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Casting Call - axes, herbs and satchels (Jan-Feb 2024)

Casting for new play development with workshop performances. (Non-Union)

Female/Non-Binary, Black. Age range: 40s-70s



The Anthropologists is casting for a developmental workshop from January-February 2024 for a new devised play: axes, herbs and satchels. We will be in residence at the Episcopal Actors Guild in the Herald Square area of Manhattan.



axes, herbs and satchels is a celebration of traditional knowledge held in the Black birth worker community, the history of doulas and midwives, and a potent examination of maternal mortality. Drawing on a rich trove of research materials, the play is built from first hand accounts, medical texts, ethnological research, and primary sources. This project confronts the current devastating maternal mortality rates, especially within the BIPOC community, etc. The central question we are asking right now is: How has our pursuit of modern medicine come at the cost of Black bodies and wisdom?



Seeking a Black female or non-binary actor with strong physicality and vocal expression, who is able to create distinct characters, relishes working within a tight ensemble, is energized by creating new work from source material and is unafraid to push the boundaries of experimental theatre. We’re looking for a performer who is spry, nurturing, grounded, jovial, with the capacity for emotional depth and joy. Other skills: devising and/or improvisation, southern accents, physical theatre techniques, and experience with birthing/midwifery/doula, are a plus.  



Based on availability; fee set at the equivalent of $16/hr.


Rehearsals (approximately 54 hours over 15 rehearsals) will be in-person and held between January 8 - February 29, 2024. Three workshop performances are scheduled for:


  • Sunday 2/25 at 4PM

  • Monday 2/26 at 7PM

  • Tuesday 2/27 at 7PM

To submit an APPLICATION, please click the button below. Submissions close Monday, December 18.


Founded in 2008, The Anthropologists is dedicated to the collaborative creation of investigative theatre that inspires action. Fusing research, expressive movement, and rigorous dramaturgy, we create dynamic plays rooted in social inquiry. We use theatre to engage with challenging questions, to re-contextualize the present and reimagine our collective future. 


We foster a working environment that is driven by collaboration, inclusivity, respect and care for one another and our community. We are committed to creating workspaces and processes free of harassment. We do not tolerate discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity or immigration status. We promote equity, transparency and humanity. View our code of conduct here. The Anthropologists is committed to becoming a fully anti-racist theatre company. You may view our ongoing anti-racism work here. Meet our community of artists and administrators here.

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