability.
 

LOCAL TEEN ACTRESSES - ROSDELY/TEEN DEBATER IN WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

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SARASOTA / BRADENTON AUDITION NOTICE 

Florida Studio Theatre is seeking vibrant and engaging teen actresses (16-17 years old) who identify as BIPOC (Black, Hispanic, Asian and other people of color) and who are the local to the Sarasota area to play the wonderful role of Rosdely in the Tony Nominated play What the Constitution Means to Me on the FST Keating Mainstage, which was also a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
Written by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Kate Alexander

Rehearsals begin – 11/15/2022 (after school hours)
Opening Night – 12/9/2022
Closing – 2/26/2023
Possible show extension(s) through 3/12/2023

Rehearsals will occur on weekday afternoons (Tuesday-Friday, Mondays off) as well as evenings and weekends. Some daytime rehearsal will be required during the final tech week, and there will be occasional Wednesday and Friday matinees throughout the length of the run. 

Two actresses will share this role and play it on different performances to not infringe on school and other responsibilities. Actors will also serve as understudies for each other. Each performer will do an average of 3-5 shows a week. Additional performances may be added if needed - but will be rare.

All actors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives. 

WHO WE ARE SEEKING…

The Role
ROSDELY, a TEEN DEBATER – Performers of color/BIPOC who are ages 16-17 and in high school to play 15-16. The character is innocent, bright, driven and immensely capable.  She is not “cool” but intellectually vibrant. Appears in Act 2 only. 

You don’t have to be an experienced actor to audition, but should have some onstage experience, whether that be in theatre or speech & debate. Must be comfortable speaking to an audience and proving points. Must be willing to improvise about themselves within the confines of the show. 

Pay
Stipend: $250.00 per week

HOW TO AUDITION!

Auditions will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 11am-3pm inside the Keating Theatre in Downtown Sarasota at 1241 N Palm Ave. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend and there will be refreshments and a place to sit and wait. 

Actors will each receive a time slot and auditions will take approximately 15 minutes. A piece of a scene from the show will be provided, and we will play some improv games. FST will provide the audition materials in advance. Finalists will be called back the following weekend to audition for Director and FST Associate Director-at-Large, Kate Alexander.

The play can also be viewed on Amazon Prime under What the Constitution Means to Me. We encourage auditionees to watch the recording of the Broadway show to understand the significance of the part of Rosdely and gain more understanding of the audition monologue.

If interested in auditioning, please email the following to Alexa Vetter Torres, Casting and Hiring Coordinator at [email protected]:

  • Recent Photo
  • Age
  • Guardian Contact Information (phone and email)
  • List of theatre, speech & debate or similar experience

Any questions are welcome to be sent to this email address as well.

In an era of increased representation, and where voting is more important than ever, this play asks all of us to engage in what it means to be citizens. Judge Charles Williams, Board Member and Chair of the FST Forums Committee, will oversee additional forums of the play to engage audiences in honest dialogue.


VIRTUAL EPA - WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

PERSONNEL
The following FST personnel may be viewing auditions:
Richard Hopkins, Producing Artistic Director
Alexa Vetter Torres, Casting and Hiring Coordinator
Sydney Scott, Artistic Fellow
Kate Alexander, Associate Director-at-Large and Director of What the Constitution Means to Me

All first-round auditions will be held electronically. In person callbacks will be hosted locally and in NYC. Callbacks for WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME will be held the week of 10/3 – 10/7 in both cities. Additional sides will be provided upon callback and final callbacks.

All roles will be understudied.

SEEKING
Vaccinated Equity actors for roles in the second production of the 2022-2023 Winter Season, WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME.

BREAKDOWN

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
Written by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Kate Alexander
Keating Theatre

Rehearsals begin – 11/15/2022
Previews – 12/7 & 12/8/2022
Opening – 12/9/2022
Closing – 2/26/2023
Possible extension(s) through 3/12/2023

Playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.

CAST
HEIDI (She/Her) – Plays “mid” 40s, but alternates from adulthood to her 15 year old self throughout the play. White. Based on Heidi Schreck; a former debate champion who traveled the country in her teens giving speeches about the Constitution at American legion halls for prize money. Intelligent, passionate, engaging, and ferocious. Her younger, yellowed blazered self is a bit precocious and “psychotically polite”. Her older self is a bit more jaded and candid, but she’s always a powerhouse. Heidi works through a lot of trauma throughout the play, while always creating an environment where the cast and audience are always  “welcome to be themselves”.

