Soul Train the Musical Auditions
January 9 and 10, 2023
A.C.T. Studios—30 Grant Ave.
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For our Fall 2023 world premiere of Soul Train—The Musical, A.C.T. is seeking BIPOC Singers and Dancers, any gender identity/ non-binary, who specialize in popping, locking, waacking and are well versed in African-American social dances through time with a strong handle on contemporary dance.
Soul Train—The Musical will be produced as part of A.C.T.’s mainstage season next fall 2023, and will be performed at our historic, newly-renamed 1,000-seat Toni Rembe Theater in San Francisco’s Union Square.
Performers contracted will work in NYC and SF throughout 2023 and be paid at a LORT A rate ($1,207/week).
No professional experience or union affiliation is required to audition, but all performers will need to sign an Actors’ Equity Association agreement. Some auditionees may be asked to attend callbacks on Wednesday, January 11 or Thursday, January 12 at A.C.T.’s Studios at 30 Grant Ave, 8th Floor.
Virtual submissions will be received until January 5, 2023, using the link provided. Please do not email submissions.
WORKSHOPS, REHEARSALS, AND PERFORMANCE DATES
All performers, with the exception of 3 local SF/Bay Area swings, will be contracted for workshops in NYC during Spring ’23, and the world premiere production at A.C.T. in summer/fall 2023.
SCHEDULE (subject to change):
DEVELOPMENT SESSION DATES:
NYC Development Session 1: Approximately, February 6, 2023 - March 5, 2023 (dates TBD)
NYC Development Session 2: Approximately, April 10, 2023 - April 30, 2023
NYC Development Session 3: Approximately, June 19, 2023 - July 9, 2023
PRODUCTION DATES (all in SF/A.C.T.):
First Rehearsal: July 11, 2023
First Preview: August 25, 2023
Opening: September 6, 2023
Closing: October 1, 2023
Possible Extension through: October 15, 2023
ABOUT THE SHOW
Get ready for “the hippest trip in America” with the world premiere of Soul Train, the Broadway-bound musical based on the iconic TV show that brought Black music, dance, and style into every living room in America. Journey back to 1971’s Chicago, when Black entrepreneur and radio DJ Don Cornelius transformed the pop culture landscape by recognizing the lack of Black musical artists on television. Within a year, his local dance show went national and became one of the longest-running shows in television history. Elegant, determined, and complicated, Cornelius set trends for nearly 40 years by giving a stage—and a camera—to the artists who created the soundtrack of multiple generations, and to the dancers, including Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, who became superstars. Launching fall of 2023 at A.C.T.’s historic Toni Rembe Theater, the acclaimed creative team of Soul Train includes Tony Award–nominated playwright and MacArthur Genius Dominique Morisseau (Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud; The Detroit Project), Tony Award–nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown (A.C.T.’s Toni Stone; Broadway’s Once on This Island), and the Apollo Theater’s acclaimed executive director Kamilah Forbes. Don’t miss this world-premiere musical event that will have you dancing in the aisles and leave you with “love, peace, and soul” in your heart.
If you can’t audition in-person but are interested in the production, you are welcome to submit a video audition HERE. Video submissions will be received until January 5, 2023.
In compliance with AEA guidelines for in-person auditions, those attending auditions in person are required to provide one (1) of the following:
- Proof of vaccination (defined as "more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine")
- A negative PCR test result taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to entry into the audition venue
- Two negative antigen test results (e.g., the first taken the night before and the second taken no less than 2 hours) prior to entry into the venue
Masks will be required except when actively auditioning, and all attendees will be asked to complete a symptom check upon arrival. For COVID safety reasons, we ask that you arrive no more than 20 minutes prior to your slot.
Please note that A.C.T. is a fully vaccinated workplace. All hired actors will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including all eligible booster shots) prior to their first day of in-person work.
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle): Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company/Broadway), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Confederates (Signature Theatre), Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). Her Broadway production of Skeleton Crew (Manhattan Theatre Club) was TONY nominated for best play and she is also the TONY nominated book writer on the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). TV/Film projects: She has served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” She’s currently developing projects with Netflix and Maceo-Lyn (Kamilah Forbes, Ta-Nehisi Coates), and wrote the film adaptation of the documentary STEP for Fox Searchlight. Additionally, she has done rewrites for the films Terms of Endearment (Lee Daniels / Paramount), What’s Goin’ On (Mad Chance / Warner Bros), and is currently consulting on the Netflix animated feature, Tunga. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), and the Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18 and a recipient of the 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant. In 2022, Dominique was awarded the keys to the city by the Mayor of Detroit.
