Northlight Theatre 2020-21 Season – Equity Video Submission (Deadline 04.22.20)

Northlight Theatre
Skokie, IL

Job Details



LORT Non-Rep
LORT $717 per week minimum.

Casting Directors: Mickie Paskal, Jennifer Rudnicke, AJ Links
Casting Associate: Nik Whitcomb
Casting Assistant: Ruby Keutzer
Northlight Casting Associate: Kristen Osborn

See breakdown

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 submit.

Actors for shows in our 2020-2021 Season


This Digital EPA will service our full 2020-2021 season. Actors should submit via email a self-taped video perform a monologue of their choosing, or self-accompanied song, that is no more than two minutes in length. Submissions should be emailed to Please submit via Vimeo, Google Drive or DropBox in a downloadable format. Please slate your name in a full body shot. When performing, the frame should be waist up. If you are using an iPhone, please video in horizontal/landscape orientation, not vertical/portrait. Make sure you are in a well-lit room/space.


Northlight Theatre is interested in seeing all actors at this EPA: actors of any race, gender, age and ability are encouraged to audition, regardless of the character descriptions for the plays in our upcoming season. Please note that at this time we are only accepting submissions from actors who are local to Chicago.

It is the intention of Northlight Theatre to understudy all Equity roles with non-union actors.

LIFESPAN OF A FACT by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, directed by Halena Kays

1st Rehearsal – 9/1/2020
1st Preview – 9/24/2020
Opening – 10/2/2020
Closing – 11/1/2020

MR. DICKENS’ HAT (World Premiere) by Michael Hollinger, directed by David Catlin

1st Rehearsal – 10/20/2020 or 10/27/2020
1st Preview – 11/19/2020
Opening – 11/27/2020
Closing – 12/27/2020
Extension Closing – 1/3/2021

FIREFLIES by Donja R. Love, directed by Mikael Burke

1st Rehearsal – 12/29/2020
1st Preview – 1/21/2021
Opening – 1/29/2021
Closing – 2/28/2021

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Oscar Wilde, adapted and directed by Jessica Thebus

1st Rehearsal – 2/16/2021
1st Preview – 3/11/2021
Opening – 3/19/2021
Closing 4/18/2021
Extension Closing – 4/25/2021

SLOT 5 – SONGS FOR NOBODIES by Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Rob Lindley ALREADY CAST

1st Rehearsal – 4/20/2021
1st Preview – 5/6/2021
Opening – 5/14/2021
Closing – 6/13/2021
Extension Closing – 6/27/2021

LIFESPAN OF A FACT – character descriptions as detailed by playwrights
John D’Agata – 40’s – 60’s. An essayist. He thinks very highly of his work.

Emily Penrose – Late 40’s – 60’s. Editor-in-Chief of a high-end magazine.

Jim Fingal – Mid-20’s. An eager intern with degrees in computer science and journalism.


MR. DICKENS’ HAT – character descriptions as detailed by playwright
The play is designed to be performed by six actors – three male, three female – with the following doubling:

ONE (female) – KIT (This role is already cast)

TWO (male) – NED/COUNTESS/STYFFLIP/MUM – Ned is a youth, probably two to four years older than Kit (who is 12). This role should be played, however, by a young adult actor that is able to also play a number of adult roles.

THREE (female) – MRS. PRATTLE/LOCKSMITH/MOTHER/PIGGOT – Mature; 30s to 60s. This actor should be able to age up or down and change gender between roles.

FOUR (male) – MR. GARBLETON/GNAT/OLD ENGINEER/POLLY – Mature; 30s to 60s. This actor should be able to age up or down and change gender between roles.

FIVE (female) – LADY PLUME/WITSLOW (This role is already cast)

SIX (male) – FATHER/FLEECE – Mature; 30s to 60s. This actor should be able to age up or down and change gender between roles.


FIREFLIES – character descriptions as detailed by playwright
OLIVIA – W, Black, early thirties; she’s weary — it’s as if she’s carrying the weight of this fiery world. She writes a lot, she smokes a lot, she stares off a lot, she hears bombs a lot.

CHARLES – M, Black, early thirties; Olivia’s husband, he’s a preacher. Though he drinks a lot, it’s something about him that we like — that makes us feel like he’s the type of man that can lead people through the smoke and into the promise land.


Adaptation in progress: character designations are under construction therefore we encourage actors interested in this play to pick a monologue (no more than 2 minutes) from the Wilde or classical canon that shows a facility with heightened language


ACTOR – Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Maria Callas (ALREADY CAST)

Please prepare a 2 minute monologue or song. If you play an instrument, we encourage you to accompany yourself in the video. See breakdown for further instructions.

Deadline: 04/22/2020