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ATTN performers: If you’ve never tried devised theatre before, this is an excellent chance to do so and to create something unique and collaborative with a small ensemble. Check out the event for more info (including COVID-19 safety precautions and requirements)

Join us for auditions for As Above, So Below, a devised play that uses the archetypes of tarot to illuminate modern stories, presented by Empire Arts Collective.
Under the direction of Lily Tanner, actors and designers will work together to create a new piece of theatre based on the concepts and imagery present in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. The iconic RWS deck was created in 1909 and is the foundation for modern tarot. Each tarot card holds a destination and an opportunity for growth – these will be the jumping off points for creating character, conflict, and plot. The title, As Above, So Below, refers to the occultist idea that phenomena are mirrored across different planes of existence – the heavens reflect the earth, the individual reflects society, the body reflects the emotions, and so on. Throughout the rehearsal process, the group will look for opportunities to incorporate this theme into the finished play.
***All cast members must be FULLY vaccinated (including the COVID-19 booster shot) and we will be wearing masks during auditions and rehearsals. Proof of vaccination must be provided at the door*. Masks will be provided if you do not have one**
You must be 18 to audition.
Devising is a theatre practice in which the director, cast, and designers work together to create a play during rehearsal, rather than start with a script. Lily will lead the company of devisers through the creative process. No prior experience (with performance, devising, or tarot) is necessary; Lily is looking for collaborators who want to try new things wholeheartedly, are unafraid to be silly, are uplifting to their fellow collaborators, and are able to receive constructive feedback with grace. Devising, and all theatremaking, is a constructive learning practice, so you are probably a good candidate even if you have no experience and you just actively want to develop your performance skills and ability to work creatively with others. Devising is an incredibly empowering practice for collaborative creation and tarot is an incredibly empowering practice for self-reflection, so by participating in this project, you will not only have a ton of fun with other cool people, you will gain confidence and insight.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, please come to auditions. The audition will be structured similar to a typical rehearsal, so that way you can see how the devising process works and we can see how you work in a group setting.
***All cast members must be vaccinated and we will be wearing masks during auditions and rehearsals. Proof of vaccination must be provided at the door at auditions***
Auditions will be held on January 22nd and 23rd from 2-4 PM. Those auditioning only need to attend one audition date.
Rehearsals will start on February 1st, with rehearsals on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7pm-9pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm (tech week exception: there will be a rehearsal on Tuesday, April 19th and rehearsals on the week of April 19th will last from 7pm to 10pm).
Performances will be on April 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th (times TBD).
Lily Tanner is a director, performer, technician, and deviser with over seven years of experience in the performing arts. She is proudly based in Sacramento, California. Lily studied American Studies and Theatre & Dance at UC Davis, and has trained with the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. Notable productions include: Tiny Lives (Empire Arts Collective), Once More with Feeling (Empire Arts Collective), and Dreams (solo performance). Lily’s current artistic objectives include: highlighting the mundane, encouraging other creatives in the community, and modeling a theatre practice that is inclusive and generative.
Empire Arts Collective is a nonprofit performing arts organization dedicated to providing resources, education, and collaborative opportunities for performing artists in the Sacramento area. To learn more, visit EmpireArtsCollective.com

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