Loneliness Project Auditions


This spring, Civic Ensemble and Cornell’s Department of Performing and Media Arts are co-producing a workshop production of THE LONELINESS PROJECT, a new documentary play about loneliness in LGBTQIA+ youth and senior communities. Crafted from 60+ interviews with members of Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ communities, THE LONELINESS PROJECT is a tale of fierce activism, profound loneliness, and remarkable resilience and uses the documentary process not only as a mode of artistic creation but also as a method of collective problem-solving. We will be holding community auditions for this production on February 20th and 21st. We are looking for trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming actors, actors of color, and actors who can play elders (55+) for a number of roles. There is a small stipend associated with all roles.

Actors will have the opportunity to actively contribute to the development of this new play in collaboration with its Chicago-based artistic team: Al Evangelista (University of Michigan, Walkabout Theater Company), Caitlin Kane (Cornell, Civic Ensemble), Reed Motz (Goodman Theater), and Kelli Simpkins (Tectonic Theater Project, About Face Theater).

Rehearsals: March 19th – March 31st; April 8th – April 18th
Performances: April 19th – April 22nd


This co-production has been made possible with funds from Humanities NY, the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, Cornell Council for the Arts, the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and the following Cornell University Departments: Anthropology; English; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; GPSA Programming Board; LGBT Studies; the Cornell Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement; Performing and Media Arts; the Society for the Humanities; University Diversity Officers; and the Women’s Resource Center.