Masterclass Workshops with Theater Grottesco

Theater Grottesco will be offering four distinct workshops in August 2016. Workshops are open to professionals and serious amateurs of all ages, and will be led by Grottesco ensemble members and Guest Instructor J.A. “Dino” Deane. Theater Grottesco’s physical theatre training has been recognized by American Theatre Magazine.

Workshops include:

  • Musical Conduction for Voice and Text ($175, 10 hours total)
  • Discovery of Music ($120, 8 hours total)
  • Baal Mask Constructing and Playing ($240, 16+ hours total)
  • Buffoon ($180, 12 hours total)

Workshops may be taken independently or all together, and tuition discounts are available for multiple classes. For more information and to apply, call (505) 474-8400, email danielle@theatergrottesco.org, or visit theatergrottesco.org.

Extended Workshop with Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders is partnering with Omega Institute for Holistic Studies to offer an extended workshop in clown techniques, July 3-8 at the Omega Institute campus in Rhinebeck, New York. The workshop is intended for interested parties at any level of experience, encouraging “non-performers” to learn how to incorporate elements of clown and therapy via laughter into their homes, communities, and workplaces.

From their website:

Not just the best medicine, but frequently in times of crisis and even times of peace, it’s the most accessible medicine.  Often, it’s the only medicine.  You don’t need a prescription, you don’t need training, you don’t need much to find it if you can simply know where to look—it’s laughter and it’s simple.

It’s how you entice a potential mother-in-law that you might be a good candidate for her daughter’s hand. It’s a way to efficiently release tension when the board meeting is not going so well. It’s a tool that is universal with regards to language. It’s a tool that lays a foundation for connectivity between the heart, the mind and the global community.

We have witnessed laughter at the sites of a suicide bombing in Eastern Turkey—artists performing for children who lost loved ones in that very place. I’ve watched children, dying of Ebola, sit up on bed and laugh and play despite indescribably pain in their joints and severe dehydration. And I’ve watched children in Central Park freeze in a state of wonder and awe as they watch an artist form bubbles the size of the children themselves—and when they pop, shrieks of joy follow. And then their parents smile.

Resilience abounds when the catalyst for laughter is present.

No matter who we are, we have the capability to laugh.  No matter who we are, we have the capability to make others smile.

The cost of the workshop is $425, with proceeds supporting the year-round work of Clowns Without Borders. For more information and to apply, visit dishesatmidnight.com and eomega.org.

Neutral Mask and Clown intensives with Jodi DiSanto

Jodi DiSanto, teaching protégé of Jaques Lecoq, is offering a series of six-day intensive workshops in neutral mask and clown through The Center for Movement Theatre:

  • Neutral Mask 1: June 6-11
  • Neutral Mask 2: June 13-18
  • Clown: August 1-6

All classes are at Academy for Classical Acting, 2129 G Street NW in Washington D.C. Tuition is $600 per workshop, with a $100 registration deposit. For more information and to apply, visit thisisthecenter.com.

Auditions for Cirque du Soleil–Physical Actors and Clowns

Cirque du Soleil will be holding auditions on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, for the following disciplines:

  • Clowns
  • Physical actors
  • Puppeteers
  • Contemporary mimes
  • Street performers

All body types are welcomed. Additional skills are an asset.

Interested and qualified candidates must apply online by June 19, 2016. All candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of the auditions.

A few other things to note:

  • Cirque du Soleil will not pay for any expenses incurred by candidates to attend auditions.
  • These are general auditions for all roles in current shows and upcoming creations. Cirque du Soleil will not offer contracts at the auditions.
  • The material submitted by candidates will not be returned and may be destroyed by the casting team.

For more information and to apply, visit cirquedusoleil.com.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance at Keuka College

Keuka College–in Keuka Park, New York–is hiring an adjunct instructor to teach courses in dance, including Introduction to Dance; Dance, Self, and Culture; and Movement in the Wider World. Applicants should have a particular interest in innovative and integrative approaches to the teaching of dance that stress its broad application in everyday life and its integration both with other performing arts (theatre and music) and with a range of other disciplines (e.g. Occupational Therapy, Health and Wellness) and co-curricular activities are especially welcome. The instructor should value quality in teaching, and enjoy working closely with an undergraduate population.

