TigerLion Arts Seeking Male Actors for NATURE 2017 Tour

One Male Actor for Leading Role/Ensemble (Henry David Thoreau)

The play centers around the relationship between Emerson and Thoreau. The role of Thoreau spans from his birth through his death. At times Thoreau is working closely with the ensemble in highly physical storytelling, whereas at other moments he is solitary or in more intimate two person scenes with Ralph Waldo Emerson. The role is physically demanding and we are looking for performers who have a strong movement background, a deep connection to nature, and a desire to work in the elements.


One Male Actor (Ensemble):

The role is physically demanding and we are looking for performers who have a strong movement background, a deep connection to nature, and a desire to work in the elements. The play takes place outdoors, and centers around the relationship between Emerson and Thoreau, with ensemble members assuming various roles and elements throughout. The ensemble is key to the energy and life of the production. Ensemble members are heavily involved in the movement and music of the show, and drive the story, at times narrating or stepping out as individual characters from the times.

This is a complex piece that will challenge and fulfill you both artistically and physically. For the Ensemble, we are looking for experienced, committed actors who have strong movement, vocal, and leadership skills. Command of a musical instrument is a plus. Nature plans to tour to parks and arboretums nationally for years to come, so Ensemble members should have a long-term interest/ commitment in touring with the production. 

Equity and Non Equity actors are welcome to audition.


Compensation: Equity performers will receive an equity contract, while compensation for non-equity performers will be comparable to equity standards. Performers are responsible for their own transportation while rehearsing/performing within the metro area. Transportation, room and board will be provided while on tour outside of metro area.   


Show Details: Do you love creating and performing in an ensemble? Does being outdoors invigorate you? This summer TigerLion Arts (creators of The Dragons are Singing Tonight, The Buddha Prince, & KIPO!) will continue it's regional and national tour of their beloved outdoor walking play entitled Nature ~ the outdoor telling of Emerson, Thoreau and their mutual love of the natural world. This play is written and created by local actor Tyson Forbes (a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson) and director/producer Markell Kiefer. In 2015, Nature toured to 9 parks and arboretums throughout Minnesota, and has had 3 runs at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In 2016, it toured to Cincinatti, OH, Chicago, IL, Rochester, MN and Plymouth, MN. This year, Nature will tour to Concord, MA, the birthplace of Emerson and Thoreau, in addition to MN performances in Minneapolis and Rochester.

Please visit http://www.tigerlion.org/nature/ from more details, and photos and video of production.


To schedule an audition:

Auditions will be held on Friday, May 12, 2-7pm at Sabes JCC, with each actor being alloted 15 minutes. Please email [email protected] with your headshot and resume, and the times you are available to audition. If you are unable to attend the audition, please inquire about scheduling an alternate time.

For your audition, please prepare a 30-second monologue and 16 bars of a song prepared to sing a cappella, or you may accompany yourself. Bring any acoustic instruments to play, if you have them. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time to fill out an audition form and to provide your availability for late summer/fall 2017. Please bring hard copies of your resume and headshot. Dress to move.


Production Dates:

Aug 21 - Sept 5:  Day-time Rehearsals (Minneapolis, MN)

Sept. 2 - 4:  Squash Blossom Farm (Rochester, MN; tentative)

Sept 6 - 17: Washburn Fair Oaks Park (Minneapolis, MN)

Sept 18 – Oct. 1:  The Old Manse (Concord, MA)

Oct. 2 - 8:  MN Landscape Arboretum (Chaska, MN; tentative)

Contact information

TigerLion Arts
Katia Cardenas
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Wednesday, May 24
Posted April 24