Audition to Share Your Story

 

It's that time again! 

It's hard to believe we're going into our third year. It feels like just yesterday Anne Marie and I were planning our first show, walking into auditions with high hopes but also a sense of apprehension. Would anyone show up? Would we be able to pull this off? Would it make a difference?

Our doubts dissolved within the first hour of auditions. The cast simply showed up. The stories and the talent that walked through those doors blew us away. We had a hard time making casting decisions. This has been the case with every one of our shows. 

What's also been consistent at the conclusion of all our Brave shows is the engagement of the audience with the cast in the lobby. We've seen it proven that when someone is able to be brave and vulnerable, sharing his or her story on stage to help just one person, this act of selflessness provides the courage for another person to share. Audience members and cast members embrace amid laughter and tears, stories are validated, and lives changed forever. Because of storytelling.

With 25% of Americans affected directly by mental health issues, we all have a story about mental illness to share. It's our goal to remove the stigma of mental illness, open a dialog, and create opportunities for people to thoughtfully engage around the topic of mental health.

This Is My Brave shows are live storytelling events where real people tell real stories about their real life mental health issues through the artistic avenues of poetry, music and essay. 

2016 is the year to #LiveBrave. If you're ready to share your story on stage, we want to meet you! Check below for details on how to sign up for an audition spot. (If your city's details are not available yet, please check back as we'll be updating this post!)

Greenville, South Carolina: 

Day 1 - Sunday, February 21st – 2pm-5pm – Hughes Main Library: 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC 29601

  • To book this date, CLICK HERE and select a 15-min audition time slot. 

Day 2 - Monday, February 22nd – 6pm-8:30pm – Hughes Main Library: 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville

  • To book this date, CLICK HERE and select a 15-min audition time slot.

Day 3 (final) - Wed, February 24th – 6pm-8:30pm – Hughes Main Library: 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville

  • To book this date, CLICK HERE and select a 15-min audition time slot.

Saturday, February 27th – Casting decisions finalized

Monday, February 29th - Cast announced on the blog!

Important dates for chosen cast members:

  • Thursday, March 10th - Cast Welcome Party! (Acadia River House, 6:30pm)
  • Sunday, May 1st - Rehearsal
  • Thursday, May 5th - Showtime! 7:00pm at the Kroc Center, Greenville

Iowa City, Iowa:

Deadline to submit stories via email is February 20th. Email Producer Brook Easton at: brook@thisismybrave.org with your submission. (Music auditions may be submitted via YouTube link.) Selected submissions will be chosen for in-person auditions.

Important dates for chosen cast members:

  • Saturday, March 5th - Cast Welcome Party!
  • TBD - Rehearsal
  • Friday, May 13th - Showtime! 7:00pm at the Coralville Performing Arts Center, Coralville, IA

Washington, DC-area:

Day 1 - Saturday, February 13th - 2:30-5pm - MLK Library: 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC (Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop)

  • To book this date, CLICK HERE and select a 15-min audition time slot.

Day 2 - Saturday, February 20th – 11am-4pm – Rust Library: 380 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg, VA 20176 

  • To book this date, CLICK HERE and select a 15-min audition time slot. 

Day 3 (final) - Sunday, February 21st – 1pm-5pm – Pyramid Atlantic Art Center: 8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Silver Spring metro stop)

  • To book this date, CLICK HERE and select a 15-min audition time slot.

Saturday, February 27th – Casting decisions finalized

Monday, February 29th - Cast announced on the blog!

Important dates for chosen cast members:

  • Sunday, March 20th - Cast Welcome Party!
  • Sunday, May 1st - Afternoon Rehearsal
  • Sunday, May 15th - Showtime! 4:00pm at the Spectrum Theater, Arlington, VA

Denver, Colorado:

Day 1 - Saturday, March 12 - 11am-3pm - Backstage at Beryl's 3120 Blake Street, Denver, CO

Day 2 - Sunday, March 13 - 11am-3pm - Backstage at Beryl's 3120 Blake Street, Denver, CO

To audition for our Denver show on either day, please CLICK HERE to schedule your audition.

Important dates for chosen cast members:

  • Saturday, April 2nd - Cast Welcome Party!
  • TBD - Rehearsal
  • Thursday, May 19th - Showtime! at the Oriental Theater, Denver, CO 

Chicagoland (Valparaiso, IN):

Saturday, February 27th from 10am - 2pm

Sunday, February 28th from 7-9pm

Monday, February 29th from 7-9pm

All auditions held at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Click HERE to schedule your audition.

Important dates for chosen cast members:

  • TBD - Cast Welcome Party!
  • Wednesday, May 18th - Rehearsal
  • Thursday, May 19th - Showtime! at the Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso, IN

We'll be posting about tips for sharing your story on the blog in the coming weeks. For now, start writing, get your ideas drafted, and enjoy the process of creating. Remember that your piece needs to be 5 minutes or less.