Casting and Hiring
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BROWNSVILLE SONG by Kimber Lee.
Set in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a powerful tale of resilience in the face of tragedy. Moving fluidly between past and present, this bold new play tells the story of Tray, a spirited African-American 18-year-old and his family, who must hold on to hope when Tray's life is cut short.
Tray – 20’s; male, Black. Works hard at school and spends his afternoons training at the neighborhood boxing gym. Huge heart, but also can carry himself with an edge. Has a terrific sense of humor, and loves his family fiercely. Doesn't see himself as a victim of anything. Very charming.
Merrell – Mid 30s; Korean American, female. Tray's stepmother and Devine's biological mother. Carries herself with an edge, very strong; struggled with a very serious alcohol addiction, now a recovering addict. Has a wry sense of humor; has deep pain about failing others, but is determined to show up and do whatever it takes to be a part of her family’s lives again.
Junior (also doubles as Brooklyn College Student) – 20’s; Black; male. Tray’s childhood friend from the neighborhood; charming, funny, fast-talking, the life of the party where ever he goes. Has a way of finding trouble.
Lena - African American, late 50's-early 60's
GIDION’S KNOT by Johnna Adams.
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother's son, the teacher's student, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely -- or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.
Corynn Fell – 30s-50s, All ethnicities; A literature professor at Northwestern University. Her son has committed suicide after being expelled from his elementary school.
Heather Clark – 30s – 50s; All ethnicities; An emotionally overwhelmed 5th grade teacher.
STALKING THE BOOGEYMAN Adapted by Markus Potter, Original story by David Holthouse
Based on the true story made famous on “This American Life,” Stalking the Bogeyman follows renowned journalist David Holthouse’s secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. This new play explores the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, and the strength of family.
David- (30’s) Narrator and protagonist. An investigative journalist and only child, grew up in Alaska. Plots the murder of the man who raped him when he was seven years old.
Bogeyman- (40’s) Grew up the all-star athlete of a small town in Alaska and has the ego to match. Never quite lived up to the hype that surrounded him as a teenager, lived with parents after high school into young adulthood. Goes through enormous range in the play from rebellious/disturbed 17 year old, to a remorse-filled and deeply sorry man at 43 years of age.
Nancy Holthouse/Neighbor #1- (50’s) David's mother. Deeply committed to husband and son. Gentle with every motherly instinct, supports son in all that he does.
Robert Holthouse/Emmit- (50’s) David's father. Easy-going, lively loving man. Deeply cares for son and wife, dotes on son, their only child. Considers himself a friend as well as a father to David. Becomes best friends with the Crawfords. Comes face to face with a deep family secret which he must painfully confront. Emmit is a gunsmith & owner of a Phoenix gun shop, former Marine and ATF employee.
Russ Crawford/Payaso/Coach Billy- (50’s) Bogeyman's father. Blue collar, stern conservative, intelligent alpha male with a unique sense of humor. Has high hopes and demands for son, becomes best friends with the Holthouses. Former athlete and college football star. Payaso is the leader of La Victoria Loca, the largest Chicano gang in Arizona. Coach Billy is the youth basketball coach for Alaskan Youth League. Teaches the kids how to shotgun beers and thinks that porn is a good idea at a team pizza party.
Carol CrawfordMolly- (50’s) Bogeyman's mother. Tough blue collar house wife, not afraid to speak mind. Welcomes the Holthouse family to Alaska with open arms, becomes best friends with them. Also play's Molly, David's drug dealer.
OLDER THAN DIRT by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser
Getting old is not for sissies, but it sure is good for a laugh. This musical comedy revue provides a witty and heartfelt 360 degree view of aging. Featuring songs by Shel Silverstein, Adam Sandler, and Neil Young, Older Than Dirt takes the audience on a journey through the pitfalls and perks of aging. Featuring songs such as “When I’m 64,” “Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age,” and “Forever Young.”
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Florida Studio Theatre is continuously looking for enthusiastic, creative and dedicated people for backstage crew, wait staff, box office associates, teaching associates and many other hourly positions. To be considered for any position, please email your resume and completed application to James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator at [email protected]. Click here to download the application.
If you have any other questions, please contact James Ashford at (941) 366-9017 or via e-mail: [email protected]
Assistant Box Office Manager – Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking an Assistant Box Office Manager for its 5-theatre complex. The right candidate must have excellent communication skills, a positive, friendly, and outgoing personality and able to work in a fast-paced environment. Must be prompt, reliable, and detail oriented and have excellent computer skills. Must have open and flexible availability and be willing to work a flexible schedule. Must be available to work days, evening, and weekends. A minimum of two years of theatre ticketing and customer service experience required. Knowledge of Tessitura is preferred. Please email cover letter and resume with references to: Kelsey Wehde, Box Office Manager, Florida Studio Theatre. EMAIL – [email protected]. For more information, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org. FST, one of Florida’s leading theatres, operates five stages: the 237 seat Gompertz Theatre, the 173 seat Keating Theatre, the 110 seat Court Theatre, the 109 seat Goldstein Theatre and the 100 seat Bowne Lab Theatre.
