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AUDITIONS - In Greene, NY (NYC audition notice below)






NICK ABTAHI (M, 30’s to early 40’s, ethnicity - Middle Eastern descent):  A college professor of mixed Middle Eastern heritage - half Lebanese and half Persian.  He’s a “fish out of water” in this small Midwestern town; when threatened he proves remarkably resourceful and surprises himself with the risks he takes.  Recently broken up with his San Diego girlfriend, and was on his way to surprise her with a visit when his car broke down.  Quick witted, he discovers that he’s actually quite good at improvisation when pressed - that’s great news because he needs every bit of resourcefulness to get out of this jam.  Along the way there does seem to be a spark growing between Nick and Jane.  Must have an innate sense of humor.


JANE SIMONS (F, late 20’s to late 30’s, ethnicity – white, European descent):  A bartender with a great ear; she’s proud of the town she grew up in, but she’s also feeling walls closing in around her heart. She’s been away to big cities, but found that “morons” come from all walks of life.  She’s come back to take care of her mother’s estate, but days turned to weeks and became years, and she’s still here.  She’s running out of options, and has made a mistake or two - Evan was one of them.  Wants to do the right thing, and like Nick, surprises herself when pushed to the extreme.  Smart, usually rational, but sometimes extreme situations call for extreme measures.  Along the way there does seem to be a spark growing between Jane and Nick.  Innate sense of humor.


EVAN WEATHERS (M, mid 30’s to mid 40’s, ethnicity – white, European descent):  Loud, boisterous, pugnacious guy, frequently intoxicated; not the brightest light bulb in the pack, but trying very hard to be on top of it.  He wears his heart on his sleeve, has probably had it broken once or twice.  Likeable, inventive, can be intimidating; raised on the Fox News version of America.  Gullible, fiercely loyal, proud to jump to conclusions.  Comfort with physical comedy a plus.


DEREK SHIRLEY (M, early 20’s, all ethnicities):  Young man with emo/goth appearance.  Looks like he's trying to emulate Robert Smith from The Cure or the Morpheus character Neil Gaiman's Sandman.  Indefatigable; he’s felt like an outsider all of his life, and wants nothing more than to be away from this town.  Not afraid of death, in fact he’d find it a relief from this “hellhole of a town” - at least death would be “trying something new.” Surprisingly resilient; you just never know who’s going to stand up to be a hero.  Innate sense of humor.


TERRY BURTON (F, 30s to early 50s, ethnicity – white, European descent):  The local small town sheriff, up for re-election; twitchy and excitable.  Filled with adrenaline, she lives life a little bigger than most, loves her little slice of authority, and aspires to bigger things – mayor, governor, senator? Who knows what can happen if you can just catch a terrorist in your own small town.  Though she considers herself quite a few rungs up the ladder from Evan, she’s also a gullible Islamophobe, and prone to jumping to conclusions.  Doing the best she can for herself and for America, given her set of circumstances.  Innate sense of humor, comfort with physical comedy a plus.

AUDITIONS - In  New York City

SHOW:  Hard Cell auditions will be announced as soon as the virus allows resumption of scheduling.

Date:  To be announced

Schedule:  To be announced.



WE DO NOT ACCEPT OR VIEW VIDEO SUBMISSIONS (unless you have previously worked with us).  We will NOT go to your website to look at your work.  We cast based on live auditions, and your ONE page resume and ONE page headshot.


Preparation:  Maximum two-minute contemporary monologue (1930 or later).  Sides will be posted on our website or emailed prior to auditions for those selected to read from the script. 


FOR EQUITY MEMBERS - AEA members receive a 6 week contract, SPT Level 1 ($263/week, except first two rehearsal weeks are paid at $322/week).  Housing and transportation provided per AEA contract.  We do not negotiate contracts above the stated salary level.  


FOR NON-EQUITY ACTORS - Non-Equity actors from out of the area receive housing, transportation, use of company car and $200-220/week.


