Crowded Fire is inviting video Submissions/auditions for our upcoming production of SHIPPING & HANDLING by Star Finch, directed by Lisa Marie Rollins. (See below for additional information.)
If you would like to be considered, please send us a 5-minute tape including two (2) contemporary monologues—one dramatic and one comedic, along with a current resume and headshot.
Please email a virtual link to firstname.lastname@example.org by end-of-day Wednesday, December 8, 2021 PST.
Actors will be brought on as employees at SF minimum wage based on 20 hours a week.
DATES (subject to adjustment)
First Rehearsal: July 25, 2022
Tech Rehearsal: August 24-31, 2022
Previews: September 1-4, 2022
Opening: September 5, 2022
Closing: October 1
Inspired by a charged post-show talkback of a play examining Black bodies in media, Shipping and Handling is a taut experience that unpacks the unpacking process. Unfolding backwards in time, we uncover a parallel between actors and Artificial Intelligence, both players embodying another’s words and responding to an audience’s needs. The question is: how does the “who” who’s on the other side — the playwright, the audience, the programmer — shift the entire experience? How will YOU shift the experience?
NOVA: early-mid 30’s, Black woman, queer, soft butch, jaded.
JASMINE: mid-late 20’s, Black woman, bi, high femme, flirt.
CHLOE: mid-late 20’s, Black woman, bi, privileged, dreamer.
MALIKA: late 20’s, Black woman, straight, ambitious, curious.
AUGUST: early-mid 20’s, Black man, straight, lighthearted playboy.
PLAYWRIGHT: late 30’s, Black woman, observant, magnetic.
DR.MOTHER-MERCY: 40’s, Black woman, spiritual scientist, conflicted and at a crossroads.
CONDUCTOR-7: Black AI, feminine, firm but kind.
ASSESSOR-7: Black AI, feminine, soft spoken, gentle.
INDIGO: Black AI goddess, holy, gifted, artist.
No openings at this time, but check back soon!
We hire on a project-by-project basis and are eager to connect with local artists in our field. Check out ways to let us know about you and your work in order to be considered for upcoming projects.
Actors: Please email headshots/resumes. Project-specific auditions are by invitation only; however, we also hold general auditions once a year. In your email, let us know if you are also interested in our free Audition Intensive, aimed at demystifying and making you comfortable with the audition process. This initiative, which is completely free for participants, seeks to increase representation on our Bay Area stages, and was conceived of and led by CFT Resident Artists.
Designers, Stage Managers, and Technicians: Please send your resumes, with cover letter, to Stephanie Alyson Henderson. Stage Managers, in your cover letter, please specify what color spike tape you would be and why. Along with professional technicians and designers, Crowded Fire is interested in current theater students and other qualified individuals to assistant stage-manage, production-assist, volunteer, or shadow the Production Manager at a technical rehearsal.
Dramaturgs: Resumes and cover letters can be sent to the literary office.
Playwrights: We receive a high volume of scripts from literary agents and new play development companies, including Playwrights Foundation and PlayGround locally, Playwrights’ Center (MN), and New Dramatists and The Lark (NY). We are particularly interested in meeting new and emerging writers of color whose work aligns with our mission, and who are radically challenging theatrical conventions — writers whose work is experimental, abstract, interrogative, and iconoclastic. Unagented playwrights are welcome to submit their scripts to our literary office. (Please note that due to the number of script submissions we receive and our limited capacity, response times for unsolicited scripts may be longer than usual.)
Are you a Bay Area designer or technician? You may be eligible to apply for Crowded Fire’s IGNITE FUND, supporting the growth of and enhancing the working lives of theater designers and technicians in the Bay Area,with an eye towards supporting the plurality of race, culture, class, gender, and age in our local design and technical community. Click here for guidelines and to apply.
For individuals at any stage of their career, in any area of theater, Crowded Fire offers customized one-to-one mentorship programs within our Resident Artist community. We are not currently soliciting applicants, but please email us if you’d like to learn more.
We love volunteers! CFT is a nonprofit theater, and a donation of your time is a deeply meaningful way to give. If you are interested in operating concessions, assisting with administrative tasks, or are handy behind the scenes, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll shower you with love and complimentary admission to our shows! Email Managing Director Bethany Herron with your interest and availability.
Audition and Monologue Creation Intensive
Crowded Fire’s free four-day Audition and Monologue Creation Intensive takes place in the spring, and is an extension of Crowded Fire’s core values of expanding access to Bay Area stages for all and creating Art with fierce love. The Intensive is a chance for any actor to brush up their game plan – or create one – for auditioning, initiating and maintaining solid professional relationships with Casting Directors, and generating an original monologue. Leading the intensive, Dawn Monique Williams and M. Graham Smith will take you through the ins and outs of finding casting notices, polishing your resume and headshot, coaching you on an audition monologue in a simulated audition, and providing basic tools and structures for conceiving and writing an original monologue.
This is an opportunity to prepare for Crowded Fire’s General Auditions and to allow the CFT team to get to know actors better through an in-depth, intimate process. We are thrilled to be able to offer these sessions free-of-charge to actors, and we request that participants volunteer as Front-of-House/Ushers on two performances sometime in the coming Crowded Fire Season. This would also allow you to see those performances for free!
Application Deadline: Submissions are now closed. This page will be updated with 2022 information when it is available.
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Crowded Fire Theater provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all who work for and/or apply to work for Crowded Fire, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or disability (mental & physical).
Crowded Fire Theater is committed to a diversity of voices on and off the stage, and we seek to remove any of the structural barriers that prevent a broad landscape of candidates making it through the door. We present clear and flexible criteria for our job postings, to reduce applicant self-censoring, and we avoid the creation of unnecessary barriers that may otherwise preclude candidates from reaching us with their interest in working with Crowded Fire.
Since 2013, Crowded Fire Theater has worked to right-size the financial stability of the organization, setting aggressive and intentional goals to raise staff salaries and artist fees. While we navigate these financial waters, we believe transparency in our staff salary ranges and in our hourly artist rates is critical in order to build trust and engage with our community of artists, with as much clarity as possible around the compensation we offer. All staff and artist compensation currently lies in a range between the minimum hourly rate in San Francisco ($16.32/hr as of July 1, 2021) and the minimum exempt salary rate in California (equivalent to $26/hr, based on a 40-hour work week, as of July 1, 2021).