If you have questions or would like to receive information about future auditions, please provide us with your email address at casting@sdrep.org.

Fun Home Understudies
San Diego REP invites non-union, San Diego-based actors to audition for UNDERSTUDY roles in our upcoming production of FUN HOME by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, directed by Sam Woodhouse. Auditions are by video submission only. Please read below for instructions on how to submit.

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Sam Woodhouse

Rehearsal: 8/14/18
Preview: 9/6/18
Open: 9/12/18
Close: 9/30/18

Understudies are required to attend the first rehearsal/company meeting, and as many rehearsals, run-throughs, previews and performances as possible.  After opening night, there will be 1-2 mandatory understudy rehearsals, which will be scheduled by the Production Stage Manager.  Understudies are required to be available on performance dates and check in with the stage manager 30 minutes prior to curtain to see if they are needed to go on.

To be considered, please email Casting Director Kim Heil at kheil@sdrep.orgPlease include your headshot and resume as attachments.  Be sure to write “FUN HOME Understudy Audition” in the subject heading.  ALL FUN HOME UNDERSTUDIES MUST BE NON-UNION AND BASED IN SAN DIEGO. 

After emailing, you will receive sides to prepare and instructions on how to submit a video audition.

$400 Stipend

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

(Late 30s to Early 40s) The narrator of this story. Now a self-aware adult, she is able to reflect insightfully on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. Range = low E to light belt C sharp.

(40s) Alison’s mother. Frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous marriage. She has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. Range = A flat to strong mixed E.

[PLEASE NOTE: We are seeking one actress to understudy BOTH “Alison” and “Helen”.)

(40s) Alison’s father. A high-school English teacher and funeral home director, who spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home. A complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression. He can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. Range = B to G. 

(Early 20s) Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination. Seeking a singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound - to a B.

San Diego REP invites AEA and non-union actors to submit themselves for consideration for our upcoming production of SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, directed by Sam Woodhouse. Auditions are by invitation only, and will take place at the San Diego REP Creative Studio, located on 1616 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 108, Chula Vista CA 91911. Please read below for instructions on how to submit.

Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Sam Woodhouse

Rehearse: 3/26/19
Preview: 4/18/19
Open: 4/24/19
Close: 5/12/19

Friday, July 6
San Diego REP Creative Studio
1616 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 108
Chula Vista CA 91911

Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Interested actors must submit their headshot and resume electronically in order to secure an audition appointment.

Callbacks on Wednesday, July 18 and Wednesday, August 1 will take place in San Diego.

To request an audition appointment, please email Casting Director Kim Heil at kheil@sdrep.org.  Please include your headshot and resume as attachments.  Be sure to write “SWEAT casting” in the subject heading.  AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit.  Housing is available for select roles.  

AEA LORT D - $676/week

In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near future. Based on Lynn Nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline.

All of the characters were born in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  They live and work in Reading, PA, which was identified in 2010 as the poorest city in America.

EVAN, 40s, African-American.  Empathetic, strong, no nonsense. “Comfortably puffy,” according to the playwright.

JASON, 21/29, white American of German descent.  Son of Tracey. While in prison he gets white supremacist tattoos on his forehead.  A hothead.

CHRIS, 21/29, African-American.  Son of Cynthia and Brucie. A more thoughtful, cooler and smarter young man than his good friend Jason. Wants to go to college and get a teaching credential. 

STAN, 50s, white American of German descent. Started working in the factory in 1969 where he was seriously injured; walks with a limp.  Runs but does not own the bar. He is informed, maybe even smart.

OSCAR, 22/30, Columbian-American.  Quiet and alert.  He was born in the US of A.

TRACEY, 45/53, white American of German Descent. A tough broad. Graduated high school in 1974 and went straight to work in the factory for 26 years when the play begins.

CYNTHIA, 45/53, African-American.  Also a tough broad, but ambitious and real.  She’s a survivor.

JESSIE, 40s, Italian-American.  Gets nasty and mean when drunk. She went straight from high school to the factory line at age 18. 

BRUCIE, 40s, African-American.  Cynthia’s husband.  Described by her as “smooth as satin.” He has become an addict and can’t get his act together.



About The Company: Mission

San Diego Repertory Theatre produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul.


The company was founded in 1976 by Sam Woodhouse and D.W. Jacobs. Since moving to the Lyceum in 1986, we have produced 47 main stage productions by Latino playwrights and hosted artistic residencies by Luis Valdez, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Culture Clash, and many more.  We have also produced 22 works by or about African Americans. To date we have produced 48 world premieres.

In addition to a 1998 Tony Award® Nomination for It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, we have received over 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.”

Our mission is informed by a commitment to artistic virtuosity, partnerships with singular artists and our inquisitive neighbors, and lively conversations about our role as citizens in the bi-national region we call home. We choose provocative works of theatre to inspire our audiences and artists to build the communication bridges needed to understand who we are today, and who we might become.

The Season

We produce an eclectic mix of world premieres, brilliant contemporary plays and re-imagined classics. To enhance the theatre experience and encourage dialogue around each REP production, over 65 Engagement Events are offered free of charge throughout the season—a diverse assortment of pre- and post-performance salons, mini concerts, and forums with area scholars and artists.

San Diego Repertory Theatre provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.

Job Description

The Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts (ADoD) reports to the Director of Development.  The ADoD is part of a team responsible for initiating, developing, and stewarding relationships with individual donors and prospects to achieve annual operating goals. 
The ADoD will strategically organize and cultivate a growing portfolio of major gifts donors and prospects and will directly solicit donation and help close gifts as appropriate.  The ADoD will manage all aspects of donor relations, including planning, overseeing, and attending patron events.


1. Manage a portfolio of $1,000+ donors, including donors with the capacity to meet annual development goals by providing quality Moves Management and stewardship.
2. Responsible for designing and managing sponsorship program to include cash and in-kind sponsorships and benefit fulfillment.
3. With the assistance of the Development Associate, coordinate all aspects of Donor Events, including; Opening Nights and Inner Circle Special Events.
4. Serve as the Staff liaison to the Board of Directors Engagement Committee
5. Follow Standard Operating Procedures and develop procedures as necessary for the entire Development Department.
6. Assist Director of Development in creating and implementing the Annual Development Plan.
7. Utilize Tessitura as primary tool for portfolio management. 
8. Financial responsibility includes working within a budget and meeting fundraising objectives.
9. Exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
10. Manage assigned projects, coordinating the work of peers and setting deadlines.
11. Persuasively convey the mission of San Diego REP to diverse groups who are important to the organization’s overall prosperity.


1. Knowledge of a CRM system essential, Tessitura a plus.
2. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (especially MS Word/Excel)
3. Knowledge of development and donor information management systems.
4. Interest in online and various research techniques
5. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
6. Ability to effectively multi-task, shift priorities, and meet deadlines
7. Exceptional customer service standards
8. Team-oriented
9. High ethical standards
10. Interest in theatre arts required


The position will receive competitive compensation commensurate with experience. This position is a full time salaried position and is eligible for benefits, which include paid vacation as accrued, health insurance and an opportunity to purchase group dental and vision insurance. 

To Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements: bsavage@sdrep.org and tell us why you are the ideal candidate for this specific job. Form letters or resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

San Diego Repertory Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We support, promote and embrace a diverse workforce.


Usher Opportunities

Email housemanager@sdrep.org for more information.

Play Submission

Important.  Please read:

San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score

Our six show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

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