PROFESSIONAL THEATRE INTERNSHIPS
Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D Theatre in Sarasota, FL has the following Internships available for the 2016-17 Season:
Production Management Intern –The Production Management intern will gain experience in calendaring, hiring and scheduling overhire personnel, budgeting, expense tracking, inventory monitoring, administrative support and research. A stipend of $75 per week and free housing are provided. Contract dates are TBA.
CompanyManagement Intern - This position will assist the Company Manager with Guest Relations (communicating with performers, assisting with housing and travel) and provide general clerical and other support for the Company Management office. Candidates should have good communication, organizational, and time-management skills. Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and must have a valid driver’s license and a car.
A stipend plus free furnished housing is provided. Dates are November 7, 2016 through August 28, 2017. For more information on the Theatre, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org. Please email photo, work resume, theatre resume and references (with email addresses) to: James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator, Florida Studio Theatre, EMAIL –[email protected].
LIGHTING DESIGN INTERN - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking a high level Lighting Design Intern. Duties include: special projects/designs, work as master electrician with guest lighting designers, maintaining lighting inventory, hang and focus, maintenance on shows, and secondary duties as assigned. A stipend and free furnished housing are provided. Contract dates are December 1, 2016-August 28, 2017, For more information, log onto our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org. Email cover letter and resume with references or letters of recommendation to: James Ashford, Casting and Hiring Coordinator, Florida Studio Theatre, EMAIL - [email protected]. Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse community that it serves. Applicants from any and all diverse background are encouraged to apply.
About Florida Studio Theatre Internships
FST is seeking interns for the upcoming seasons. The internship is a longstanding tradition in the theater world. Under the vision of theProducing Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins, FST is proud to continue this tradition with a professional training ground for recent graduates to get hands-on experience in the professional, producing theater world. FST offers several internships year-round for the eager young theatre professional in Theatre Administration, Technical Theatre, and Arts Education.
ACTING APPRENTICESHIP | Perform in TYA shows, understudy Mainstage shows (can result in EMC credit), receive acting and improvisational training, assist in Education/Outreach, participate in New Play Development, assist in changeovers (load-ins/strikes), and work secondary duties in other departments as assigned (especially Front-of-House, Box Office, and Run Crew). AUDITION REQUIRED.
ARTISTIC ASSISTANT | Assist Casting & Hiring Coordinator and AD with casting/hiring prep, scheduling, production sound research, special projects, and general clerical support. Other duties as assigned.
CARPENTRY | Work as a key member of the scenic build crew with opportunities to develop and expand scenic construction skills, work on the load-in crew for scenic and lights, with possible assignment to show run crew.
COSTUMING | Running wardrobe, costume construction, some maintenance, and other support. Assist in all areas of costuming from working with designers to running wardrobe for a production. Includes construction, daily maintenance, shopping, and tracking inventory and purchases. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
DESIGN ASSISTANT | Work with professional designers in their field and have the possibility for some assistant design or design work. Secondary duties in scenic or costume construction and show running. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
DEVELOPMENT | Primary duties include phone solicitation and direct mail campaigns. Will also conduct telephone surveys, research new prospects, provide support for donor cultivation and grant writing, data entry/donation processing, and assist with special events. All general support duties of the Development Office as assigned. Must maintain a polished office appearance at all times and be prepared to conduct yourself respectfully and courteously with donors and all visitors to the Development Office. Secondary duty in Front-of-House.
EDUCATION | Assist and possibly lead outreach workshops. Assist instructors in FST/on-campus classes. Provide office and clerical support for booking, workshops, TYA performances, and other outreach events. Assist as needed on Young Playwrights Festival. Provide clerical, production, and backstage support for recitals. Assist summer camps and camp recitals. Secondary duties as assigned.
LIGHTING | Work as the Master Electrician on maintaining Lighting Inventory, hang and focus changeovers, maintenance on shows, and special projects as assigned. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
LITERARY | Gain experience in Literary Office operations and New Play Development. Writing opportunities. Secondary duties in Front-of-House, box office, marketing, as assigned. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED.
MARKETING | Assist with writing press releases, news articles, design of marketing materials, direct mail campaigns, filming, video editing, photography, and other support. Preferred software knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite including the following programs: InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED.
PRODUCTION/COMPANY MANAGEMENT | Assist the Company Manager and Production Manager in Guest Relations (communicating with performers, assisting with travel and housing), research for both Company Management and Production departments, and provide general clerical support for the department including creating and tracking of purchase orders.
PROPS/PAINTING | Work as a key member of the props and painting crews with opportunities to source, build/create props as well as develop painting skills for both scenic and properties divisions; with possible assignment to show run crew.
SOUND | Learn and operate the Yamaha digital sound console. Program and operate the Q-Lab computerized sound playback system. Work with production team on locating and creating sound cues for production. Other support as assigned. Work directly with TD and designers on set construction, strike and load-in of scenic and lighting, scenic painting, and show running and maintenance. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
STAGE MANAGEMENT | Assist in rehearsal taking blocking on stage and backstage, tracking costumes and props. Running shows which includes doing laundry, ironing, steaming, and repairs under the Equity Stage Manager’s supervision. Stage Manage non-Equity shows, educational recitals, and special events. Secondary duty support as assigned.