Location:  All rehearsals and performances are at Chenango River Theatre in Greene, NY (near Binghamton, about 3.5 hours from NYC).


Chenango River Theatre, a non-profit professional theatre working under AEA contract, is seeking a qualified Producing Artistic Director to replace the company’s founding Artistic & Managing Director.  Employment will begin in late 2020/early 2021.  1 or 2 of the finalists among the applicants may be asked to direct a production in the company’s 2020 season, if available.


This is a full time position.  The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to Greene, NY, and make a commitment to build upon the established success of the company.  CRT owns its own building, without either short term or long term debt.  CRT operates under an SPT Level 1-2 annual contract with AEA.


Prior professional directing experience working with AEA actors and stage managers is required.  


CRT is located just outside Binghamton, NY, in the small and historic town of Greene, NY (about 3.25 hours from NYC).  Headed into our 14th season, we are a financially stable company, producing 4 main stage shows from May to Oct, with each running 12-16 performances over 3-4 weeks.  The theatre produces an eclectic blend of contemporary, classic, and new plays (including multiple world premieres), primarily with casts of 7 or less.  We cast from across the nation, auditioning locally and in NYC.


The successful candidate will take the unusual success the company has established and build upon it for the future.  CRT operates with an annual budget of $250,000.  The Producing Artistic Director is currently the company’s sole year round employee (though we’ve just added a TD for the 2020 season), with overall responsibility for season selection, casting, hiring of designers/actors/interns, publicity, grant writing, organizing fundraising events, etc.


Salary and benefits are competitive in relation to budget.  Paid vacation is included starting with the first year, health and dental are included after the first year.  There is schedule flexibility for potential outside directing assignments in the off season.  


To apply, submit a cover letter telling us why this position might be right for you, plus resume (including three references) as well as relevant qualifications and experience.  Please forward application packets (pdf format only) via email to: 

Applications will be received until we find the best candidate. 



The Producing AD will:

  • Have overall responsibility for the strategic, operational, financial, and programmatic direction of the organization.  

  • Be responsible for building strong relationships with appropriate cultural and civic organizations, government officials, and community leaders, including participation in community activities, speaking engagements, and social events.

  • Effectively represent and position the theatre for successful relationships with donors, local and state government, corporations, foundations, and the public to maintain and enhance community support that will secure the organization's future.

  • Create effective marketing campaigns with the goal of increasing audiences and earned revenue.

  • Maintain business policies and procedures that ensure the efficient and professional operation of the organization.

  • Have general management understanding of finance, budgeting, computer software, and facilities management.

  • Effectively maintain and supervising existing fundraising campaigns, while also exhibiting creativity in creating new campaigns.  

  • Demonstrate experience and capacity to lead, manage, inspire and collaborate with staff, artists, Board, and volunteers. 

  • Be able to speak and write persuasively and serve as a spokesperson for the company in public and to the media. 

  • Have experience and knowledge of marketing, advertising, and public relations activities, 


This is a position where the Producing Artistic Director works without additional administrative staff and has to be able to take on a wide range of responsibilities in addition to the fun stuff like selecting the season and casting the shows.  For our first 13 years, we’ve survived well with ONE well-rounded person as our only full time staff (admittedly working a lot of hours).  We’ve just expanded our staff to include a seasonal TD, who will take primary responsibility for design and construction of most shows, along with facility upkeep and management.


Our visiting actors/designers/directors are housed at the theatre – we can house 6-7 people max, which impacts cast size, local vs. out of town actors, etc.  We normally hire 1-2 interns/season.  Keep in mind that at best they arrive as the first show opens, and leave before the 3rd show closes.  If we can’t find local interns and we have to house them, it impacts casting.  All this matters because it may mean that the AD also has to be our box office person at times (or run backstage to help with a set change).

Box Office:  607-656-8499 (TIXX)  Administration:  607-656-8778    

Mailing address:  PO Box 584  Greene, NY  13778            Physical address:  991 State Highway 12, Greene, NY  13778

Chenango River Theatre’s season is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts

with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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