The Rhode Island Performance Exchange (RIPE) is pleased to announce the second annual RIPE General Auditions for the Rhode Island performance community. The auditions will be held at 95 Empire in Providence on Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1, 2014 from 10am-3pm, and are open to performers of all kinds who are interested in being seen by many of Rhode Island’s thriving theater companies.

“Last year’s Generals were incredibly successful,” said Generals organizer Leann Heath. “We had no idea if we’d get enough actors or companies and in the end, we had a completely full day with a waiting list and over 25 companies coming to see actors.”

Intended to bridge the gap between companies and performers in Rhode Island, the 2014 General Auditions will be expanded into a two-day event where any actor who wishes can sign up for a slot by emailing or calling RIPE. RIPE gives the performer five minutes to do anything to showcase his or her talents, with singers attending on June 1 and non-singers on May 31.

“Last year we saw many excellent singers and performers,” said RIPE Chief Advocate Rebecca Noon “but not every company is looking for singers. This year we are offering two days so that we can make space for people who may not sing, but may want to come in with all kinds of other talents — stand-up comedy, modern dance, juggling, and, yes monologues.”

Companies who have signed up to watch the auditions so far will be representatives of 2nd Story Theatre, Counter-Productions Theatre Company, playwright David Eliet, Epic Theatre Company, Four Frogs Productions, GCole Productions, Mixed Magic Theatre, OutLoud Theatre, Strange Attractor Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and The Wilbury Group. Each company will have the opportunity to collect the headshot and resume of every person who auditions, and will use that information to cast throughout the rest of their season.

Movers, dancers, singers, musicians, comedians, actors, professionals, amateurs of any age or type are encouraged to audition. To sign up or to learn more, email Leann at or call 401-680-0683. If you would like to watch the auditions in order to hire Rhode Island actors in the future, email Rebecca at for more information.

Minutes from March and a Meeting in April!

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Our March meeting went a little something like this:

  • We talked about needing to have a sheet with the prices of the venues.
  • Venues discussed were Artist Exchange, the old Perishable space, Matthewson Street Church, William Hall Library, and Path Auditorium.
  • The idea of a statewide New Play Festival was brought up.  Something that would be open to local playwrights and the idea of piggybacking either the Providence Improv Fest or RI 48 hour FIlm Fest were mentioned.
  • Matthew Andre wanted everyone to be aware that he is available as a dramaturg as he is trying to obtain his Masters in the field and really needs the experience.  His email is

How about we set an April meeting for Monday April 29 at 7pm at the Wild Colonial. Grand. See you there!