This Is My Brave is a show about what it's like to live through mental illness and come out on the other side. The emotions from having experienced mental illness first-hand are raw, excruciating, thrilling, inspiring and so much more. We want those feelings to come through in your piece. We want to feel as though we're holding your heart in our hands for those five minutes when you're standing at the podium. We promise to be gentle and give it back at the end, as long as you're able to trust us while you're in the spotlight.

We’re seeking individuals who have a talent in writing or music and are ready to share their story of living a successful life despite having experienced a mental health issue. Each essay, original song, or poem must not exceed 5 minutes in length. Think of your piece as a “snippet” of your life, rather than your entire life story. Practice your piece in front of a mirror and time it to make sure you are able to read it within the time limit, without rushing through.

More tips for creating your audition piece:

  • You don't have to memorize your piece, although it's important to be able to make eye contact with the audience
  • Tell us about the struggle, but focus on the recovery. The bulk of your piece needs to describe for us how you found your way to wellness in order to leave the audience with a strong sense of hope.
  • Be creative! Have fun with this. Step outside of your comfort zone. It'll be worth it.

Please use discretion when creating your piece. Inappropriate language may need to be edited. All ages are welcome at our shows, but some material may not be suitable for children. We recommend parental consent and accompaniment. 

To schedule an audition for one of our spring shows, follow the instructions below.

Audition announcements for our Fall 2018 shows!

Iowa City, IA - show date: 9/16/18 at the Englert Theatre - CLICK HERE to book an audition (June 6th-9th)

Los Angeles, CA - show date: 9/22/18 at the Warner Grand Theatre - CLICK HERE to book an audition (June 10-16th)

New York City - show date: 9/24/18 at Mason Hall at Baruch College - CLICK HERE to book an audition (June 9-12th)

Boise, ID - show date: 10/8/18 at the Boise State University Special Events Center - CLICK HERE to book an audition (June 25th & 30th)

Elkins Park, PA - show date: 10/18/18 at Gratz College - CLICK HERE to book an audition (June 27th, 30th & July 5th)

Arlington, VA - show date: 10/21/18 at the Gunston One Theatre - CLICK HERE to book an audition (June 28th, 30th & July 1st)

Myrtle Beach, SC - show date: 10/28/18 at Five Crowns Conference & Events Center - CLICK HERE to book an audition (June 30-July 2)

Lansing, MI - show date: 11/11/18 at Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center on MSU campus - CLICK HERE to book an audition ( July 19th, 20th & 21st)

More shows being announced for fall - check back soon!

We can’t wait to hear your BRAVE!