The Seeing Place is an ensemble theater company of professional, hungry artists that have been producing critically-acclaimed organic theatre since 2009. We are currently looking to add to our ensemble, which meets every Monday night to develop its work through play readings, ensemble workshops and master classes. These are a free benefit of membership - there are no dues.
First and foremost, we're dedicated to bringing the actor back to the level of Theater Maker, much like we saw with the Group Theater in the 1930s. We maintain a year-round ensemble of actors and directors that are mentored in all elements of producing theater, with hands-on apprenticeships in dramaturgy, fundraising, community outreach, marketing, artistic direction, digital/social media and theater management. The practice of theater making (from the moment the rights are granted to the last set piece being struck) is deeply satisfying for our ensemble of artists, who are passionate about having a say in the art they create.
Thus, we're looking for actors that want to creating work for themselves (ie: collaborative theater-makers in a team-player environment) and who are committed to constantly growing as artists and building their craft throughout rehearsal and performance. We are particularly interested in well trained actors with a good sense of themselves and some knowledge of the work of Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Hagen, or Stanislavski - and an openness to explore plays in non-traditional ways. With a heavy focus on the craft, our ensemble trains together year-round using the rehearsal practices of The Group Theatre (including developing work by layering character and situation through structured improvisation, and using relaxation and sensorial exercises to connect the actor to their instrument.)
It is also important to note that ensemble members each have a hand in creating productions from the ground up, so we’re particularly interested in meeting actors who are passionate about producing, development, and community outreach.
As of 1/30/17 - We're looking to expand the diversity of our ensemble and we encourage all ethnicities and types to submit. We are currently seeking:
Men 35-65 - All ethnicities & types (especially non-caucasian)
Actors of other ages/types are welcome to submit, but we may hold onto your submission until a slot opens up in your type category.
NOTE: Ensemble members must have significant evening and weekend availability, as workshops, readings, rehearsals and performances occur during those times.
Ensemble Member Perks:
Once a member of the ensemble, actors are invited to perform in developmental workshops of new plays, staged readings, understudy leading roles, and audition for supporting roles in main-stage productions. Ensemble members also receive:
All ensemble members take on co-producing duties, so preference will be given to those artists who have experience producing and fundraising, or those who are eager (and have the time) to learn. Heavy emphasis will be placed on building audiences, engaging our community, and raising funds for current and future productions. Other co-producing duties might include helping with box office, delivering postcards to area theaters/studios, helping to generate funds via our annual Indiegogo campaign or other fundraising endeavors, encouraging friends/family/colleagues to come to our events, and working with our team to build audiences and The Seeing Place's standing within the community. Click to read more about The Seeing Place's commitment to its ensemble.
To see information about our current ensemble, please click here.
Ensemble Schedule and Proposed Plays for Season 8:
Master Classes / Workshops / Ensemble Readings
Season 8 - Main-Stage and Reading Schedule
Our eighth season will be announced soon and will consist of 6-7 plays presented via our TSP Unplugged Reading Series and on our Main-Stage. Here is the list of plays in consideration:
Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil Labute
To see our production history and get a sense of the kind of work we do, go to our Press Page.
Ensemble members are typically required to train with the company for 3 months before being considered for a principal role in a mainstage production, but understudy tracks are available to new members. Additonally, some main-stage productions are accompanied by a public readings (matched by theme and/or playwright) which will be open to any actor not working on the mainstage show. Note: Some roles are pre-cast with current company members.
Self-Producing Apprenticeship Program:
For those who demonstrate commitment to ensemble work & passion for self-producing and want a more artistic voice within the company may apply for our Self-Producing Apprenticeship Program. All apprentices get hands-on training in one specific area of producing per mainstage production cycle. The Apprentices can be trained in any of the following areas:
Audience and Donor Development
Apprentices are also given hands-on training in leadership, team-building, goal-setting, and the craft of acting.
Those who excel in the Apprenticeship Program are then considered eligible to apply for Company Membership. Company Members are given an exclusive management position at the company level, and receive the added benefits of pre-casting in fulfilling roles, the possibility of directing and/or writing mainstage shows, and being an ongoing, integral part of the executive production team. Typically, only 1-2 slots are available for Company Membership per season.
Click here to learn about our current company members and ensemble.
For questions about our Self-Producing Apprenticeship Program, please email Erin Cronican, Managing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We produce under the AEA Showcase Code, which offers modest transportation reimbursement for production rehearsals and performances for AEA members. There is no salary. Our intention is to build to the Seasonal Showcase Code by Spring 2017, and further build to a Transition or Mini Contract (Off-Broadway contracts for small theaters) by 2019. Non-monetary compensation for the 2017 Season includes bi-weekly participation in readings, bi-weekly workshops and master classes in craft & business, weekly social events, on-the-job training in producing elements, and an actor-focused, creatively raw approach to our art.
There are no financial membership dues.
If interested in becoming a member of our ensemble, please email us at email@example.com with:
- Headshot & Resume.
- Details about your training.
- Your experience with (or interest in) producing elements like marketing, fundraising, outreach, and design (sets, lights, costumes.) Preference will be given to those with a passion for producing or an interest in learning all aspects of theatermaking.
- Which shows (if any) you've seen at The Seeing Place.
- Why you are interested in being a part of a year round ensemble, and what do you think you can bring to the group.
Again, please email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
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