Open Call Auditions




THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is a haven for people of all stripes to be their most brilliant, strange, honest, fabulous, and terrifying selves. It’s been blowing minds and opening hearts in San Francisco and around the world for over 40 years and I am—yes—shivering with antici . . . . pation to assemble a community of Bay Area performers who will take over the Geary in 2020 to collaborate on a musical blowout that could only happen in and for San Francisco. Come as you are and do the thing you love to do. If you’re nervous about singing, lip sync. If you want to wear a wig, wear three. 

From Director Sam Pinkleton




A.C.T. is looking for talented, unique, actors/singers/performers ages 18+ for our upcoming Spring 2020 production of the musical The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien. We are interested in auditionees of all ethnicities, body types, gender identifications & ability levels. You must be local and living in the San Francisco Bay Area to be considered for casting. No professional experience or union affiliation is required to audition.


Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: YBCA has multiple entrances. Please enter on Mission Street, and you will be directed to the audition registration table for check-ins.

Each auditionee will be asked to sign up for an hour-long slot, which will start with a group warm-up and brief Q&A followed by private individual auditions with you and the Rocky Horror team. Please arrive 15 minutes before your audition slot to fill out any paperwork.

Some auditionees may be asked to attend callbacks the next day on Friday, November 1 at A.C.T.’s Studios at 30 Grant Ave, 8th Floor.


Sign-ups can be made online using an form. Click here to access form.

We kindly ask that you include as many available slots possible in your sign up, as we will be filling up audition groups on a first-come basis. You will receive an email from our staff confirming your audition time slot. OR you can sign up in person for day of starting at 9:30 a.m. at YBCA.


  • Please prepare a short song of your choice that you love to sing (under 2 minutes long).
  • Feel free to sing any style of music that you LOVE to rock out to (pop, gospel, rap, jazz, rock, R&B, musical theater, etc). We want to see YOU at your best having the time of your life, so have fun with it!
  • Please bring sheet music for your short song. We will have a great pianist to accompany you.
  • You are also welcome to sing a cappella or with a track. We ask that tracks be easily played from an iPhone or device that can be plugged into a speaker with an aux cable.
  • If you play piano or guitar and want to accompany yourself, that’s okay too.
  • Please also bring a recent printed picture of yourself (it doesn’t need to be a professional headshot) and a short resume detailing your experience as a performer (if you have one).
  • Halloween costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.


This is a PAID, FULL-TIME commitment. You must be available for all rehearsals and performances if you are cast in the production.

Rehearsals will take place March 17–April 22.
Performances will take place April 23–May 17 (with a possible extension through May 24).
The Rocky Horror Show will be produced as part of A.C.T.’s mainstage season and will be performed in our historic 1000-seat Geary Theater in Union Square in San Francisco.


On a dark and stormy night, Brad and Janet get a flat tire . . . So begins our party at The Geary Theater. Tony Award–nominated director-choreographer Sam Pinkleton (Soft Power and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) reimagines this swirling, sci-fi world for 2020 San Francisco.

Before this cross-dressing classic was ever a midnight movie at the Strand, Richard O’Brien’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, and Riff Raff started life as a smash rock musical. Experience the Geary as never before in this outrageous celebration of sex, drag, rock’n’roll, and being who you really are. In a dazzling mix of sequins and fishnet stockings, “Let’s do the Time Warp again!”


If you can’t audition in-person but are interested in the production, you are welcome to submit a video audition. For video auditions, record a brief introduction including your name and some fun things about you, as well as your song of choice (under 2 minutes).

Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo as a shareable link. Please make sure the link is viewable to “Anyone with the link” and send to no later than Monday, October 28 at 12 p.m.  



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Sam Pinkleton (Director) is a New York City-based director and choreographer. His work on Broadway includes Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Tony Nomination); Significant Other; Amélie; Heisenberg; and Machinal. Opera: Salome (Oper Köln), Trouble in Tahiti (Dutch National Opera), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Montpelier Opera). Upcoming: Soft Power (Public), BREAK THE NIGHT (Virgin Voyages), Off-Broadway/Regional: BAM, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, Roundabout, Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, TFANA, Berkeley Rep, American Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Theatreworks USA, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theater Group,  and McCarter Theatre. Sam is a collaborating artist with The Civilians, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and The Dance Cartel.


Ani Taj (Associate Director/Co-Choreographer) is a director-choreographer and founder of The Dance Cartel. She choreographs large-scale dance experiences, music videos, non-traditional musicals, VR and more, and loves to make dances inspired by Brazilian Carnaval. Highlights with Dance Cartel include: Ace Hotel NY, PS1/MoMA, the High Line, Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Shed, Ryan Heffington’s The Sweat Spot (LA), OBERON (ART); music videos for Yoko Ono, Reggie Watts, Shura & Vic Mensa; TV appearances on Conan and The Late Late Show. In 2019 Taj co-choreographed Wajatta’s VR experience Runnin, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won “Best Interactive” at SXSW. Currently Taj is making a giant and totally absurd immersive dance experience with longtime collaborator Sam Pinkleton, commissioned by Virgin Voyages.Favorite theater projects include choreography for RUNAWAYS (Public Theater at the Delacorte, NY City Center), Good Men Wanted (NYSAF), and dancing in Tony-nominated Broadway hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Taj is an Adjunct movement professor at NYU (ETW).


Ada Westfall (Music Director) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, music director, performer, and proud transgender woman whose mission is to disrupt, interrogate, and diversify the fields of music, theater and their intersection. Career highlights include: In the Green (Lincoln Center - LCT3), Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public), Big Apple Circus 42 (Lincoln Center - Damrosch Park), Death of a Salesman (BAM), Songbird (59E59), Rimbaud in New York (BAM), Remnant (MITU580), and The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe). Upcoming: Another Rose (Virgin Voyages) and The Rocky Horror Show (A.C.T.). Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Music in a Play: A Play On War (Connelly Theater). Associate Artist with two Brooklyn-based theater companies: Theater Mitu (since 2006) with whom she has toured internationally to cities such as Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Cairo, Santiago, Sarajevo et al., and The Civilians (since 2016). BFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. - Instagram: @adawestfall


Janet Foster (Director of Casting and Artistic Associate) has cast for A.C.T. for seven seasons, including The Great Leap, Her Portmanteau, Edward Albee’s Seascape, Men on Boats, Sweat, Hamlet, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Hard Problem, King Charles III, John, Arcadia, Stuck Elevator, The Orphan of Zhao, Napoli!, and Endgame and Play. On Broadway, she cast The Light in the Piazza (Artios Award nomination), Lennon, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Taking Sides (co- cast). Off-Broadway credits include True Love, Floyd Collins, A Cheever Evening, The Monogamist, and Later Life. Regionally, she has worked at Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Old Globe, and American Repertory Theater. Film, television, and radio credits include Cosby, Tracey Takes On New York, The Deal, Advice from a Caterpillar, The Day That Lehman Died (Peabody, SONY, and Wincott awards), and “T” Is for Tom (Tom Stoppard radio plays, WNYC and WQXR). She also cast LifeAfter, a GE Theater podcast, and Passenger List, featuring Patti LuPone. (she/her)


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