Rate of Pay: 
$523.00 $360.00

History Theatre is auditioning for the workshop and the fourth production of the 2022-23 Season, DIESEL HEART by Brian Grandison. Seeking actors of all types and ages, both AEA and non-AEA performers




DIESEL HEART by Brian Grandison

Directed by Warren G. Bowles


Workshop Dates: July 11- 21, 2022 - 20 hours over 10 days

Opening:  March 11, 2023 – Closing:  April 2, 2023



TIME & PLACE   - 1950’s thru 1970’s in St. Paul, Minnesota and Elsewhere


Born and raised in St. Paul’s, Rondo neighborhood, the true-life story of Melvin Carter Jr. begins at a time of racial tension in the 1950s and 60’s. During this time Melvin Carter Jr struggles in school, questions his worth, turns to fighting and trouble in the neighborhood.

Melvin's journey is filled with missteps but ultimately, he finds his voice. He joins the Navy during the Vietnam War, returns home to start a family, then becomes one of the first black police officers in St. Paul's 1970’s class of recruits.

This play, inspired by Melvin Carter, Jr.’s book, DIESEL HEART, is a story that has you crying and laughing with joy. Melvin story reminds us that the journey we take to finding our voice is never clean, clear or straight forward.


The production requires an ensemble cast with actors to perform several characters.




5  Male actors to play African American characters between the ages of mid-teen to mid-20’s

1  Male actor to play African American characters between the ages of 30 – 60

1  Male actor to play Caucasian characters between the ages of 20 – late 30’s

1  Female actor to play African American characters between the ages of 20 – lates 30’s

1  Female actor to play African American characters between the ages of 30 - 60





-  History Theatre’s workshop provides a fee $17.00 an hour for AEA and NON AEA actors.

-  History Theatre’s mainstage operates under a SPT Contract (Tier 6) agreement AEA (minimum $523/wk.)

    NON-AEA actors will be paid a minimum of $15/hour.




What to prepare? 

Please record two (2) contrasting contemporary monologues, no longer than three (3) minutes in length each.



Auditions are being held by video submission. Submissions are due no later than Friday, May 27, 2022. Your submission will be used for casting purposes only.




  1. Fill out an audition form here:  https://forms.gle/jabyZQF2k91jLPN88
  2. Send a photo, resume, and your video submission to auditions@historytheatre.com with your name in the subject line.


You may either embed your video into your email or include a link to your video submission from Dropbox, Vimeo, or YouTube. (For You Tube unlisted link recommended.)




  • Start with a simple hello, tell us who you are, which show(s) you are auditioning for and with what materials you will be auditioning (monologue and song).
  • Find a neutral space to record. Natural light is best, but if that’s not possible, make sure you’re well lit. You might find moving a lamp or two into your space helps to illuminate you.
  • Record with your device in landscape (vs. portrait) if possible with 3/4 body framing.



Callbacks will be in person at History Theatre Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Time to be announced.



We understand that auditioning in this manner is unusual and could be stressful but encourage you to have fun. We want you to know we’re happy you’re submitting and appreciate the effort it takes to record a video audition. If you need help or have any questions, contact us here: auditions@historytheatre.com.



The safety of our performers, technicians, staff, and audiences is of primary importance. History Theatre will follow all up-to-date City, State, and Federal guidelines related to COVID-19, as well as guidelines set forth by Actors Equity Association for fully-vaccinated company members. 



In the local and national theatre community, History Theatre has a unique mission, and it comes with great responsibility as we commission and produce new work that reflects the diverse voices and experiences that make up our shared history as a region and country. We strive to provide a forum to uncover and learn from history, to launch important conversations and spark dialog around difficult topics, to celebrate the people of our region, and to do it with the highest level of artistic excellence. History Theatre is committed to becoming a more anti-racist and equitable organization, onstage and off.


Contact information

History Theatre
Kate Sandvik
Web site

Respond by
Friday, May 27
Posted May 5