conspire :: auditions

Auditions are by appointment only, take approximately five minutes, and consist of cold reading selections from the script for that production. There will be a variety of script samples for selection, and actors will be given time to prepare the material. All readings will be heard privately by the director and one or two members of the production team.

Please bring a resume and headshot to auditions. Actors who are cast in a production should expect to hear back from nimbus within a week of auditions or call-backs. Call-backs are held for most productions. nimbus casting decisions are color blind, unless script needs stringently dictate otherwise. We encourage actors of all backgrounds to audition.

Auditions are publicized on mnplaylist.org, and through our auditions email list. Actors interested in nimbus are strongly encouraged to sign up for this email list. Please note that we no longer use the Star-Tribune 550's.

AEA Members: We regret that we are unable at this time to work with members of the Actors Equity Association. However, our organization is growing, and we hope that this will change someday soon. Please keep an eye on our audition notices- we will make sure to keep the community informed when this does change.

Stipends: nimbus pays a small stipend for all roles. Ultimately, we seek to do work that is exciting and fulfilling to artists, in an environment that lets each artist explore, grow, and collaborate. We greatly respect the time, energy, and commitment that goes in to honing ones art and craft, and are dedicated to growing compensation amounts whenever possible.

Appointments: Appointments are scheduled online. At the bottom of this page is a form that may be used to schedule a time to read. Please note that all auditions are by appointment only.

Upcoming Auditions

Ludlow

nimbus will hold auditions for its fall 2017 show, Ludlow, by Josh Cragun, on June 11 & 13. 

Sunday, June 11: 1 - 4 pm

Tuesday, June 13: 7 - 10pm

 

Callbacks - Wednesday, June 14, 7pm

 

Ludlow will be a new play, written by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun and directed by co-Artistic Director Liz Neerland. The play focuses on the most dramatic part of the country's deadliest labor battle, in which nearly 200 died in armed conflict between 1913 and 1914.

An ensemble-based work, the play will be built around an group of actors who will work together to shape the narrative and the characters in it. The work of the ensemble will be grounded in historical research about the Ludlow masacre, the Colorado Coalfield war, and the great context of labor issues at the end of the 19th and begining of the 20th centuries.

 

Available Roles:

Some actors will be cast in roles based on known historical figures, while other characters will be created based on historical accounts of workers, guards, and the like. Some of the historical figures to be portrayed will likely include:

  • George W. Belcher - A detective working for the mine companies who killed George Lippiatt, a union organizer.
  • Louis Tikas - Union organizer and leader of the Greek miners
  • Karl Linderfelt - National guardsman known for his brutal suppression of miners.
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. - Owner of the largest mines and son of the oil baron.
  • Jefferson B. Farr- Sherrif who ran a corrupt political system supported by the mining companies.
  • Mother Jones- Famous union organizer who help galvanize workers to strike
  • Patria Valdez- Mother of three who burned to death in the massacre.
  • Mary Thomas- A gifted singer who was a popular attraction at organizing rallies. 

This is an ensemble production: most actors will play multiple roles, even if they have been assigned a primary character. As it is a new work, the size and number of roles may shift during the creation process.

Mine workers and inhabitants of the area came from diverse backgrounds. African Americans fleeing the south, immigrants from Eastern Europe, Latinos, and Asians all were working in the mines at the time. Actors of all age ranges, ethnicities, genders, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

Important dates:

June 11 & 13 - Auditions

June 14 - Callbacks

July 8 - 11 - Table work

July 15 & 16; August 15, 22, 26, 27, 30; September 5 - Script work (dates subject to change based on cast availability)

September 6 - Eye opener (staged reading)

September 18 - regular rehearsals begin

Rehearsals generally are Sunday- Thursday evenings, 7-10pm

October 29 - 10 out of 12 rehearsal

October 30 - November 3 -  Tech rehearsal

November 4 - Opening Night

November 19 - Closing Night

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm, with one Monday show on November 13 at 7:30pm. 

 

CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION APPOINTMENTS

Auditions will be held at the Crane Theater, 2303 Kennedy St NE. 55413

 

Sides

Auditions are cold readings from material selected for appropriateness to the subject matter. Actors are not required to have a monologue prepared, but we will hear prepared material if the actor feels it helps represent their abilities.

You are not required to look at sides before your audition. Printed copies will be provided at auditions and you will be given time to prepare. Memorization is not expected or encouraged. You may be asked to read any of the sides at the director's discretion. 

For this project, we will select letters, quotes and speeches from the historic record for audition sides. Actors will be given time to prepare before their audition.