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The WSSR is looking for two actors for the 2018 Rockford New Play Festival staged reading. Performance date is 7pm THU Aug 23, 2018. Rehearsals are 1-6pm SUN Aug 19, and 6-10 TUE Aug 21. Rehearsal attendance is flexible.

Female Identifying 20’s 30’s - African American
Female Identifying 20’s 30’s - of Middle Eastern descent

Pay is $150. To apply email

In its fourth year, the Rockford New Play Festival gives established and aspiring playwrights from the Rockford Area the opportunity to have their work presented professionally to the public alongside the work of national and international playwrights.


Auditions will be held by appointment. Reply with resume, and headshot/photo to  If you do not have a resume or photo, include a brief description of your experience. Roles are open until filled. 


We are currently seeking  volunteer Set, Lighting, and Costume Designers. 

Interviews will be held by appointment. Reply with resume and samples of your work  If you do not have a resume or samples, include a brief description of your experience. 


We currently have openings for volunteer Stage Managers, Technical Directors, Props Masters, Set Construction, Painters, and Running Crew.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please reply with a resume or description of your experience to


Scripts are available to check out/read at The Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E State Street during business hours. Contact the RAAC for information on hours and availability.

Digital samples and more information about the plays are available at the links below:


Exit, Pursued By A Bear

The Stinky Cheese Man


by Sarah Ruhl

FEB 19 - 28, 2016 •  13+ • Activist Casting

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. (appropriate for ages 13+)


Eurydice- Female, 18 - 25
Her Father - Male 40+
Orpheus  - Male 18 - 25
A Nasty Interesting Man/The Lord Of The Underworld - Male 30+
Big Stone - 16+
Little Stone - 11+
Loud Stone - 11+

“RHAPSODICALLY BEAUTIFUL. A weird and wonderful new play - an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory.”
— The New York Times


by Lauren Gunderson

APR 15 - MAY 1, 2016 •  Adult • Activist Casting

Nan has decided to teach her husband Kyle a lesson. With the help of Simon (acting as her emotional-- and actual-- cheerleader) and a stripper named Sweetheart, she tapes Kyle to a chair as they reenact scenes from their painful past. Through this night of ridiculous theatrics, Nan and Kyle are both freed from their past in this smart, dark revenge comedy. (appropriate for Adult Audiences)

Casting 4 Roles

Nan Carter - Female, late 20's
Kyle Carter - Male, late 20's
Sweetheart/Peaches/SuperKyle - Female,  20's
Simon - Male,  20's

“If the Coen Brothers decided to set a feminist revenge tale in Atlanta and sprinkle it with Dixie Chicks pixie dust, it might look something like Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a raucous comedy of friendship...and performance-as-catharsis.”
— ArtsCritic Atlanta


by John Glore

JUN 10 - 26 •  Family • Activist Casting

Each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of the quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from "Chicken Little" to "The Gingerbread Man" gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around. (appropriate for all ages)

Casting 7 Roles

We are looking for a ensemble of adults and teens (age 12+).

Actor 1 (M) - Cow Patty Boy / Cocky Locky / Prince / 1st Stepsister/ Owl / Stinky Cheese Man
Actor 2 (M) - Jack / Tortoise
Actor 3 (F) - Ducky Lucky / Princess 2 / Cinderella / Cow Butt
Actor 4 (F) - Red Hen / Goosey Loosey / Queen / Stepmother / Little Old Lady
Actor 5 (M) - Foxy Loxy / Ugly Duck / Wolf / Giant / Stepsister 2 / Fox
Actor 6 (M) - Surgeon General / King / Frog / Rumpelstiltskin / Little Old Man / Cow Head / Legal Guy
Actor 7 (F) - Chicken Licken / Princess 1 / Little Red Running Shorts / Rabbit

“Chickens keep popping up on stage before their cues, the Surgeon General is trying to shut the theatre down, the Giant from the Jack and the Beanstalk story wants to tell his own story. And... what is the problem with the Cow Patty Boy popping out and screaming “Cow Patty!!” to any unsuspecting audience member?
— LA Splash Magazine


The West Side Show Room believes that any actor (regardless of age, skin tone, gender, body type, or physical ability) should be able to play any role. Whenever appropriate, we seek to cast outside the norm in order to challenge traditional notions of who can be involved in theater.