Theater Open Auditions

Open Auditions

Allens Lane Theater holds open auditions for our Main Stage and Readers Theater productions. Non-traditional casting is highly encouraged and we invite actors of all ages, races and ethnicities to audition. Upcoming audition notices are posted here when they become available.

Open Auditions! Dearly Departed!

Director Dakota Adams, is seeking to cast an ensemble of 10 Non-Equity actors for DEARLY DEPARTED written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, to be Streamed, on November 26-28,  and then performed live at Allens Lane Theater ( in person for a limited number of vaccinated and masked audience members, December 3-5 and Dec 10-12, 2021

All COVID-19 safety guidelines will be enforced both in production and with the audience, with the staging also conforming to the comfort level of the actors. We will be monitoring Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 response throughout, to ensure we are making the most informed decisions possible in regards to everyone’s health. In accordance with the Philadelphia Mandate Actors must be vaccinated to perform in front of a socially distanced masked and vaccinated audience. We will also only be having 6 live performances.

Pay for this production  is a $100-$125 stipend based on the role you are cast in.

Seeking actors from our broad theater community, especially, performers of color, Queer, transgender/non-binary, and those looking to gain more experience on stage as part of a strong ensemble cast. Allens Lane practices Non-traditional Casting, and absolutely everyone is welcome and encouraged to audition for any role.

Auditions will be held by appointment at Allens Lane (Outside or in pairs only in the Theater) on Sunday September 19th from 3:00pm-6pm, and Monday September 20th from 6pm-9pm. Please indicate any date or time preferences in your initial email. 

Actors who are interested in auditioning should email a headshot and resume to

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ABOUT THE PLAY: In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the dysfunctional Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, they find comfort in friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Casting the following characters: (some actors will play more than one character) 

Bud Turpin - an elderly man
Raynelle - Bud’s wife
Ray-Bud - Bud & Raynelles son
Lucille Turpin - Ray-Bud’s wife
Junior - Ray-Bud & Lucille’s son
Suzane - Junior’s wife
Marguerite - Bud’s sister
Royce - Marguerite’s son
Delightful - Bud & Raynelle’s only daughter Reverend Hooker 
Veda - an older woman
Norval - a young woman
Clyde - a friend
Juanita - a cousin by marriage