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.
If interested in submitting, please read this page thoroughly and click the "submit" link at the bottom.
First and foremost, we are a social-justice theater company and produce important plays by and about the following communities: women, LGBTQIA+, Golbal Majority, immigrants, and people with disabilities/chronic illnesses. We do not exclude other groups, but the actors we work with should be passionate about issues facing these communities and want to be a part of an ensemble making social change through theater.
Artistically, 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 create work for themselves 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.)
STRUCTURE OF MEMBERSHIP AND BENEFITS:
Actors begin at The Seeing Place as Artistic Associates, and as Associates they have access to:
This is a full season commitment for actors who want more control over the art they create and have strong ideas about the plays they want to make. With that, preference will be given to those artists who have experience producing, marketing and/or fundraising, or those who are eager (and have the time) to learn.
We meet every Monday night from 6:30-10:30pm at a rehearsal studio in NYC (Manhattan.) Artistic Associates are invited to work alongside the permanent ensemble for as many Mondays as they are available.
Being a part of our year-round ensemble also includes teaming up with fellow members to support the producing efforts of the company throughout the year. This includes helping with box office, delivering postcards to area theaters/studios, helping with our fundraising events, encouraging friends/family/colleagues to attend our events, and generally working with our group to build The Seeing Place’s standing within the community.
NOTE: Ensemble members and associates must have significant evening and weekend availability, as workshops, readings, rehearsals and performances tend to occur during those times.
We produce under the AEA Showcase Code, which offers modest transportation reimbursement and stipends for production rehearsals and performances. There is no salary.
For our Mainstage Productions: We typically offer $500-$1000 per production, and will always aim for more. All stipends are subject to Most Favored Nations rules, even for the creative team. (No artist will be paid more than any actor, including staff.)
For our Ripple For Change Series: Stipends range from $150-$250 per reading. We use Theater Authority's agreement, which governs benefits for fundraisers featuring union members.
Our intention is to build to a Transition or Mini Contract (Off-Broadway contracts for small theaters) by the 2022-2023 season.
Non-monetary compensation for the 2021-2022 Season includes weekly participation in readings, weekly workshops and master classes in craft & business, social events, on-the-job training in producing elements, and an actor-focused, creatively rich approach to our art. These are offered free of charge to members.
There are no financial membership dues.
Theater-Maker Training Program:
Select members who demonstrate commitment to ensemble work & passion for self-producing may be invited to join our Self-Producing Training Program. All participants get hands-on training in one specific area of producing per mainstage production cycle:
Audience and Donor Development
Participants are also given personal mentorship in leadership, team-building, goal-setting, and the craft of acting.
Those who excel in the Training Program course of a season may be considered for an Associate Producer position. Associate Producers are given an exclusive management position at the company level, and receive the added benefits of the possibility of directing and/or writing mainstage shows, helping select plays for production, and being an ongoing, integral part of the executive production team.
Click here to learn about our current ensemble and artistic associates.
If interested in becoming a member of our company, please fill out our audition form and attach your headshot & resume as well as a link to a video of you performing a short monologue from a play (No Shakespeare please - we’d prefer contemporary pieces.)
NOTE: Each season we have many private and public performances, with plays ranging from classical to contemporary, comedic to dramatic. Therefore, it's important to us that we get a sense of "you" and where you think you might fit within a year-round acting ensemble.
Select applicants will then be called in for in-person callbacks in NYC October 2 & 3, 2021
Deadline to submit: October 1, 2021 - 5pm
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
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