"The Casting and Hiring Internship at FST is helping me see casting calls, acting, and professional theatre from the other side of the spectrum. As an aspiring actor, it's great to see what goes on behind the scenes of a casting as well as fill the shoes of an assistant casting director, just like the ones who I'll be auditioning for. The internship helps them appreciate the office aspect to professional theatre, and appreciation for every aspect of theatre can go a long way. As part of my responsibilities in the office I get to make personal contact with several Production Managers and Artistic Directors of regional theatre's across the nation. In the casting studio I get to read with the actors. No matter which side of theater one wants to be on in the future, there is a lot to benefit from a Casting and Hiring Internship." -Kent Livingston Casting/Hiring Internship
"Working here at FST has been such an eye-opener! I've had a lot of experience in college doing many different theatrical tasks, but FST has really shown me what working in a professional theatre setting is like. On top of learning to work and understand the business in an influential regional theatre, all the staff members here are friendly, helpful and constantly aware of our needs as interns and budding theatre professionals. My secondary duties are as demanding, educational and as important as my internship." -Ariel Trocino Literary/House Management Internship
"I can’t begin to tell you how much I have learned about myself and my acting training through working with the summer theatre camps. The theatre education internship at Florida Studio Theatre has opened a new door in my mind leading to another possible career in the theatre world. The internship has also given me the opportunity to experience other aspects of theatre production. Florida Studio Theatre wants their interns to succeed and will stop at nothing to see that this goal is met within the company and after the intern’s time with the company has come to an end." - Matthew Belopavlovich Education Internship
"FST was the perfect start to my career. It's here that I've learned how to be a theatre professional. When I came to this program, I had very vague goals, but having been in a program that really allows you--and wants you--to do everything, I have a much clearer picture of who I want to be, and how to get there. Working with the staff here who always demand the best has challenged me to be my best, to think quickly on my feet and to problem solve. I've gotten a huge amount of exposure to contemporary theatre, and made professional connections that will further my career. " -Rosa Schneider, Literary Internship
"Florida Studio Theatre has been the perfect place for me to figure out a lot of things: the difference between Educational theatre and a real working - professional theatre company, and also what it takes to get your foot in the door outside of a college setting. Working alongside professionals and being held up to their standards has made me re-commit to the quality of my work. I'm lucky that FST has been an enjoyable place for me to discover these things and that I've gotten to work with so many wonderful people." -Joshua James Lalonde Production Internship
"As a Marketing Intern at Florida Studio Theatre, I gained experience in a wide range of marketing, public relations and theatre operations areas. Managers were helpful in giving me both tasks that I was already capable at as well as assignments in areas where I wanted to gain more experience. After a couple months, I really felt like an important member of the team and was able to take ownership of various projects and duties. When I began interviewing for full-time positions, prospective employers were impressed by the extent of my responsibilities and the experience that I had gained. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to look "behind the curtain" at all the aspects involved in running a theatre. My secondary duties in front-of-house gave me a more holistic view of the organization, and I was able to interact with patrons and volunteers and hear how each production impacted them. To top it all off, I got to live near the beach for a year. It doesn't get better than that!" - Hayley Shanks, Marketing Internship
"Working at FST has been a re-discovery of theatre by emersion into the practical side of how a theatre really works. I’ve worked in several facets while here; from Development to Box Office, from Literary to House Management, and more. It’s been a full and well-rounded experience that proves that a career in the theatre is a possible, viable career choice." - Noah Scheibmeir, Development Internship & Literary Internship
School credits may apply
Comp tickets to performances
Discount at FST's Cabaret & Green Room
Chance to meet theatre professionals from around the nation and worldwide
Hands-on experience in a professional theatre setting
How to Apply
Click Here to Download the application packet. Send in your cover letter, resume with references or recommendation letters and a completed application to Jill Zakrzewski, General Manager at [email protected]
Florida Studio Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, all genders and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
Florida Studio Theatre is seeking quality non-Equity Acting Apprentices for the upcoming season. The Apprentice season runs from September 3, 2017 to May 25, 2018. The Apprentice Company totals 9 members per season.
The Florida Studio Theatre Acting Apprentice Program offers practical and educational training in a professional theatre environment. The weekly schedule varies, but will include classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances and each Apprentice will work in other areas of the Theatre as well.
Apprentices may also serve on running crews and may earn EMC points by understudying appropriate Mainstage roles. The purpose of the Acting Apprentice program is to help bridge the gap between academic theatre and the professional world and to provide additional training and experience to those individuals who are serious about careers as professional actors.
There is no cost for the program. Apprentices earn a weekly stipend, plus FST provides FREE furnished housing.
Consideration for the Acting Apprentice Company requires an audition. Once you have been invited to apply, the audition requirement can be satisfied by submitting a video audition or by attending auditions in New York or Sarasota.
To apply, please email photo, theatre resume, work resume and application to:
Jill Zakrzewski | General Manager
Florida Studio Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, all genders and ethnics are encouraged to apply.