Company Members

Welcome to the Company!

Our company is made up of over 500 actively engaged members in the roles of actor, designer, carpenter, electrician, prop artisan, cutter draper, stitcher, dresser, board technician, usher, stage manager, concessions worker, house manager, and every other role in between.  For over twenty years Live Arts has referred to these individuals as “volunteers.”  A volunteer, by definition, is a person donating their time, skill, and energy to serving the needs of others.

The business of Live Arts is theater making and community building.  There is no support role for a volunteer to help others make theater and build community at Live Arts- it’s exactly what the people involved are doing.  By using “volunteer” in this setting we feel we are incorrectly defining the work of our core constituency.  Beginning with the opening of the newly renovated lobby spaces and the launch of the 2014-2015 season, Live Arts dropped the term “volunteer” from the organizational vocabulary and replaced it with “company member.”


Everyone making theater, learning about theater, engaging in a group, or supporting theater making at Live Arts is a member of the company, a “company member.”  These company members are representative of the community in which we live and serve in ethnicity, gender, economic background, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, education level, and species.

Jump right in! Pick up our new Company Member Guide or download it HERE and get in touch with our volunteer team leaders at or call 434.977.4177×107 to learn more or fill out a Company Member Application and she will contact you!

Want to work at Live Arts?  Fill out an application HERE.


Casting Opportunities 2017-2018 Season

In an effort to let folks know about the landscape of the roles for this season, here’s an overview of the casting show by show.  These are NOT descriptions created by the directors, but snapshots.  WATCH FOR FULL INFORMATION coming soon in the Company Newsletters.


Directed by Miller Murray Susen

  • Performance Dates:  March 9th – March 25th (Possible Extension through March 31st)
  • Audition Dates:  December 3rd, 4th  and December 5th
  • Rehearsals Start:  Week of December 31st, 2017

 Adapted from Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir “Fun Home”

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up.” – New York Times

FUN HOME traces the coming-of-age of young Alison from her childhood, through her college years, and finally to the present day, where Alison, now grown, struggles to make sense of her father’s recent death.

As Alison reflects on her past, she explores her complicated relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted gay man and the owner of the family business—the Bechdel Funeral Home (a.k.a the “fun” home). As she recalls her father’s hidden desires, Alison recognizes her own experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity.

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, FUN HOME is a groundbreaking musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

CAST BREAKDOWN: 2 Males, 4 Females, 2 Boys, 1 Girl

  • ALISON– 43 years old, a cartoonist
  • MEDIUM ALISON– 19 years old, a college freshman
  • SMALL ALISON– around 9 years old
  • BRUCE BECHDEL– Alison’s father
  • HELEN BECHDEL– Alison’s mother
  • CHRISTIAN BECHDEL– Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
  • JOHN BECHDEL– Alison’s brother, around 6 years old
  • ROY– a young man Bruce hires to do yard work
  • MARK– a high school junior
  • JOAN– a college student
  • PETE– a mourner

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.


Fun Home is a demanding, humorous, and vulnerable piece that audiences will feel deeply. Please be familiar with the script before auditioning, and be mindful of the potential challenges and great rewards of working on such personal material with a mixed age cast. For extra credit, please read Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same title—it is available in paperback and from the public library


  • PERFORMANCES . March 9, 2018- March 24, 2018, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Thursdays at 7:30; and Sundays at 2pm. 
  • LOCATION . Performances take place in the Live Arts Gibson Theater (Downstage) at 123 East Water Street; the corner of 2nd SE and Water off the Downtown Mall. 
  • REHEARSALS . This show will rehearse 5 days a week, Sundays through Thursdays, most often in the evenings (6:30 or 7pm-10pm) from September-December. You will not always be called. We do our best to schedule around your availability if you give us your conflicts. Rehearsals intensify closer to tech week.


  • AUDITION DATES: Sunday, December 3rd from 4pm to 7pm OR Monday, December 4th from 7pm to 10pm. We will schedule you in one hour time slots both days. Please email our Volunteer Team at to schedule an audition.
  • If you cannot attend, please contact our Volunteer Team as we may be able to schedule a different time.
  • Callbacks will be scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th, from 7-10-ish pm.
    • SING!   Please prepare 32 bars of a song showcasing your abilities.  Bring music for your accompanist in a three-ring binder, WELL MARKED WITH WHERE TO START AND STOP. The accompanist cannot transpose on the fly, so bring sheet music in your range. You are encouraged NOT TO sing from the show for your initial audition.
    • READ!  You may or may not read a short monologue or scene from the script depending on time during your singing audition.


