Tipping Point General Auditions
Tipping Point Theatre (TPT) is seeking male and female actors over 18 years of age to audition at our upcoming generals.* Both Equity and non-Equity actors are welcome and encouraged to audition for our upcoming season beginning August 2012 and extending through July 2013.
Auditions will be held at Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady St, Northville, MI 48167 on:
Saturday, May 18 – 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Auditions are by appointment only and are required by all actors. Scheduled appointments can be made by calling (248)347-0003 between 10am and 5pm Tuesday through Friday.
Please bring an updated headshot and resume and be prepared to present two (2) contrasting contemporary monologues with a total length no longer than 3 minutes.
Free parking is located directly outside the theatre.
Information about 2012 / 2013 productions, schedule and available roles are TBA.
Callbacks for next season are not currently scheduled.
Individuals who are unable to make the general audition times, but would like to be considered for our 2012/2013 season should email James Kuhl at email@example.com.
Tipping Point Theatre operates under a SPT Tier 4 contract with the Actors’ Equity Association.
The mission of Tipping Point Theatre is to foster human interactions and relations, creating a unifying, yet personal, experience through affordable, professional-level theatre performances and community outreach.
*Producing Artist Director, James R. Kuhl, will be attending the META Unified Auditions on May 6th and 7th at Meadow Brook Theatre. TPT General Auditions are intended for individuals that are not attending META Unifieds.
Tipping Point Theatre is participating in META’s Theatre Conference and Unified Auditions auditions for the 2013-20143 season. Please see below for complete information and forms needed for auditions.
META Launches Inaugural Theatre Conference and Unified Auditions
Professional actors, theater administrators to gather May 6-7 at Meadow Brook Theatre
ROCHESTER, Mich – Keeping Michigan workers in Michigan is the goal of the inaugural Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance Theatre Conference and Unified Auditions.
The conference, scheduled for May 6 at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, offers career enhancement and work force development opportunities to Michigan’s professional performers. These performers are a major part of the workforce that contributes an annual $553 million to Michigan’s economy.
“Business leaders know that workforce development is critical to the success of an industry and of a region, and the non-profit theater industry in Michigan is no different,” said META President Carla Milarch. “Many non-industry folks are surprised to learn that Michigan is home to a thriving community of professional actors who choose to live and work right here. Our goal is to foster and develop that community into one of the strongest in the nation.”
One major step toward that goal is a conference providing training and sharing innovative approaches within the profession. Topics include financial planning, funding, marketing, auditioning and a panel discussion on job opportunities for union and non-union performers. Coupled with networking opportunities, exhibitors that address the needs of performing arts businesses, and a keynote address on big-picture thinking for Michigan theaters, the META conference is the most important career development and networking event of the year for actors and theater professionals.
“Michigan actors and theater professionals are a workforce to be reckoned with,” said META executive director Lesley Braden Phillips. “They are a necessary piece of the Michigan economic picture. Since an actor’s livelihood requires planning and forecasting to create a season of work, we are bringing in professional services to help make that happen.”
The conference will be paired with unified auditions scheduled for May 6-7, also at Meadow Brook Theatre, in which Michigan actors can apply for work with six of Michigan’s Equity theaters and several non-Equity theaters. Equity theaters produce shows under a contract with the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. The Equity theaters represented at the unified auditions are The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Performance Network, Plowshares Theatre Company, Tipping Point Theatre, and Williamston Theatre.
“This historic event will provide the working actor in Michigan with unprecedented opportunities to see and be seen,” said Braden-Phillips. “Actors save money, mileage and time by auditioning for all six members of META at the same time, plus other regional Equity and non-Equity professional houses throughout Michigan.”
Conference attendees will also have opportunity to network at an end-of-the-day cocktail reception.
In January 2013, ArtServe Michigan announced that the state’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations contributed more than half a billion dollars in expenditures to Michigan’s economy in 2010. Arts-related jobs within the state increased by 15 percent from 2006 to 2011. It is a segment of the economy that needs to be nurtured and developed so that those best qualified for those jobs don’t leave for other states.
“We want to keep the talent here in Michigan,” Braden-Phillips said. “To do that, to keep Michigan’s talent pool here, we have to provide the professional resources that will make them a viable work force. Theater is one of the reasons people like to live in the cities they live in. If we don’t take care of our actors, we run the risk of losing them to other states that appear have a greater opportunities or a better understanding of this work force.”
The META conference opens with theater pundit and arts administrator Howard Sherman discussing “The role of regional theater and its effect on the national picture.” Sherman was executive director of the American Theatre Wing from 2003 to 2011 and is a past executive director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn.
Other sessions include funding trends and opportunities for theaters, the business of being an actor (including taxes and financial planning), audition dos and don’ts, guerilla marketing, and a discussion on the availability of job opportunities for Equity vs. non-Equity actors.
Goals of the inaugural META Conference and Unified Auditions are to:
- Retain and attract high-quality theater professionals by connecting them with job opportunities and resources in Michigan;
- Offer educational sessions for actors and theater professionals on financial planning and strategies to increase individual and business earnings;
- Unify theaters in Southeast Michigan through collaboration and creation of the first educational conference and unified auditions; and
- Interest vendors and exhibitors from throughout Michigan to directly market to and share their services with area theater professionals.
The conference begins at 9 a.m. Monday, May 6 with a networking breakfast and continues until evening with the final cocktail reception beginning at 7 p.m. Combined auditions will run May 6-7.
All adult Equity and non-Equity professional actors are invited to attend and participate. Fees run from $25 to $85 depending on the extent of participation. Advance registration is required.
For more information, to schedule an audition, or to make reservations to attend the conference, log on to www.metatheatres.org.
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About the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance:
The Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance exists to build awareness, appreciation and support for the region’s professional, non-profit theater community, while unifying and strengthening the sector through collaborative marketing, engaging audiences, professional development, resource sharing and advocacy. Member theaters produce shows under a contract with the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.