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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Washington Improv Theater Auditions 9/19 10:30 am

JINX, Caveat, and Season Six are looking for new players and will be holding open call auditions on Saturday 9.19 between 11AM and 5PM.*Click here to reserve your audition slot now!

Sign-up deadline is midnight on Thursday 9.17. Auditions and callbacks will be held at the Children's Studio School at 1301 V St NW (on the corner of 13th and V Street NW). JINX and Season Six callbacks will take place Monday 9.21 from 7-10PM. Caveat hold their callbacks on Wednesday 9.23 from 7-10PM.

If 9.19 is a conflict for you, especially for religious reasons, contact Mark at mark@washingtonimprovtheater.com to explore alternate scheduling.

How often does WIT conduct auditions?

As often as necessary: whenever an existing ensemble requires new players, or a new project or troupe seeks new talent.

How many people are you looking for?

There is no pre-set number. Each ensemble has room for more people if we find the right folks.

There’s no sex, race, or gender quota. We’re looking for the best improvisers in Washington. People who enjoy playing, support their scene partners, commit to authentic and interesting characters. Players in all of our ensembles strive to listen to and support one another, to be positive and to make one another look good. We value strong relationships and engaging storytelling. Players strive for spontaneity without self-censorship and work to maintain a playful atmosphere of artistic collaboration. If you have fun and play to the top of your intelligence you’ll show yourself in the best light.

What show is this for?

These auditions are seeking permanent ensemble members, not for a single show run. We’re looking for players to join us for the long-term and become members of our family.

First you audition at the open call. Players and directors from auditioning groups will be there to see your work and cheer you on. At open call you'll do mostly 2-person scenes. A bunch of them, all improvised. No need to have anything prepared (no monolog, no singing, no dancing). If selected for call-backs, you’ll receive a phone call by 2pm Sunday to notify you of your callback time. Callbacks will also involve a healthy amount of two-person scenework, and may also include some group games and truthful monologs, to name a few possibilities. In any case, there's nothing to prepare and the goals of the callbacks will be explained to you at the time. If a troupe selects you after call-backs, that means they want you and will invite you for a trial rehearsal period, to give you a chance to try the group on and to see how you fit in. After the trial period, the ensemble and artistic director determine whether to invite you to become a member.

Why such a drawn out process?

WIT troupes are on-going collaborative ensembles, with no set “end-date” for a production. So once you join you’re part of the family. We want to be as sure as we can that we’ve made the right match, to avoid heartache on both sides.

What’s the schedule, and the time/energy commitment?

Rehearsals are weekly, typically on a weeknight between 7pm and 10pm. JINX and Season Six rehearse on Monday evenings. Caveat rehearses Wednesday evenings. Special rehearsals and additional playing opportunities come up occasionally, including some mandatory rehearsals. Each ensemble usually conducts a weekend retreat once a year, and there is occasional travel to other cities for improv festivals. Performance runs are usually for 4-7 weeks, with between one and three shows per week. You don’t have to be available for every single event, but the greater majority.

Playing in an ensemble is currently a labor of love. Opportunities to earn money arise in private performances, corporate training, and teaching in WIT's classes program.

If I get accepted into a troupe should I continue taking classes?

If at all possible, yes. We believe progressing through the WIT curriculum will make you the strongest improviser you can be. But as a troupe-member you’ll receive a steep discount.

Do I just rehearse and play?

No. Ensemble members also help out behind the scenes in activity areas such as marketing, operations, classes, corporate training.

What if I don’t get in?

Maybe you would benefit from further training before joining a performance troupe. Or maybe you just had a bad audition. In any case, you'll have had the experience of auditioning and can approach it with that much more knowledge next time.

Where can I ask more questions?

If you don’t find the answer here feel free to ask us at auditions@washingtonimprovtheater.com.

See you at auditions!