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Actors' Scene Showcase

Women's Theatre Alliance Actors' Scene Showcase

Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave
General public:  $10 suggested donation, cash or card at the door
Reservations/Box Office:  draysa1@gmail.com  773-572-2390

The WTA Actors’ Scene Showcase is a juried, non-Equity talent showcase featuring ten short two-actor scenes chosen by a panel of local directors, and spotlights new talent (both female and male) for an audience of agents, casting directors, theatre companies, and the public.  Now in its 25th year, the WTA Showcase serves as a springboard for many acting careers.   

Our scheduled acting teams, in alphabetical order:

Sarah Joy Adler & Bernadette Sefic
Fiona Garretson & Max Stewart
Kristin Hammargren & Annelise Dickinson
Sabrina Harms & Cory Kahane
Nora King & Moriah Martel
Kris Lantzy & Nathaniel Andrew
Philip Lindsey & Jazzma Prior  
Phoebe Moore & Sam Shankman
Alexandria Moorman & Peter G. Andersen
Mary Tilden & Katherine Bourne

Runner-up teams:
Brian Hurvitz & Anna Donnell
Andy Polacek & Charlee Cotton

Curious about the process? Read on!

The Actors' Scene Showcase consists of ten 5-8 minute two-actor scenes chosen by a panel of local theatre directors.  The Showcase features twenty local actors performing for an invited audience of agents, casting directors and other theatre professionals, as well as for the general public.

Originally modeled after showcases in New York and Los Angeles, the Actors’ Scene Showcase has been a great success for the Women’s Theatre Alliance and its participants for over two decades, serving as a springboard for many acting careers.

WTA invites two women or woman and man to perform a 5 to 8 minute, two person scene of their choosing before a panel of local directors on Saturday, November 11th from 10am to 5:30pm at Stage 773.  The top ten scenes from these auditions will perform in the Showcase on Wednesday, December 6 at Stage 773 for agents, casting directors, and the public.  This year is our 25th annual.  You must be available on December 4 and 6, from 6-10 PM, for the rehearsal and show.  Download the application and rules on this page, above.  Deadline for applications is Oct. 13. 

The Showcase is attended each year by casting directors and talent agents including, in the past, representatives from ATC, The Artistic Home, Bailiwick Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Gray Talent, Lily's Talent, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, MPAACT, The New Colony, Oak Park Festival Theatre, O'Connor Casting, Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Porchlight Musical Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Shirley Hamilton, The Side Project, Stage Left, Steppenwolf Theatre, Stewart Talent, Stockyards Theatre Project, Theatre Hikes, Walkabout Theatre, Writers Theatre, and many more. 

If you're an ACTOR interested in auditioning a scene for the Showcase, you will need to choose a two-person scene, a scene partner, and a director, and then register by the deadline of October 13. Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 11.  Audition slots are awarded based on resumes and prior Showcase auditions, as there are always more applications than there are slots.  Scenes may come from an original work or a published work, but it must be a scripted scene and not improv. Your performances are judged as fully realized scenes, and are selected based on the state they are in at the time of the auditions. You do not work with anyone from the WTA between the time of the auditions and the Showcase. 

Scene Choice:   The purpose of the event is to showcase the actors, using material that suits the actors and suits the 5-8 minute format. Each year there is always a wide variety of scenes at the auditions and the Showcase.  The 5-8 minute scenes are most commonly taken from full-length plays or one-acts, though the scenes do not have to come from published material.  Newer and lesser-known works, if they are well written, have one advantage: the director-judges have not seen them dozens of times before.  A few excellent Showcase scenes in the past have come from unpublished works by up and coming playwrights. However, the event is not a competition for new or actor-written material.  If you plan to audition a self-written scene or a work-in-progress, keep in mind that your competition for the most part will come from published works, rather than from other self-written scenes. We don't want to discourage you from presenting new material, just to be aware of your competition.  

If after reading the rules and application you have further questions, please email:  draysa1@gmail.com.