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Why work for Brainstorm Productions?

  • Brainstorm Productions is one of Australia’s largest and most respected in-school theatre companies, performing live theatre to over 360,000 primary and high school students each year.

  • Our award-winning productions help schools create safer and more positive environments for their students, by addressing issues such as bullying, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, academic stress, eating disorders, family relationships, violence, harassment, resilience, decision-making, risk-taking, cyber safety and online ethics.

  • Each show is developed by our passionate team of creatives, teachers and psychologists, and are based on current knowledge in the fields of education, cyber safety and mental health. Scripts are constantly updated to ensure content is relevant and challenging for our audiences.

  • Full-time employment for the duration of the contract (7-9 months), plus holiday pay, leave loading, superannuation contributions, and tax free living away from home allowance when away from your base city.
  • We are dedicated to nurturing a positive environment where actors feel valued and supported in every aspect of their work.

  • We provide our actors with extensive industry-based training, including WH&S, mental health and wellbeing, social media, professional conduct and managing student disclosures.

  • Our actors have the opportunity to contribute to the lives of children and young people in a meaningful way, while developing their technical, creative and professional skills. 

 

Audition for our 2020 season

Applications to audition for our 2020 season are now open!

 

Essential criteria

        Must be at least 19 years old

        Playing range of 16-24

        Current drivers licence and good driving record (Learners licence not sufficient)

        Fit, healthy and able to travel away from home

        Energetic and responsible

Some singing, physical theatre and dance experience an advantage.

 

Audition Dates for our 2020 Season

Brisbane: Mon 11th November, 2019 with callbacks on Tues 12th November 2019.

Melbourne: Fri 15th & Sat 16th November 2019, with callbacks on Mon 18th November 2019.

Sydney: Tues 19th & Wed 20th November 2019, with callbacks on Thurs 21st November 2019.

Please note: If you are a student graduating from an acting or musical theatre degree and the auditions coincide with your showcase dates, you are welcome to contact us to discuss your specific situation.

 

About the Auditions

Initial auditions will be held one at a time – you will need to perform a short monologue provided in advance by Brainstorm and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ unaccompanied. These auditions will be filmed for later reference.

Please arrive a few minutes early to complete application forms prior to your audition. You will be asked for information about your driving record, your availability for the coming season, some medical history and your employment history, experience and training.

You or your agent will be advised that day if you are required for callback and to make a time.

Callbacks are in groups of 4-5. You will be asked to demonstrate ability to move/dance etc depending on the role(s) we are considering you for. You will also be asked to improvise a variety of scenarios including some school-based situations. No accompaniment for singing and dancing please.

  

Closing Dates for Applications

Brisbane applicants: Applications close Mon 4th November 2019

Melbourne & Sydney applicants: Applications closeThurs 7th November 2019

Please note late applications cannot be accepted.

If your application proceeds to an audition you will be contacted by Wed 6th November (Brisbane), or Mon 11th November (Melbourne and Sydney) to allocate audition times.

You will be notified by phone or email by the 18th December 2019 if you have been cast or if you are unsuccessful.  If you are represented by an agent, we will notify you through them.

 

If you are shortlisted:

- Before an offer of employment is made you will be asked to provide a Service NSW, QLD Roads or VIC Roads print out of your driving record.

- We will require your permission to conduct a mandatory criminal record check for any history of violence or sexual based offences to provide you with a Working With Children Check number.

- Some individual schools may require us to supply them with your full name, date of birth and Working With Children Check number - this is a requirement of your ongoing employment with Brainstorm Productions.

PLEASE NOTE: It is an offence under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 for a person convicted of a serious sex offence or child related personal violence to apply for these positions.

 

Roles for 2020 Season

All roles require actors with a playing range of 16 - 24 years. However, you need to be at least 19 years old so that you have at least one year driving experience, can show a good driving record and have the maturity to cope with touring.

All our shows are two-handers except 'Cheap Thrills' which is a one-man show.

Please click on the tabs above for details of all 'Male Roles' and 'Female Roles' in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The contract overview for each role is an estimate only, but should be reasonably accurate - actual weeks will depend on bookings received.

 

We will cast 13 actors for the 2020 season:

7 male actors (1 Brisbane, 2 Melbourne, and 4 Sydney based)

6 female actors (1 Brisbane, 2 Melbourne, and 3 Sydney based)

 

Please let us know if you wish to be considered for roles in other cities, if it eventuates that we are unable to offer you a role in the city you currently reside in. For example, if you currently live in Brisbane, please let us know if you also wish to be considered for Sydney- and/or Melbourne-based roles if we are unable to offer you a Brisbane-based role. If you do wish to be considered for roles based in another city, please also familiarise yourself with the roles being cast in that city before you attend the audition, as well as the roles being cast in your current city.

