Toddler Hiking Club: An Imaginative Nature Walk

  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

Website Kerfuffle

Theatre for the Very Young

Pay Rate: $500 + $25 travel stipend
Audition Date and Time: Saturday, May 4 between 2:45-7:30 p.m
Audition Location: The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Contact Person Email:
Contact Person Name: Ashley Laverty

Kerfuffle is seeking four adventurous and enthusiastic performers for the world premiere of Toddler Hiking Club: An Imaginative Nature Walk, a promenade, interactive dramatic experience for very young children and their caregivers that takes place in and around nature play spaces and on short walking trails in the Chicago parks.

Kerfuffle is seeking an inclusive and diverse company of four performers who are interested in devising non-traditional and adventurous theatre for children. As toddlers and their caregivers follow the Trail Guide on the walk, the ensemble will share performances, poems, music, and other artistic moments along the path.

Performers should be excellent collaborators. Prior experience or interest in working with and/or teaching very young children and/or devising is preferred, but not required. Each performer will be responsible for devising small group moments, scenes, songs, or games to be shared along the trail. Performers should feel comfortable with close interaction and improvisation with children and families. Kerfuffle encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes, ages, abilities, and experiences to audition.

Group in-person auditions will be held on Saturday, May 4 between 2:45-7:30 p.m. and May 5 between 12:30-3:00 p.m. at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Auditions will be scheduled in small groups for 45 minute auditions. Callbacks will be held Sunday, May 5 between 1:00- 3:00 p.m. at The Edge Theater.

To Audition: Please email Ashley at with your resume, headshot or photo, and top two 45-minute time preferences for May 4th: Group A 2:45-3:30 p.m.; Group B 3:45-4:30 p.m.; Group C 4:45-5:30 p.m.; Group D 5:45-6:30 p.m.; Group E 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Things to know about auditioning:

Auditions will be held in small groups and will consist of physical theatre and creative movement, improvisational activities, and games.
Please wear clothes you can move in.
Be prepared to collaborate and create with others
To prepare: After the group portion, auditionees are invited to share a 1-minute presentation that shows us who you are! It can be a song, a poem, a story, a creative drama game, a puppet show, a joke, anything.
Additionally, if you play an instrument, please bring it and prepare a short selection.

About Kerfuffle:

Kerfuffle is an award-winning midwestern theatre and dance company devoted to creating aesthetically and emotionally engaging performances for children ages 0-6 years old. Founded in 2015, Kerfuffle centers young children as major creative partners in the development of new work and shares playful, multi-sensory performances in museums, libraries, parks, and other nontraditional spaces. Children’s imagination is at the center of Kerfuffle’s process. In order to understand what engages, delights, and surprises children, Kerfuffle’s plays are developed through creative drama workshops where young people create stories, characters, and worlds in collaboration with adult artists. Kerfuffle is a registered 501(c)3 organization and is the 2020 recipient of the Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company Award through the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Visit for more information.

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals: Tentatively August 4 - August 29 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings (6:00-9:30 p.m. indoor rehearsals and 6:00-9:00 p.m. outdoor rehearsals), and Sundays during the day (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), not to exceed 15 hours of rehearsal time per week. 

Location: Rehearsals will be held indoors at The Edge Theater from August 4 - 15 and outdoors at performance parks August 18 - 29. 

Dress Rehearsals: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1; 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5.

Performances: Six daytime performances on Saturdays and Sundays between September 7 - 29 at three parks around the city of Chicago.

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