If you are called back, you will be given a specific song to prepare (below) and will also read short scenes from the script (“sides”) with a partner. There will also be a short group dance audition.


  • Bruce – Edges of the World
  • Helen – Days and Days
  • Medium and Adult Allison – Telephone Wire
  • Young Allison – Ring of Keys
  • Boys – Come to the Fun Home


  • You should contact our Volunteer Team to receive an electronic copy of the script for your perusal.
  • CONFLICTS? At auditions, you will be asked to write down your schedule and any known conflicts for the rehearsal and performance period. Please consult with your parents, if appropriate, and bring your calendars!
  • TO RESERVE YOUR AUDITION TIME email our Volunteer Team at & include for which character(s) you are coming to audition.


For 26 years, Live Arts’ mission has been Forging Theater and Community. As Live Arts is a community theater, actors are not paid to perform.


You can also call the Live Arts Office at 434-977-4177 if you have burning questions regarding auditions.



Hand To God

Directed by Cristan Keighley

Performance Dates:                 April 13th – May 5th

Audition Dates:                        January 14th and January 15th Callbacks: January 18th

Rehearsals Start:                     Week of January 28th, 2017


After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

“The fearsome critter [Tyrone], who takes possession of a troubled teenager’s left arm in Robert Askins’ darkly delightful play really inspires goose bumps as he unleashes a reign of terror…But he’s also flat-out hilarious, spewing forth acid comedy that will turn those goose bumps into guffaws.” —The New York Times.


CAST BREAKDOWN: 3 men, 2 women

  • Jason/Tyrone: A young man and his psychotic puppet
  • Margery: Jason’s mother and head of the church’s Puppet Club
  • Timmy: The neighborhood troublemaker
  • Jessica: The girl next door
  • Pastor Greg: Head of a Fundamentalist Church in Cypress, Texas



Directed by Mike Long

  • Performance Dates:  May 18th – June 3rd (Possible Extension through June 9th)
  • Audition Dates: February 18th and February 19th  Callbacks: February 22nd
  • Rehearsals Start:  Week of March 4th

Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrèce. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrèce, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world’s greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing‘s David Ives.

“THE LIAR and its mischievous adapter, David Ives, want you to savor every meticulously groomed conceit, every stylishly turned-out couplet, every assiduously manicured joke…Ives is an inveterate jester, a trait that serves him well on an evening that is all jest.” —Washington Post.

CAST BREAKDOWN: 5 men, 3 women

  • Dorante: A young student who has recently arrived in Paris to get a social education. A brazen liar.
  • Géronte: Dorante’s father, who comes to Paris to arrange a marriage for his son.
  • Lucrèce: A shy and virtuous girl
  • Clarice: A young girl betrothed to Alcippe, and a friend of Lucrèce.
  • Alcippe: Dorante’s friend and the jealous lover of Clarice
  • Cliton: Dorante’s valet and mentor in Paris, who is hired because of his military and amatory connections.
  • Philiste: A friend of Dorante and Alcippe.
  • Sabine: Lucrèce’s maid and Dorante’s fellow liar.



Join the front line team at Live Arts by working as an usher, box office volunteer, or in concessions. Each member of the Live Arts Front of House Team, led by our chief maître d’ Darryl Smith, is truly an ambassador of the patron experience.




So you want to work on a show?  Great!  There are a multitude of jobs that could use your expertise and enthusiasm.  We encourage you to grow and learn and promise to help you help us- by providing the training and support you need to do your job.




Over 100 characters a year come to life on the Live Arts stage with the help of the Costume Guild, our dedicated volunteer team of sewers, cutter drapers, designers, stitchers, organizers, pullers, and fabulously dedicated disciples of the theatrical textile arts!

Did you know Live Arts has a sweet little costume shop?

Did you know that we have a costume stock stored in nooks and crannies all over the building and now over at our Rehearsal Z space?

Did you know that we have an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers led by Tricia Emlet who has taken on the responsibility of maintaining our costume stock and supporting the design and build of every production at Live Arts?

Awesome, no?




Want to take your involvement to the next level? Intern with us!

Live Arts is built on the love and labor of our amazing volunteers. Now, we’re looking for a few dedicated, passionate interns. These positions are great for college students, high school students, or those looking for a transitional position. Interns will ideally work anywhere from 5-15 hours per week, with negotiable scheduling.

All positions are unpaid, but interns do receive complimentary tickets to Live Arts shows and events, as well as one free educational class per semester.

Want to work in a fun, collaborative environment or learn more about community engagement? All the while receiving valuable job training skills and resume building projects and duties?  Contact our Volunteer Team for more information.



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