Auditions will be held from time to time as openings occur within the Company.
Learning in and through the arts is central to our vision and work at The Wallis. This commitment is brought to life through GRoW @ The Wallis: a Space for Arts Education, the umbrella for all Wallis education initiatives. As part of our investment in young artists, in the 2016-17 season GRoW @ The Wallis launched a new Wallis Youth Theater Company.
Madeleine Dahm, Artist in Residence at GRoW at The Wallis, directs The Wallis Youth Theater Company.
For actors ages 17-22
The Wallis Youth Theater Company will seek to cross boundaries and, with an ethos of collaboration, create thoughtful and provocative work that is rooted in examining our humanity. The Wallis Youth Company provides a place for young actors to work as an ensemble, experience cutting edge creative practices, develop innovative and socially conscious work, and be engaged with the local community.
10-12 actors are selected each year to form the Company for the Fall through Summer season. The Youth Company members perform in a mix of classical and contemporary repertoire, as well as have the chance to help shape original work through devised composition. Productions take place at The Wallis in the Lovelace Studio Theater and Bram Goldsmith Theater.
In addition, Youth Theater Company members have the opportunity to attend professional theater performances at The Wallis and meet with visiting artists for master classes, workshops, talkbacks and other learning opportunities. While the focus is on acting, company members also have opportunities to experience other aspects of mounting a production and operating a theater.
Finally, GRoW @ The Wallis encourages its participants to reach out to those who may lack access to the arts. As such, The Wallis Youth Theater Company members also participate in small outreach and community-oriented performances and events, which foster inclusion.
Actors will sign a contract to formalize their commitment to the Youth Company and to the specific responsibilities that are involved.
Madeleine Dahm is an internationally-respected artist with thirty years of experience working in professional theatre and contemporary dance arts. She has worked with some of the world’s leading theatres, performing companies, and training academies, and she has collaborated with renowned innovators in theatre, dance, multi-media, music, and art. Madeleine was a professional dancer in England for fifteen years after studying with the legendary Martha Graham. Post-Graduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire led to training with theatre pioneer Lloyd Newson after which she began creating her own physical theatre work which was presented in concert venues in Europe, across the UK, and in the USA. Recent Credits include: Director and choreographer of Oktoberfest - The Musical: An Almost True Story (premiering August 2016) - Book by Phillip LaZebnik (Disney’s Mulan and Prince of Egypt), and Music by Grammy winning film composer Harold Faltemeyer (Top Gun and Beverley Hills Cop). In 2015/16 she was the Movement Director and Choreographer for The House is Black, a multi-media project created by world-renowned vocalist Sussan Deyhim, and Emmy award-winning composer Richard Horowitz. She is also currently working with famed LA arts critic and journalist Victoria Looseleaf, to direct the staged play of her novel, Isn’t it Rich. Madeleine is the recipient of a Los Angeles Theatre Guild Award for directing, she is an Associate Member of The Stage Director and Choreographers Society of America, and she is a Founding Member of The British Association of Choreographers.