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Audition Notice – Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences (Jan.30 & Feb.10)


Any inquiries should go to kctya@kennedy-center.org or202-416-8830.

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
Open Auditions for 2017-2018 Season

Dates & Times:
Monday, January 30      Equity Open Call           10:00am-6:30pm
Friday, February 10       Non-Equity Open Call   10:00am–2:30pm

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St, NW, Washington, DC 20566

Enter through the Hall of Nations side of the building.

Sign in at the Opera House Stage Door.  Sign in begins at 9:30am on Monday, January 30th and at 9:30am on Friday, February 10th.

Parking will not be reimbursed. Metro is recommended.

All actors must prepare a comedic, contemporary monologue, no longer than 90 seconds.  For those actors wishing to be considered for a musical, you must also prepare 16 bars of a standard musical theater song.

Piano accompaniment will be provided.

Please bring headshot and resume.

Equity TYA – Tier I $511.00 weekly minimums

Actors and musical theater performers for our full TYA season.

Actors will be signed on as Actor/ASMs.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Casting Director, Michelle Kozlak
Manager of Theater for Young Audiences, David Kilpatrick


There will not be any appointments for the Equity Open Call auditions on January 30th.  Actors will be seen in the order in which they arrive.

For the Non-Equity Open Call on February 10th, appointments can be made at the below web address:


Questions in Advance:

Call (202) 416-8830 or email kctya@kennedy-center.org.

Kennedy Center Family Theater Productions (Tier I):

Production #1 – Title TBD

A world premiere Kennedy Center commission, this musical adaptation of Patrick McDonnell’s heartwarming book tells the story of a young primatologist and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.

Adapted by Patrick McDonnell and Aaron Posner
Music and lyrics by Andy Mitton
Based on a book by Patrick McDonnell
Directed by Aaron Posner

November 18 – December 13, 2017

4 women and 2 men. Note: This play is still in development and the roles/descriptions below may change upon completion)

Woman 1:
18+ to play the Lead Female Role.

Woman 2:
18+ to play the role of the narrator.

Man 1 and Man 2:
Two versatile male actors

Women 3 and Woman 4:
Two versatile female actors: 18+ to play a variety of ensemble parts.

All actors in this production should be strong singers; the ability to read music is a plus.

Production #2 – Title TBD
A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission, part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival

By Laura Schellhardt
Directed by Rives Collins

February 3 – 18, 2018

3 women and 1 man (Note: This play is still in development and the roles/descriptions below may change upon completion, although we know it will be a diverse ensemble in terms of age and ethnicity)

One female versatile actor:
18+ to play the main character, an 11 year old girl

One female versatile actor:
18+ to play the main character’s best friend, an 11 year old girl

One female versatile actor:
18+ to play the main character’s mother

One male versatile actor:
18+ to play a variety of ensemble parts

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

(Tier II):

Darius and Twig National Tour: January 2018 – March 2018
Based on the novel “Darius & Twig” by Walter Dean Myers
Adapted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

On Harlem’s 145th Street, best friends Darius and Twig dream of a world beyond the confines of their daily lives. Darius is a writer, whose latest story might be published in a magazine–if only he can keep his alter ego, a fierce falcon, in check. Twig is a runner, whose speed and endurance might bring him a scholarship–if only he can impress college scouts. But with Darius’s mother barely scraping by, pressure from Twig’s uncle to give up racing, and bullies Midnight and Tall Boy constantly on their case, these true-blue allies may not truly be free to use their gifts. Street-smart and suspenseful, playful and profound, Darius & Twig is the story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves.

Seeking: 3 men and 1 woman

18+ male actor with strong spoken word skills to play a 16 year old who is intelligent, sensitive, burdened

18+ male actor to play a 16 year old who is a dedicated runner, optimistic

Man 1 and Woman 1:
One versatile male 18+ actor and one versatile female 18+ actor to play a variety of ensemble roles.


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