WAM Theatre Announces AEA Auditions for the 2018 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series

WAM Theatre holds Equity Principal Auditions for our Fresh Takes play reading series on March 20 and 21, 2018. Auditions will be hosted by Talya Kingston, new Associate Artistic Director, with Artistic Director, Kristen van Ginhoven, also in attendance.

Performers who have auditioned for or performed with WAM in the past are encouraged to attend to meet the new Associate Artistic Director and give her a chance to see their work.

WAM Theatre is casting for our Fresh Takes play reading.  In 2018, any actor or stage manager involved in Fresh Takes, Equity or Non-Equity, will be paid a minimum wage hourly fee. AEA actors and stage managers will be work under a pending Staged Reading Contract. The commitment involves six hours of rehearsal the day prior to the reading, plus the reading.

Auditions: Tuesday March 20th: 1pm-5pm, 7pm-9pm & Wednesday March 21st: 10am-1pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Where: WAM’s Office, 56 Church Street, Lenox, MA (on the second floor above Bistro Zinc).  Free parking is available in the lot behind our office.  Please use the blue WAM Theatre door on the left side of the building in the front.

Prepare: 1-2 minute contemporary monologue, may also be asked to read sides.

WAM Theatre’s Fresh Takes Reading Series presents five new works by women (approximately one per month April-September).  2018 Fresh Takes Reading Series performances are scheduled for April 15, May 3, June 10, August TBD, September 16. Each play is rehearsed for six hours and performed (on book) the next day.  Three of the performances will be at No. 6 Depot Roastery and Cafe in West Stockbridge, MA, one will be at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, MA.

E-mail Talya Kingston, Associate Artistic Director at talya@wamtheatre.com for a time slot.

Please submit a resume and headshot (as PDF and JPEG attachments) by March 9.

Please indicate any time limitations otherwise you will be assigned the first available slot.

Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, are encouraged to audition.

Non-Equity actors will be seen as time permits and should submit a photo and resume and indicate their non-union status in their request. We will fit in non-equity actors where possible, but first priority goes to Equity members.


Our 2018 sponsors include Adams Community Bank, Baystate Financial, Berkshire Bank Foundation, Berkshire Magazine, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Blue Q, Brabson Library & Educational Foundation, Canyon Ranch, The Charles H. Hall Foundation, CMW Retirement Plan Services LLC, Custom Business Solutions, The Dylandale Foundation, The Feigenbaum Foundation, Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano, the Garden Gables Inn, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, International Schools Theatre Association, Interprint, Lee Bank, Massachusetts Cultural Council, J.H. Maxymillian, Inc., Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Natracare, No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, RB Design Co., The Rookwood Inn, The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Rouge Restaurant & Bistro, Salisbury Bank, T Square Design Studio, Toole Insurance, a. von schlegell & co.

WAM Theatre is also supported in part by grants from the Alford-Egremont Cultural Council, Lenox Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council, Pittsfield Cultural Council, Cultural Council of Northern Berkshires, Otis Cultural Council, Richmond Cultural Council, and Sandisfield Cultural Council – local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. The company was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven. WAM’s vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy.

Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls.

Since 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $41,500 to thirteen nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 250 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visit http://www.WAMTheatre.com


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