WAM Theatre announces AEA Auditions for the 2020 season

LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre will hold Equity Principal Auditions for our 2020 Season on February 9 and 10, 2020. Auditions will be hosted by Producing Artistic Director, Kristen van Ginhoven and Associate Artistic Director, Talya Kingston.

WAM Theatre’s 2020 Season (to be publicly announced on February 3) will include an area premiere, large ensemble cast production (September-October) directed by Kristen van Ginhoven in Shakespeare and Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse and the staged reading of an ensemble comedy directed by Talya Kingston (November 16-22) in Shakespeare and Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, MA.

For our full productions, WAM Theatre works under an AEA Small Professional Theatre Contract. For the Fresh Takes Play Readings, WAM uses the AEA Staged Reading Contract.

Auditions: Sunday February 9: 10am-6pm & Monday February 10: 1pm-9pm BY APPOINTMENT. E-mail Talya Kingston, at talya@wamtheatre.com to set up an appointment.

Where: WAM’s Office, 56 Church Street, Lenox, MA (on the second floor above Bistro Zinc). Free parking is available in the lot behind our office. Please use the blue WAM Theatre door on the left side of the building in the front.

Prepare: 1-2 minute contemporary monologue.

The large cast ensemble production will run September 25 - October 11, with rehearsals beginning on September 1st. The staged reading will run for three performances November 20-22, with rehearsals beginning November 16th.

AEA members may request an appointment by emailing WAM Associate Artistic Director, Talya Kingston, at

talya@wamtheatre.com with 2020 Season Auditions in the subject line. Please indicate any time limitations otherwise you will be assigned the first available slot. Deadline to submit is February 5. All AEA actors who request an appointment will receive an appointment until slots are filled. Additionally, AEA actors may be seen as walk-ins on the day.

Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, are encouraged to audition.

This is an Equity audition call. Non-Equity actors will be seen as time permits and should submit a photo and resume and indicate their non-union status in their request.

WAM 2020 Sponsors

WAM’s 2020 sponsors include Adams Community Bank, Berkshire Hand to Shoulder Center, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Blue Q, Blue Spark Financial, Brabson Library & Educational Foundation, Canyon Ranch, Chez Nous, Custom Business Solutions, The Dylandale Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Haven Cafe and Bakery,

Health Professional Coaching,

Heller & Robbins, Interprint, J.H. Maxymillian, Inc., Lee Bank, Maggie Barry, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Onyx Specialty Papers, RB Design Co., The Rookwood Inn, T Square Design Studio, Toole Insurance, and a. von schlegell & co.

WAM Theatre is also supported in part by grants from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, Lee Cultural Council, and the Lenox Cultural Council– local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

ABOUT WAM THEATRE

WAM Theatre is a professional theatre company based in Berkshire County, MA, that operates at the intersection of arts and activism.

WAM creates theatre for gender equity and has a vision of theatre as philanthropy.

In fulfillment of its philanthropic mission, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from their Mainstage productions to carefully selected beneficiaries. Since WAM’s founding in 2010, they have donated more than $75,000 to 19 local and global organizations taking action for gender equity in areas such as girls education, teen pregnancy prevention, sexual trafficking awareness, midwife training, and more.

In addition to Mainstage productions and special events, WAM’s activities include innovative community engagement programs and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. To date, WAM has provided paid work to more than 400 theatre artists, the majority of whom are female-identifying.

As a civic organization that embraces intersectional feminism (feminism that acknowledges how multiple forms of discrimination overlap), WAM understands that to address one piece of systemic discrimination means we have to address them all. This is on-going personal and professional work at WAM for the staff and board

WAM Theatre has been widely recognized for having a positive impact on cultural and community development in the region. WAM is the recipient of the Creative Economy Standout Berkshire Trendsetter Award and previously, was named Outstanding Philanthropy Corporation of the Year by the Western MA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM’s Producing Artistic Director, was honored by the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association (BTCA) with the prestigious Larry Murray Award, presented at the discretion of the BTCA Board to a person or theatre project that advances social, political, or community issues in Berkshire County.

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