Beginning in January 2014, Filament will establish a company of performers who are employed by Filament for an entire season (through December 2014) rather than being contracted for only one production. Actors will be paid weekly, train together as an ensemble, and be featured in our entire season of productions.
NOTE: In addition to your headshot and resume, please make sure to include a brief explanation of why you are interested in being part of the 2014 acting company with your submission. Signing up to be part of a company for an entire year is definitely not for everyone, and we are genuinely curious and excited to hear why this opportunity and Filament’s mission appeal to you! Submissions without this information will be considered incomplete.
Below are the answers to some questions you may have about the acting company. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Filament, visit www.filamenttheatre.org/about.
Audition date: November 16 and 17.
Callbacks: November 17.
Commitment: January 2014-December 2014.
Pay: $50/week stipend.
View the complete listing at the League of Chicago Theatres website.
What is expected of a member of the acting company?
Filament will cast all of our productions (including The Snow Queen, The Monster in the Hall, and an original piece developed by the ensemble), entirely from the 2014 acting company. Additionally, actors will appear in two productions of Crossing Six Corners, and have opportunities to suggest and develop projects to be performed throughout the year.
Acting company members will also attend one training session each week – Saturday mornings from 10:00am-2:00pm.
As payment, acting company members will receive $50/week in addition to master classes, performing opportunities, and resources and support in the development of independent projects.
Will I be able to perform in non-Filament shows?
Depending on scheduling, yes. It is possible that not all company members will appear in all shows, so if projects do not overlap, it is possible to perform in outside production with after confirming the schedule from Filament’s artistic and managing directors. Filament acting company members will, however, be expected to prioritize Filament commitments (such as Saturday workshop session).
Will I be guaranteed a role in every Filament show?
No. By creating a repertory of performances, we will often have a couple of smaller-cast projects in rehearsal at once, so you would not be able to be in every project. Also, there may be a time when there is a longer rehearsal process for a show that you are not in due to cast size (The Monster in the Hall, for example, has a four-person cast). During these times, you can create your own projects for performance at Filament, work with other theatres (if scheduling allows), or enjoy your evenings off!
Do I still receive a stipend if I am not in a show?
Absolutely! The $50 a week stipend is consistent whether you are currently appearing on stage or not.
Why are you casting an acting company, rather than casting actors on a show-by-show basis?
We are very proud to be located in Portage Park, and to be part of such a vibrant community. It is important to us that we are constantly at the service of our community, and we believe that one way to do that is to develop long-term relationships between our artists and the neighborhood. We believe that the most exciting work comes when a group of artists has an opportunity to work, train, and play together over an extended period of time, rather than in short bursts – and that a strong connection with the audience will enrich and enliven that work in ways that simply cannot be achieved in a 4-week process. There are so many reasons we are excited about piloting this program! Among the others:
- To create an artistic home for artists and collaborators to challenge themselves, generate new material, and grow as individuals and as artists.
- To develop long-term relationships with our artistic community and the residents of the neighborhood in which we perform.
- To invest in and provide opportunities for artists who share our vision of art, community, and activism.
- To provide a steady, year-long stipend to performing artists.
- To foster opportunities for artists to create work, and to share that work with our Portage Park community.
Can you tell me a little more about Filament?
Filament Theatre is a seven-year-old theatre company now establishing itself as the anchor arts company for the Portage Park neighborhood. Filament has established itself as one of the city’s most promising theatres, including a recent nomination for the Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award. Our mission is to pioneer an eco-theatre that simultaneously profits our ensemble, our neighborhood and the Earth.
We believe that the performing arts are necessary tools for imaging alternative possibilities for restoring balance between humanity and the natural world and are therefore essential contributors to individual, community and environmental health.
We will accomplish our mission by creating theatre in a folk tradition that celebrates pre-industrial performing styles. We will design these experiences to activate our audience as citizens, artists, and environmentalists.
Can you tell me a little more about Portage Park?
Under the leadership of Alderman John Arena, with support from the Arts Alive 45, Six Corners Association, Portage Park Neighborhood Association, and many other groups and individuals, Portage Park is poised to become a cultural center of the Northwest side. Already since 2012, Filament has been joined by the National Veterans’ Art Museum, Jeff Semmerling (master mask maker), and several dance studios, all of whom are eager to join this arts-friendly community. Portage Park is accessible by the Irving Park, Montrose, Milwaukee, or Cicero busses, and by the Irving Park blue line.