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.

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.

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 2017 shows!

 

Los Angeles, CA - show date: January 22nd at The Moss Theater in Santa Monica

Boise, Idaho - show date: February 18th at Boise State University 

Our Boise show has been cast. Tickets on sale now

Des Moines, Iowa - show date: March 31st at the Temple Theater

Our Des Moines show has been cast. Tickets on sale now!

Germantown, Maryland - show date: April 20th at  Seneca Valley HS

Auditions for the Seneca Valley HS show are open to young adults. Please click HERE to view dates & sign up for a spot!

The Corridor, Iowa - show date: April 22nd at  Kirkwood Community College

Auditions begin in February. Please click HERE to view dates and to sign up for a spot!

Napa Valley, California - show date: May 6th at  Napa Valley College

Auditions being held in March. Please click HERE to view dates and to sign up for a spot!

Kansas City, Missouri - show date: May 7th at H & R Block City Stage at Union Station 

Auditions being held in February & March. Please click HERE to view dates and to sign up for a spot!

Jacksonville, FL - show date: May 20th at Friday Musicale, Inc. 

Our Jacksonville show has been cast. Tickets on sale now!

Chicagoland - show date: May 21st at the Memorial Opera House Theatre

Chicagoland auditions being held in February. Please click HERE to view dates and sign up for a spot!

DC play "Stigma" featuring Brave storytellers in between acts - show date: May 21st at the Keegan Theatre

Auditions are being held in February. Please click HERE to view dates and to sign up for a spot!

Bentonville, Arkansas - show dates: May 25th & 26th at the Northwest Arkansas Community College

Auditions are being in February. Please click HERE to view dates and to sign up for a spot!

Canberra, Australia - show date: May 26th at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Auditions are being held in March. Please click HERE to view dates and to sign up for a spot!

We can’t wait to hear your BRAVE!