Audition for THE KUNG FU ZOMBIES SAGA | Theater Mu

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Theater Mu is seeking actors and martial artists for its summer production, The Kung Fu Zombies Saga: Shaman Warriors & CannibalsThe script features characters of diverse ages, genders, and backgrounds, particularly Southeast Asian, and a zombie chorus.

Both Equity (AEA SPT6 contract) and non-Equity (paid roles) actors. All roles are paid, local contracts (wages varying depending on role and experience). Martial arts ability is a plus, but any necessary training will be provided. If you’re a martial artist, previous theater experience is not required.



Mellon Foundation playwright-in-residence Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is combining her award-winning Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals (2013) with its prequel, Kung Fu Zombies vs. Shaman Warrior, to create the show The Kung Fu Zombies Saga: Shaman Warrior & Cannibals. The first act takes us to Laos, where Arun fights to save her sister from an emerging cult with the help of the Monkey King, Hanuman, while the second act focuses on Sika's journey from Minneapolis to Laos to bury her parents' ashes—all during a zombie apocalypse.



Auditions: Sunday, Dec 4, from 2-7 p.m. CT and Monday, Dec 5, from noon-4 p.m. CT.

These initial auditions will be acting only. Stage combat auditions will be included during callbacks. If you are a martial artist or dancer, please select a side that you are most comfortable auditioning with, and let us know in the audition form that you have a background in martial arts or dance. You will have the opportunity to show us your fight skills during callbacks. (Can’t make it to auditions? Scroll to the bottom for video audition instructions.)

Callbacks: Friday, Dec 9, from 5-9 p.m. CT and Saturday, Dec 10, from noon-4 p.m. CT

Both auditions and callbacks will take place in the Mu Studio located at 755 Prior Avenue N, Suite 107, Saint Paul, MN 55104.

Please sign up for an audition slot and follow the instructions HERE.



Rehearsals: June 13 to July 21, 2023

Tech Rehearsals: July 11-21, 2023

Previews: July 19 & 20, 2023

Opening Night: July 21, 2023

Closing Performance: Aug 13, 2023

Rehearsals will take place in the Mu Studio and at the Luminary Arts Center (700 N First St., Minneapolis, MN 55401). Performances will take place at the Luminary.



  • Arun, 13-25, Lao and Akha. The heroine of Act 1 is a brave, questioning shaman-in-training trying to survive the apocalypse and searching for her sister. In Act 2, also plays: Deanna, teens, Asian, best friends with Sika.

  • Sika, 15-25, Lao American. The heroine of Act 2 is a smart, tough survivor of the zombie apocalypse whose goal is to bring her parents’ remains back to their homeland in Laos. In Act 1, also plays: Noy, 17, an orphan raised by Louang Khao, and Villager.

  • Arahan, 20s, Laotian. In Act 2, she’s an orphan who’s protective of her village and suspicious of strangers; she battles Sika but ultimately becomes her ally. In Act 1, also plays: Saeng, 30s, Akha, mother to Arun and Khwan; and the voice of Jambavan, the Bear King in Buddhist stories.

  • Khwan, 4-15, Lao and Akha. In Act 1, she’s Arun’s sweet sister who has to grow up fast through the apocalypse. In Act 2, also plays: Girl, 6, Laotian, who Sika tries to save.

  • Mara, 30s-40s, Laotian-European. In Act 1, she’s a village schoolteacher who ultimately becomes the cannibal leader of the Apocalypse, our villain in both Acts 1 and 2. 

  • Grandmother (Mae Thao), 60s, Akha. In Act 1, she’s a shaman who can both heal and fight, the grandmother of Arun and Khwan. In Act 2, also plays: Old Woman, 60s-70s, Hmong.

  • Loc, 40s, Black American. In Act 2, he’s ex-military turned monk. Also plays: Principal Butcher, 40s, Sika’s down-to-earth principal who is secretly a martial artist. In Act 1, also plays: a Zombie/Cannibal.

  • Hanuman, immortal. In Act 1, the Monkey King from Buddhist stories. In Act 2, also plays: Slim, 30s, Laotian, ex-gangbanger turned monk; and Mohn, 30s, Lao, father to Arun and Khwan. 

  • Louang Khao, 60, Akha. In Act 1, he’s the village elder/mayor who raises Noy. In Act 2, also plays: Commander Phuoc, 40s, Viet; and Old Man, 60s-70s, Hmong.

  • Latimer, mid-20s, White, French. In Act 1, he’s a pleasant French middle-school teacher with a dark side and an interest in Arun. Also plays: a Demon. In Act 2, also plays a Zombie/Cannibal.

  • Ensemble of Zombies, Cannibals, Villagers, Demons, Ghosts, and Soldiers; any age, gender, or ethnicity.


For information on how to submit a video audition and our COVID-19 policies (masks required while waiting), please visit the full listing on our website.

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Theater Mu
Jane Peña
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Posted November 12