The Wandering Theatre Company
New York, NY 10030


Natalie Zito




The Laramie Project – Actors Needed


The Laramie Project written by Moises Kaufman, directed by Natalie Villamonte Zito.
The Wandering Theatre Company is casting 9-11 actors (Male & Female) ages 18-60 for our upcoming production of The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman. We will be taking this production to the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. and will be performing in the beautiful Lang Theater at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (260 seat theater). “The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder [of Matthew Shepard], using 8-10 actors to embody more than sixty different people in their own words – from rural ranchers to university professors. The result is a complex portrayal that dispels the simplistic media stereotypes and explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.”  

We are a movement based ensemble theatre company and work with the Viewpoint Technique (no prior knowledge of this technique is necessary). All actors will be trained in this technique by our director. All actors will be onstage for the entire production. All training and rehearsals will be held in NYC, transportation to & from Washington, D.C. is provided by The Wandering Theatre Company. Housing in D.C. is provided by the Capital Fringe Billeting program. All actors will need to be able to be in Washington, D.C. from July 3rd-July 24th with the possibility of an extension until July 31st.  

Rehearsals will begin as soon as casting is complete and all actors have signed their Non-Union contracts. We rehearse 4 days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday. Rehearsal times are based off of actor’s schedules. We are an ensemble theatre company and all actors are called to every rehearsal. As we get closer to opening, we may add a 5th rehearsal day. All actors are required to come to Washington, D.C. with us for the entirety of the Capital Fringe Festival. We will be in D.C. from July 3rd-24th, with the possibility of being extended for an additional week (making our return to NYC July 31st).

This is a NON-Union production. Although there is no pay, actors will be given a very small artist stipend at the end of production as a thank you. Transportation to & from D.C. is provided by TWTC. Housing in D.C. is provided by the Capital Fringe Billeting program.


Auditions are group call auditions; be prepared to stay for the entire two-hour session.

Auditions consist of group movement exercises and side readings from the play. Come with an open mind, excited energy, positive thoughts, and ready to move. (We work in the Viewpoints technique, no prior knowledge needed…This is NOT dance theatre. We are a movement based ensemble)

Auditions are in two hour time slots – please note that you will need to be present for the entire 2 hours. The audition slots are as follows (You only need to attend One audition slot):
Thursday April 27th – 7:00-9:00pm Check-in begins @ 6:30pm
Sunday April 30th – 1:00-3:00pm Check-in begins @ 12:30pm
Sunday April 30th – 6:00-8:00pm Check-in begins @ 5:30pm
Tuesday May 2nd – 7:00pm-9:00pm Check-in begins @ 6:30pm

Callbacks will be on Wednesday May 3rd from 7:00-10:00pm & Final Callbacks will be on Thursday May 4th time TBA

Please email your headshot & resume and your 1st & 2nd preferred audition day/time to

Auditions are group call auditions, please be prepared to stay for the ENTIRE two hours.

Casting 9-11 Actors to play the following roles (actors will be playing multiple roles):

