Audition: These Shining Lives

Announcing auditions for Uprising Theatre’s October production of Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives directed by Shalee Coleman. We are seeking:


4 Women, ages 20-30’s

2 Men, ages 20s-40s


These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. A historical fiction period drama delving into the lives and trial of the 1920 Radium Girls who painted radium numbers onto clock faces, contracted radium poisoning, and fought for justice despite biting criticism.


These Shining Lives Relevant Dates: 

Rehearsals: Mid August-October (nights and weekends)
Tech:    October 1st-5th

Performances: October 5-15th

Strike: October 15th

Uprising believes in compensating all artists; actors in These Shining Lives will be paid a $100 stipend.


Auditions will consist of the attached cold read passages and movement work. Please use this link to sign up for an audition slot. Once you’ve signed up, please email your headshot and resume to [email protected]. You will then receive an email response with the sides for the cold reading. 

Auditions are either Sunday May 21st from 1-6pm or May 22nd from 6-10pm with call backs on Tuesday May 23rd from 6-9pm. If you are unavailable for any of these times, please let us know and we will try to accommodate a separate audition time or monologue submission. Auditions will take place at St. Peder's Lutheran Church: 4600 East 42nd St. Minneapolis, MN. There is a parking lot at the church. 

Auditions are inclusive of people of all identities, races, and orientations; all are encouraged to register.  Please do not let the fact that this is a period piece keep you from auditioning. 

About Uprising Theatre Company:

Uprising Theatre Company tells powerful stories about important topics in a way that’s not preachy or strident, but is instead rooted in people’s lived experiences. From mental illness and suicide to transgender issues, we tell stories that come from people who have lived those experiences. But we don’t want it to stop with just telling stories. We hope people are so inspired by stories that they want to make a concrete difference. So we partner with local organizations who are working on the issues presented in the show to funnel the energy and excitement generated by storytelling into action that will make the world a better place.

Because stories can change the world. 

Contact information

Uprising Theatre Company
Shannon TL Kearns
Web site

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