We hire professional actors, and work under the M-BAT contract with Actors’ Equity. Headshots & resumes are accepted year-round from local Bay Area actors. 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. We tend to have open call auditions every other year, which are listed with Actors’ Equity.
AlterTheater firmly believes in inclusive casting, and in using color to challenge rather than reinforce stereotypes. Our policy is to cast first from within our artistic ensemble.
The best way to work with us is to let us know that you’re interested in us and invite us to see your work. If you’re in a show, send us a postcard.
All submissions should include a cover letter.
Send materials to: Casting AlterTheater Ensemble P.O. Box 150659 San Rafael, CA 94915.
Low-res photos only with a pdf resume may be emailed
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 Spaces: We produce in non-traditional spaces, particularly vacant storefronts. We are interested in pieces that focus on clear & powerful storytelling that can be fully realized using minimalist tech.
Our aesthetic: we produce plays which tell universal stories through the lens of the marginalized. 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.
We strongly encourage you to see AlterTheater productions, and offer walk-in tickets to certain performances to playwrights. There are many playwrights we love whose work simply doesn’t shine in our unique performance spaces with our minimalist production values.
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 does not accept blind submissions, but invites writers to submit. Invitees are chosen from nominations, and evaluated based on writers' alignment with our Performance Spaces and Aesthetics.
AlterLab for Youth, 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 are only accepting submissions for AlterLab for Youth.
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