Open Auditions in Memphis TN for Musical “Union”


Union – A New Musical

Location: Memphis, TN

Type: Theater

In 1968, Clayborn Temple was home to the Memphis Sanitation Workers during their strike for economic justice. Within its sanctuary they organized their efforts and from its steps they marched daily into the streets of Memphis. As they went they carried the iconic “I AM A MAN” signs that bore witness to the very meaning of the movement: the pursuit of human dignity. Today, fifty years later, Clayborn Temple is developing “Union” a musical play that inspires audiences with the powerful story of the Sanitation Workers and continues their journey toward social justice.

On April 4th, 2018 the eyes of the world will turn to Memphis as thousands gather to remember, embrace, and advance the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. As part of this commemoration, Clayborn Temple presents three preview performances of “Union: A Musical” and a community conversation that that brings together community members, activists, artists, influencers, and civic leaders to discuss the ongoing work of democracy in our city and in our nation. Set to debut in 2019, this production will tour cities across the United States and invite audiences into active conversations about the ongoing need for equity, the enduring power of community, and the future possibilities of democracy.


African American and Caucasian American actors ages 16 and up for several roles. We are looking for smart, fun and soulful performers with strong musical and physical skills — background in dance or movement theater is a plus. Must be able to sing and rap.


Contract Salary: $250 – $500


3/20 5:30-9:30pm

3/21 5:30-9:30pm

3/24 10-2pm

3/25 3-7pm

3/27 5:30-9:30pm


3/31 10-7pm

4/1 7pm – 11pm

4/2 7pm – 11pm

4/3 7pm – 11pm

4/4 7pm – 11pm

4/5 7pm – 11pm


FRIDAY, APRIL 6th Evening Event VIP Night – 5:30pm – 9:30pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 7th Evening Event Facebook Live featuring social media influencers – 5:30pm – 9:30pm

SUNDAY, APRIL 8th Matinee Event and a Facebook Live community conversation featuring civil rights activists from 1968 and 2018. – 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Please email Kristen Adele Calhoun at with your headshot and resume and any schedule conflicts during the rehearsal period.

Creative Team

Sho Baraka, Head Writer

Kristen Adele Calhoun, Director

Justin Merrick, Musical Director

Jamie Portier, Writer, Co-Musical Director

Greg Thompson, Co-Writer

anasa troutman, Producer

Bertram Williams, Associate Producer

Sunday, March 18, 2018 3pm

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
700 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

Payment: Paid

City or Location of call: Memphis, TN
Please submit to: by 2018-03-20

This casting notice was posted by: Union – a new musical (commissioned by Clayborn Temple)

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