conspire :: auditions

Auditions are by appointment only, take approximately ten 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, 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


nimbus will hold auditions for its spring 2017 show, Redemption, by Josh Cragun, on December 18 & 19. 

Sunday, December 18: 7 - 10pm

Monday, December 19: 7 - 10pm


Callbacks - Thursday, December 22, 7pm


Redemption will be a new play, written by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun and directed by Company Member Mitchell Frazier, exploring the topic of redemption after incarceration. A new fictional narrative-based work, the show will tell the stories of two incarcerated persons who are released on the same day. 

An ensemble-based work, the play will be built around an ensemble of actors who will work together to shape the narrative and the characters in it. The work of the ensemble will be grounded in research, discussion, and conversations with people involved with the process of incarceration from all angles: those who have been and are currently incarcerated, family and loved ones, government employees, etc.

Ultimately, the subject matter will be the struggles facing formerly incarcerated individuals after their re-entry into civilian life, and the many challenges they face: housing, employment, rebuilding broken family and social ties, and ultimately, a search for redemption, a search to square up and rebuild.

Available Roles:

There are not specific roles designated for this show at the moment. Redemption (title may change) will be an ensemble production. We will be looking to cast a varied group of 6-10 actors, all age/race/genders/abilities to be considered. Ethnic diversity is important to this show, as issue of incarceration and race are closely tied in this country. Actors of color are encouraged to audition.


Important dates:

December 18 & 19 - Auditions

December 22- Callbacks

January 8-19 - Table work

January 28 - Febuary 19 - workshop development rehearsals (weekends only)

March 1 - Eye opener (staged reading)

March 12 - rehearsals resume

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

April 23 - 10 out of 12 rehearsal

April 24 - 28 Tech rehearsal

 April 29 - Opening Night

May 21 - Closing Night

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm, with one Monday show on October 17 at 7:30pm. 



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



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 have elected to use readings written by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated peoples. As we do not have publishing rights to these texts, we cannot post them online. Actors who would prefer to review them prior to auditions may email for access, and all actors should feel free to spend as much time as they need prior to auditioning with the texts.