Auditions for Play Night Witches in NYC – Residency Program

By | March 7, 2019

Night Witches

Location: New York, NY

Type: Theater

Invitation to attend Group Audition for Night Witches

Note from the Producer:

Ground Rush productions is currently casting the ensemble for the 3rd round of development for Night Witches, a new play about soviet female combat pilots in WWll.

Ground Rush Productions is committed to inclusion and diversity. We are floored by the talent we have seen in auditions, however we are unsatisfied with the turnout of diversity through initial round of auditions.

After noticing this, and speaking with an actress of color from the original ensemble, we are making outreach to WOC a priority. Night Witches is a story about the sisterhood, heart, courage, and resilience of soviet pilots, which we believe should be made visible in all kinds of bodies onstage.

We would love to invite theatre makers of color for our 2nd round of callbacks in New York City on Monday, March 11, 11AM-3PM, 305 West 38th Street, Ripley Grier Studios, Room 203.

Please read more on the breakdown and and info on the residency below:

Please email to confirm your attendance.

Night Witches

A new play based on the female fighter pilots and members of the 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Regiment of World War II.

Written by: Madeline Barr, Elizabeth Chahin, Josephine Cooper, Alida Rose Delaney, Alexis Ingram, Elena Kritter, and Maggie Ronck, with text from “A Dance with Death: Soviet Airwomen of World War II” by Anne Noggle
Produced by: Ground Rush Productions
Directed by: Elena Kritter
Casting by: Dayna Dantzler
Assistant to the Casting Director: Alexandra M. Lee, Ethan Ness

SEEKING: Two Actor/Creators (female) (Late teens to early 30’s)
Physical, passionate, hardworking, multi-dimensional, multi-talented, female-identifying theatre makers. We want to create a well-rounded company who have experience in music, writing, ensemble-devising, puppetry, and/or design who will continue devising the play as set in motion by the original members of the ensemble.

Women of Color strongly encouraged to apply. We are seeking artists who are passionate about the story, flexible with developmental nature of new work, do well in live-in residencies, and thrive in “team’ based exercises and games.

Group auditions for Night Witches will take place on Monday, 11AM-3PM, 305 West 38th Street, Ripley Grier Studios, Room 203
For this group audition please use one historical account, and create a piece of theatre showcasing:
1) Your devising skill
2) Your acting skill

A note on Devising: We want to see how the text inspires you as a creator/artist to generate original material. You do not need to use all of the text, or recreate the text literally – we simply want to see how the source material inspires you as an artist with your creative arsenal.

For example: An account could remind you of a song – you could come in and sing/play the song. It might inspire a movement sequence. It might inspire an original monologue from another character’s point of view. It might inspire shadow puppetry of flight. It might inspire a soundscape played in the background while you perform the account – and so much more! Get creative! We want to meet you in a creative state!

Please arrive early and bring a headshot and resume.


What to Expect from the Residency:

Residency Dates:
April 13th-May 12th at Ground Rush Farm, Culpeper, VA
Performances: May 8th-11th at The Hangar in Culpeper, Virginia

Residency Location
The development of the piece will take place in a month long residency April 2019 on Ground Rush Farm in Culpeper, Virginia.

Rehearsals/ Performances
Collaborators will work with an existing script, play with found text from A Dance with Death:Soviet Airwomen of WWII by Anne Noggle, devise new material using local resources in Virginia, create new characters, and interact with current text and current characters in creative improvisations, structured rehearsals, and experiential field trips.

The residency will culminate in a brief performance period for the local community as well as invited industry guests.

Typical Work Day (5x/week)
8:00AM- 9AM – Bootcamp (Physical Training including Weight Training, Cardio, and Yoga as led by NASM: Personal Trainer Elena Kritter)
9AM-10AM – Breakfast, Shower, Downtime
10AM–1PM- Rehearsal: Creating scenes/Improvisations/Devised Theatre Exercises led by Director with suggestions from Members of the Ensemble/Dramaturgy Work/Text Work
1PM-3PM- Lunch on your own, downtime
3PM-6PM: Continuing Work: Synthesizing Work with Current Text and/or continuing work as outlined above
6PM-7PM: Down time or Cooking (depending on schedule)
7PM: Communal Dinner
7:30PM – End of Day
Each Week:
Fridays: 5:30PM-6PM- Review of content created over the week, Rehearsal Goals/Plan Announced for Following Week
9pm-9:30pm: Check in on the days work and plan for the next; reviewing to-do lists and deadlines for the week.

Field Trip Days/Rest Days (2x per week)
Saturdays: Day trips for research to MIlitary Aviation Museum, Golden Age Air Museum, Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.

Sundays: Downtime, Optional Leisure Trips to the American Shakespeare Center, Hiking on Skyline Drive, Trip to Old House Vineyards, meeting the Culpeper community, local businesses, and local pilots at the Culpeper Regional Airport

Free housing (1 bed per member with 2 members per room) will be provided in Culpeper, Virginia at the Kritter family home on Ground Rush Farm.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, provided on Ground Rush Farm
Fees on Field Trips/Group Excursions
Travel to and from Residency reimbursed up to $150.00

Expectations of Ensemble Members:
Ground Rush Farm is working family farm, so contribution to cleaning, cooking, and following house rules as set down by hosts is expected.

Additional Research:
Please do some preliminary research before the audition process begins. A few sources below:

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of The Soviet Union During World War II by Elizabeth Wein

A Dance with Death: Soviet Airwomen of World War II by Anne Noggle

Payment: Other

City or Location of call: New York, NY
Please submit to: by 2019-03-11

This casting notice was posted by: Dayna Dantzler-DD Casting

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