 

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a recent headshot to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or post to PO Box 804 Alstonville NSW 2477. Please note the closing dates listed above.

Please make sure your application lists your full name, Date of Birth and the city you are auditioning in. Freelance actors please also supply your mobile phone number and email address.

If you are represented by an agent you MUST make your submission through them, or at least let them know that you are sending an application directly to us and list them on your application.

 

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Below is a list of all male roles for 2020 with an overview of each contract.

Please note:

'Brisbane' refers to Brisbane & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Toowoomba, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast)

'Melbourne' refers to Melbourne & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Geelong or Mornington Peninsula)

'Sydney' refers to Sydney & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Newcastle, ACT or Wollongong)

'North Coast NSW' refers to the mid to far north coast, from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads.

All holidays are in the actor's base city, paid at the standard MEAA rate of holiday pay.

Roles for Brisbane-based Actors

Charlie/Tim - Performing in 'Buddies' & 'Cyberia'

Must be able to sing and have some experience in Physical Theatre/movement.

Contract dates: 6 Jan to 31 July 2020 (with possible extension to 4 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 10 weeks in Brisbane

2 weeks holiday

Term 2: 5 weeks in Brisbane, 6 weeks in North Coast NSW

1 week holiday

Term 3: 3 weeks in Brisbane + possible 5 week extension

Roles for Melbourne-based Actors

Charlie/Tim  - Performing in 'Buddies' and 'Cyberia'

Must be able to sing and have some experience in Physical Theatre/movement.

Contract dates: 6 Jan to 21 Aug 2020 (with possible extension to 4 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 9 weeks in Melbourne 

2 weeks holidays

Term 2: 4 weeks in Melbourne, 8 weeks in Adelaide

2 weeks holidays

Term 3: 3-4 weeks in Adelaide, 1-2 weeks in Melbourne + possible 2 week extension

 

Cal/Jack - Performing in 'The H Team' & 'The Flipside' 

Some singing and experience in Physical Theatre/movement an advantage.

Contract dates: 27 Jan to 11 Sep 2020 (with possible extension to 18 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 1 week in Brisbane, 6 weeks in Regional NSW (North Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong, Central Coast, Bathurst, Orange + a few days in Sydney)

1 week holiday

Term 2: 11 weeks in Melbourne 

2 weeks holiday

Term 3: 9 weeks in Melbourne + possible 1 week extension

 

Roles for Sydney-based Actors

Duncan/Tim - Performing in 'The Human Race'  & 'Cyberia' 

Some experience in Physical Theatre/movement an advantage.

Contract dates: 6 Jan to 21 Aug 2020 (with possible extension to 4 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 11 weeks in Sydney

2 weeks holiday

Term 2: 10 weeks in Sydney

2 weeks holiday

Term 3: 5 weeks in Sydney + possible 2 week extension

 

Cal/Jack - Performing in 'The H Team' & 'The Flipside'

Some singing and experience in Physical Theatre/movement an advantage.

Contract dates: 27 Jan to 4 Sept 2020 (with possible extension to 18 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 8 weeks in Sydney

2 weeks holiday

Term 2: 10 weeks Sydney

1 week holiday

Term 3: 7 weeks in Brisbane, 1 week in North Coast NSW + possible 2 week extension

 

Archie/Rocky - Performing in 'Saving Lil & Archie' & 'Verbal Combat'

Some singing and experience in Physical Theatre/movement an advantage.

Contract dates: 6 April to 20 Nov 2020 (with possible extension to 4 Dec 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 2: 1 week in North Coast NSW, 5 weeks in Brisbane, 4 weeks in Sydney

1 week holiday

Term 3: 4-5 weeks in Melbourne, 5-6 weeks in Sydney 

2 weeks holiday

Term 4: 4 weeks in Melbourne, 3 weeks in Sydney + possible 2 week extension

 

Andy  - Performing in 'Cheap Thrills'

One-man show so must be mature and independent. Able to play an adolescent male and a variety of female roles. No singing or dancing required. 

Contract dates: 11 May to 23 Oct 2020 (with possible extension to 30 Oct 2020) 

Contract overview:

2 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 2: 1 week in North Coast NSW, 5 weeks in Sydney

1 week holiday

Term 3: 5 weeks in Melbourne, 5-6 weeks in Sydney

1-2 weeks holiday

Term 4: 3 weeks in Brisbane + possible 1 week extension

 

Below is a list of all female roles for 2020 with an overview of each contract.

Please note:

'Brisbane' refers to Brisbane & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Toowoomba, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast)

'Melbourne' refers to Melbourne & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Geelong or Mornington Peninsula)

'Sydney' refers to Sydney & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Newcastle, ACT or Wollongong)

'North Coast NSW' refers to the mid to far north coast, from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads.

All holidays are in the actor's base city, paid at the standard MEAA rate of holiday pay.

