Cabaret (1998) - Actively Seeking POC, Trans, Queer, and Performers of All Abilities

Cabaret (1998) - Actively Seeking POC, Trans, Queer, and Performers of All Abilities

CATEGORY: Performer

Columbia University
NY, NY 10027


Sean Anthony Chia

Job Details


CABARET (1998)


Thursday, August 15, 12PM-4PM and 5PM-10PM

Friday, August 16, 12PM-4PM and 5PM-10PM  


Note: You must be available for one of these dates.

Monday, August 19, 5PM-10PM

Tuesday, August 20, 12PM-4PM


Director: Jonathan Seinen

Intimacy, Violence, and Movement Choreographer: Cristina (Cha) Ramos

Musical Director: Sean Pallatroni

Dramaturg: Josh Brown

Producer: Sean Anthony Chia



First Rehearsal: 09/06/19

Rehearses Weeknights

Opening: 10/11/19

Closing: 10/19/19


“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at” - Oscar Wilde  

This production of Cabaret reimagines the Kit Kat Klub as a space of queer utopia that is under threat from catastrophic forces outside. Inspired by Hal Prince’s original staging which saw the musical as a metaphor for its time and by the Stonewall uprising of 1969, this production will engage with the social/political/environmental realities of ours to discover new ways this now-timeless piece of theatre can speak to queer acts of resistance and revolution.   

This will be a collaborative approach to Cabaret that celebrates community and welcomes difference. We will embrace the metatheatricality of the play to delve into what this text has to offer our world of today.  

Director Jonathan Seinen's focus as an MFA Theatre Directing student at Columbia University is on engaging with classical texts to discover what they have to offer our contemporary times and how they reflect the world around us. For Cabaret, he is particularly inspired by the book Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity by José Esteban Muñoz: “If we are to go on, we need a critical modality of hope and not simply dramatization of loss and despair.”  


Columbia University MFA Theatre Directors’ Thesis Production. This production will take place as partial fulfillment of Columbia's Graduate Theatre Directing curriculum, under the mentorship of Professors Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick.  


Seeking curious, dedicated, and risk-taking Non-Union Performers of any age (over 18), gender, ethnicity, body type, and/or physical ability  to form a diverse ensemble for a 21st-century chamber production of Cabaret. Many roles will be doubled or tripled, as best serves the production and based on an ensemble approach to storytelling.   

Trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and otherwise marginalized artists of every ethnicity and race are particularly encouraged to audition.






Please prepare a 16-bar cut of musical theatre in the style of the show. Please also prepare a short 1-minute comedic or dramatic, classic or contemporary, monologue that you think best connects with your response to the themes, topics and style of our Cabaret. To submit, email with a photo/resume. An accompanist will be provided at all auditions.  


Performers who are invited to callbacks will also be asked to prepare roughly two 8-counts of movement and a short demonstration on any instrument that you play that you feel might be a good fit for the show. At callbacks, performers may also be asked to read sides and/or participate in a group movement call. 


*Please note: Any gender identifications associated with these characters in the script will not necessarily apply to the performers who play them*   

[Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)]: The host with the most at the Kit Kat Klub. The queer narrator that floats between the worlds of the play, between the music of the Cabaret and the apartment scenes. German.  

[Sally Bowles]: English. Star performer at the Kit Kat Klub that came to Berlin to live life. Pursues a liaison with Cliff.  

[Clifford Bradshaw]: American writer who comes to Berlin to experience sexual liberation and write a novel. Pursues a liaison with Sally.  

[Ernst Ludwig]: An enthusiastic supporter of a new political movement. Befriends Cliff.  

[Fräulein Schneider]: German landlady of apartment where Cliff settles in Berlin. Pursues romance with Herr Schultz.  

[Fräulein Kost / Fritzie]: Boarder at Fräulein Schneider’s apartment.  

[Herr Schultz]: Owner of fruit store. Pursues romance with Fräulein Schneider. German-Jewish.  

[The Kit Kat Girls / Boys / Individuals]: We are looking for individuals with special skills and unique personalities for all roles. Burlesque, vogue, acrobatics, musical instruments, etc, etc! Queerness, sex positivity and body celebration will be central to our conception of our ensemble.



We are committed to centering consent, actor autonomy, collaboration, and joy as we create this world together. Cabaret is a play that engages with themes of sexuality and violence, and our focus in this production is on queer visions of utopia. In this regard, much of the movement will have a sex- and body-positive approach, and the creative team is open to the possibility of nudity. In addition, we are considering scenes of simulated sexual intimacy and simulated violence to tell this story. Any actor’s boundaries or level of comfort with nudity, intimacy, or violence will be respected and upheld and will not affect casting. Questions are welcome before, during, and after auditions, and throughout the creative process.   

Please submit all headshots/resumes, questions, and/or special accommodation requests to


September 6, 2019 - October 19, 2019



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