EPA Auditions

2024/2025 Season Auditions

2024/2025 Season Local Equity Principal Auditions

Hartford Stage operates under a LORT B (League of Resident Theatres) contract with Actors Equity Association.

 

Audition information

We will be hosting in-person Equity Principal Auditions on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 at the Hartford Stage Rehearsal Studios. You must be a current member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) to sign up for an appointment in advance. Equity Membership Candidates (EMC) and Non-Union actors will be seen if the schedule permits. However, they cannot sign up in advance. We encourage actors who are local (official residence within 50 miles of Hartford Stage) to attend the Hartford EPA.

To sign up for a 5 minute audition appointment, please complete this form: bit.ly/24-25LocalEPAForm

If you need assistance setting up an appointment, email: auditions@hartfordstage.org

 

The Rehearsal Studios are located at 942 Main St., 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103. To get to the Studios, enter the building with the red Residence Inn awning. Straight ahead you’ll see an elevator with a sign next to it for Hartford Stage. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor, where you’ll see signs directing you to the Studios.

NOTE: The NYC EPA will be held on Friday, June 28th. AEA members who would like to make an appointment for the NYC EPA, please schedule an appointment through the AEA auditions portal.

 

MATERIAL
Please prepare two contrasting monologues from a play of your choice.
Bring 1 copy of picture and resume, stapled together.

 

CONTRACT
LORT B: $1,100/week

PERSONNEL VIEWING AUDITIONS
Zoë Golub-Sass, Associate Artistic Director

OTHER
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition. Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Some roles in in A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS will be internally understudied. No other roles will be understudied.

 

Stage Management submissions can be mailed to Bryan Holcombe, Director of Production: Hartford Stage, c/o Bryan Holcombe, 50 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103.

 

WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are committed to a strong anti-racist ethos and a collective recommitment to nurture and sustain a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging at our organization. We seek to build a team that is passionate about theatre and that reflects the abundant vibrancy and diversity of our city, state, and nation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender-identity, sexual orientation, familial status, religion, ability, age, national origin, class and veteran or immigrant status.

 

NOTE: While the characters are written with “he/him” or “she/her” pronouns in the original scripts, we welcome gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to audition for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. In addition, we will list disability when specific to a character, but are otherwise seeking actors of all abilities.  Thank you to First Folio Theatre for inspiring the language in this note as we work towards a more inclusive casting process.

Hartford Stage 2024/2025 EPA Character Breakdown

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
From the Novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by Melia Bensussen

First Rehearsal: September 10, 2024
First Preview: October 10, 2024
Opening: October 18, 2024
Closing: November 3, 2024

Seeking an ensemble of 6 AEA actors (4m, 2w). One actor plays DR. HENRY JEKYLL and no other role, and one actor plays ELIZABETH JELKES and no other role. All four of the other actors double, playing all other roles in the play, each playing HYDE at some point. Seeking actors with excellent dialect skills (especially the ensemble members who are covering many characters) as well as movement skills, as it will be a very physical production.

NOTE: The role of DR. HENRY JEKYLL and 1 member of the Ensemble have been cast.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Michael Wilson

First Rehearsal: October 29, 2024
First Preview: November 22, 2024
Opening: December 6, 2024
Closing: December 29, 2024

All AEA roles are cast.

TWO TRAINS RUNNING
By August Wilson
Directed by Gilbert McCauley

First Rehearsal: December 17, 2024
First Preview: January 23, 2025
Opening: January 31, 2025
Closing: February 16, 2025

NOTE: There will be an unpaid holiday break the week of 12/23/24.

MEMPHIS. Male. Black. 50s-60s. Owner of a Pittsburgh diner – once flourishing, now quite empty. Memphis is estranged from his wife of 22 years. The restaurant is struggling financially, and though there are potential buyers, he stubbornly refuses to accept anything less than his asking price of twenty-five thousand dollars. He was forced out of his plot of land in Jackson, MO more than thirty years ago and still fantasizes about his return. Hardworking, honest, logical, and slightly embittered.

WOLF. Male. Black. 30s-40s. Notorious and popular as the community’s numbers runner. Much to Memphis’ frustration, he uses the restaurant’s telephone as his personal business line. Struggles to find female companionship, possibly a philanderer. A hustler, slick, observant, and critical.

RISA. Female. Black. 20s-30s. Working as a waitress in Memphis’ restaurant. Young and in control of her body and womanhood, she has scarred her legs with a razor in an act of defiance. She is often acutely aware of the emotional needs of the patrons and shows particular care for the downtrodden. Empathetic, self-assured, determined.

HOLLOWAY. Male. Black. 60s-70s, an elder at Memphis’ restaurant who always has a piece of advice for anyone who walks in, whether or not they’re asking. Knows everything about everyone. Possesses a spiritual perspective on things and pursues life with zest and vigor. A long-time follower of Aunt Esther, the 349 year-old seer who lives up the road.

STERLING. Male. Black. 30s. Recently released from a five-year stint in a penitentiary for a bank robbery. Perpetually down on his luck, often of his own (un)doing. Possesses a straightforward manner, and a charming mix of naivete and optimism. Self-assured but not self-aware. Is moved by Malcolm X and the Black Power movement, and often tries to enlist Risa and others in whatever he is passionate about.

