We hire professional 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
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.
Applications were most recently accepted for 2019/2020 season. We are currently imagining what this program will look like in a post-COVID world.
Opening for Submissions 10/11:
Decolonization Commission, a joint program of La Lengua Teatro en Español and AlterTheater. Commissioned playwrights will join a 12-week playwright residency (modeled after AlterLab First Acts), meeting weekly beginning in April 2022, to each write a one-act play. Plays will be workshopped in Summer 2022, and premiere as part of La Lengua's Fall Season at Brava Theatre.
More info (available soon)
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 hybrid 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.
We choose playwrights based on relationships. We actively build relationships with:
• Indigenous/Native American/American Indian 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 hold open office hours on Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 5 pm Pacific. This is not a place to pitch plays, but a chance to build relationships. Please contact us for an invitation and a "seed question" to start a conversation.
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.