Opportunities, Casting, and Submissions

SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE BACKING TRACK SUBMISSION

San Diego REP invites AEA and non-union actors to submit themselves for consideration for our upcoming virtual reading of BACKING TRACK, written by R. Eric Thomas and directed by Pascale Florestal. Please read below for instructions on how to submit.

To submit for BACKING TRACK please email your headshot and resume along with a one-minute comedic monologue to jojeda@sdrep.org. Pic/Res should be sent as an attachment and not embedded in the email. One-Minute Comedic monologue can be sent as a YouTube link or google drive link. Please use the subject line "BACKING TRACK Submission". Please send in your submission no later than Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.

BACKING TRACK
Written by R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Pascale Florestal

BACKING TRACK dates:

- Thursday March 17th from 3:30pm -- 7:30pm PST via Zoom
- Saturday March 19th from 3:30pm -- 7:30pm PST via StreamYard
- Sunday March 20th from 10:00am -- 2:00pm PST via StreamYard

Submission Notes:
AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a virtual reading and you must be fully available the dates and times listed above.

NO FOLLOW-UP PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS, PLEASE.

Thank you.

Play Synopsis
In this new play by acclaimed satirist R. Eric Thomas, a change is in the air for a family after an unexpected loss. Mel, mother of Avery and Jessica, tries to reclaim her place in a gentrified neighborhood, while her kids learn firsthand how to balance their own lives. Praised by Lin-Manuel Miranda as "one of the funniest writers," R. Eric Thomas’s play contemplates what it means to start over again.

Characters

ABRAHAM - Mid 30s. A real estate developer in over his head. A gay man with with the heart of a 90s romcom lead. An American of Vietnamese descent.

ESTHER - Early 30s. Abraham's sister. The president of the neighborhood association (self-appointed). A woman who has very strong desires to see change in the area. An American of Vietnamese descent.
 

 

Patron Services

Position: Patron Services Lead
As a Patron Services Lead, you will use your exceptional communication skills to answer calls and emails, perform face-to-face transactions, handle customer inquiries, and troubleshoot problems in a fast-paced environment. This position is currently eligible to be a combination of remote and in-person work based on the theaters show schedule. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.


Production

Position: Audio Technician
Audio Technician is an hourly position paid bi-weekly.  Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner. The Audio Technician will report directly to the Audio Visual Supervisor.  As the Audio Technician will also be working closely with Designers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Position: Props Supervisor
The primary responsibility of the Properties Manager/Artisan is to execute properties designs and set dressings for the REP production(s) they are contracted for. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. As the Properties Manager/Artisan will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Stage Managers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. The Properties Manager/Artisan reports directly to the Production Manager who will retain final approval on departmental priorities. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.
 
Position: Stage Manager - In Every Generation
The AEA Stage Manager manages the rehearsal and performance process within the rules set by. This position is a member of the production team dedicated to making the production run smoothly and efficiently within the resources provided.Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.
 
Position: Part-time/temporary positions for the 30th Annual Kuumba Festival
San Diego Repertory Theatre is looking for fully vaccinated and enthusiastic teammates to fill a multitude of positions for the 30th Annual Kuumba Festival!
 
Positions Part-time/Temporary:
  • Event Stage Managers
  • Deck Crew
  • Audio Engineer

The Dates:
February 21st – February 27th
 
The Event:
San Diego has a rich and vibrant African American culture.  In order to survive and prosper, the Black community has always used its creativity for motivation, collective work, encouraging responsibility and self-empowerment.  Artistic exposure plays a vital role in the African American communities’ journey for expression, healing and self-determination.  San Diego Urban Warriors Inc. and the African American Advisory Council of the San Diego Repertory Theatre have utilized arts for over 28 years with ongoing edu-tainment, programs in behavior guidance, health education and cultural enrichment which incorporates prevention, intervention and ongoing creative support. Each year, the City of San Diego is invited to embrace and celebrate San Diego’s diverse and provocative Black heritage and culture at the Kuumba Festival which is celebrated the last week of February.  Kuumba Festival celebrates the positive lifestyle changes made over the year, provides cultural resources in the African Market Place, positive powerful healing images and spiritual celebrations for the entire family.
 
Events Include a Night Of Positive Images which honors members of the community, Poetry Slam, Step and Dance Competition, New Plays, and so much more! Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.


Position: Production Fellow
The Production Fellowship program is designed to give early career theatre technicians broad based experience in a variety of technical disciplines working with theatre professionals. Production Fellow is a seasonal hourly non-exempt at-will position. Each Production Fellow will be primarily assigned to one particular production department and will, at times, work in the other production departments. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. The Production Fellow will report to the Production Manager and the theatre’s other technical department heads. As the Production Fellow will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Performers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Position: Props Supervisor
The primary responsibility of the Properties Manager/Artisan is to execute properties designs and set dressings for the REP production(s) they are contracted for. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. As the Properties Manager/Artisan will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Stage Managers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. The Properties Manager/Artisan reports directly to the Production Manager who will retain final approval on departmental priorities. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

San Diego Repertory Theatre Internships offer professional experience opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the calendar and academic year, as well as emerging theater artists with an interest in exploring the day-to-day operations of a theatre. Interns will work alongside SD Rep staff members and receive mentorship in their respective discipline, with the goal of providing artists professional development.
Internships may fulfill academic requirements, to be determined by the respective applicant’s academic institution if applicable. Currently, internships are unpaid learning opportunities. 
Applications are accepted year-round. There are both full-year, flexible, and summer internship time slots available.
To apply please submit: a cover letter noting the internship area you are applying for as well as detailing your specific interests, qualifications, and availability; your resume; and one letter of recommendation to dward@sdrep.org.
Responsibilities vary by department and may include a variety of administrative tasks as noted by the below sampling. Internship positions are available in the following areas:

  • Artistic Producing/Casting (organize submissions, attend auditions, assist on daily details)
  • Community Engagement (research community connections, set up events, build social media touchpoints)
  • Jewish Arts Festival/The Whole Megillah New Play Festival (read/evaluate submissions, coordinate out-of-town artists, manage volunteers, aid with social media marketing)
  • Latinx New Play Festival (read/evaluate submissions, coordinate out-of-town artists, manage volunteers, aid with social media marketing)
  • Literary Management/Dramaturgy (read/evaluate scripts, seek new scripts, research plays and items about plays)
  • Marketing (help plan email blasts, social media, draft press releases)
  • Production Assistance (work on all production needs including administrative work, props, scenic, lights, audio/visual work and backstage run crew)

Testimonials from former interns:

“The internship in the Literary Department was one of the most valuable experiences I had during my work on my M.A. in Theatre Arts at San Diego State University. I had opportunities to research and develop audience engagement materials for current productions at the REP and make real contributions toward the development of the REP’s upcoming seasons. The whole team at this top San Diego theatre were fantastic. I was treated like an equal collaborator, a real member of the artistic team.” – Joel Castellaw (former intern)

“At any one time, the REP has several young interns working in their Development, Marketing, Production, and Artistic departments. When I approached the REP for an internship, they designed a cross-departmental experience that would be most fulfilling for me. This personalized touch indicated a care and hospitality at the REP's core. It has been my pleasure and good fortune to work here—a fantastic introduction to professional theatre.” – Kayla Cohen (former intern)
 

Important.  Please read:

San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score
     

Our six-show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Questions?If you have questions about casting or would like to receive information about future auditions, please provide us with your email address at casting@sdrep.org.


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