Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News

Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News

The Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News podcast is now on iTunes. Now you can subscribe and listen to it every Thursday.

Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News is a weekly email and podcast chock full of the latest happenings in regional theatre, as well as links to powerful interviews and discussions with well-known theatre professionals. Also, I may share with you something I find exciting, you’ll have to read to the end to see what that might be each week.

This email and now, podcast, are supplemental to the book, Treading the Boards, which is a valuable resource for professional artists interested in working in regional theatre. It lists over 430 equity houses and gives pertinent information such as artistic & production personnel, audition guidelines, technical application processes, and if possible, their season with dates and directors. It is published bi-annually and available via acltheatreresources.com, at Drama Book Shop in NYC or online at DramaBookShop.com or via Amazon.com.


Theatre in the Center in Munster, IN uses a CAT III equity contract. (By the way, in the front of the book, Treading the Boards, is a full listing of all equity contracts and a brief explanation of each one). In 2019 they will be doing the following shows Million Dollar Quartet, Dames at Sea, Over the Tavern, The Pajama Game and White Christmas. Go to TheatreattheCenter.com for more information.

Founded in 1991 by the actor and Michigan native, Jeff Daniels, Purple Rose Theatre Company has announced their 2018-2019 season. The shows will be Diva Royale, a new play by Daniels, Never Not Once, All My Sons, and Welcome to Paradise. To read more their season, check out PurpleRoseTheatre.org.

Austin Shakespeare in Texas uses an SPT 1 equity contract. Their upcoming season includes Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Indian Ink and their outdoor production will be The Merchant of Venice. To read about this theatre and the shows they will be doing go to AustinShakespeare.org.

Another Austin based theatre, Austin Playhouse, also using an SPT 1 contract announced their ’18-’19 season. It will be Monroe, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Copenhagen, The Book of Will and one more show to be announced. Austin Playhouse was founded in 2000 and they have done over 100 productions including 36 world or regional premieres. Check out AustinPlayhouse.com.

The Black Rep in St. Louis with founder & producing artistic director Ron Himes will be doing Crowns, Canfield Drive, a new play about the news coverage of the shooting death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Marie & Rosetta and Nina Simone: Four Women. The Black Rep is the largest, professional African-American theatre company in the country and the largest African-American arts association in Missouri. For more go to TheBlackRep.org

This isn’t really a season announcement but important just the same. Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is accepting applications for their annual National Playwrights Conference which will take place in July 2019. “Every summer, six to eight unproduced works are selected from a pool of 1,000+ submissions for a playwright-driven workshop on the O’Neill’s campus in Connecticut. At every step in the process, the O’Neill strives to foster an inclusive, collaborative environment in which artistic exploration and experimentation is encouraged.” The application is available on the website at TheONeill.org and the deadline is OCTOBER 12th.


American Theatre Magazine’s annual Top 10 Most-Produced Plays and Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights
Every year American Theatre Magazine tallies from over 2,000 entries what the top 10 most-produced productions will be & who are the top 20 playwrights having their work done in regional theatres around the country. The plays are A Doll’s House, Part 2, Sweat, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Wolves,
Fun Home, Indecent, Native Gardens, Skeleton Crew, Once, and Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Pride & Prejudice.

The top-20 most-produced playwrights will be Lucas Hnath, Lauren Gunderson, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Karen Zacarias, Kate Hamill, Paula Vogel, Lisa Kron, Simon Stephens, August Wilson, Sarah DeLappe, Ken Ludwig, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Jen Silverman, Christina Ham, Enda Walsh, Tennessee Williams, Bess Wohl, Duncan Macmillan and Sam Shepard. For the complete lists go to AmericanTheatre.org.

Goodman Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Playwrights Unit
Goodman Theatre in partnership with Chicago Dramatists have selected four Chicago-based writers for their Playwrights Unit. They are Georgette Kelly, Dianne Nora, Marisela Treviño Orta & Stacey Rose. The Playwrights Unit “offers writers the opportunity to meet bi-monthly to discuss their commissioned plays with Goodman’s artistic staff. The year-long residency will conclude with public staged readings next summer.” For more information about the writers and the program go to AmericanTheatre.org.

The auditions will be in 2019 but you must register this year.

Theatre Bay Area General Auditions
February 9 – 11 in San Francisco. Theatre Bay Area members are eligible for guaranteed slots although non-members can apply and will be put on the wait list. Applications online will be available on Nov. 1st. Read more about the auditions at TheatreBayArea.org

UPTA (Unified Professional Theatre Auditions)
February 8 – 11, 2019 at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. 82 companies attended the 2018 auditions. Equity and non-equity actors, and production personnel are encouraged to apply, the criteria is on the website along with the application. You will be seen by regional theatres looking to hire for year-round seasons. Deadlines for actor applications are December 1st and for production interview applications is January 15th. For more information go to UPTA.org.

The movie isn’t just playing in theatres. In fact, I saw it last night on Amazon Prime and well worth the minimal cost. Go to GoWatchIt.com for all the channels that are playing the documentary right now.

Great new program that gives discounted tickets to shows called Show Score. Right now the shows are on Broadway but they tested it in NJ last Sunday and I went to see the show and afterwards there was a reception where I got to chat with a cast member, other people that had seen the show and the co-founder of Show Score, Deeksha Gaur. Go to Show-Score.com.

Thanks for taking the time to read this email or listen to the podcast. Don’t forget it is now on iTunes so subscribe and you will get a new podcast every Thursday. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, so drop me a line or add a comment (or a star).

Have a creative day!

Alison Lenox, Executive Director
ACL Theatre Resources

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