Introducing the 2017 Renegade Resident Artists

We are honored, humbled and more than a little excited to share with you the names of the incredible artists who will be joining Renegade as our 2017 Resident Artists!

Thanks to generous support from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, these talented artists will make Renegade their artistic home for 2017, take leadership roles in Renegade’s 2017 season, and dedicate their time and talent to directing, acting or design roles in our productions.

Let’s meet them, shall we?

JULIE AHASAY

CORY ANDERSON

ANDY BENNETT

JON BROPHY

JOE CRAMER

MARY FOX

PETER FROEHLINGSDORF

NICK GOSEN

SASHA HOWELL

EVAN KELLY

COLLEEN SMITH

ZACH STOFER

MATTHEW WAGNER

 

Be sure to join us at our season kick-off party, “Saturday Night Cabin Fever” on January 21st at 8pm and spend some time getting to know our 2017 Resident Artists!

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Auditions for DOGFIGHT

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Renegade Theater Company is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the third show of our 2017 season, DOGFIGHT, with music and lyrics by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, and book by Peter Duchan. This production will be directed by 2017 Renegade Resident Artist Peter Froehlingsdorf.

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

Studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.

AUDTITION INFORMATION:

WHEN: Saturday, February 18th from noon until 2pm
WHERE: Renegade Rehearsal Space on the 3rd floor of Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior St.
PREPARE: Please prepare two contrasting 16-32 measure song selections. *Note that one of your selections must be from Dogfight. / Also be sure to bring a current photo or headshot to your audition.
CALLBACKS: Sunday, February 19th from 9:00am until 11:40pm
SIGN UP:Sign up for your 10-minute audition slot by emailing katyhelbacka@gmail.com
DOWNLOAD: Dogfight Audition Packet

Auditions for HAND TO GOD!

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Renegade Theater Company is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the first show of our 2017 season, HAND TO GOD, written by Robert Askins and directed by Alex Goebel.

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

AUDTITION INFORMATION:

WHEN: Saturday, November 12th at noon
WHERE: Teatro Zuccone stage in downtown Duluth.
PREPARE: We will be reading scenes from the show.
DOWNLOAD:
Hand To God Audition Packet

DOWNLOAD:
Hand To God Audition Sides

The 2017 Renegade Season Pass!

Plus a to-be-announced 5th show in December!

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The 2017 Renegade Season Pass

The Best View Is From The Edge Of Your Seat

When you come to a Renegade Theater Company production, you’re not only supporting the local artists who live and work in this community, you’re also getting a night with the boldest, bravest theater around. We believe you shouldn’t have to travel hundreds of miles to experience the plays and musicals that are defying and redefining theater. And now, you don’t have to.
We are proud to offer a flex pass that grants you admission to EVERY show in our 2017 season. The FlexPass costs $80. And here’s what you get:
  • A savings of over 20% off the normal ticket price!
  • Discounted passes are just $68 for students, seniors and artists.
  • Includes a ticket to each of the 5 shows in our 2017 mainstage season: “Hand To God,” “The Pavilion,” “Dogfight,” “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage,” and a to-be-announced show in December of 2017.
  • Includes assigned seating! Pick your favorite spots in the theater and have them guaranteed for you all year long. Plus, with assigned seating, there’s no need to worry if you show up with only five minutes to spare, you’ll still get your favorite seats in the house!
  • Subscribers can select their seats for any show as well as change their performance date or seating choice at no charge at any time (subject to seat and show availability) by calling our box office at 218-336-1417.
  • Single tickets go on sale three weeks prior to opening night. But subscribers can pick their seats any time! If you want to make sure you get the best seats in the house, call us before single tickets go on sale and stake your claim.

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Announcing the Renegade Resident Artists Program!

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Renegade Theater Company is proud to announce the next step in our artistic community’s development, as well as the next step in Renegade’s evolution into a professional arts organization committed to supporting and developing local talent: The Renegade Resident Artist Program.

WHAT IS IT?

The Renegade Resident Artist Program is a cohort of local residents with a proven track record of artistic excellence in theater. These resident artists will take a leadership role in Renegade’s 2017 season, dedicating their time and talent to directing, acting or design roles in our productions, as well as working with Renegade to enhance and expand our artistic programming. The Resident Artists will be the faces of the company, and will be asked to attend fundraising events and opening night celebrations.

Renegade will be the artistic home for these artists during the 2017 season. In return for their work and commitment, these artists will receive increased stipends to make their wages competitive with non-union wages in cities like Minneapolis and Chicago, giving top local talent more reason to remain and plant roots in our community.

WHO ARE THEY?

The Renegade Resident Artists will be selected from an open application process. Any artist can be considered for one of the Residency positions, provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must have been involved in at least three shows within the local theater community in the past two years.
  2. Applicant must have been involved in at least one Renegade Theater Company production since 2008.
  3. Applicant must not currently be enrolled full-time in a school or university’s full-residency program.
  4. Applicant must be a resident of the Duluth / Superior area and be committed to remaining one for the next 12 months.
  5. Applicant must have a demonstrated interest in the work of Renegade Theater Company. This interest is demonstrated by having attended at least one Renegade Theater Company production in the past 12 months.

HOW CAN YOU APPLY?

Submit your resume to katyhelbacka@gmail.com. Please address in the resume (or optional letter of interest) how you meet all of the 5 stated criteria.

The Renegade Resident Artist Search Committee will select from submitted resumes the artists they would like to advance to the next round of consideration. Those artists will meet with Renegade’s Artistic Director and Search Committee to discuss the program.

FAQs

Q: If selected, can I still work on productions with other companies?

A: Of course! Being a Renegade Resident Artist means you are required to participate in at least one production in our 2017 season, as well as attend all of our fundraising events, opening night post-show parties, and be a visible, vocal ambassador for our work. Beyond that, we encourage you to take other opportunities in our community that excite you.

Q: If not selected, can I still work with you?

A: Of course! While the Renegade Resident Artists will be paired with the roles and positions in productions that interest them first, the remainder of our cast and crew positions will be open to all as usual.

Q: Is this a one-year thing?

A: 2017 is the pilot season for the Renegade Resident Artists, and was made possible thanks to funding from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Our plan is to expand and enhance our programming and fundraising efforts to keep the program going for as long as Renegade is going.

Q: If selected, do I need to reapply for 2018? If not selected, can I reapply for 2018?

A: Yes and yes. We will ask the community of artists to reapply each year for the Renegade Resident Artist program to ensure that our Resident Artists are passionate about our work and at the top of their fields.

Q: Is this only open to actors?

A: No! We are happy to accept applications from actors, directors, and designers and stage managers. We have no quota or pre-design on what type of artists we take or how many of each type of artists we will take. We are looking for passionate, talented artists whose work will pair well with our 2017 season and program.

The first year of the Renegade Resident Artists program has been funded by the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.