HAMBONE. Male. Black. Late 40s.-50s Singularly focused on getting repayment for work he did many years prior. The payment was in the form of a ham. The injustices he has faced have contributed to the decline of his mental state. The majority of his speech is a variation of “He gonna give me my ham,” though Sterling attempts to teach him new phrases centered around Black Power.

WEST. Male. Black. 60s. Owns the funeral home across from Memphis’ restaurant. The funeral home is one of the few profitable businesses in Pittsburgh, and West works hard to keep it that way. Widower, dresses in all black. Overwhelmed by grief, he has “allowed his love of money to overshadow other possibilities of life” following the death of his wife.

LAUGHS IN SPANISH
By Alexis Scheer
Directed by Lisa Portes

First Rehearsal: February 4, 2025
First Preview: March 6, 2025
Opening: March 14, 2025
Closing: March 30, 2025

ON CODE-SWITCHING: All characters except JENNY, are bilingual in Spanish and English and code-switch throughout the play affecting their dialect, style, and vocabulary based on who they are speaking to.

 

MARIANA. Female. Half Colombian/Half Jewish. Late 20s. Born in Miami. The ambitious Director of Studio Six, an art gallery, currently preparing for Art Basel. The daughter of Estella, a movie star and oft-absent mother, Mari has chosen to forge her own path selling art. Reconnects with Jenny, an ex-fling and her mother’s newest assistant, when Estella makes a surprise visit to Miami.

CAROLINA. Female. Cuban-American. Late 20s. Born in Miami. A passionate and optimistic painter, and an intern at Studio Six. She is currently pursuing her MFA; her most recent series of paintings is called “Puertas: Doors of Cuba” which she hopes will catalyze her success. She is dating Juan, a Miami-Dade police officer, and recently found out that they are expecting. Dresses like she’s on Spring Breakers.

JUAN. Male. Colombian. Late 20s. Born in Medellín, but moved to Miami with his grandmother at a very young age. Miami-Dade police officer. Well-intentioned, but slightly oblivious. A gym bro who still lives with his mamita. Caro’s boyfriend.

ESTELLA. Female. Colombian. Mid 50s. Born in Medellín, lives in LA. A movie star and an oft-absent mother to Mariana. Casually elegant. Brilliant sense of humor. Visits Miami seeking help from her daughter at a time when both mother and daughter are in crisis.

JENNY. Female. Caucasian-American. Mid 20s. Born in Westchester, is now a vegan in LA pursuing a career as a screenwriter. She is currently working as Estella’s assistant. Went to boarding school with Mari, where they shared a romantic connection.

 

NOTE: The roles of MARIANA and ESTELLA have been cast.

ROMEO AND JULIET
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Melia Bensussen

First Rehearsal: March 18, 2025
First Preview: April 17, 2025
Opening: April 25, 2025
Closing: May 18, 2025

 

Seeking 14 AEA actors (ages 18 and older) of all races, gender identities, and abilities are needed. Many roles double. Tracks to be determined once the ensemble is assembled.  Actors should be comfortable with heightened language. Movement experience and the ability to play instruments are a plus, as the production will move swiftly and feature live music.

HURRICANE DIANE
By Madeleine George
Directed by Zoë Golub-Sass

First Rehearsal: May 6, 2025
First Preview: June 5, 2025
Opening: June 13, 2024
Closing: June 29, 2024

 

CAROL FLEISCHER. Female. White. Mid-30s-early 40s. Abides by the rules; holds fast to her boundaries. Tidy and organized. Loves order and HGTV magazine. Polite but not a pushover. Works in pharmaceutical compliance. Favors close tailored Talbots and Lands’ End Starfish casual knits.

PAM ANNUNZIATA. Female. White. 40s. Stay at home mom. “Full blooded Italian, both sides.” Proud of her heritage but hasn’t been back to Italy yet. Dutiful, loyal, protective, big hearted. Bold and direct. Always prepared for natural disasters. Favors an animal-print wrap dress and “jewelry so fabulous it could be used to signal a landing plane.”

RENEE SHAPIRO-EPPS. Female. Black, Indigenous, Person of Color. 40s. Confident and career driven. Former resident of a permaculture commune now stuck in manicured suburbia. Settled into a heterosexual marriage, she often mentions her one college girlfriend. Hungry for more in life. Editor at HGTV Magazine. Favors Eileen Fischer neutrals and loungewear.

BETH WANN. Female. White. 30s. Recently divorced. Lawn overgrown. Seems a bit aloof, but deep down she is driven by a hunger for connection. Great capacity for both gentleness and wildness. Vulnerable with a hidden strength.

DIANE. Female or non-binary. Any race/ethnicity. 30s-40s. Dionysus in their latest form – a lesbian permaculture landscape architect. “A butch charm factory, with [a] combination of swagger and stillness.” Smooth, powerful, and magnetic. Irresistible and impish – but in that particular Greek Demi-God kind of way. Favors the garb of an ancient deity as well as long shorts, Smartwools, and boots.

General Submission

Electronic submissions of your headshot and resume can be emailed to: auditions@hartfordstage.org

Hard copies of your headshot and resume can be mailed to:
Hartford Stage Casting
50 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Please, no phone calls.