Oratorio For Living Things - NYC EPA

Oratorio For Living Things - NYC EPA

CATEGORY: Performer

Ars Nova Theater I Inc.
New York, NY

Job Details


Call Type: EPA

Off Broadway

(Jason Eagan, Artistic Director;
Emily Shooltz, Associate Artistic Director;
Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director)
Created By: Heather Christian
Director: Lee Sunday Evans
Music Director: Ben Moss
Casting Director: Henry Russell Bergstein
Casting Associate: Serafina Tiranno-Cimisi

Expected to be in the room:
Henry Russell Bergstein and/or Serafina Tiranno-Cimisi.

First rehearsal: Feb 6, 2020
1st preview: approx March 10 Opening: approx March 31 Scheduled closing: approx April 11 Possible extension to: approx May 9

The Production Stage Manager and ASM positions have been filled.

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Equity actor/singers.
ARS NOVA is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race and ethnicity, age, color, national origin, or any other basis prohibited by law unless otherwise specifically indicated. Diverse actors are strongly encouraged to audition for all roles.



ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS is an eclectic oratorio that utilizes classical containers to house many different kinds of musical sounds: sometimes it plays as Bach, sometimes it plays as Donny Hathaway, it also has elements of Gregorian chanting, soul music, folk music, American gospel and nods to Traditional American canons. The music is highly complex and at some points is fugue in 12 parts.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: First and foremost, we are seeking performers who are 100% singers first. This is intensely difficult music sung by virtuosic musicians. We are looking for trained singers who have multi-faceted instruments and are capable of carrying a wide range of styles comfortably. If classical singers, must be comfortable with straight tone and gospel sounds. if gospel singers, must be comfortable with legit sounds and straight tone. If musical theater singers, must be able to sing without affectation. Must have at least 3 octaves, read music well and learn quickly. Must be excited by a challenge! We are looking for folks who have distinctive timbres, but also have a capability to timbrally SHIFT. The cast is an assembly of unique individuals, each of whom will be featured as soloists, but who must also sing complex harmony with confidence. We are looking for virtuosic unicorns who know how to sing with their real hearts.

ROLE ONE: legit soprano or mezzo
Operatic lyrical soprano first and foremost. Effortless quality, floaty: must really be compelling as legit soprano— as Maria Callas was. Must also be able to sing straight tone and willing to dip in and out of other styles.

ROLE TWO: soprano or mezzo
Any style — ideally jazz/gospel forward. Must have effortless top notes, and must have capability to be pianissimo in upper ranges.

ROLE THREE: mezzo/alto
Any Style, but ideally classical forward. Must be comfortable singing straight tone and/or in a pop way.

ROLE FOUR (CAST): mezzo/alto
Any Style, but ideally classical forward. Must be comfortable singing straight tone and/or in a pop way.

ROLE FIVE: soprano or mezzo
Any Style, ideally jazz forward, must be comfortable belting and also have a legit sound.

ROLE SIX (CAST): mezzo or alto
Any Style, ideally jazz or gospel forward, must be comfortable belting and also have a legit sound.

ROLE SEVEN (CAST): mezzo or alto
Any Style, ideally gospel forward, must be comfortable belting and also have a legit sound.

ROLE EIGHT: countertenor
Must be able to sing in the soprano range, ideally without operatic affectation if requested. Must be able to also carry R & B type falsetto up high. Must sound effortless (i.e: not Frankie Valli).

ROLE NINE: operatic tenor
Must be style malleable and be game for singing straight tone, but can carry operatic tenor effortlessly.

ROLE TEN (CAST): tenor/ baritone
Any style, must have some high tenor notes, but lower baritone parts are appreciated. Style fluidity a must.

ROLE ELEVEN: Tenor or baritone
Any Style, must have some high tenor notes, but should shine in the baritone range.

ROLE TWELVE (CAST): Tenor or baritone
Any Style, must have high tenor noes, but baritone parts are appreciated.

Audition Information


Ars Nova Theater
511 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019-5014

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Lunch 1:30 to 2:30


Prepare a short song. The music style can be anything EXCEPT traditional musical theater. Folk, opera, jazz, soul, sacred music, rock, pop are all acceptable. Please bring sheet music in the correct key: accompanist provided but may not transpose.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult


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