Written By Phillis - Philadelphia EPA (03.31.23) | Playbill

Written By Phillis - Philadelphia EPA (03.31.23)

CATEGORY: Performer

Quintessence Theatre Group
Philadelphia, PA

Job Details



$550 weekly minimum (SPT 6)

Friday, March 31, 2023
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (E)
Lunch 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

To schedule an audition appointment please contact Eleni Delopolous at :VM: 215.987.4450 (ext. 101) OR [email protected]

Sedgwick Theater
7137 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
The entrance is the door to the right of the Sedgwick Theater lobby.

Director: Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Office Manager: Emily Cross

Expected to attend:
Artistic Director: Alexander Burns
Casting Associate: Eleni Delopoulos

First rehearsal - 4/11/2023
Opening - 5/13/2023
Closing - 6/4/2023
Possible extension - 6/11/2023


This is a world premiere production, and the script will continue to be developed throughout the rehearsal process.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Equity actors for roles in WRITTEN BY PHILLIS by Paul Oakley Stovall (See breakdown).

All roles will be undestudied.

Local Philadelphia actors are encouraged to audition.

Quintessence is committed to diversity in all hiring and will carefully consider all applicants. Applicants from under-represented populations are encouraged to apply.

Please prepare one monologue in verse or heightened langauge. Other written texts from the 18th century also appreciated. Also, please bring your headshot and resume stapled together.

Equity encourages everyone participating in the auditions to wear a two-ply cloth face mask, surgical mask, singer’s mask or respirator (N95, KN95 or KF94). Single-ply face masks, gaiters and bandanas are not recommended. Singer’s masks can be found at www.broadwayreliefproject.com/singersmask.

Equity encourages members to prepare for their audition prior to arriving at the audition venue, to the extent that they can (e.g., get dressed, hair/make-up, etc.) to avoid crowding in bathrooms and dressing rooms.

Holding/Audition room information:
The maximum capacity in the holding room is: 80
The maximum capacity in the audition room is: 30

Phillis Wheatley
(20s) This play follows the life of Phillis Wheatley, considered the first African American to publish a book of poetry, from her childhood in slavery to her death in her early 30s. Through her poems and letters, we explore the life and journey of one of the most renowned poets in 18th century America.

Ignatius Sancho (40s - 50s) Celebrated as "the extraordinary Nergo," was a succesful shopkeeper, writer and theorist. The first British African to vote in Britain and a noted abolitionist.

Anne Osborne / Obour Tanner (30s - 50s) - A Black woman born in the Caribean, a succesful London book dealer and wife to Ignatius Sancho / Founding member of the African Female Benevolent Society, Phillis' correspondent and "agent."

Susanna Wheatley, and others (50s - 60s) Mistress to Phillis. A Congregationalist who educated Phillis and promoted her poetry internationally. Suffering from a long illness.

John Wheatley / George Washington (50s - 60s) - A merchant, money lender and constable in Boston / Commander and Chief, and first president of the United States.

Nathaniel Wheatley (20s) - Son of Susanna and John Wheatley. A tailor and merchant. Friend and companion to Phillis on their travels to London.

Gov. Thomas Huchinson / Gilbert Imlay (50s - 60s) Two American Businessmen. One a historian, the other a foreign diplomat.


SPT $550 weekly minimum (SPT 6)




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