Seeking multi-disciplinary theatre performers:
Filament Theatre is committed to dynamic storytelling, including unexpected spaces and unexpected casting. Performers of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and physical abilities are encouraged to submit. We are particularly seeking multi-disciplinary theatre performers with an interest in community-based work.
If you would like to be considered for an audition slot, please submit a letter of interest indicating which production(s) most interest you(see production descriptions below) and your Headshot/Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the email, please include your availability for the following timeframe: Friday, Oct 2 from 2pm-10pm and Saturday, Oct 3 from 9:30am-2pm. We will be in touch by September 24th with schedule information.
Additional information on what to prepare is listed below. Stipends vary based on project.
Seeking theatrical designers:
Designers should have an interest in collaborative storytelling, community engagement, site-specific performance, and environmental sustainability. Expertise in any of those areas is great, but interest is definitely the most important.
Please submit a letter of interest, your resume and a digital portfolio or links to work samples to email@example.com.
Stipends vary based on project.
Pinocchio: A Folk Musical
Adapted from the story by Carlo Collodi
With original music and lyrics by Tyler Beattie
Directed by Scott Ferguson
Rehearsals Begin: Nov 30 (No Rehearsals 12/21-1/03)
Opening: January 2016
Closing: March 2016
An expansive, freewheeling, musical adaptation of the beloved fairy tale novel. The design demands everything from the imaginative transformation of boys into donkeys to Pinocchio’s famous nose; it’s a story that takes us from the Land of Toys to the belly of a whale. The six actors, most of whom play several characters, also perform the entire score live. Instrumentation may include: Piano, guitar, violin, flute, mandolin, glockenspiel, various percussion instruments and more.
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park
“The Bike Show”
By Jessica Wright Buha
Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Christian Libonati
Opening: May 2016
When three city council members mysteriously disappear from an important meeting, the audience must help Sherlock Holmes crack the case. Audience members travel by foot or on bicycle throughout Portage Park, interviewing witnesses and finding clues to recover the kidnapped city council members. It soon becomes clear that there is a greater plan afoot that puts the residents of Portage Park in terrible danger…
This geographically sprawling mystery/adventure is a full production of Filament’s 2015’s workshop script.
A partnership with Community Tavern.
Opening September 2016
A site-specific, fully immersive theatre event. The audience enjoys a multi-course tasting menu while a world-premiere play unfolds with and around them.
Crossing Six Corners
Directed by Julie Ritchey
Opening October 2016
Here’s how it works. We take personal interviews, newspaper articles, historical documents, and more, and turn them into a one-of-a kind performance celebrating the heritage of Chicago’s Northwest side. We’ve created four editions of Crossing Six Corners since 2013 (A Neighborhood Heritage Project, Sears Stories, Back to School, and Bricks and Mortar), and this season we are expanding even further. Community members will create, adapt, and perform alongside professional artists through a series of monthly workshops culminating in a two-week rehearsal process and performance.
New Works Workshop
Filament will also be looking for performers to be part of developing new works, including an original adaptation of The Secret Garden.
What should actors prepare?
If you receive an auditions slot, actors will be asked to prepare 2 minutes of any material that best showcases your particular skill set. For example, you could create a puppetry piece, perform a monologue, adapt a poem or short story into a two minute performance, tell us a story – There are no wrong answers. Just share what you love with us! We will provide chairs, a folding table, a piano, and a speaker compatible with iPods for your use at the audition. You are welcome to use any or all of them, but you are by no means required.
Actors auditioning for Pinocchio: A Folk Musical should also prepare 60 seconds of a self-accompanied song (or an acapella song and instrumental piece, if your instrument cannot be played while singing).