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 Winter/Spring 2018 shows!

Orlando - January 28th

Arlington, VA - March 18th (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale NOW!

Sterling, VA - April 5th (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale NOW!

Fort Lauderdale, FL - April 8th (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale NOW!

Baltimore, MD - show date: May 12th, 2018 at the Mount St Joseph High School Auditorium

Auditions for our Baltimore show are on February 22nd 24th (in Howard county) and Feb 25th (in Harford county).

Boston, MA - show date: May 21st, 2018 at the Dane Estate at Pine Manor College

Auditions for our Boston show are on February 24th & 25th. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Charlotte, NC - show date: May 19th, 2018 at Warehouse 242

Auditions for our Charlotte show are on February 27th, 28th and March 3rd. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Philadelphia, PA - show date: June 10th, 2018 at Painted Bride Art Center

Auditions for our Philly show are on March 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Boise, ID - show date: June 23rd, 2018 at the Boise State University Special Events Center

Auditions for our Boise show are coming SOON!

Bentonville, AR - show date: May 17th

Auditions for our Bentonville show are on February 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. CLICK HERE to sign up!

We can’t wait to hear your BRAVE!