Thursday, May 27, 2010

[HvEXAS] Open call for auditions: "Cold Spring" at EMPAC in Troy, NY - Thursday 06/03, 9 AM to 9 PM

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Open call for auditions for Sean Griffin's "Cold Spring"
Thursday, June 3 from 9 AM to 9 PM

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY, 12180

EMPAC is holding open auditions on Thursday, June 3 from 9 AM to 9 PM
for a new production by composer/director Sean Griffin entitled "Cold
Spring", which will premiere at EMPAC on December 3, 2010.

We are looking for:

- senior character actors with experience
- young actors who can deal with movement

+ Unique talents (musical or other physical training) are welcome. All
ages will be considered. Small groups of actors with shows under their
belt are encouraged to audition.

Each audition will last 10-15 minutes. Please schedule your audition
in advance by contacting Zhenelle Falk (EMPAC Artist Services
Coordinator) at 518.276.4036 or Walk-ins will be seen
as the schedule allows.

Don't forget to bring your CV / resume and headshot with you to the

EMPAC is located at the corner of 8th Street and College Avenue in
Troy, NY (the southwest corner of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
campus). There is limited free parking available on College Avenue,
and metered parking on 8th Street from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (both
adjacent to EMPAC). You will first check-in at the EMPAC Box Office,
which is located on the 7th Floor of EMPAC on the campus-side of the

For more information, please contact Zhenelle Falk at 518.276.4036 or

About "Cold Spring":

Sean Griffin's new work "Cold Spring" is a multi-faceted performance
event staged in the EMPAC Theater. Texts and performances assembled
from a broad array of sources from the American Eugenics Archive, pop-
culture, and local theater productions are staged into an anxious and
unresolved historical reinterpretation.

This work ties together performative orthodoxies from performance
artists and opera singers in Los Angeles, actors from Chicago, local
theater productions, and music ensembles. Griffin weaves these often-
conflicting performance styles into a complex, sometimes humorous,
sometimes frightening operatic spectacle.


About Sean Griffin:

Composer and interdisciplinary artist Sean Griffin lives and works in
Los Angeles. He has developed compositional and interdisciplinary
methodologies positioned at the intersection of sound and performance,
creating large and small-scale concert works, collaborative sound and
video installations, and film scores. His works have been presented by
Los Angeles' REDCAT, the Armand Hammer Museum, June in Buffalo, the
Whitney Biennial of American Art 2004, Berlin's Volksbühne, Secession
Vienna, London's Tate Modern, the Festival d'Avignon, the Taipei City
Arts Festival, the Walker Art Center, and Centre Pompidou.

Griffin has received fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony,
Meet the Composer Global Connections, American Composer's Forum, the
UC Center for Humanities, and the J. Paul Getty Center for Research in
the Arts. His research and writings have been published by Bomb
Magazine, the Walker, REDCAT, Secession Vienna, Nutida Musik, Lentos
Museum, Linz, and the Groves Dictionary of Music.

Griffin is a longtime collaborator with theater artist Catherine
Sullivan and has developed new works with artists such as
percussionist Aiyun Huang, performance artist Ron Athey, and
installation artists Edgar Arceneaux, and Charles Gaines. His current
work addresses rhythmic regimentation and conflicting behaviors in
performances by instrumentalists, vocalists, and actors. He holds a
Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego.


About EMPAC:

Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC offers artists,
scholars, researchers, engineers, designers, and audiences
opportunities for creative exploration that are available nowhere else
under a single roof. EMPAC operates nationally and internationally,
attracting creative individuals from around the world and sending new
artworks and innovative ideas onto the global stage.


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