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.”

WHAT’S A 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 Company & Production Manager, Tracie Skipper at tracie@livearts.org 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.

AUDITION

UPCOMING AUDITIONS:

We encourage EVERYONE to audition, even if you do not consider yourself an experienced (or trained) actor, singer, or dancer.  We forge theater and community here – that’s our mission.

Don’t let all this (valuable) but sometimes overwhelming advice scare you away from auditioning.  We’ve gathered ideas from some great mentors who are serious theater makers, so their recommendations raise the bar high.

People of varying degrees of experience and ability are cast in Live Arts shows ALL THE TIME.  Often, there are as many “newbies” cast as returning actors.

Even if you can’t do all this wonderful prep work, we’d love to have you audition at Live Arts.  Questions are always welcome.  Take the plunge – GET IN HERE.

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GET IN HERE! 2016-2017 Season Casting Opportunities

In an effort to let folks know of the landscape of the roles for this season, here’s an overview of the casting by show. These are NOT descriptions created by the directors, but snapshots. WATCH FOR FULL INFORMATION coming soon in the Company Newsletters and on the website at www.livearts.org/companymember/ Live Arts encourages actors of all ethnicities to audition, unless otherwise indicated. It is most interesting and truthful when our stage reflects the community in which we live.

AGE RANGES ARE FLEXIBLE! Often, we need to widen our range here at Live Arts, so watch for the updated casting notice written by the directors for specifics. These are usually available a month before auditions.

Contact tracie@livearts.org for more information about auditions and/or to sign up for your slot.

UPCOMING AUDITIONS:

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

  • Audition Dates: March 12 and 13
  • Performances Dates: May 19 – June 4

CAST:

  • William “Willy” Loman – The Salesman
  • Linda Loman: Willy’s loyal and loving wife.
  • Biff Loman: Willy’s older son.
  • Harold “Happy” Loman: Willy’s younger son.
  • Charley: Willy’s somewhat wise-cracking yet kind and understanding neighbor.
  • Bernard: Charley’s son.
  • Uncle Ben: Willy’s older brother.
  • The Woman: A woman, whom Willy calls “Miss Francis.”
  • Howard Wagner: Willy’s boss.
  • Jenny: Charley’s secretary.
  • Stanley: A waiter.
  • Miss Forsythe: A girl whom Happy picks up at the restaurant.
  • Letta: Miss Forsythe’s friend.

Contact tracie@livearts.org for more information about auditions and/or to sign up for your slot.

FRONT OF HOUSE

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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.

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

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.

 

 

WARDROBE AND COSTUME SHOP

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?

 

 

INTERNSHIPS

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 Tracie for more information.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Want to find out what Live Arts has done over the years?  Click HERE