Performance Opportunities

Young Conservatory Performance Opportunities

Fall 2017


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 

A studio production

by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Liam Vincent

The Young Conservatory is thrilled to present the 50th anniversary of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a hysterically funny and riotously absurdist masterpiece from the pen of the Oscar–winning screenwriter of Shakespeare in Love.

In a dazzling retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, minor characters in the original tale, find themselves center stage and in the spotlight. But where are they exactly? And what are they supposed to be doing? Why is Hamlet so unhappy, and why does the coin toss keep coming up heads?

Reality and illusion intertwine in a tour de force for the actors, as the journey hurtles Rosencrantz and Guildenstern towards a fate they have not chosen, but has already been written for them.

Auditions: Thursday, September 14 from 4–6pm
Callbacks: Friday, September 15 from 4–6pm
Rehearsals begin: September 25
Performances: October 27, 28, 29

*To schedule an audition, please email


Spring 2018


A Walk on the Moon

Music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
Book and additional lyrics by Pamela Gray
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

American Conservatory Theater’s casting office is holding auditions for the mainstage production of A Walk on the Moon, a new musical based on the 1999 film (screenplay by Pam Gray) which starred Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen and Liev Schreiber. The play takes place in the summer of 1969 in a bungalow community in the Catskill Mountains in New York—the summer of Woodstock, and a time of great social change for the working-class families who come to the mountains every summer.

We are seeking actors for the following roles:
. Female. 14. Pearl and Marty’s daughter.  A pissed-off 14-going-on-17. Strong-willed, rebellious, politically unsophisticated but fervent. Has gone from Daddy’s little girl to Mommy’s nightmare in the past year. Her vulnerable side comes out with Ross, her first love. Avril Lavigne–like rocker with an edgy, gritty voice.
DANNY KANTROWITZ. Male. 6-8 years old. Pearl and Marty’s son. Loves his cap guns and cowboy hat, amphibians, bad words, and teasing his big sister. Sweet with his Mommy, but Daddy’s his hero.
. Male. 16. An aspiring songwriter-guitarist who’s still a nice Jewish boy. Smitten with Alison but a little afraid of her; shares her 60’s ideals and politics but not her rage.  On the cusp of losing his virginity but won’t until after this summer. A young Bob Dylan. Ideally, the actor playing Ross will be able to play the guitar. Strong rock/folk voice.
MYRA NAIDELL. Female. 14-15. An Orthodox girl; naïve but not a pushover; a smart bookworm; Alison’s new summer friend, and ready to be corrupted. Strong rock/folk voice.

Auditions: Friday, October 27, 2017 from 4–7 p.m.*
December, 2017
Rehearsals begin:
May 1, 2018
June 5–July 1, 2018 (with a possible one-week extension)

*To schedule an audition, please email Nora at (space is limited, serious inquiries only). Audition requests will be accepted through 5 p.m. on October 25, 2017. Auditions will be held at the A.C.T. studios at 30 Grant Ave, San Francisco.

What to prepare:
Actors auditioning for Myra Naidell, Alison Kantrowitz, and Ross Epstein should prepare a full contemporary folk-rock song. Actors auditioning for Danny Kantrowitz should prepare 16 bars of a folk-rock song. An accompanist will be provided. Actors should bring a headshot and resume, if they have one.


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