Kamilah is the Executive Producer at the world famous Apollo Theater. Directing credits include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, written by Pulitzer prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage, Blood Quilt written by Katori Hall, and Sunset Baby by MacArthur genius Dominique Morisseau. She has also worked as associate director for Tony award-winning A Raisin in The Sun, and Emmy award-winning “The Wiz Live for NBC." Additional Broadway credits include The Mountaintop, and Stick Fly. Producing credits include: several works for television, most notably the seventh season of the Tony Award and Peabody Award-winning series "Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry on HBO." She was also a co-executive producer on the "Brave New Voices" documentary series on HBO, in addition to executive producing the PBS special "The Women's List." Accolades: National Council of the Arts (appointed by President Joe Biden), NBTF Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award, The Root 100 Honoree, NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special (Between the World and Me).
Camille A. Brown
Artistic Director of the Camille A. Brown Dancers. Broadway, Off-Broadway and Television Credits include: Choir Boy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Tony Award-Winning Broadway revival, Once On This Island, Emmy Award- Winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, Broadway's A Streetcar Named Desire, Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park, The Metropolitan Opera's Porgy & Bess and made her feature film, debut in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. 2022 Tony Award Nominations for Best Direction of a Play and Best Choreography for her Broadway directorial debut of the revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf. Brown is the first Black woman to direct and choreograph a Broadway show in 67 years. The production received a total of 7 Tony Award Nominations. Awards: Guggenheim and 2020 OBIE Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Choreography.
ADESOLA OSAKALUMI Broadway: Skeleton Crew, Fela!, Equus. Off Broadway: Cullud Wattah, Coal Country, Othello (Public Theater), runboyrun, Eyewitness Blues (NYTW) Syncing Ink (Flea Theater), Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater), Jam on the Groove ( Minetta Lane): Fela! Regional: In Your Arms. Film and TV Credits:: Red Pill, Ibrahim, Sex and the City 2, Enchanted, Across the Universe, School of Rock, "Endgame" (NBC) “Ice.” Osakalumi is a Bessie Award recipient and Drama Desk nominee. adesola.com
Recent work includes the world premiere of A Wonderful World (Miami New Drama); Raisin in the Sun (Off-Broadway/NY Public Theater); The Life and Times of Malcolm X (Detroit Opera, Opera Omaha); Hairspray (Dallas Theatre Center); In the Heights (Dallas Theatre Center, Broadway Sacramento); Dreamgirls (North Shore Music Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center where he earned the Irma P. Hall Black Award for Best Choreography); and 2 productions of Rent (Virginia’s Signature Theatre) (Boston’s Berklee College of Music, which he also directed.) Recent film and television includes: Eileen starring Anne Hathaway (Universal – awaiting release); A Thousand and One (Universal – awaiting release); Pippin (Encore!/Disney+); and Harlem (Amazon) as Co-Choreographer with Camille A. Brown. Associate choreographer credits include Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Met Opera), the Tony Award winning revival of Once on This Island (Broadway/National Tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in The Park/PBS Great Performances).; Toni Stone (Off-Broadway/Roundabout Theatre); Choir Boy (Broadway/Manhattan Theatre Club); Cabin in The Sky (Encores!/New York City Center); and Jesus Christ Superstar Live (NBC), which won the Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special Live”). He’s taught masterclasses and set choreography at dance studios across the world, including the prestigious NYU Theatre Department. As a teacher, he has 20+ years of experience and currently serves on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center and Immersive Artist Experience.
VICTOR VAZQUEZ, CSA, he/him (Casting Director) is the founder and lead Casting Director of X Casting in NYC (www.xcastingnyc.com). He has cast projects for Broadway,('Slave Play', and upcoming: 'Soul Train’), Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Tv (upcoming: ‘Genius: MLK/X’ for 20thTv, Nat Geo, Disney+), and Film. He is the proud son of Mexican immigrants.