Auditions and Employment

City Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Depending on the available roles for any given production, City Theatre hires both equity and non-equity actors.


City Theatre Company 2017-2018 Season
Equity Principal Auditions
City Theatre Company
Pittsburgh, PA
LORT D; starting salary $637/week

Artistic Director: Tracy Brigden
Artistic Producer: Reginald L. Douglas (attending auditions)
Managing Director: James McNeel

Date: May 12, 2017

Location: City Theatre Company
Charles Morris Building Rehearsal Hall (Second Floor)
1300 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Time: 10am – 7pm (lunch 1pm – 2pm). Appointments strongly encouraged.

Please email for an appointment.

Headshot and resume submission mailing address:
City Theatre Company
Attn: Casting
1300 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

What to bring:
-Please prepare a contemporary monologue under 2 minutes.

City Theatre is committed to non-traditional casting and encourages actors of all backgrounds to audition.

 Audition slots are only granted to AEA members. EMC and non-equity actors are welcome to show up and will be seen as time permits.

Understudies will not be cast.


Directed by Tracy Brigden

First rehearsal: Tuesday, August 29
Tech: Tuesday, September 19 – Friday, September 22
Previews: Saturday, September 23 – Thursday, September 28
Opening: Friday, September 29
Closing: Sunday, October 15

KARLA – late 20s, female. A stand-up comedian whose charismatic demeanor belies an incredibly dirty mouth and mind. Spunky, spirited, angry, wickedly funny, likable. She hides behind humor to distract herself from the pain of her mother’s sickness.

DON – 40s, male. Unassuming, lonely, a loveable sad-sack. He is overwhelmed by the stress of his recent divorce and his mother’s ongoing illness, but not quite out for the count.

MARCIE – 50s, female. Karla’s mother. Battling cancer with a verve and wit that masks her vulnerability. Equal parts cruel and caring, selfish and genuine.

GEENA – 60s, female. Don’s mother. Has been battling ovarian cancer for seven years, but remains brave and looks for the good in people.

Directed by Tracy Brigden

First rehearsal: Wednesday, December 27
Tech: Tuesday, January 16 – Friday, January 19
Previews: Saturday, January 20 – Thursday, January 25
Opening: Friday, January 26
Closing: Sunday, February 18

ACTOR – Any gender, 30s-50s. Actor must play a variety of both male and female characters ranging from teens to 60s. These include (among others) a middle-aged, worn detective with a New Jersey accent; a teen girl with a sly humor and mature insight; a stylish and fiesty middle-aged hairstylist; and a whimsical male drama teacher with a slight British accent. Skill with accents, versatility, and a strong sense of humor are essential.

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

First rehearsal: Tuesday, February 6
Tech: Tuesday, February 27 – Friday, March 2
Previews: Saturday, March 3 – Thursday, March 8
Opening: Friday, March 9
Closing: Sunday, March 25

AKOSUA – 20s, female. Recent immigrant from Ghana. Soft-spoken, but eager to please and not afraid of hard work and responsibility. Her spirit has been dampened by a broken heart, but through the course of the play she learns to smile again. She begins with a strong accent that fades by the end of the play.

JESUS – 30s-early 40s, male. Immigrant from El Salvador who has lived in America for a long time. Manager of the supermarket and proud of it. He can be gruff and critical when it comes to work, but he has a soft spot for his employees, especially Ciata. A heart of gold masked by a big bark. An accent sometimes colors his dialogue.

CIATA – 20s-early 30s, female. Immigrant from Sierra Leone with a slight accent. Devoted, fierce, and trustworthy, Ciata is the best employee at the supermarket. Because of a failed marriage, she is wary about falling in love and opening up to men.

BOGDAN – 60s, male. Immigrant from Romania. A life of hardship makes him look and feel 65 going on 100. He is especially loud and forceful, and his gruff attitude can overshadow his sweet and gentle spirit. He is inventive and resourceful, but sometimes lacks compassion when talking to others, particularly his wife.

MORFINA – 60s, female. Immigrant from Romania. Bedraggled with failing health, little money, and a rough past, Morfina has little optimism left. She cares deeply about her husband, but shows it primarily through complaining about him. Enduring and patient, but also sassy and surly.

THE WHITE CHIP by Sean Daniels
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

First rehearsal          Tuesday, March 13
Tech                            Tuesday, April 3 – Friday, April 6
Previews                     Saturday, April 7 – Thursday, April 12
Opening                      Friday, April 13
Closing                        Sunday, May 6

SEAN – 30s-40s, male. A theatre professional who guides the audience on a journey through his struggle with alcoholism with a dark sense of humor and brutal honesty. One part self-effacing, one part cocky, all parts likeable.

#1– 30s-40s, female. In addition to directly addressing the audience, actress must play a variety of roles, including Sean’s mother, who is recovering from alcoholism and the death of her husband; Sean’s patient yet distant wife; and Sean’s supportive and loyal girlfriend. Skill with accents, versatility, and a strong sense of humor are essential.

#2 – 30s-40s, male. In addition to directly addressing the audience, actor must play a variety of roles, including Sean’s father, who is dying from Parkinson’s; Sean’s concerned but professionally distant boss; and a tough yet caring detox counselor. Skill with accents, versatility, and a strong sense of humor are essential.

NOMAD MOTEL by Carla Ching
Directed by Tracy Brigden

First rehearsal           Tuesday, April 17
Tech                             Tuesday, May 8 – Friday, May 11
Previews                     Saturday, May 12 – Thursday, May 17
Opening                      Friday, May 18
Closing                        Sunday, June 3 

Mason – 18+ to play 17-year-old, male, Chinese. Mason lives alone surrounded by wealth, music, and loneliness. He longs to connect with his father in Hong Kong through more than their regular Skype calls. Creative and charming with a chip on his shoulder.

Alix – 18+ to play 17-year-old, female, American (any race). Resourceful tomboy forced to grow up fast and take charge and care of her family. A dreamer whose dreams have been put on hold. Driven, passionate, resilient.

Fiona – 40s, female, American (any race). Alix’s mom, overwhelmed by the weight of her responsibilities. Uses her physical charms as a means of security and survival. Vulnerable, lost, funny.

James – 40s, male, Chinese. Mason’s absent father who lives in Hong Kong where he oversees a shady and dangerous business. Imposing, strapping, cocky, charming.

Oscar – early 20s to play 17-year-old, male, American (Black/Hispanic). Alix’s friend and potential suitor. Oscar has big dreams, charming swagger, street smarts, and lots of heart. Sensitive and well-intentioned, but can become easily heated and jealous.

Additional Info


To reach City Theatre’s artistic team, please contact
Reginald L. Douglas, Artistic Producer, by email or by calling: 412.431.4400 x274.