Actors Theatre of Louisville
$764 weekly minimum (LORT D, under the
AEA Remote Media Allowance)
Jennifer Pennington, Director (She/Her/Hers)
David Anzuelo, Fight Director (He/Him/His)
Robert Barry Fleming, Executive Artistic
Emily Tarquin, Artistic Producer, Casting
Director CSA (They/Them/Theirs)
Kavin Moore, Artistic Coordinator (He/Him/His)
First Rehearsal: September 21st, 2021
Tech: October 8th, 2021
Open: October 15th, 2021
Close: October 31st, 2021
*Our need for Equity Stage Managers for our upcoming season remains undetermined. If needed a Stage Manager notice will be posted.
Please contact Kmoore2@actorstheatre.org
with any questions or concerns. Thanks!
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. If there are any provisions we can make to enhance and support your audition experience, just let us know. Please reach out through the note section of your breakdown
submission or by emailing Kavin Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 submit.
Equity actors for roles in DRACULA (see breakdown).
Actors Theatre of Louisville’s goal is to create a casting process that is welcoming, absent of intimidation, and serves those auditioning as well as the creative team in the full exploration of the material. An environment of mutual trust that upholds our mission statement to unlock human potential, build community and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.
***As an ADA compliant organization, we welcome actors of all abilities and will make all reasonable accommodations in order to cast actors, regardless of disability, in any available role. We also recognize that most
characters are written on the binary (use he/him or she/her pronouns) and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.
Slate your first and last name, pronouns (optional), and prepare a side for the character you are most
interested in (located at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2spyia9o6zbgz9i/AACKm2rDazcNy4maAJl1DVL7a?dl=0). If you are interested in more than 1 character prepare an additional side. If you don't have access to a reader,
you may mail email@example.com or submit a monologue in the style of the show.
In reference to the descriptions below – these are descriptions of the characters as identified in the script and in collaboration with the creative team. They are not meant to be exhaustive of who should play these roles and we seek to cast as expansively and intentionally with consideration of race/ethnicity, gender, body type, and ability.
DOCTOR VAN HELSING: 40s+. American. A female vampirehunter. She takes no crap from anybody.
She wears dusty beaten clothing and a big cowboy hat. She has a long nasty old scar all up and down
the side of her face, as if someone has taken their hand and RIPPED down, long ago. It’s from an
encounter she’d rather not talk about. She’s been through it. She’s a bit of a know-it-all; okay, she’s a
lot of a know-it-all. She’s prickly. She’s strong. She’s brilliant. She’s no lady. She’s on the hunt. She is
badass– and 19th century men do not, as a rule, appreciate it.
MINA HARKER: 20s-30s. Very smart. Caring. Loyal. Wants to do the right thing. Was raised to be a
Lady, and is thus suppressing an inner fire that emerges throughout the progression of the play. Visibly
pregnant throughout much of the show. Great emotional depth, good sense of humor. Must face her
darkest fears – comes out stronger at the end of it. Secretly an adventurer, and fighter. Is called to be
more than she once was.
LUCY WESTENRA: 20s-30s Bright, funny, vivacious, playful, and mischievous. Feels trapped by
expectations and torn about her lot in life. About to be married, and deeply conscious of how that puts
her under a 19th century man’s control. Reflexively flirtatious. Believes she must pretend to be less
than she is. Yearns for freedom. Falls desperately ill after being bitten by Dracula...and then becomes
a completely different being -an animalistic, vampire demon – a naturally manipulative predator.
Lucy’s vampire self is deeply unpredictable and frightening, but also…compelling.
MARILLA / MAID: 20s-30s. A vampire. More animal than human. Was lured into vampirehood by
Dracula, who then proceeded to exploit her. Enjoys being a predator. Finds pleasure in consuming
others. Resents her objectification. Manipulative; vicious; probably sociopathic. Capable of moving
very fast– blink, and oh God, she’s right behind you. Sister-wife to DRUSILLA. Doubles with MAID –
an underpaid, resentful servant
DRUSILLA / MILLER / MERCHANT: 20s-30s. A vampire. More animal than human. Was lured into
vampirehood by Dracula, who then proceeded to exploit her. Enjoys being a predator. Finds pleasure
in consuming others. Resents her objectification. Manipulative; vicious; probably sociopathic. Capable
of moving very fast – blink, and oh God, she’s right behind you. Sister-wife to MARILLA. Doubles with
MILLER – a casually brutal asylum attendant, and MERCHANT – a merchant looking to make a sale.
RENFIELD: any age: a madwoman. A poet, once. Smart, but with all the hope and rage of a feral child.
Worships Dracula. Believes that if she can earn his approval, she will be free. Not a bad soul, really,
but capable of extreme brutality or duplicity in service of her religious zealotry.
DRACULA / DOCTOR (late 30s – late 50s.): A physically imposing man. He is....extremely confident.
Strong. Funny. Charming. Sexy. He looks JUST LIKE you and me, but – better? You’d like him, reader
- no, really, you would. He makes people lose their heads. Manipulative. Commanding. Capable of
being very, very frightening. Unpredictable. Physically strong. Incredible with language. Unimaginably
powerful. Brilliant. Casually takes pleasure in cruelty. An equal-opportunity sexual sadist. A toxic
predator; a wolf in the fold; a very old and clever parasite, capable of adapting and surviving.
Fundamentally enjoys himself. DOCTOR: a wordless doctor – may just be Dracula himself, playing
JONATHAN HARKER (20s-40s): A nice man. A truly decent man. A lawyer; a man of letters; a slight
man; a slightly fussy man. If being unkind, one could say he’s delicate. He’s very, very British. Cares
about people. Is maybe a little rule-bound. Loves his wife, Mina, deeply. Is bitten by Dracula, and then
loses his mind – becoming an easily-confused, raving shambles. After recovering from sickness, he
slowly gives in to Dracula’s darkness – becoming an abusive, toxic man. Once he’s under Dracula’s
influence, we can’t always tell if he’s telling the truth. Can quickly switch from likeable to extremely
DOCTOR GEORGE SEWARD: (30s – 40s): The head physician of a lunatic asylum. A good man, but
starts out the play as a product of his era – has some trouble listening to women. Believes only in the
evidence of his own eyes. Tends to mansplain. Deeply in love with his fiancé Lucy Westenra, of whom
he is overprotective. Has a very contentious relationship with Van Helsing. Doesn’t like to not feel in
control. Chivalrous. Thinks of himself as a modern man; a man of science. Over the course of the play,
he learns to accept female leadership and question his assumptions. A brave man. Likeable.
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