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HairStory: Reclaiming Our Crown,

a chorepoem

Reclaim Artist Collective in partnership with the

Harrisburg (PA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Maria James Thiaw, Poet-playwright

Directed by Roe Braddy

Production Manager, Janet Bixler

Stage Manager, Hannah Avcin-Roda

Who Are We

Please read all of the information and requirements before registering to audition.

Auditions: February 7, 2023 @ 6:00-9:00 pm  (Feb. 8 Inclement Weather date)

Rehearsal period: February 16, 2023 – May 3, 2023. (Tuesday/Thursday evenings and some Saturdays)

Public Performances: May 4 – 7, 2023.  Fri’s and Sat’s 7:30 PM, Sun’s 2:30 PM.

School Performances: May 9 & 10, 2023 Call time 8:15 AM; Curtain 9:30 AM

All actors should be comfortable with movement and bringing the story of the poems to life with full voice and body. This is an ensemble-based production. Most actors will be on stage for much of the show and will contribute their voices and bodies to many of the poems. During the early rehearsal period, the actors will have an opportunity to collaborate with the director and dramaturg on the shape/storytelling of different poems.

6 Black women — one should be able to SING
• Afro-Latina or brown-skinned with curly/kinky hair
•    Older
•    Thick or full-figured
•    1 willing to be (nearly) bald
•    1 with locs
•    1 with an afro or naturally kinky hair

2 Black men

  • Older

  • Light-skinned, younger 

  • 1 white man

Knowledge/experience with African dance or drumming is a plus. 

Be flexible about hairstyles.

The ability to have an authentically West African or Dominican accent is a plus!


 Ancient Africa, A Modern-day Salon, & The Memories of the Griots

Actors receive a one-time stipend at the close of the show.  Amount of stipend varies pending size of role.


February 7, 2023 @ 6:00-9:00 pm  (Feb. 8 Inclement Weather date)

If you have an interest in auditioning but cannot make these audition times, please contact Janet Bixler, production manager at to discuss other options.


Auditions will be held at Gamut Theatre Group, 15 N Fourth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.  Street parking is free after 5:00 PM.  You can receive free parking on Saturdays in 3-hour increments by using the ParkMobile app and entering the “LUVHBG” code.  



For the safety of all parties during the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, we expect all cast and crew members to be up to date on Covid vaccinations and booster shots. We may also require cast members to take a Covid test once per week pending spread in our area.  Please bring your vaccination card to auditions.



  • Bring to life one of the seven poems from the links provided. Memorized preferred.

--“My Father is a Retired Magician” by Ntozake Shange at

--“Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)” by Nikki Giovanni at

--“The Weary Blues”

--“Shafro” by Terrance Hayes

-- "Reckless Poem" by Mary Oliver

--"Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda

-- "Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo

  • Bring a headshot (head and shoulders photo) and a resume.

  • Actors audition in groups of up to six in a 30-minute period and may be asked to stay an additional 30-60 minutes to read sides. Actors may be asked to attend callback auditions.  

  • Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before scheduled audition time.

  • Download the AUDITION FORM, complete, and bring it with you to auditions. 

  • Please schedule an audition appointment to reserve your spot. See registration form below.



All Auditions take place in the Select Medical Mainstage at Gamut Theatre. You will be auditioning on ¾ thrust stage in a 200-seat theatre. There are potentially 6 audition slots open for each half-hour audition time. Everyone signed up for the same time slot will go into the main stage together as a group. Each actor will perform their audition.  The group audition should not take longer than 30 minutes.  Actors may then potentially be asked to read scenes with some of the other actors in your audition group, which could be an additional 30-60 minutes.



To sign up for an audition, use the form below or visit If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact our Production Manager at 717-379-6278 or  



You must be at least 16 years old to audition for HairStory. Student actors must be available for all scheduled performances and a majority of the rehearsal period.  Student actors must present an audition as outlined in the AUDITION REQUIREMENTS above.  Student actors under the age of 18 must have parental approval to audition and must have a parent or guardian sign the audition paperwork.



HairStory rehearsals generally occur on weekday evenings and some weekend afternoons or evenings. Rehearsals will be held at Gamut as well as another location. Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal. Please indicate what time you would be able to start rehearsing on weekdays and weekends on your Audition Form. 


If you have a pre-existing conflict that prevents you from attending any rehearsals, please indicate this on your audition form. Please be honest and upfront regarding any conflicts you think you may have. Sometimes (but not always) we can schedule around things if we know the situation in advance.

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Want to Audition for HairStory?

Registration Required

"Thank you for registering. Within 48 hours, you'll receive a phone call from the production manager, Janet Bixler. She'll provide you with an audition timeslot for Tuesday, February 7th, as well as info about audition materials."


All actors regardless of gender, gender identity, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and/or disability are encouraged to apply.  Gamut Theatre is an ADA-accessible facility, and we will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations to facilitate access, such as allowing interpreters when necessary and providing audition materials in advance to artists with disabilities. 

Note: this production focuses specifically on the struggles and triumphs inherent with lives of Black and Brown people, specifically, their hair. Casting will reflect this very specific focus.

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