We hire union and non-union actors, and work under the M-BAT contract with Actors’ Equity, and the New Media agreement with SAG-AFTRA.
We attend the Theatre Bay Area General Auditions. 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.
Submissions accepted here
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.
More info (available soon)
We choose playwrights based on relationships. We actively build relationships with:
Indigenous/Native American/American Indian, Black and Latine playwrights
Playwrights recommended to us by alumni playwrights and Ensemble artists
San Francisco Bay Area playwrights
Script Submission: We do not read unsolicited submissions.
We currently don't have any directing opportunities..
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, Navajo culture, contemporary Native boarding school experiences, Indigenous-Latinx experiences (particularly any tribes along the current or previous borders between Mexico and the US, or the US and Canada), Chicano culture/history, code switching. Ability to speak Spanish, Navajo, or any of the Haudenosaunee languages a big plus.
We accept letters and resumes/portfolios year-round.
Submissions accepted here.
There are no open positions at this time.