Join an Einstein Resident Ensemble!
Theatre Momentum is hosting auditions to add to our current Einstein resident ensemble, The Burning.
Come join the only theatre in Chicago dedicated to dramatic improvisation!
The Einstein Resident Ensemble, The Burning, is looking to expand their cast! We’re looking to add 5-7 players to the current roster, Dana Besmanoff, Michael Fiddler, Corey Haines, Blair Prince, and Aydan Quinn. The Burning is directed by Jackie Sestak (bio below)
This Einstein ensemble rehearses every week, Tuesday nights, 8-10 PM, starting April 30th. In rehearsals, you will learn the essentials of the Theatre Momentum style and build an improv show based on the skills and strengths of the ensemble as a whole. There is a small fee for the program, but there’s a way to get all that back. Keep reading!
After the 8 weeks of rehearsal are complete, the Einstein ensembles will perform in a showcase of 16 performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 PM. All auditions are 18+ only.
The Einstein resident ensembles are intended to be ongoing ensembles with an regular rehearsals. The ensembles can grow and learn together and build shows specific to their own strengths. The 16 performance showcase is the first of many performance opportunities to be scheduled. Beyond those 16 performances, the ensemble has a number of options to put up shows on the Theatre Momentum stage.
This is not a workshop series, no. While you will learn the Theatre Momentum style, it should be considered an ensemble that builds a production, and not an ongoing class series or a drop-in class. That said, the audition is simply an assessment of your general skills and ability take direction, so that all performers are starting from a similar skill level.
You are expected to attend all rehearsals, yes. While things come up, if you have to miss 4 rehearsals in a 2-month period, your standing in the ensemble will need to be reviewed.
No, not at all! We cast a larger group so that we can schedule for off-nights for every cast member.
Improv experience of 6 months or more is extremely helpful in getting cast. While the TM style of dramatic improv is a different animal than many other theatres, having a strong foundation in improvisation or scripted acting will be beneficial.
Theatre Momentum prides ourselves on being the only theatre in Chicago dedicated to dramatic improvisation. We feel that the immediacy and raw emotion of improvisation, coupled with the traditions of scripted theatre, can create performances and productions unlike any other. The Einstein resident ensembles are a great chance to learn the TM style and build productions that embrace the immediacy, bravery, and vulnerability of dramatic improvisation. Read more about it on our blog post, Why Dramatic Improv?
$5/week ($25 every 5 weeks, payable at the start of the program and 5 weeks in). After that, payable in 5-week increments of $25.
However! We are also offering the opportunity to receive that $25 back, through ticket commissions paid out for every person who uses your discount code to buy a ticket. Need-based scholarships are also available, just email us for more details.
Yep, each performer will receive a unique discount code that gives audience members $2 off each ticket. For each ticket sold with your code, you will get back $2. As far as we know, we’re the only improv theatre in Chicago that offers this. (If we’re not, that’s fantastic!)
This is up to your ensemble and your director. You can either continue with the same production you built in your first 16 weeks of rehearsal, or develop a new show. You’re somewhat independent, as an ensemble. If you want to do a new show, it can be put into the production schedule wherever there is room.
Yes, after the 16 performance showcase is complete, your director and the Artistic Director will evaluate every ensemble member to see who is invited to continue with the ensemble. Similar evaluations will take place every 3-6 months at the discretion of your director and the Artistic Director.
The intention is for this to be an ongoing commitment, but we would prefer to cast ensemble members who will commit to 6 months with the ensemble.
Auditions for the ensembles will be:
Tuesday, April 16, 8-10 PM
Rehearsals will be:
Tuesday, 8-10 PM, starting April 30
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM
June 7-August 3 (no shows 7/5 7/6)
All auditions, rehearsals, and performances will take place at Pendulum Space, 1803 W. Byron St, Suite 216.
Meet the Director!
Jackie Sestak is excited to be sharing the Theatre Momentum style; a form of improv where players can take their time and create a world based in reality. She’s performed in several Theater Momentum shows including Elements, Porch Play, Lies, Damned Lies, & Statistics, and Circle Place. Starting at the Neo-Futurists, Jackie dove into performance art which led to studying improv at The Second City, Annoyance Theatre, and ComedySportz. Jackie is also a teaching artist for Room2Improv (room2improv.com), where she works with veterans and students emphasizing the value of ‘Yes, and’. Jackie is looking forward to working with you in the Einstein Ensembles!