Pay Rate: $600 stipend

PrideArts will be presenting the Chicago premier of the popular romantic musical Girlfriend.  Written by Matthew Sweet (music/lyrics) and Todd Almond (book), this heartwarming boy-meets-boy love story is a celebration of friendship, love, acceptance and, of course, music.  Girlfriend will be directed by PrideArts’ Artistic Director Jay Espano.  Robert Ollis will serve as Music Director.

It’s 1993 in small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album “Girlfriend.”

We are currently accepting video auditions only.  Persons of all ethnicities and disabilities are welcome. Please record two songs (or portions of songs) that best feature your vocal range.  Send the video link (YouTube, Vimeo, or the platform of your choice) along with your resume, headshot and pronouns to prideartsactor@gmail.com.  Make sure to include Girlfriend in the subject line of your email.  Deadline for submissions is May 22, 2022.

The role of “Mike” requires an actor who can play guitar.  Both roles will require moments of intimacy.  Due to this, an intimacy choreographer will be hired.

Callbacks will be in person on Saturday June 4, 2022 and Sunday June 5, 2022 at the PrideArts Center, 4139 N Broadway.  Rehearsals will start on July 11, 2022.  Previews occur Thursday August 25, 2022 through Sunday August 28, 2022.  Opening night is on Monday August 29, 2022 and closing will be on Sunday September 25, 2022.  Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 730pm and Sundays at 3pm.

Character Type/Restrictions:

Mike (any ethnicity, male identifying) - High school jock, popular, athletic, extrovert.  Actor can be any age but must be able to pass for late teens.  Vocal range - tenor, high A.  The role calls for someone who can play the guitar.  Actor must be comfortable with intimacy.

Will (any ethnicity, male identifying) - High school nerd, outcast, introvert.  Actor can be any age but must be able to pass for late teens.  Vocal range - bari-tenor, high G.  Actor must be comfortable with intimacy.

To apply for this job email your details to prideartsactor@gmail.com