Qualifications include an M.F.A. in Dance or equivalent degree, experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching Dance at the college and/or secondary level, effective verbal and written communication skills, and compliance with standard higher education confidentiality policies.

For more information and to apply, visit keuka.edu.

Puppet Lab Artist with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is accepting applications for the 2017 Puppet Lab: an emerging artist incubator program, facilitated by Alison Heimstead. Puppet Lab Artists will receive a $2000 stipend.

Applicants must consider themselves emerging artists, defined as “artists who have evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.” Examples of recognition can include exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions.

Applications must be received by email, mail, or hand-delivery no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Recipients will be announced by June 30, 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit hobt.org. Applicants interested in asking questions and reviewing past successful applications can contact Performance Curator Alison Heimstead at aheimstead@hobt.org.

The Awesome Foundation accepting proposals for $1,000 “micro-grants”

The Awesome Foundation is currently accepting proposals for $1,000 “micro-grants” to help fund initiatives in art, technology, community development, and more. Proposals are reviewed and grants awarded on a monthly basis, and all grants are distributed without any requirement for acknowledgement from the recipient.

Here’s more from The Awesome Foundation’s website:

Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Chapters of The Awesome Foundation can be found in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, France, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and more, including several global chapters.

For more information and to apply, visit awesomefoundation.org.

Auditions for the San Francisco Neo-Futurists

The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are looking for talented and versatile theatre artists for their ongoing run of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Ensemble members of the company write, direct, and perform in this weekly unique and provocative 60-minute, 30-play revue.

Audition slots are by appointment only and will be held Sunday, May 15 from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Monday, May 16 from 6:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Mojo Theatre (2940 16th Street #217, San Francisco, CA). Callbacks will take the form of a two-day workshop on Sunday, May 22 from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Monday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Attendance will be requested for the entire time.

Auditionees are encouraged to attend a current production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at SAFEhouse for the Arts (1 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA) on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m.

For more information, some FAQs, and to request an audition time, visit sfneofuturists.com.

Knight Foundation now accepting applications for 2016 Knight Arts Challenge

The Knight Foundation is now accepting applications for the first round of the 2016 Knight Arts Challenge. The Knight Arts Challenge offers shares of an $8 million prize for arts projects in Akron, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Miami, Florida; and St. Paul, Minnesota. Projects can be of any art discipline, including theatre, dance, music, writing, film, and more.

The challenge is open to nonprofits, companies, and individuals, and applicants do not need to be residents of the community in which the project will take place. This includes non-U.S. citizen applicants.

For first-round consideration, the Knight Arts Challenge enforces three simple rules:

  1. The idea is about the arts.
  2. The project takes place in or benefits the community in which the Challenge is based (Akron, Detroit, Miami, or St. Paul).
  3. Applicants must secure other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.

Submissions are one 150-word essay, submitted via the Knight Foundation website. The deadline for first-round consideration is May 2, 2016. Selected finalists will be invited to submit a detailed project proposal for final panel consideration later in the year.

For more information and to apply, visit knightfoundation.org.

Last-minute audition with Handsome Little Devils

Handsome Little Devils is currently accepting submissions to cast a separate production of their hit show Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. This production would run Summer 2016 at the Trocadero Theatre in Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park in Denver, Colorado, in collaboration with the Manhattan Creative Group.

Submissions are being accepted for the roles of Baron Vegan von Hamburger (the villain), The Lovely Little Lolo (the love interest), and Mike the Handsome (the hero). Jugglers, dancers, clowns, and physical comedians are encouraged to apply. This is a non-equity contract, with performances seven days a week. Roles will be double-cast.

Auditions will be held Saturday, April 2 in Denver, Colorado by appointment only. To apply for consideration, visit this link at Manhattan Creative Group’s website. For more information about Squirm Burpee and Handsome Little Devils, visit handsomelittledevils.com

Handsome Little Devils is also accepting applications for their general talent roster, where outside acts are hired for special events, corporate functions and theatrical productions. To submit for the general talent roster, please email headshot, resume, and any video links that showcase talent to cole@handsomelittledevils.com.