MIKE (He/Him) – Plays 40s. White. Heidi’s friend. First appears as intense, macho, assertive, and a stickler for the rules/law. Later, he later turns into Heidi’s ally and assistant. He presents as “basic male” but takes off his Legionnaire uniform and explores his “gender neutral energy”, identity, sexuality and more as the play goes on. Mike is gay and a self-declared nerd.

TEEN DEBATER (She/her or They/them) – Seeking performers 16 and up to play 15 to 16. Any ethnicity. Appears in Act 2 only. Seeking young actor(s) who is local to the Sarasota area with some onstage experience, whether that be in theatre or speech & debate. Must be willing to improvise about themselves within the confines of the show. Teen will rehearse the show on weekdays for rehearsal and there may be Wednesday and Friday matinees throughout the length of the run. Two actors will be cast as debaters to split performances.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Submissions ONLY accepted from 9am EST on Tuesday, 9/13 to 6PM EST on Wednesday, 9/14. Anything sent outside of the range will not be viewed.

WHAT TO PREPARE
Please slate your name and pronouns at the top of the audition tape.

Select a monologue for the role of your choice below:

HEIDI EPA Monologue
MIKE EPA Monologue
TEEN DEBATER EPA Monologue

All auditions should be submitted using the Cognito form below:
https://www.cognitoforms.com/FloridaStudioTheatre1/CONSTITUTIONVirtualEPAFST

SALARY
LORT D Non-Rep
$739 weekly minimum for Heidi & Mike
Travel stipend for local Teen Debater


9/13/2022 Update on SOMETHING ROTTEN! and A PLACE IN THE SUN: A STEVIE WONDER TRIBUTE:

Thank you for your interest, but we are no longer taking audition submissions for either show.

No phone calls or emails please. 

Thank you,
Alexa Vetter Torres
Casting and Hiring Coordinator


Designers, Musicians and Music Directors

Florida Studio Theatre is seeking musicians for upcoming productions in our 2022-2023 Mainstage and Cabaret Seasons. Sarasota locals are highly encouraged to apply. See production details below.
 
SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Gompertz Theatre
 
SEEKING
  • Horn player – Trumpet first and others a plus
  • Guitar/Electric Bass player
  • Drummer
STYLE
Musical Theatre with Rock elements
 
SCHEDULE
Band joins rehearsals – Approx. Tuesday, 10/1/2022 (exact date TBD)
Previews – Wednesday 11/9/2022 & Thursday, 11/10/2022
Opening – Friday, 11/11/2022
Closing – Sunday, 1/1/2023
Possible extension(s) through 1/22/2023
Performances per week - 8
 
SALARY
$50-$65/service, pending experience
 
To apply, please send a short resume and video sample(s). You can email the link to [email protected]. If it is a YouTube link, please make sure it is public or unlisted.
 
A PLACE IN THE SUN: The Stevie Wonder Songbook
Goldstein Theatre
 
SEEKING
  • Drummer
  • Upright/Electric Bass player – Preferably a Woman to sing back up/harmonies & possible solos
STYLE
Jazz, Pop/Rock, and Blues
 
SCHEDULE
Band joins rehearsals – Approx. Tuesday, 11/1/2022 (exact date TBD)
Previews – Wednesday, 11/16/2022 & Thursday, 11/17/2022
Opening – Friday, 11/18/2022
Closing – Sunday, 3/19/2023
Possible extension(s) through 4/16/2023
Performances per week – 9 to 10
 
SALARY
$50-$65/service, pending experience
 
To apply, please send a short resume and video sample(s), including a vocal clip for the Bass player. You can email the link to [email protected]. If it is a YouTube link, please make sure it is public or unlisted.
 
All musicians must be vaccinated for participation in the upcoming season.
 
We are always accepting resumes, demos and portfolios from qualified artists. Please reach out with your materials at any time.
 

Understudies

If you are a Sarasota local interested in paid, non-union understudy opportunities for the future, please contact [email protected]