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CASTING CALL: 2022 Criminal Queerness Festival

Updated: May 19, 2022


Job Details: Seeking actors for National Queer Theater’s Criminal Queerness Festival 2022 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. All roles are available.


Audition Date(s):

Video submissions due April 7

In-person callbacks to follow

Rehearsal Date(s): 06/01/2022 - 06/20/2022

Rehearsal Space:

Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (A.R.T./New York)

520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10018


Run: 06/21/2022 - 06/24/2022

Performance Dates:

June 21: Staged reading of Courage Rebirth by Muleme Steven

June 22: Staged reading of short plays Beginner’s Luck and Stargazer and Waiting For Gordon by Jonathan Wamukota Opinya

June 24: Production of The Survival by Achiro P. Olwich

Performance Space:

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

61 W 62nd Street

New York, NY 10023


AEA Showcase (Pending) or Non-AEA


Please complete the form linked below which asks for a headshot, resume (in PDF or JPG format) and a 1-2 minute video of a contemporary monologue.


$1000 stipend, non-negotiable


Each actor will have several roles in the full production and two staged readings.

Trans, nonbinary, gender non-conforming artists are encouraged to apply.

Full production:

June 24th, 2022:

The Survival by Achiro P. Olwoch

Directed by Jacob Basri

Synopsis: Told through different points of view of traditions versus modernity, The Survival is a play involving the subjects of homosexuality being taboo, and the societal pressure and expectations of women in Uganda. The piece tells the story of Achan, a 27-year-old woman being pressured by her mother to find a husband. Achan meets Oyat and gets pregnant, but finds out that he’s a gay man in a relationship with John. In time, Achan finds herself learning about love, heartbreak, and family.

Staged Reading:

June 21st, 2022:

Courage Rebirth by Muleme Steven

Directed by Ann C. James

Synopsis: Courage Rebirth is a play that follows the story of a gay Somali woman, Fauzia, who’s displaced by political unrests in her home country at 21 years old. She finds asylum later in Uganda as a refugee of war together with her little brother Axmed. Both haunted by the loss, scars, and gaps that the war inflicted on their family, the siblings never give up. At Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, Fauzia is a source of entertainment to fellow refugees, and sings riveting songs that attract Kato, 39, a Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist in the camp. Later, Rashid moves back to Kenya, and Fauzia, now 28, a professional singer and a music teacher, hits both small and big stages. However, even with her talent, society doesn’t view her as one of their own, but she remains determined to find happiness even with what life throws at her.

Staged Reading:

June 22nd, 2022:

Beginner’s Luck, Stargazer, and Waiting for Gordon by Jonathan Opinya

Directed by Raz Golden

Stargazer Synopsis: Mugged and killed before his wedding to his soon-to-be-husband, Jonathan has a heart-to-heart talk with a life-long friend and visits memories of his choosing. He gets to revisit courage, friends, and most importantly, love.

Beginner’s Luck Synopsis: Love at first sight, a young man falls in love with an enchanting smiling stranger at a cafe. Sharing precious moments together with the purest forms of affection, they part at a bus stop when the man with the radiant smile gets shot and killed for holding hands with another man.

Waiting for Gordon Synopsis: Francis, a university student, meets Gordon who is running from the police. When they form a loving relationship, Gordon asks Francis to come out to his parents. Through the care they have for each other, Francis finds out about some truths that Gordon has been keeping from him.

20s-30s, African/Black, Female: