17 SE 8th
Portland, OR 97214







Auditions – Imago Theatre

Double Season Auditions 2015/2016 & 2016/2017

Imago Theatre is holding auditions for three (3) productions that begin now through 2017 for stipend and salaried non-equity actors. This is an open call for non-equity performers 18 years and older.

Open Calls take place on three dates (attend only one:)

Monday Aug 31, 6PM, or

Monday Sept 7, 6PM, or

Monday Sept 21, 6PM

Please bring headshot or photos to auditions. (note – many talented folks have not been cast due to no photos submitted) Do not email photos and headshots. 

All auditions are at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th

To audition, simply arrive at the start time of the audition, sign up and enter the audition (please arrive early.)  Actors will be seen in groups.  There are three audition dates, do not audition more than once, if you are selected for callbacks those dates will be sent to you directly.  You may audition for one or more productions.  However, we may consider you for all productions.


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#1. BAUDELAIRE, March 10 to 27, 2016

Roles available: 20 movement actors of ages 18 to 50.

Compensation: Stipend

Workshop Rehearsals – see below, these are mandatory.

Official Rehearsal Period Jan 29 to Mar 9

Performance Dates three shows per weekend from Mar 10 to Mar 27


Artistic Co-director Jerry Mouawad will stage a large ensemble movement/text/new performance work about a group of inmates in an institution who are propelled to perform a series of Baudelaire poems (from Paris Spleen.)  To be considered for this you must participate in the poem workshops as well as the official rehearsal period. Movement and Dance are the genres of this work. Please wear dance wear or athletic wear.  No prepared material is required. 

Poem Workshops.  There are four different slots for poem workshops.  Each workshop lasts 60 minutes, with the exception of Saturdays, the other workshops meetMonday through Thursday.  Workshop A takes place on weekdays afternoons (time TBD.)  Workshop B takes place 5pm to 6PM weekdays, Workshop C takes place 6PM to 7PM weekdays, Workshop C takes place Saturdays 11AM to Noon. The workshops take place in Oct, Nov and Jan.  To be cast you must attend at least one workshop and be available for the official rehearsal period.

After each poem has entered a workshop for 6 weeks, another poem begins for another 6 weeks.  The official rehearsal period will take all the poems and choreograph/stage/write the play that takes place in-between the poems. 

BAUDELAIRE intertwines poetry as its launching point to construct an original work. 

#2. LA BELLEJune 2016 to May 2017

Imago’s next national touring production, 2016, 2017

Roles available: one female, non-equity, 18 to 30. Skills needed include movement, acting, song. 

Preparation: Prepare a 20 second humorous monologue (really only 20 sec) and a 20 second song - a cappella  please.  

Compensation: $500 per week plus housing and per diem on tour, $500 per week for Dec 2016 run.  Rehearsal periods to be negotiated.


Rehearsal Period.  June 1 to July 30, 2016

Previews. The month of August 2016

2nd Rehearsal Period the months of October and November 2015

Official opening the month of December 2016

National Tour sometime Winter/Spring 2017

You must be available for all of above in the timeline to be considered. See “National Consideration” below.

For more on La Belle…


#3. CLOUD, May 19 to June 19, 2016

By Carol Triffle

Roles available: 4 to 8 male and females, non-equity, 18 years to 50.  

Preparation: Prepare a 20 second humorous monologue (really only 20 sec)


Compensation: Stipend

Workshops:  several weeks prior to official rehearsals, times TBD.

Official Rehearsals: April 1 to May 18

Run: four shows per week, May 19 to June 19 

After a two-year haitus Carol Triffle retuns with another original Cloud.   A semi-linear romp into the unexpected chaos of Bridget’s unstable world.  Of Triffles’ past works - “Twisted and delightful fever” WW; “Wierdly Brilliant” Oregonian.  If you’re looking for a director that will pull every bit of comedy out of you in an unusual process, and strengthen your clown work, stretch your acting style, consider reading for CLOUD.




National Consideration – Please read if auditioning for La Belle. 

This is for the young at heart that have high aspirations but are not really certain of their future. 

Here’s a little story. Imago auditions for a national tour. Jane does really well and beats out Betty. But when Jane comes down to make a two-year difficult decision after three callbacks she backs out of the show.  Now this is all good for Jane, she got what she wanted. But unfortunately she beat out Betty who would have had a good gig with Imago Theatre. But Betty went onto to another smaller, less exciting show. Jane’s wishful but not-thorough thinking damaged Betty and Imago Theatre. Before you audition for La Belle, think through whether you want to enter a long-term professional relationship with Imago and work on a show from June 2016 to May 2017, and perhaps beyond.  This role is not for someone looking to play a multitude of different roles in the next couple of years, but one who wants to sink deep into multilevel acting, enrich their style and form depth, and work on movement/clown theater.


Do us a favor, please don’t audition for La Belle, if you’re not very serious about this role, choose another one of our plays for a shorter process. Don’t ruin Betty’s opportunity. We need to find Betty.


La Belle Description

For the first time in over 35 years, the acclaimed Imago Theatre has created a new fairy tale experience for audiences of all ages.  La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton meshes elements of steampunk and automata with the original classic La Belle et la Bête.


Set aboard a steamship circa 1920  La Belle is the unlikely love story of the ship’s coal stoker  (Sam Stoker) and one of the vacationers on the ship  (Lady Rose).  When she takes refuge from a storm while on  deck Rose finds herself in Sam’s engine room far below. She is drawn to a myriad of trunks and treasures accumulated there, including objects of Sam’s own creation and discovers that he has constructed the story of La Belle et la Bête in the world of the automata (figurines brought to life by the ingenuity of clockwork mechanics)She also knows the story Beauty and the Beast and soon joins him in the telling. They become friends, beautifully melding the real and fantasy worlds while playing the characters of Belle and the Beast, and beyond their control they fall in love. Like a giant toy containing moving gears, machines and a backdrop of a whimsical ship, the physical set is a kinetic and animated environment from which over a 100 effects, puppets and automata emerge to tell this magical tale.