General Auditions June 12-14, 2012

Eleven of the Detroit area’s most popular and critically-acclaimed theatre companies will be holding joint general auditions for the 2012-2013 theatre season June 12, 13 and 14, at the Two Muses Theatre inside the West Bloomfield Barnes and Noble (6800 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322, south of Maple Rd.).

Auditions will be held from 5:30-10:00 p.m. each evening. Appointments are required and may be made by e-mailing frannie@magentagiraffe.org.

Theatres attending auditions will be Abreact Performance Space (Detroit), The AKT Theatre Project (Wyandotte), Blackbird Theatre (Ann Arbor), The Box Theater (Mount Clemens), Epicenter Theatre Group (Lake Orion), Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company (Detroit), Matrix Theatre Company (Detroit), The New Theatre Project (Ypsilanti), The Ringwald Theatre (Ferndale),Threefold Productions (Ypsilanti) and Two Muses Theatre (West Bloomfield).

Male and female actors over the age of 18 from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Appointments are required; walk-ins are welcome but are not guaranteed a slot. Actors must make appointments by e-mailing frannie@magentagiraffe.org, including in the body of the e-mail full name, desired appointment date and time, and phone number. Headshots and résumés should not be attached to the e-mail. No appointments will be made by phone. There will be a first-come, first-served waiting list at the theatre each night of auditions; we will do our best to see everyone.

Actors should prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues no longer than three minutes altogether. Auditions will be timed. Actors should bring eleven sets of headshot/résumé and all schedule conflicts for the season (one set for each attending company).

All roles offered will be paid. Most theatres may offer Guest Artist Equity contracts.

Information about the companies:

THE ABREACT PERFORMANCE SPACE (Detroit)
www.theabreact.com
The Abreact is Detroit's most dynamic and exciting FREE performance spaces! We are dedicated to creating an open forum/venue for Detroit performing artists and audiences. The Abreact, formerly the Abreact Playhouse was founded in 2000 by two Detroit actors whose goal was initially to hone their craft by creating their own artistic dojo of sorts. What blossomed as a result was a theatrical venue unparalleled in its freedoms and resourcefulness. Seven shows later the venue changed hands and the mantle has been passed on to the next generation. We pledge to do our best, to do our worst, to cut our teeth, to share our wit and skills, and learn together. Come join us!

THE AKT THEATRE PROJECT (Wyandotte)
www.akttheatre.com
The AKT Theatre Project is a theatre organization based in Wyandotte, MI. It began in 2008 as an educational summer workshop for high school students and has since grown into a professional theatre organization. AKT offers both professional and educational productions, as well as workshops throughout the year. The AKT Theatre Project strives to create an artistic home, spark new ideas, and bring affordable, professional-quality theatre to the downriver area.

BLACKBIRD THEATRE (Ann Arbor)
www.blackbirdtheatre.org
Ann Arbor's daredevil professional theatre. Also home of the Blackbird Theatre Academy, a free theatre arts program for youth. More intimate. More exciting. More fun.

THE BOX THEATER (Mount Clemens)
http://www.theboxtheater.com/
The Box Theater is an intimate 70 seat black box theatre featuring the finest in performing arts entertainment. "The Box" offers an intimate viewing experience, where every seat is a good seat, and the minimalist "black box" approach truly prevails, setting the stage for the art of theatre itself to be explored, pure and unadorned.

EPICENTER THEATRE GROUP (Lake Orion)
http://www.epicentertheatregroup.org/
Epicenter Theatre Group shares a vision of creating theatre that stages powerful and enjoyable entertainment by simultaneously providing Michigan’s top theatrical talent from all walks of life with the opportunity to create moving theatrical experiences for the viewers and performers alike. This diverse group brings multiple perspectives and experiences to live theatre that will be tapped, drawn into and provide opportunities in Michigan and beyond.

MAGENTA GIRAFFE THEATRE COMPANY (Detroit)
www.magentagiraffe.org
The Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company acts to eliminate apathy, violence, prejudice and barriers to education through theatre productions, projects and programs; and further acts to reestablish and expand Detroit’s theatre district.

MATRIX THEATRE COMPANY (Detroit)
www.matrixtheatre.org
Matrix Theatre Company uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice. It creates opportunities for children, youth, adults and elders, especially those in isolated or challenged communities, to become creators, producers, and audience of original theatre.

THE NEW THEATRE PROJECT (Ypsilanti)
www.thenewtheatreproject.org
The New Theatre Project was founded in Ann Arbor in January 2010 with the mission to produce original work and reinventions of classical text for a modern audience. TNTP has grown into an ensemble of artists committed to producing high quality, professional theatre produced in collaborative and non-hierarchical ways and giving young artists professional work. Recently, the company has moved into the Mix Studio Theater, a storefront space in downtown Ypsilanti where they continue to produce new work in new ways with new artists. As part of Season 3: Reinvention, TNTP will strive for opportunities to strengthen the community of Ypsilanti and look for educational opportunities through the beauty of theatre and new work development.

THE RINGWALD THEATRE (Ferndale)
www.TheRingwald.com
The Ringwald produces work that will blur the lines between race, income, religion, and sexuality. Seasons to include productions focusing primarily on newer works, previously un-produced scripts, and fresh interpretations of seasoned classics. The Ringwald opened their doors in May of 2007 with Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy and quickly became a mainstay of Detroit’s theatre community. The Ringwald is dedicated to providing a creative environment for local artists to produce works that challenge, confront, and entertain.

THREE FOLD PRODUCTIONS (Ypsilanti)
www.threefoldproductions.org
Threefold Productions is a theatre collaborative committed to:
-Creating theatre that provokes genuine emotion within our audience.
-Contributing to the thriving artistic community of the Metro-Detroit area.
-Testing the boundaries of the traditional theatrical experience through bold, individual choices in scripts, design elements and performance.
-Providing a platform where both professional artists and emerging talents are able to express and develop a distinct viewpoint.
-The idea that theatre is a mercurial art form that continues to evolve long after show has opened.
We are determined to build a company that will be an essential, authentic and representative voice of art in Michigan.

TWO MUSES THEATRE (West Bloomfield)
www.twomusestheatre.org
Two Muses Theatre is West Bloomfield’s newest, non-profit professional theatre whose mission is to provide opportunities for women in theatre and promote female artists and artisans. Soon to be completing its inaugural year of four productions, this year it will embark upon a five-show season, including three plays, a musical and a children’s theatre production. Each year, Two Muses will do a benefit performance for which all proceeds will be donated to an at-risk women’s or children’s charitable organization.

For more information about Joint General Auditions or to make an appointment, please e-mail frannie@magentagiraffe.org.