Matthew Shepard: (21, Male) Non-Speaking, Physical Role. Will be onstage the entire production  
                             as Matthew. (Actor cast in this role, will NOT be playing other roles.)  
Sherry Aanenson – (Female 40s) Russell Henderson’s landlord
Anonymous – (Male, 20s) Friend of Aaron McKinney, works for a railroad.
Baptist Minister – (Male, 50s) Originally from Texas
Baptist Minister’s Wife – (Female, 40s) 
Stephen Belber – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Dr. Cantway – (Male, 50s) Emergency room doctor at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie 
Catherine Connolly – (Female, 40s) Out lesbian professor at the University
Murdock Cooper – (Male, 50s) Resident of Centennial, a nearby town
Rob Debree – (Male, 40s) Detective sergeant for the Albany County Sheriff’s Dept. Chief 
                     investigator in Matthew’s murder
Kerry Drake – (Male, 40s) Reporter with the Casper Star-tribune
Philip Dubois – (Male, 40s) President of the University of Wyoming 
Tiffany Edwards – (Female, 20s) Local reporter
E-mail Writer
Gil Engen – (Male, 60s) Rancher
Eileen Engen – (Female, 50s) Rancher
Reggie Fluty – (Female, 30s) Policewomen who responded to the 911 call & discovered Matthew 
                      at the fence.
Leigh Fondakowski – Member of the Tectonic Theater Company
Matt Galloway – (Male, 20s) Bartender at the Fireside, student at the University of Wyoming
Governor Jim Geringer – (Male, 45) Republican Governor of Wyoming
Andrew Gomez – (Male, 20s) Latino from Laramie
Amanda Gronich – (Female) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Russell Henderson – (Male, 21) One of the perpetrators
Rebecca Hilliker – (Female, 40s) Head of the Theatre Dept at the University of Wyoming
Sergeant Hing – (Male, 40s) Detective at the Laramie Police Department
Jen – (Female, 20s) Friend of Aaron McKinney
Sherry Johnson – (Female, 40s) Administrative assistant at the university
Stephen Mead Johnson – (Male, 50s) Unitarian Minister 
Two Judges
Jurors & Foreperson
Moises Kaufman – (Male) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Aaron Kreifels – (Male, 19) University student
Phil Labrie – (Male, 20s) Friend of Matthew Shepard, eastern European accent
Doug Laws – (Male, 50s) Stake Ecclesiastical leader for the Mormon Church in Laramie
Jeffrey Lockwood – (Male, 50s) Laramie resident
Aaron McKinney – (Male, 21) One of the perpetrators
Bill McKinney – (Male, 40s) Father of Aaron McKinney. Truck Driver.
Alison Mears – (Female, 50s) Volunteer for a social service agency in town, very good friend of 
                      Marge Murray.
Media/Newspaper people
Matt Mickelson – (Male, 30s) Owner of the Fireside
Conrad Miller – (Male, 30s) Car mechanic
Mormon home teacher to Russell Henderson – (Male, 60s)
Marge Murray – (Female, 70s) Reggie Fluty’s mother, has emphysema but continues to smoke
Doc O’Connor – (Male, 50s) Limousine driver & local entrepreneur
Andy Paris – (Male) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Romaine Patterson – (Female, 21) Lesbian, friend of Matthew Shepard
Jon Peacock – (Male, 30s) Matthew Shepard’s academic adviser; Political science professor
Reverend Fred Phelps – (Male, 60s) Minister from Kansas
Greg Pierotti – (Male) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Barbara Pitts – (Female) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Kristin Price – (Female, 20s) Girlfriend of Aaron McKinney, has a son with Aaron; Tennessee 
Priest at funeral
Cal Rerucha – (Male, 50s) Prosecuting attorney
Zackie Salmon – (Female, 40s) Administrator at the University of Wyoming, lesbian; Texas accent
Father Rodger Schmit – (Male, 40s) Catholic priest, very outspoken.
Jedadiah Schultz – (Male, 19) University Student
Shadow – (Male, 30s) DJ at the Fireside, African American.
Shannon – (Female, 20s) A friend of Aaron McKinney
Dennis Shepard – (Male, 40s) Father of Matthew Shepard, Wyoming native.
April Silva – (Female, 19) Bisxual university student
Jonas Slonaker – (Male, 40s) Gay man
Rulon Stacey – (Male, 40s) CEO Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO; a Mormon
Trish Steger – (Female, 40s) Romaine Patterson’s sister; owner of a shop in town
Lucy Thompson – (Female, 60s) Grandmother of Russell Henderson; working class woman who
                             provided a popular daycare service for the town.
Zubaida Ula – (Female, 20s) Muslim woman
Harry Woods -(Male, 52) Gay Laramie resident


May 7, 2017 – July 31, 2017

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