When does Stark Naked Theatre Company hold auditions?
We attend the annual Alliance Auditions, held every June by the Houston Theatre Alliance.
We hold invited auditions for any parts that are open in our productions, usually by invitation only. Often, we invite actors that we have seen in the Alliance Auditions to audition, so we strongly recommend that actors attend those auditions. (Full disclosure: Co-Executive Director, Philip Lehl is a founder and sits on the board of the Houston Theatre Alliance.)
Why did you name the company “Stark Naked?”
We chose that name because “stark naked” is what we believe our artists have to be emotionally to do great work. Our aesthetic is embodied by several quotes from great theatrical figures:
“The goal of great acting is to have a real emotional experience in an imaginary situation.” — Sanford Meisner
“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. You must reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.” – Jack Lemmon
Do you perform without your clothes on?
Not so far (but we will if a play calls for it!)