Casting & Literary Program

Casting

Long Wharf Theatre works under the LORT (League of Regional Theatres) contract with Actors Equity Association (the actors and stage managers union). The union determines the number of Non-Equity actors in any production.

Equity auditions are generally held in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, depending on the needs of the production. Auditions are arranged through agent submissions, and scheduled by a casting director in that city.

Long Wharf holds open auditions for Equity and Non-Equity actors both in New York City and in New Haven. These occur once annually, usually during the late spring or summer. Check back here for announcements.

Actors may send a photo and resume to:

Long Wharf Theatre
ATTN: Casting
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
casting@longwharf.org (Electronic correspondence is preferred.)

Long Wharf Theatre as an Equal Opportunity Employer recognizes the need for expanding the participation of ethnic minorities (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American), women actors, and actors with disabilities in their artistic process and will make an effort to cast these individuals in roles where race, ethnicity, gender, or the presence or absence of a disability is not germane.

Long Wharf Theatre as a general rule does not employ understudies.


Literary Program & New Work Development

Long Wharf Theatre has a proud and rich history of forming meaningful relationships with artists, supporting the development of their work, and moving their projects towards production.

We are particularly interested in incubating new pieces that center BIPOC voices, push form, and feature innovative dramaturgy. We are also eager to support projects that originate with artists other than playwrights, such as designers, directors, dramaturgs, and activists. Many of these works have become part of the modern American canon with more than thirty Long Wharf Theatre productions transferred to Broadway or Off-Broadway runs.

We are revitalizing our commitment to playwrights at all stages in their careers, and are now welcoming scripts from unrepresented playwrights as well as agents.

The following are examples of ways we have supported and continue to support new work development. These offerings are flexible, as we are committed to tailoring the process to suit the needs of each artist. We strive to be nimbly responsive to our artists’ goals.

Email scripts to:
literary@longwharf.org

The body of the email must include:
Author’s Name
Title
Type of material (one-act, musical, adaptation, etc.)
Synopsis of the play (500 words or less)

Please Note: We are only accepting scripts by electronic submission at this time.

The attachment of the email must include:

A script excerpt no more than twenty pages and music sound files, if applicable.

Type of Materials:
Full-length, One act, 10-minute scripts, musicals, adaptations, translations, virtual/Zoom plays.

Special Interests:
Plays by BIPOC writers, plays centering cultural narratives, stories of joy and resilience, multi-disciplinary work, and theatrical innovation.

Submission Period:
Year-round

Response Time:
4–6 months

Accountability:
If the response time has been exceeded, we invite follow-up emails.

Workshops at Long Wharf provide dedicated time for artists and their creative team to work on a new piece with the support of our Literary Team and extended staff, and help determine possible next steps for the piece at LWT or elsewhere. Workshops culminate in a presentation/sharing, which can take whatever form is most useful to the artist(s).

Readings provide an opportunity to hear a new piece out loud with our artistic staff and/or an invited audience. We may provide a few hours of rehearsal time with actors prior to the reading. Rewrites are not likely to take place during the process.

Exploratory development is an opportunity for an artist and a core collaborator (usually a director) to spend a flexible amount of time working together to further the development of a piece, with our support. The artists may choose to converse with experts, designers, and other artists during their process. The focus of this time is to deepen the dramaturgy of the piece, refine the script, or explore a specific element of the storytelling.

The New Works Festival 
An annual series featuring workshops of new pieces by rising artists. Artists receive a 29-hour or 4-day workshop process with full dramaturgical, administrative, and casting support. Each workshop culminates in a sharing of the work.

The LAB
Each month, we select artists to curate an offering for The LAB @ LWT, an online space for artistic collisions. Each artist is provided a stipend and is given the support of our producing team to create their offering. We engage in open conversation to ensure that we provide artists with as much support as possible. We view The LAB as a space for emergence—to try new things, bring unexpected partners together, and respond to critical moments in real-time.

The Play Writers
A playwriting workshop hosted by our brilliant playwrights in residence, Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp—co-founders of UNIVERSES, a multidisciplinary ensemble theatre company. Local artists participate in a multi-week writing intensive centering ensemble work, creative writing, and blurring the lines between performance mediums. Writers are selected through work samples and recommendations.

Black Trans Women at the Center
An annual digital celebration of Black trans talent and experience. Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi joins us as curator and associate producer of this project. As we present 3-5 new short plays by Black trans women offering distinct glimpses into the lived experiences of the Black trans community—creating an intersection of art and activism that remains at the heart of our dynamic season of offstage theatre making.

Commissions
We foster relationships with artists and support the development of their new work through commissions, shaping each process according to the goals and preferred working style of each artist. Artists are provided with dramaturgical and administrative support as well as a reading/workshop after the first draft is complete, with a final draft due at the end of the process.

Partnerships (Co- productions and/or commissions)
We partner with local and national theatres and other organizations to co-commission and/or co-produce work. Through these partnerships, we hope to engage a wider network of collaborators and expand the ways in which we support artists.

We are always looking for like-minded partners to produce, develop, and guide our work locally and nationally.

For more information, contact the Literary Team at literary@longwharf.org