Obsidian Theatre Festival 2021 – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 12.11.20)

Obsidian Theatre Festival
Detroit, MI

Job Details



Agreement and salary TBD

Artistic Director John Sloan III
Associate Artistic Director Alexis Sims

(All dates are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

Virtual rehearsals: Beginning December 21, 2020.
On location rehearsals/recording: Estimated January 7, 2021

Each production will have a two week virtual rehearsal schedule prior to moving into space.

Rehearsals will be conducted both virtually and in-person, and performances will be pre- recorded in Detroit, MI and streamed. Proper COVID-19 protocols will be observed based off of CDC and AEA guidelines.

See breakdown for additional information about the festival’s focus.

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.

Equity actors for roles in multiple new works. The Obsidian Theatre Festival will be producing five to seven one acts and one to two full length.

All roles currently TBD.

We strongly encourage applications from individuals of every identity. The Obsidian Theatre Festival accepts applicants of every identity, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status, marital status, or economic class. Midwest/Detroit actors particularly encouraged to submit.


The Obsidian Theatre Festival seeks to normalize the panoply of Black American culture through an inclusive, color conscious lens. We are dedicated to the exploration of universal themes, and acknowledgment of intersectionality’s role in shaping the world in which we live.

Art is most impactful when artists bring the fullness of their identities and experiences to their work; and we actively encourage creativity in thought, storytelling and casting by asking the following:

* How do stories shift if the established ideas of a character’s gender identity, ethnicity, disability, skin color, height, weight, and/or sexual orientation are challenged?
* What layers of meaning and depth, if any, are brought to the surface in this exploration?
* How does an imaginative, out of the box creative process push back against, or reinforce existing social structures?

Please send a headshot, resume, and video of a two (2) contemporary monologues or one (1) contemporary monologues and (1) contemporary song of not more than four (4) minutes in total. CALLBACKS to be held virtually by request only.

Deadline: 12/11/2020

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