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BLACK NATIVITY - Black Arts MKE Non Equity Auditions

Posted: June 30, 2017
Audition Location: Milwaukee, WI

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Black Arts MKE is seeking performers for its musical production of BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES - a testament to the timeless work of Langston Hughes, telling the story of the Nativity through a combination of Bible scripture, poetry, dance and song from the African-American perspective. Directed by local actor and Bronzeville Arts Ensemble member Malkia Stampley, BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES will be mounted at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall December 7 - December 17, 2017.  Experienced African-American Equity and non-Equity adult singers, dancers and actors who sing and move, are encouraged to submit for an audition appointment.  There are also roles available for young performers, ages 9-17. 


BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES auditions will be held THURSDAY, JULY 20 AND FRIDAY JULY 21, 2017, FROM 4:00PM to 9:30PM at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Rehearsal Hall A on the Fourth Floor (123 East State, use entrance next to loading dock.)  Interested adults and young performers are encouraged to submit a headshot or photo and artistic resume to be considered toINFO@BLACKARTSMKE.ORG by JULY 12, 2017. Young performers without resumes are asked to submit a short bio, including age, gender, grade and why they would like to be in BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES.  Only those who submit will receive a link via email to reserve an audition date and time along with other important information.  Everyone will need an appointment in order to audition. Rehearsals for BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES will start early November, held evenings and weekends. This is a paid opportunity. 


BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES is also in need of production interns (Stage Management, Costume, Directing, Lighting, etc.), ages 16 and older. Please submit a cover letter and resume to INFO@BLACKARTSMKE.ORG to be considered. For further information, email INFO@BLACKARTSMKE.ORG


BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES is a collaboration between Black Arts MKE and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.






We’re committed to inspiring creativity in future generations by increasing the availability and quality of African American arts organizations in Milwaukee.  Black Arts MKE artists and partners serve over 3,000 youth annually in grades K5 through 8th grade.  Our performing and visual arts education and outreach programs are designed to reach urban Milwaukee neighborhood schools serving at-risk, underserved, under-resourced, and primarily African American youth.  Founding Black Arts MKE member Ko-Thi Dance Company (founded 1969) offers Ton Ko-Thi Children’s Performing Ensemble after school African dance and drumming arts program for over 30 youth ages 5 – 16.  Ko-Thi partners with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra ACE Program to bring performing arts education to urban and suburban schools.  Our annual signature event, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes, is a new holiday musical favorite in Milwaukee and is produced in collaboration with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  Black Arts MKE is a proud UPAF Affiliate and Resident Group at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  Please visit our webpage at Black Arts MKE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.





Established in 1969, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center moves into its 48th year, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series, sponsored by Associated Bank, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 20 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website at  The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated veterans memorial in Milwaukee.






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