Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences 2019-20 Season –
DC EPA (2.4.19)

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
Arlington, VA

Job Details




Casting Director, Michelle Kozlak
Manager of Theater for Young Audiences,
Harry Poster

see breakdown for production dates.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The
producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination.
Equity is committed to diversity and
encourages all its employers to engage in a
policy of equal employment opportunity
designed to promote a positive model of
inclusion. As such, Equity encourages
performers of all ethnicities, gender identities,
and ages, as well as performers with
disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to

Equity Actors and musical theater performers
for our full TYA season.
Actors will be signed on as Actor/ASMs.
Performers of all ethnic and racial
backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Kennedy Center Family Theater Productions (Tier I):
Production #1 – Title TBD

This world premiere Kennedy Center commission Based on Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper,
comes a new musical with a digital, hip-hop infused twist. With music played live onstage through looping machines and drum pads, this retelling of the classic tale examines race, class, the wealth divide, and what it means to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Written by Brian Quijada
With new music by Marvin Quijada
Directed by Pironne Yousefzadeh
October 16 – November 3, 2019

Main Characters: Two 18+ males to play teen boys
Three versatile female actors: 18+ to play a variety of ensemble parts.

Production #2 – Title TBD
This world premiere Kennedy Center Commission based on Mo Willem’s loved book, is about how it’s
not easy being The Pigeon– you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis
that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Starring
an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, this musical is sure to get everyone’s wings

Based on the book by Mo Willems
Written by Mo Willems and Tom Warburton
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Choreographed by Jessica Hartman
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Playwright TBD; Director TBD
November 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Seeking: 6 actors, male or female. Note: This play is still in development and the roles/descriptions
below may change upon completion, although we know it will be a diverse ensemble in terms of age,
gender, and ethnicity. Breakdown below:

Main characters: 18+ male to puppeteer a hand and rod pigeon puppet and 18+ female to play lead

Four versatile male/female actors: 18+ to play a variety of ensemble parts.

All actors in this production should be strong singers; the ability to read music is a plus.

Production #3 – Title TBD
A musical journey inspired by the life and music of Tuelo Minah. Tuelo was a quiet little girl living in
South Africa, who one day sets out on a journey to find the voice trapped within her. Weaving
musically from apartheid South Africa, to America, from a girl to a woman. Told through 360 projection
with a live band amongst the audience, this poetic play convinces us that we have the power to define
our own destiny and every dream is attainable.

Written by Zoey Martinson
Music and lyrics by Tuelo Minah
Additional lyrics by Zoey Martinson
Composition by Mandisi Dyantyis and Tuelo Minah
May 7 – 24, 2020

Main Character: One 18+ female actor to play a girl ranging in age from a young child to a young

Seven versatile male/female actors: 18+ to play a variety of ensemble parts.

All actors in this production should be strong singers; the ability to read music is a plus.

Developmental Readings – TBD Resident Productions for 2020-2021 Season
One-Week Per-Performance Tier I Contracts: $121.50 per performance.
Exact Dates to be determined, although the program generally holds three to seven Developmental
Readings a Season.
Cast: 5-7 Actors per Reading (male or female)

There won’t be any appointments in advance
for this open call. Actors seen on first come,
first seen basis. Questions in advance, email
[email protected]



Audition Information


Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566-0002

Sign in at the Opera House Stage Door,
located in the Hall of Nations side of the
building. Parking will not be reimbursed; Metro
is recommended.

Monday, February 4, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
break from 12:30 to 1.


All actors must prepare a comedic,
contemporary monologue, no longer than 90
seconds. For those actors wishing to be
considered for a musical, you must also
prepare 16 bars of a standard musical theater
song. Piano accompaniment will be provided.
Please bring headshot and resume.