Upcoming Auditions

Washington Ensemble Theatre is holding auditions for our Fall 2024 production of Cowboys with Questions directed by Suz Pontillo.



In a tunnel beneath the Soledad Mission in California, a group of people are drinking wine with a special ingredient. They’re all in thrall to George, a charismatic leader with an uncanny ability to skirt death. Their day-to-day activities and secret rituals are disrupted by the arrival of a cowboy.

Inspired by Euripedes’ The Bacchae and modern-day cults, this play is a thought-provoking exploration of human behavior, inviting audiences to question their own desires for community and the boundaries they are willing to cross in its pursuit.

Character Descriptions:

LARKSPUR, she/her, 30s, from New York.

MOONSEED,she/her, 30s, from Australia.

LANTANA, she/her, 20s, from Mexico.

POPPY, they/them, 20s, from Southern California.

BRYONY, she/her, at least 45, from Texas.

CASTOR, he/him, at least 30, from Iowa.

GEORGE, he/him, at least 30, from who knows where.

TRISTAN, he/him, at least 30, from nearby.

A Note on Casting:

The world of Cowboys with Questions is a diverse one. We welcome actors of different ethnicities, abilities, and gender identities.

There will be a dialect coach provided.

Production Schedule:

First rehearsal: July 9th

*Rehearsals will be 3 days a week. Usually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday until tech rehearsals begin.

6:30pm-9:30pm on weekdays and 1pm-5pm on weekends.

Tech Begins: August 21st

Opening Night: August 30th

Closing Night: September 15th (TBD)


This position will be paid a $500 honorarium stipend. We also acknowledge this is a portion of what we wish we could pay and consider this a small token of appreciation. We invite you to share any access needs that you may have so that we can support an inclusive environment (e.g. vision, hearing, mobility, sensory support, information processing, caregiver support, scheduling, etc.).

Covid Requirements:

Everyone working on this show, and at Washington Ensemble Theatre, is required to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination upon hiring.

Audition / Callback Information:

Auditions and callbacks will be held at 12th Ave Arts (1620 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122).

**Auditions will be in a workshop-style format and will run for 90-minutes. During this time, we will be doing ensemble building exercises, movement exercises, and reading sides.** Auditions and callbacks will be held at 12th Ave Arts (1620 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122). Please fill out the google form below if interested in auditioning. We would love to hear from you! https://forms.gle/8ZW5PSfQCM24pRWWA Email andy@washingtonensemble.org with any questions.


About the Director:

Suz Pontillo (they/she) is a first-generation Chilean-American multi-hyphenate queer artist from Miami, Florida. Since moving to Seattle in 2020, they have had the opportunity to perform with Tacoma Arts Live, Burien Actors Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Dacha Theatre, and The 14/48 Project. They most recently directed Dream Hou$e for WET’s 20th Anniversary Season and will be co-directing a devised, immersive experience for Dacha Theatre this fall.


Washington Ensemble Theatre Mission Statement:

Through collaborative artistic leadership, Washington Ensemble Theatre creates audacious stories for adventurous Seattle audiences.

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