We hire professional actors, and work under the M-BAT contract with Actors’ Equity, and the New Media agreement with SAG-AFTRA.
Each year, we attend the Theatre Bay Area Generals www.theatrebayarea.org. We list show-specific casting calls on the Actors Equity hotline, and/or with Theatre Bay Area, and through Bay Area theater facebook groups. We tend to have open call auditions every other year, which are listed with Actors’ Equity.
AlterTheater believes in identity conscious casting, and since our inception we have actively cast to challenge rather than reinforce stereotypes. We also believe in economic equity and addressing systemic inequities by offering AEA contracts first to women over 50 and to BIPOC actors.
Our policy is to cast first from within our artistic ensemble.
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AlterTheater Directors Lab
A yearlong program based on mentorship and hands-on learning, designed to increase the hiring pool of diverse directors for AlterTheater.
Created by veteran directors Ann Brebner and Will Marchetti, AlterTheater’s Directors Lab is modeled in part after the prestigious Old Vic’s director training program.
Now accepting applications for 2019/2020 season
Performance Places: AlterTheater performs in places where people are. Pre-pandemic, we performed mainly in storefronts in downtown pedestrian shopping districts, with the windows clear, so passersby could “window shop” theater.
COVID Update: As we move forward, we will continue to perform in places where people are, expanding into radio plays and hyrbid productions. We plan to deepen our partnerships with community groups and others.
Aesthetics: A core value of our work is to develop and produce work by, for, and with the communities we serve. We produce plays that tackle real issues in our community. We produce plays which provide opportunities for our stages to represent our community—diverse, complicated, full of heart, and funny. We produce plays with vibrant language. We produce plays with characters our actors are chomping at the bit to delve into. We produce plays that challenge our assumptions, that surprise our expectations, that alter us.
Alter playwrights have something to say that isn't being told on mainstream theater stages.
AlterLab, a yearlong residency program supporting 3-5 writers each year. Requires that each writer support the other writers in the residency, challenge themselves/take risks artistically, and write a new play. AlterLab playwrights are chosen from nominations, and evaluated based on writers' alignment with our Aesthetics and Performance Spaces, as mentioned above.
AlterLab First Acts, a 12-week program, led by a BIPOC alum of AlterLab. Open to aspiring playwrights who have graduated within the past 2 years.
The best way to get your work considered is to:
• be a Bay Area resident playwright
• be an Indigenous/Native American/American Indian playwright
• have a playwright who’s worked with us recommend your work to our Ensemble
• have an Ensemble member advocate your play or your work to the Literary Committee
• build a relationship with at least one of the members of our Literary Committee. Please be aware that Literary Committee membership changes annually.
Any AlterTheater artist or AlterLab playwright alumnus can nominate a playwright.
Script Submission: We only accept submissions for AlterLab First Acts.
AlterTheater performs in non-traditional spaces, with a minimalist aesthetic. We aim for a zero waste policy, preferring to reduce and reuse, building community partnerships to make sure nothing goes to the landfill. We pride ourselves on finding minimalist but creative solutions that support our storytelling.
We are currently seeking designers with cultural competency in: Haudenosaunee culture, Indigenous-Latinx experiences (particularly any tribes along the current or previous borders between Mexico and the US, or the US and Canada), Chicano, code switching, J-Pop, Japanese folklore, African American storytelling traditions. Ability to speak Japanese or any of the Haudenosaunee languages a big plus.
We accept letters and resumes/portfolios year-round:
P.O. Box 150659
San Rafael, CA 94915
Current paid positions-
Administrative/Box Office Assistant