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Open Auditions: Casta by Adrienne Dawes

  • Dougherty Arts Center 1110 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX, 78704 United States (map)

Open auditions for the world premiere of Casta by Adrienne Dawes

March 19th 5-10pm | Dougherty Art Center

Casta is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera, a mixed-race painter from Oaxaca. Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España/colonial Mexico. The paintings depicted different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. When a lowly apprentice is commissioned to paint a casta series for a wealthy patron, he tries to conform his work to a set hierarchy. The images revolt, illuminating a complex portrait of fluid Latinx identities. Casta will be directed by Jenny Larson and feature music by Graham Reynolds.

Performances are sponsored by the Blanton Museum of Art and will be presented as part of their Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America exhibit. The exhibit will feature casta paintings from Mexico, Peru, and Spain.

Type of Actor(s):

Non-Equity, Austin LOCAL (must live or have housing and transportation within 50 miles of Austin, TX).

Roles Available**: 1 Female Ensemble, 3 Male Ensemble

Female Ensemble (1): AfroLatina/x, mid20s-40s, bilingual or Spanish speaking skills preferred.

Male Ensemble (3): Latino/x, AfroLatino/x, Mixed-Race, 20s+, bilingual or Spanish speaking skills preferred. Some roles require singing. 

**All Ensemble Actors must be strong dramatic actors with some experience in comedy (sketch/improv). The ensemble plays a wide variety of roles including some child characters performed with puppets. Prior puppetry experience is not essential but preferred (all performers will be trained in the specific puppetry techniques to be used in the project). Training or experience in dance or movement is an asset. Bilingual performers strongly encouraged to audition. 

To Audition: Email a headshot and resume to to confirm an audition spot.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday March 19th 5-10pm.

Call-backs will be held on Friday March 22nd, 5-10pm.

Dates & Compensation: Rehearsals begin late September. Performances November 1-21, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday day time shows, one Thursday evening Nov 21st). All actors will be paid a stipend.

pic by Bonica Ayala


ABOUT ADRIENNE DAWES: Adrienne Dawes is an award-winning playwright and producer originally from Austin, TX. Adrienne has been a Literary Fellow in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship (George Kaiser Family Foundation), a NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee, a selected playwright in the 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop (University of Notre Dame), and a recipient of the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting (Sarah Lawrence College. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater.  In 2019, Adrienne will be an Alice Judson Hayes Fellow (Ragdale Foundation) and a playwright-in-residence with Crosstown Arts and PlySpace.

ABOUT JENNY LARSON: Jenny Larson is an interdisciplinary theater artist. She has served as artistic director of experimental new works company Salvage Vanguard Theater, in Austin, TX, since 2008. Jenny has directed over 18 world premiere productions including the collaboration From the Pig Pile with the Rude Mechs and playwright Sibyl Kempson. Jenny’s devised collaboration with artist Hannah Kenah, Guest by Courtesy, has played the international Fusebox Festival, SHE MAKES THEATER festival in Bulgaria, and Brooklyn Yard. The summer of 2017 Jenny performed UNLIVED LIVES at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival in Finland. In 2017 she was a Next Stage Artist-In-Residence at the Drama League in New York. In November of 2019 Jenny directs Casta by Adrienne Dawes. Jenny is currently an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC in the Department of Theatre and Film.