Men on Boats – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 08.12.20)

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Job Details



$667 weekly minimum

Artistic Director: Michael Bradford
Director: Beth Gardiner
Casting: McCorkle Casting. Pat McCorkle
(Casting Director) viewing auditions.

MEN ON BOATS – Virtual Performances
First Rehearsal: September 1st, 2020
Opening: October 1st, 2020
Closing: October 10th, 2020

Rehearsals, tech, and performances of MEN ON BOATS will be conducted entirely online in a digital format. All actors will participate from their own homes. No one will be participating in the same physical space.

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 the Connecticut Repertory Theatre virtual production of MEN ON BOATS. Due to COVID-19 concerns, accepting video submission auditions in lieu of live Equity auditions.

VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Please limit your video submission to 3 minutes maximum. Artists should prepare one contemporary monologue of their choosing. This time limit includes your slate (your name, name of play, and character you will be performing). Please upload your video audition to Vimeo and include a link for viewing in your email submission. Youtube links are also acceptable, but Vimeo is strongly preferred. Please do not share via WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud or other file sharing platforms.

See breakdown for general self-tape suggestions.



– Framing your shot helps. Please make sure your phone/device is in landscape format and not portrait position.
– Make sure the lighting is sufficient. Non-incandescent, bright white lighting that includes some diffusion (non direct, soft) is best.
– The sound is important. Please make sure if using a reader that YOU are easily heard. An external mic (Lavalier) plugs into your device, is economical and sounds great.
– Your background is clean. Please be aware of what’s behind you. A busy or dark background can distract the viewer/listener.
– Keep the slate separate from the actual audition. Slates can be your headshot or your “live” introduction, whichever you prefer.

Please feel free to listen to our podcast (2 episodes, 20 minutes each) on video auditions. The link is here:

Part one

Part two

MEN ON BOATS By Jaclyn Backhaus
All Roles open

A note from the playwright: The characters in MEN ON BOATS were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not. I’m talking about racially diverse actors who are female-identifying, trans-identifying, genderfluid, and/or non-gender-conforming.

JOHN WESLEY POWELL. 20s – 30s, any race. The one-armed leader of the expedition. Enjoys being in charge, making plans, making speeches and pursuing bold solutions. Optimistic, sometimes to a fault.

WILLIAM DUNN. 20s – 30s, any race. Second in command. Practical, capable and strategic. Tendency towards a glass-half-empty perspective.

O.G. HOWLAND. 20s – 30s, BIPOC. A printer and hunter. Has a dry sense of humor. Protective of his little brother. Little patience for nonsense. Overcame a dark and challenging upbringing. Likely will double with TSAUWIAT. Ute chief. Regal and knowledgeable, with gravitas. Has been around the block many, many times dealing with white people and the empty promises of the U.S. government.

SENECA HOWLAND. 20s – 30s, BIPOC. O.G.’s quiet little brother. Has a scrappy energy. Looks up to his big brother. Overcame a dark and challenging upbringing. Jumps in to help where he’s able. Likely will double with THE BISHOP. Tsauwiat’s wife. A consummate diplomat and host. Has been around the block many, many times dealing with white people and the empty promises of the U.S. Government.

JOHN COLTON SUMNER. 20s – 30s, any race. The Bear Grylls of this expedition. Resourceful, observant and ready for any adventure. Natural leader with no need for the limelight. Could survive on bugs indefinitely if necessary.

HALL. 20s – 30s, any race. A map-maker. An enthusiastic dork who values precision. Excited by simple pleasures and the splendor of the natural world. Has young, sidekick energy.

OLD SHADY.20s – 30s, any race. Powell’s older brother, a Civil War vet. The oldest member of the group. The definition of still waters running deep. A tree in the wind. A man of few words, so when he speaks it speaks volumes. Protective of his brother and the expedition.

HAWKINS. 20s – 30s, any race. Caretaker with a big heart. Shows his love through food. A bit of a gossip, he likes having the inside scoop. Sassy.
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GOODMAN. 20s – 30s, any race. Super British. A wealthy, big-hearted adventurer who is captivated by the romance of the American West. A fish-out-of-water among the rest of the expeditioners, he tries hard but often finds his foot in his mouth. All of his gear is brand new. Likely will double with MR. ASA, a desert settler and self-appointed savior of the expedition.

BRADLEY.20s – 30s, any race. – Manic with youth. He is the youngest member of the expedition. Optimistic, eager and excitable. Bubblegum and slingshots.

E-mail submissions should include the video link and separate attachments of your headshot and resume. Subject line for emails of submissions should read as follows: FULL ACTOR NAME/MEN ON BOATS EPA SUBMISSION

Deadline: 08/12/2020