Auditions for UpStage Stigma

UpStage Stigma is a project through which artists tell stories of mental illness and emotional struggle with performance art. Community members and mental health practitioners produce an event that uses art and social justice to cultivate appreciation for our shared human experiences. Together, we break the barriers of stigma that divide us, through art, empathy, and advocacy.

The project was founded in 2017 in Madison, and this will be the inaugural performance of UpStage Stigma Twin Cities. The performances will be on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm. Free, donate-what-you-can admission.

LOW REHEARSAL TIME COMMITMENT: Performers will be required to attend two of four rehearsals (held on weekends) and one individual coaching session.

Auditions will be held on February 15 from 1-4pm and February 19 from 7-9pm. To sign up for an audition time, please fill out this form.

If neither of the audition dates work for you, email [email protected] - we'll accept video auditions. We invite you to prepare a 3-10 minute piece, in the performance art form of your choice, that expresses an experience of (one or more of) the following:

mental illness, emotional struggle, stigma, resilience and coping, overlapping oppressed identities, social injustice related to mental health, supporting a friend or family member through struggle, (add your related theme here!)

Your audition piece does not need to be perfect and polished! We welcome rough drafts.

Examples of previous acts include:

-vocal performances


-slam poetry and poetry readings

-authors reading from their writings

-speeches and monologues

-instrumental performances, both with and without vocals

Our goal is to decrease stigma by cultivating a space where our shared humanity is felt. Please note that you do not need to have a mental illness diagnosis to audition for the show.

We welcome new interpretations of this proposal. We will be selecting acts based on overall quality, furtherance of our mission, and need for variety of performance styles and themes.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, or if you’d like to get involved in ways other than performing! Katy Briggs, the producer and artistic director of UpStage Stigma Twin Cities, can be reached at [email protected]

Contact information

UpStage Stigma
Katy Briggs

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Wednesday, February 19
Posted January 27