Upstream Theater Season 20

Website URL Upstream Theater


AEA Contract Salary (Weekly Minimum): currently $361

Actors for upcoming productions of Life is a Dream, Pictures from a Revolution, and Meet Me at Dawn.

PLEASE NOTE: We value your time! If you have performed in an Upstream Theater production in the past 5 years, you do not need to appear at the general audition: we will call you back as needed!

Local Hire and Video Submissions

Actors must be able to be considered local hires. Under certain circumstances we will accept video submissions: if unable to attend please write Managing Director Lizi Watt at Non-AEA actors are also encouraged to audition.

Location for all shows: The Marcelle Theater – 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis, MO 63103

Life is a Dream: Rehearsals begin week of September 23

Show Opens: October 18, 2024
Closes: November 3, 2024

Pictures from a Revolution: Rehearsals begin week of Dec. 30, 2024

Show Opens: Jan. 24, 2025
Closes: Feb. 9, 2025

Meet Me at Dawn: Rehearsals begin week of March 17, 2025

Show Opens: April 11, 2025
Closes: April 27, 2025

Audition Location

Kranzberg Arts Center Black Box 501 N Grand Blvd (at Olive)
St. Louis, MO 63103

Call Type: Equity
Audition Date(s): April 15 & 16, 3-10 PM (Callbacks are planned for April 20, 10-3)

For appointments: Please email Managing Director Lizi Watt at (We will schedule your time and furnish sample dialogues upon request.)

Preparation: Please prepare one classical monologue in verse (Shakespeare, Molière, Calderón or similar), as well as one modern/contemporary dramatic piece. Total time should not exceed 6 minutes. Please send a resume and headshot to Lizi Watt at

Life Is a Dream (La vida es sueño): Professional premiere of a new translation by Gary Racz of this classic Spanish play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, directed by Philip Boehm. This classic Spanish Golden Age drama follows the journey of Prince Segismundo, who is imprisoned at birth due to a prophecy. As he grapples with his newfound freedom, Segismundo questions the nature of his existence and the power of his own choices.

NOTE: the role of Basil, King of Poland has been cast

SEGISMUND, the prince, son of Basil (M, late 20s/early 30s)

ROSAURA, a Russian noblewoman (F, late 20s/early 30s)

CLOTALDO, an old nobleman, father of Rosaura (M, 60+)

ASTOLF, Duke of Moscow (M, late 20s/early 30s)

STELLA, niece of King Basil (F, late 20s/early 30s)

CLARION, Rosaura’s servant (M or F, age variable)

Pictures from a Revolution (Quadri di una rivoluzione) by Tino Caspanello, English translation by Haun Saussy, US premiere, director TBA. Three last resistance fighters of an unidentified revolution are living inside the walls of a stadium, while enemies lurk outside, watching and waiting. One of the men goes looking for food and winds up bringing a woman into their closed circle. Are they right to trust her? The ensuing scenes echo a series of famous paintings by Rembrandt, Matisse, Degas, and others, and highlight themes touched on in the dialogues of this deep and darkly comic piece.

892, the chief (M, 30s-40s)
584, the oldest of the group (M, 40s-50s)
137, the youngest of the group (M, 20s-early 30s)

THE WOMAN (F, late 20s to early 40s)

Meet Me at Dawn: regional premiere of a play by Zinnie Harris, directed by Larissa Lury. Two women wash up on a distant shore following a boating accident. Dazed by their experience, they look for a path home. But they discover that this unfamiliar land is not what it seems – and that, though they may be together, they have never been further Apart…

ROBIN, a woman (a woman in her 40s)

HELEN, a woman (a woman at least in her 40s)

NOTE: Upstream Theater is proud of its commitment to a casting practice that is “local, professional, and inclusive.” We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend this audition.

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