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Ashley Laverty

Performers for The Conductors - Tour

Inspired by the train routes we will travel, “The Conductors” is a new, devised play for very young children. Themed around trains and travel, the play explores community and connection through audience interaction, multi-sensory props, and live music, all within a tourable yurt dome.

This is a touring production in partnership between Kerfuffle and The Connecting Routes Project, and will be shared in multiple Chicagoland organizations in November 2020, traveling by way of Metra.

We are seeking three performers, at least one being a musician, ages 18+ who are interested in devising a new play that is intentionally for children under 6 years old. The three performers will be telling the story through movement/physicality and live music. Prior experience or interest in working with very young children is preferred, but not required. Actors of all types are highly encouraged to audition and casting decisions will be made on a basis that is inclusive of disability, race, age, color, national origin, and gender identity.

We will travel via Metra and are seeking positive, and adventurous performers who are open to the demands of touring in an unconventional way. Performers are required to assist with set up and break down of the production each day.

This is a paid position. The stipend for this project is a minimum of $450.00. All transportation to performances venues will be provided.

Auditions will be held at The Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Auditions will be scheduled in groups on Sunday, March 22 from 10:30am-1:00pm and Monday, March 23 from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Monday, March 23 from 8:30pm-10:00pm.

To Audition: Email your resume and a photo with time preference to

Things to know about auditioning:
-Please wear clothes you can move in
-Be prepared to collaborate and create with others
-No prepared material is necessary
-If you play an instrument, please bring it and prepare a short selection.

Time Commitment:
Devising Workshops: Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, 20*
First Rehearsal: October 4, 2020
Tech: November 1, 2020
First Preview: November 5, 2020
Opening: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Closing: November 22, 2020

Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday from 6:00pm-10:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am-1:00pm at The Edge Theater

Performances: The show will run 45 minutes, with 1-3 daytime performances per day on November 11, 13-14, 15, 20-22, 2020, with one evening performance on November 17. Performance venues are located throughout Chicagoland.

*Performer attendance at our afternoon play development with preschoolers will not be required, but encouraged.

Please note if you are not available for this particular project, but are interested in Kerfuffle’s work and theatre for the very young, please send us your information! We’re interested in expanding our ensemble for future projects.

About Us:
Kerfuffle is a midwestern theatre and dance company that is devoted to creating high quality, aesthetically pleasing and emotionally interesting performances with and for children under 6 years old. Made up of an ensemble of artists who teach, write, design and perform, Kerfuffle creates playful, multi-sensory theatre with and for very young children in museums, libraries, zoos, parks, and non traditional performance spaces. For more information, visit

The Connecting Routes Project is a touring arts collective that partners with Chicago artists to share their work with communities beyond the Chicago city limits, utilizing the railway networks that stem from our city. Visit for more information.

Contact Info:
Ashley Laverty
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago