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Audition for Criminal Queerness Festival 2024

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AEA Showcase (Pending)

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Producer: National Queer Theater

Location: PAC NYC

Directors:  Nadia Guevara, Raphael Amahl Khouri, é Boylan

Playwrights: Achiro P. Olwoch, Raphael Amahl Khouri, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko

Casting Director: Joseph Hayes

 

DATES (subject to change)

 

Rehearsals: June 7-20

Dramatists Guild of America

1501 Broadway # 701, New York, NY 10036

 

Tech and performances in rep: June 21-29

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)

251 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007

 

Across the globe, queer artists risk censorship, imprisonment, and violence for simply sharing their truth. Since 2019, the Criminal Queerness Festival has produced playwrights from Syria, Venezuela, Uganda, Kenya, Iraq, China, Pakistan, Tanzania, Egypt, Mexico, India, Lebanon, Poland and the Ukraine.
 

ABOUT THE PLAYS:

 

She He Me: She He Me is the first Arab transgender play. It follows the true stories of three Arab characters who challenge gender norms. Randa is an Algerian transwoman who is expelled under the threat of death from her homeland because of her LGBT activism there. Omar is a Jordanian gay man, who, rather than body dysphoria, suffers social dysphoria when it comes to the strict codes of masculinity imposed and expected of him by both the heterosexual and gay community around him. Rok is a Lebanese transman. His main challenge is convincing his very conservative religious mother that her daughter is actually a boy. Through humor and horror, the three characters come up against the state, society, and family, but also themselves.

 

OTHER:

TGNC performers and actors with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

SEEKING

Actors of different ethnicities for roles in She He Me. Refer to character descriptions for specifics on race and ethnicity. Actors should be open to dialect work. 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit your headshot and resume, as well as a dramatic monologue and/or acting reel using this form: https://airtable.com/appPUjFmobOKvc1lF/shrR15K8pd4DM9x8X

If you have any questions, feel free to email joseph.hayesc@gmail.com.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

 

She He Me:

 

[RANDA] 42, a male to female Algerian trans woman living in Sweden.

[ROK] 28, a female to male trans Lebanese man living in New Jersey. Slight build, facial hair.

SALARY: $2,000 stipend

 

UNION

Non-Union or Union 

COMPANY CULTURE

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At National Queer Theater, we are committed to fostering a company culture that reflects the anti-racist & anti-oppression values and principles at the core of our organization. We believe that a thriving and inclusive culture is not only essential for our team but also integral to our mission of empowering and uplifting LGBTQ+ voices through the performing arts. Our culture is characterized by the following key elements.

Diversity and Inclusion

We celebrate and embrace diversity in all its forms. We believe that the richness of our organization lies in the unique backgrounds, perspectives, and identities of our team members, artists, and community partners. We actively promote an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and heard. We welcome allies and questioning community members to the party. We actively acknowledge that while a truly inclusive group is necessarily diverse, a diverse group may or may not be truly inclusive.

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Creativity and Innovation

We nurture a culture of creativity and encourage fresh ideas, bold experimentation, and artistic innovation. We recognize that creativity flourishes in an environment where individuals are encouraged to take risks and push boundaries without judgment of their character or isolation for their ideas.

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Collaboration

Collaboration is the cornerstone of our work. We foster a collaborative spirit among our team members, artists, and partners, believing that together, we can achieve more than we can alone. We promote open communication, active listening, and the exchange of ideas to achieve our shared goals.

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Equity and Social Justice

Our commitment to social justice is unwavering. We actively engage in conversations and actions that challenge systemic inequalities, and we use our platform to amplify traditionally marginalized voices and advocate for positive change. We acknowledge that our community contains both tremendous privilege and oppression, and we work actively to dismantle oppressive systems.

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Joy and Play

We provide pathways for individuals to enjoy theater and life, believing in the arts as an antidote to isolation and routine. We provide opportunities for building community, playfulness, and ridiculousness in the spirit of queer culture.

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Compassion and Support

We intentionally integrate a healing-centered approach to our environment that is care informed. We provide support, both professionally and personally, recognizing that a healthy work-life balance and emotional well-being are crucial to our collective success.

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Accountability

We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and transparency in all our interactions. We are committed to stewarding our resources responsibly and being accountable to our supporters and the communities we serve.  

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Belonging

We cultivate an environment that honors and respects authenticity. We thoughtfully build spaces that create a sense of radical welcoming for our communities.

Our company culture is the heartbeat of National Queer Theater. It shapes our actions, decisions, and impact, enabling us to fulfill our mission of creating a more inclusive and equitable world through the transformative power of queer storytelling in the performing arts. Together, we create art, foster change, and build a brighter future for all.

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