Dream Arts Co. Resident Ensemble
Dates: Wednesday evenings. February 2023-mid April 2023 (10-week program)
Location: Downtown Birmingham
Instructor: Amelia Hefferon
WHAT IS A THEATRE ENSEMBLE?
DACO’s new Resident Theatre Ensemble is designed for creative and focused students committed to learning, sharing, and working together to create and perform. Participants hone their creative skills through close, hands-on interaction with artists and staff for an entire season. They work collectively to fulfill our mission of using the arts to impact the world positively.
The ensemble is a season-long immersive (February -April) and enriching experience for young theatre makers. The ensemble will work weekly on various performance-based projects and productions. The season culminates with a final performance for the community. We welcome students who are new to theatre, as well as seasoned performers, to audition. Interested students should be known for their professionalism and enthusiasm toward anything theatre related. They are dedicated to the ensemble as a whole and strive to develop their skills as individuals further.
Students ages 11-14 are eligible to apply.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Amelia Hefferon will serve as the director of our new ensemble. Amelia is a theatre artist and educator committed to using theatre as a tool for education, social justice, and collective creativity. Amelia has worked with many arts and community organizations as an actor, teaching artist, and facilitator, including Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Adventure Stage Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, CAT Youth Theatre, The Story Pirates, and more. In Detroit, Amelia is a teaching artist with Matrix Theatre Company and Mosaic Youth Theatre. Amelia holds a BA in theatre from Northwestern University and a MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York. She works with people of all ages and loves creating original theatre with professional and non-professional artists. Amelia began working for DACO in 2022. She is excited and honored to be a part of the Dream Arts Co team!
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Players rehearse an average of 2.5 hours per week.
HOW MANY REHEARSALS CAN THEY MISS?
Rehearsals for ensemble members are mandatory. WHY? Each week we add new elements to the project/show. f one student misses a rehearsal, it puts the whole Ensemble behind because we have to re-teach everything at the next rehearsal. To properly build the performance project/show and form a bond among the cast, we need every student at every rehearsal.
There are always exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you are in another show, have a special family celebration, etc., we will make a strong effort to work around your schedule.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS SICK?
Of course, if your child is sick, they are excused from rehearsal.
CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN OTHER PRODUCTIONS?
Yes – we understand that there may be opportunities to be in other shows during your tenure. If you are auditioning for another show after the season has begun, we ask that you make attendance at our rehearsals and events your priority. Please list our rehearsals on your new show’s conflict schedule, and make every effort to stay 100% committed to the ensemble.
WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?
There is a participation fee of $250. per semester to participate.
Financial hardship should not deter any interested student from auditioning. Payment plans are available.
Note: Our semester for the 2022/2023 school year will officially start in February 2023. We plan to start this program with only one semester this season.
WHAT DOES THIS FEE PAY FOR?
The participation fee helps to cover approximately ten weeks of instruction from the artistic team.
WHEN IS THE PARTICIPATION FEE DUE?
The participation fee is due in full when you accept it (unless a payment plan is desired) into the ensemble.
Other than the participation fee, ensemble expenses include educational books/materials and resources, scripts, field trips, retreats, costumes, dance gear, and accessories. In addition, the students may need spending money for extra-curricular activities, and they will be asked to purchase ensemble merchandise.
WHAT ARE THE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
We hope to plan a few events throughout the season for the students. Events may include Bowling, MiniGolf, an overnight retreat, pizza parties, performance field trips, etc. These events are designed to bond the members and further solidify the ensemble. Members will also participate in various acts of community service.
DO PARTICIPANTS AUDITION EVERY SEMESTER TO PARTICIPATE?
Yes – The casting process for shows and projects begins at auditions. The performance projects/show will change every semester. We need to see each student audition, regardless of whether they have been in our ensemble.
We ask that you support your child throughout their tenure by making sure they arrive at rehearsal on time. Parents may be asked for additional support for the final performance.
WHY WOULD MY CHILD WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
We are looking for members who eat, sleep and breathe theatre and cannot wait until the next rehearsal. The creative work pays off in terms of lifelong camaraderie and incredible bonds among members.
We fully intend for our new performance ensembles to serve an incredible journey that you and your child will enjoy for a lifetime. There are endless possibilities for this new DACO project. We foresee a bright & creative future and invite you for the ride.
Auditions are scheduled throughout January via Zoom.
MONOLOGUE: Prepare one (1-2) minute monologue from a modern or classical play (comedy or dramatic) by a character fairly close to your age. The material may either be in prose or verse.
Please do not present a monologue from a musical. Don’t try to ‘act’; tell us the story. It’s more interesting being natural.
Bring an 8x10 headshot/recent photo. You DO NOT need a professional headshot. A simple pic of yourself is fine. Could you make sure you are the only one in the picture?
Remember, we were once where you are now, and we understand your feelings. Believe in yourself, prepare and give it a go. DACO is a wonderful place, and we would love to see you here!
1. Please email a current performing and theatrical experience resume and an 8x10 picture before your audition.
If this is your first performance experience, please create a resume detailing your hobbies, sports, family activities, etc.
2. A one-page essay discussing why you want to join our Resident Ensemble
and how you think the experience will help you meet your academic and performance goals.
READY TO AUDITION?!
Send an email to DACODETROIT@HOTMAIL.COM
(Subject: RESIDENT ENSEMBLE) with the following details:
Parent Name & Contact Information:
Please confirm you’ve read all of the details about our ENSEMBLE, including the participation fee and the schedule.
You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time, date, and Zoom link.
Please allow a few days for a response. Our office hours are not traditional full or part-time hours.