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MISSION, VISION, AND VALUES

Dallas Theater Center will engage, entertain, and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. We will do this by consistently producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.

Dallas Theater Center strongly believes that an effective workforce includes employees from different and diverse backgrounds and experiences that together form a more creative, innovative, and productive environment. As a leading national theater, DTC recognizes that building an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment is the key ingredient to its relevance and sustainability in the community it serves.

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An INCLUSIVE work environment is one where all employees are engaged and supported by the leadership of the institution, beginning at the highest level. Dallas Theater Center strives to create a culture of inclusion where employees of diverse human qualities can thrive and succeed and are able to participate in, and contribute to, the progress and success of the institution, while growing both professionally and personally.

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR POSSIBLE REPLACEMENTS

Dallas Theater Center is seeking local DFW actors for possible replacements in our upcoming production of Cake Ladies by Jonathan Norton. To submit, please send your headshot and resume to casting@dallastheatercenter.org .

CAKE LADIES (World Premiere) by Jonathan Norton
Directed by Kevin Moriarty

First Rehearsal – July 17, 2021
Tech – August 3-8, 2021
Dress Rehearsal – August 10, 2021
1st Preview – August 11, 2021
Opening – August 18, 2021
Closing – August 29, 2021

Rehearsals are typically 12 – 6 pm, Tuesday through Friday and 10am – 4 pm on Saturdays.

Cake Ladies will be produced in the Potter Rose Theater at the Wyly Theatre under a LORT B Equity contract (COVID permitting).

General Note to Actors: Cake Ladies is a world premiere new comedy by Jonathan Norton. Though the play is at times gloriously broad, funny and highly theatrical, the acting should be rooted in truthfulness. Often the characters’ size of emotion and intensity is masking their inner fears and vulnerability of equal size. Have fun with these characters. Embrace all of their humanity, from the ridiculous to the sublime; from the larger than life emotions to the quiet moments of realization. Cake Ladies is both an elegy for the damage done in the wake of a pandemic and a joyful love letter to the redemptive power of friendship and the undeniable thrill of the spotlight.

SEEKING:

LeAnne – White female. 45 – 60 years old. Co-owner of Cake Ladies, a cupcake trailer and catering company, which she operates with her co-owner and best friend, Tweedy-Bird, in the small town of Cedar Oak, Texas. An enthusiastic though inexperienced community theater actor, she played the Angel track in the Scott County Playhouse’s 2003 production of Angels in America, which never saw opening night due to a town outcry. She finally gets her shot when she is given the chance to reprise her role in the Angel track in the Playhouse’s 2020 revival, which is then threatened with closure due to COVID. LeAnne is the kind of person you want on your side when the shit hits the fan. Fiercely loyal and always up for good trouble, but sometimes she goes way overboard.

Tweedy-Bird – Black female. 45 – 60 years old. Co-owner of Cake Ladies, a cupcake trailer and catering company, which she operates with her co-owner and best friend, LeAnne, in the small town of Cedar Oak, Texas. A single mother of a grown child and an enterprising business woman, she also harbors a deep seated though rarely expressed desire to be onstage. Tweedy-Bird starred alongside LeAnne in the controversial 2003 community theater production of Angels in America and is still carrying the trauma of that experience. Though she rarely expresses it with quiet tenderness, Tweedy-Bird is a fiercely dedicated, protective mother who deeply loves her child. Tweedy-Bird is that friend who talks you out of slashing the tires on your cheating exes’ car. But Tweedy-Bird’s sensible and cautious nature masks a Pandora’s box of fears.

 

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SEEKING AEA COMPANY MEMBER FOR 20-21 SEASON

Dallas Theater Center is seeking a Black, male-identifying actor to join the Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company for the 2020-2021 season. Shows include: A Christmas Carol, Skeleton Crew, Cake Ladies, and Working. A full breakdown is below. To submit, please send a self-tape with two contrasting monologues (classical and contemporary) and a song selection to casting@dallastheatercenter.org.

Location: Actor must be a local, Dallas resident or must be willing to relocate for the season. No relocation/housing package can be provided.
Dates: o/a October 27, 2020 – June 27, 2021
Contract: LORT-B

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Kevin Moriarty
Directed by Kevin Moriarty
ROLE TBD/AS CAST

CAKE LADIES (World Premiere) by Jonathan Norton
Directed by Kevin Moriarty
Antonio – Black male. Early 20’s. Tweedy-Bird’s only child. Rocking a queer-punk kinda look, blonde, black eye makeup, black finger nail polish. Thoroughly killing the game. Starring in the road company of Rent. Home for a bit due to the COVID shutdown. Playing Belize/Mr. Lies in the Playhouse production.

SKELETON CREW by Dominique Morriseau
Directed by D. Wambui Richardson
Reggie – Black, late 30’s, white collar man. The foreman. Studious, dedicated, compassionate. Somewhere, a fire brims.

WORKING
Based on the book by Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor
Directed by Kevin Moriarty
MAN 4/AS CAST
Rex Winship – Hedge Fund Manager
Frank Decker – Trucker – sings BROTHER TRUCKER
Charlie Blossom – Newsroom Asst

 

Dallas Theater Center is a LORT (League of Resident Theaters) regional theater. Our contracts are LORT B, C, and D. Dallas Theater Center functions under the rules set forth by Actors Equity Association governing LORT theaters.

We welcome Union (AEA) and Non Union actors. AEA members are given priority for audition appointments.

Dallas Theater Center maintains a resident acting company. When casting productions,we look first to the Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company to fill roles. We also maintain a relationship with Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. As part of these relationships we often cast students from these programs in mainstage productions. Additionally, we cast actors from the region and nationally for a variety of roles. Auditions for these roles occur on an as-needed basis throughout the year.

Dallas Theater Center works under the League of Regional Theatres (LORT) contract with Actors Equity Association (AEA), the union of actors and stage managers. The union determines the number of Equity and non-Equity actors cast in each production.  Local equity and non-equity general auditions for the upcoming season are scheduled once per year, usually in late spring. Information about local generals will be posted on our website and on the Actors’ Equity website as well as through our local media.

Additional auditions are held in New York, in conjunction with New York-based casting directors. These auditions are generally by agent submission only.

Local children’s auditions are held on a show-by-show basis. Information about local children’s generals will be posted on our site as well as through our local media prior to auditions.

Our 2 primary locations are:

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
2400 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas 75201

(This is our primary address and all correspondence should be sent here)

Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75219

For any audition you will be sent information about your appointment time, location, preparation materials, contact person, and any unique requirements.

 

Personnel

Enloe / Rose Artistic Director: Kevin Moriarty
Casting Director: Ally Beans, ally.beans@dallastheatercenter.org
Producer: Sarahbeth Grossman

Physical headshots and résumés should always:

  • include the current email and phone number you wish DTC to use, should we need to contact you (agent information on the resume means we will contact your agent);
  • include union status (AEA, EMC, Non-union);
  • be stapled back-to-back; and be 8 x 10 inches (both the headshot and resume).

Digital files of headshots and résumés should always:

  • be sent as one file;
  • be titled Firstname_Lastname OR Firstname_Middlename_Lastname;
  • include the current email and phone number you wish DTC to use, should we need to contact you (agent information on the resume means we will contact your agent); and
  • include union status (AEA, EMC, Non-union).
  • Actors should submit updated headshots and résumés to:

Regional Casting
Dallas Theater Center
2400 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Or as one file to: casting@dallastheatercenter.org

We regret that we are unable to keep or return unsolicited headshots and resumes of actors that we have not seen in audition or performance.