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(Subscribers to this website were previously notified of these casting calls by email).


Once on this Island

Shea’s 710 Theatre will be holding auditions by appointment for both Actor’s Equity and Non-Equity actors for their production of Once on This Island, running April 28-May 15, 2022. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 10 at Shea’s Smith Theatre.

Individuals seeking to audition should prepare a short cut of a song (less than 90 seconds). Piano accompanist will be provided. All actors should be comfortable with dance and stage movement. Shea’s 710 Theatre will also attend the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo auditions on August 9, 2021.

Shea’s 710 Theatre is committed to the authentic casting and production of Once on This Island, and seeks submissions from artists who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color)

Production Team:

Lynn Ahrens, book-lyrics; Stephen Flaherty, music; J. Bernard Calloway, director; Naila Ansari, choreographer; Michael G Murphy, President, Shea’s.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Contract Dates – March 28 - May 15, 2022)

The role of Erzulie has been cast. Auditioning artists will be considered for potential replacements. Roles available:

TI MOUNE | Female identifying, late teens – early 20s, A3-E5. Curious and energetic with an infectious joy for life.

DANIEL | Male identifying, late teens – mid 20s, B2-F4. Character is a mix of African and French descent. A member of the ruling class, torn between duty and love.

AGWE | Vocal range B2-G4. God of the Sea. Strong and vibrant, enjoys mischief.

ASAKA | Vocal range E3-E5. Mother of the Earth. Fiery and filled with warmth.

ERZULIE | CAST Vocal range A3-E5. Goddess of Love. Passionate and kind.

PAPA GE | Vocal range B2-G4. Demon of Death. Sly, mysterious, and full of wonder.

MAMA EURALIE | Female identifying, vocal range G3-C5. Ti Moune’s adoptive mother. Embodiment of maternal love.

TONTON JULIAN | Male identifying, vocal range A2-E4. Ti Moune’s adoptive father. Gentle, embodiment of paternal love.

ANDREA | Female identifying, late teens – mid 20s, vocal range B3-D5. Daniel’s betrothed. A product of her environment, standoffish.

ARMAND | Male identifying. Strong, bold.

STORYTELLERS | Multiple. Strong singers. Bold, expressive actors.


Non-Equity - $400/weekly

Actor’s Equity Union Members – Guest Artist, Tier II

Appointments can be made by emailing Shea’s General Manager William Patti at Please attach a headshot and resume with your email. Links to reels or performance videos on YouTube are highly encouraged.


The Carriage House Players, in residence at the Taylor Theater in Lockport, are casting adults for the 2021/22 season. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, in Lockport, NY 14094.

Auditions will be held at the Taylor Theater on the following dates:

Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 3 PM – 5 PM

Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1 PM – 3 PM

Adult actors of all ages, types, and races are encouraged to attend. A two-minute prepared monologue is optional. Sides will be provided for the following:

Same Time, Next Year, a comedy by Bernard Slade

Directed by Elaine Roberts

George: Able to play age range from 27 to 52

Doris: Able to play age range from 24 to 49

Proof, a drama by David Auburn

Directed by Jennifer Simpson

Catherine: 20 – 25 years of age

Claire: 25 – 35 years of age

Robert: 50 – 70 years of age

Hal: 25 – 35 years of age

The season will also include a holiday themed show for all-ages and a one-act play festival. Dates to be determined. Auditions for children and teens will be held at a later date.

The Carriage House Players is a collective of actors, directors, playwrights and guest artists bringing new and contemporary works as well as selected plays from esteemed dramatists to audiences in Western New York. In-residence at the historic Taylor Theater, the Players are a collaborative program of the Kenan Center, which is dedicated to enriching lives by providing cultural, educational and recreational activities.

Questions can be posted to the Carriage House Players Facebook page.


Second Generation Theatre is seeking an actress to play WOMAN 1 (soprano voice part) in the company's October-November production of "Songs for a New World," at the Shea's Smith Theatre. The production is directed by Amy Jakiel with music direction by Stephen Piotrowski. Auditions will be Monday August 16th at 6:30 p.m. at Mount St. Mary Academy (3756 Delaware Ave, Kenmore NY 14217). All ethnicities strongly encouraged to audition. Please prepare 32-64 bars of a Jason Robert Brown song or a song in the style of "Songs for a New World." All auditioners must be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination is required.

Interested parties should contact Kelly Copps at Please use subject line SONGS AUDITION.



Chautauqua is seeking a black male Equity actor for their new play about Thurgood Marshall.

Job details Salary $801 a week Job Type Full-time

Job Description

Thurgood by George Stevens Jr. Directed by: Steve Broadnax

In this tour-de-force compelling portrait of the first African-American to serve as a justice on the United States Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall masterfully guides us from his childhood in Baltimore to his role in the civil rights movement, to his historic victory in Brown vs. Board of Education, and his ultimate appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Introducing us to the people that influenced him along the way, Thurgood is a one-man show about how it takes a village to change the world.

  • Seeking an Equity Actor or be willing to work on an Equity contract. Membership in the Actor’s Equity is not required. Candidates with various combinations of work and education experience will be considered.

Schedule and Compensation The Equity Actor will adhere to the schedules approved by Actor’s Equity. Residency 2: July 25 - August 23 Weekly rate: $801 per week plus Equity Pension and Health Gate pass, private efficiency on grounds Round trip travel reimbursed or booked to and from Chautauqua included with the contract. Qualified candidates should apply online with a cover letter, resume, and optional portfolio documents. You are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at and the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at


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