Intimate theater companies in Los Angeles that have been denied membership status by Actors Equity Association, and/or find themselves financially unable to sign AEA's new Los Angeles 99-Seat Theater Agreement, are banding together under the title "Independent Theatres of Los Angeles." Sixteen theaters have joined ITLA to date, with more companies expected to become members soon.
Under the auspices of ITLA, citywide auditions will be held on May 7, May 10, May 13 and May 17 at four different locations.
Ten members of ITLA - Crown City Theatre Company, Matrix Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Padua Playwrights, Playwrights Arena, Robey Theatre Company, Skylight Theatre Company, Towne Street Theatre, Victory Theatre Center and Whitefire Theatre - will be represented at each audition call. Additional members of ITLA include Bright Eyes Productions, Collaborative Artists Ensemble, Orpheum Theatre Corp., Santa Monica Playhouse, Teatro de la O and Zubber Dust Playhouse.
"These auditions are a way for us to become familiar with the vast and as yet untapped pool of talent in Los Angeles, and they with us," explains Odyssey Theatre Ensemble artistic director Ron Sossi. "The auditions are open to both union and non-union actors. However, actors who are members of Actors' Equity and have not declared financial core status should be aware that they could face sanctions for volunteering their services in our productions."
"The purpose of ITLA is to say to Los Angeles and all other cities listening that our theaters will continue to provide an opportunity for all artists to volunteer their craft," states Skylight Theatre Company artistic director, Gary Grossman.
"Because Equity has arbitrarily chosen to wave its rules for only a select group of theaters does not mean that other 99-seat theater companies won't continue to flourish," points out Victory Theatre Center artistic producer Tom Ormeny. "That's why we are holding these auditions."
According to Matrix Theatre Company artistic director Joe Stern, "ITLA theaters will continue to operate with the same high standards we have always championed, protecting the safety and integrity of all the artists in our theatrical families while also providing high-quality theater at affordable prices for our growing audiences."
The NoHo Arts District dot com team asked local Victory Theatre some questions about their company and what they’re looking for.
Is there anything in particular you're looking for at this audition?
We are looking for moment-to- moment work and real contact with the audience if your monologue is to the audience, and real contact with the imaginary person if that is the orientation of your monologue.
What are some of the other responsibilities of being a company member?
Attendance at meetings, some crew work, real commitment to an ensemble.
What shows are coming up?
Hedda Lives! By Jon Klein a world premiere comedy, Unemployed Elephants another world premiere comedy, and two others as yet untitled.
ITLA Audition Schedule:
Wednesday, May 10 from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025
Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
Wednesday, May 17 from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Open to all ethnicities. Actors wishing to audition should prepare either one 2-3 minute monologue or two 1-2 minute monologues (maximum 5 minute slots for each audition) and bring 10 copies of their picture and resume, one for each participating theater company.
Actors need only attend one of the sessions to be seen by all 10 theaters. No phone calls, please.
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