IN THE SPIRIT - Venus DeMars and The BAND Group

The BAND Group presents

IN THE SPIRIT - a world premiere rockopera

By Venus DeMars and Adrian Lopez-Balbontin


Seeking - Transgender, intersex, and non-binary performance artists, dancers, actors, musicians, designers and technicians.


About the Production

IN THE SPIRIT is an original concept rock show and performance hybrid that is inspired by Venus DeMars' pioneering life-long journey as a transgender performance artist, rockstar, and activist as well as those that inspired her along the way. Surrounding a rock show environment, a narrative unfolds from the beginnings of coming out to full gender confirmation surgery in this multidisciplinary production that combines a live rock band, movement, and out of this world visuals. Venus DeMars will also star in the production and front this production band.

IN THE SPIRIT will open February 27 and run through March 7, 2020 at The Southern Theater. 

*There is a possible Sunday, March 8 extention*

Rehearsals will begin mid-January, 2020

This production will close out The BAND Group's Season 2.0, marking its sixth production and third world premiere.

This production's nonprofit partner will be OutFront Minnesota with the plan to mark one weekend as an awareness beacon for gender rights issues with public speakers and forums.


About Stipends

For performers and musicians there is a stipend range between $500 and $750 depending on the role in the show.

For Designers there is a $350 stipend. We are seeking people with experience in theater lighting and sound. Experience with rock shows is a plus.

For technicians there is a $150 stipend.


About the Audition/tryout

Dates: Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14 6pm to 10pm

*Timeslots will be 10 minutes each*

Performance Artists/Actors/Singers: You may do any variety of monologue/poem/speech/song.

Dancers: You may show any sample of a dance you'd like. 

Musicians: There will be a rock band setup at the auditions but if you'd rather bring your own instrument you can plug in at the studio.


Please submit an inquiry to [email protected]

If you have a headshot or photograph and artistic resume of yourself to send with your inquiry please feel free to include that in your email. However, if you do not have that information you may write about your experience in the body of the email. 

Please also include in your email your availability during the audition/tryout dates.

After you submit your inquiry someone from The BAND Group will be in touch with more details.


About The BAND Group

The BAND Group is a theatre company in the Twin Cities that bands together with other nonprofits to bring exposure to their causes by producing live theatre that is inspired by and raises awareness surrounding their work, and by doing so giving audiences a direct link to organizations devoted to building communities that strive for a world that is

Beyond Acceptance NDiscrimination.

-Adrian Lopez-Balbontin, Jackie O’Neil, Jex Arzayus, Julia Amundson, Kaitlyn Larsen, Kjer Whiting

Contact information

The BAND Group
Web site

Posted September 30