Roles for Brisbane-based Actors

Lucy/Ruby - Performing in 'Buddies' & 'Cyberia'

Must be able to sing and have some experience in Physical Theatre/movement.

Contract dates: 6 Jan to 31 July 2020 (possible extension to 4 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 10 weeks in Brisbane

2 weeks holiday

Term 2: 5 weeks in Brisbane, 6 weeks in North Coast NSW

1 week holiday

Term 3: 3 weeks in Brisbane + possible 5 week extension

Roles for Melbourne-based Actors

Lucy/Ruby - Performing in 'Buddies' and 'Cyberia'

Must be able to sing and have some experience in Physical Theatre/movement.

Contract dates: 6 Jan to 21 Aug 2020 (possible extension to 4 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 9 weeks in Melbourne 

2 weeks holidays

Term 2: 4 weeks in Melbourne, 8 weeks in Adelaide

2 weeks holidays

Term 3: 3-4 weeks in Adelaide, 1-2 weeks in Melbourne + possible 2 week extension

 

Mindi/Ella - Performing in 'The H Team' & 'The Flipside'

Must be able to sing and have some experience in Physical Theatre/movement.

Contract dates: 27 Jan to 11 Sep 2020 (possible extension to 18 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 1 week in Brisbane, 6 weeks in Regional NSW (North Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong, Central Coast, Bathurst, Orange + a few days in Sydney)

1 week holiday

Term 2: 11 weeks in Melbourne 

2 weeks holiday

Term 3: 9 weeks in Melbourne + possible 1 week extension

Roles for Sydney-based Actors

Deedee/Ruby - Performing in 'The Human Race'  & 'Cyberia'

Some singing and experience in Physical Theatre/movement an advantage.

Contract dates: 6 Jan to 21 Aug 2020 (possible extension to 4 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 11 weeks in Sydney

2 weeks holiday

Term 2: 10 weeks in Sydney

2 weeks holiday

Term 3: 5 weeks in Sydney + possible 2 week extension

 

Mindi/Ella - Performing in 'The H Team' & 'The Flipside'

Some singing and experience in Physical Theatre/movement an advantage.

Contract dates: 27 Jan to 4 Sept 2020 (possible extension to 18 Sep 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 1: 8 weeks in Sydney

2 weeks holiday

Term 2: 10 weeks Sydney

1 week holiday

Term 3: 7 weeks in Brisbane, 1 week in North Coast NSW + possible 2 week extension

 

Lil/Gabrielle - performing in 'Saving Lil & Archie' & 'Verbal Combat'

Some singing and experience in Physical Theatre/movement an advantage.

Contract dates: 6 April to 20 Nov 2020 (possible extension to 4 Dec 2020) + 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Contract overview:

3 weeks rehearsal in Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)

Term 2: 1 week in North Coast NSW, 5 weeks in Brisbane, 4 weeks in Sydney

1 week holiday

Term 3: 4-5 weeks in Melbourne, 5-6 weeks in Sydney 

2 weeks holiday

Term 4: 4 weeks in Melbourne, 3 weeks in Sydney + possible 2 week extension

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is a full time job, Monday to Friday, for the length of your contract.

Contracts vary from 2 to 3 school terms, i.e. approximately 24 to 35 weeks including holidays and rehearsals (see list of roles for specific dates).

Most contracts start in early or late January but some do start later in the year (see list of roles for specific dates). 

Rehearsals are 3 weeks, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm on the Far North Coast of NSW (near Byron Bay). Rehearsals are paid at award rates, and meal allowance and accommodation is provided. Most contracts also require you to do 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to these 3 weeks (e.g. a few days of training and choreography in your base city a few weeks prior to the rehearsals on the NSW Far North Coast). The pre-rehearsal dates will be arranged once the roles have been cast.

All shows are two-handers except for Cheap Thrills, which is a one-man show.

The sets are very minimal and fit in the back of a Toyota Rav 4.  There are no 'tour managers' - actors are required to set up themselves at each school.

You do 1, 2 or 3 shows per day Monday to Friday in schools (maximum 15 shows per week but average about 12).

Current award rates for 2020 plus tax free living away from home allowance (LAHA) when away from your base city. If accommodation is provided by Brainstorm Productions (e.g. during rehearsals) a tax free meals and incidentals allowance is paid instead of the LAHA. Actors also receive holiday pay, leave loading and employer superannuation contributions. 

We will consider you for all roles based in the city you reside in (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane), unless you specifically ask us not to. If you wish to be considered for a role in another city, please include this in your application (e.g. if you are currently residing in Brisbane, but wish to be considered for a job in Sydney and/or Melbourne). 

No, an automatic, air-conditioned company vehicle is provided for each team, including fuel and running costs.

You MUST have a current drivers licence and a good driving record (L-Plates are not acceptable).  Before you are offered employment with Brainstorm Productions you will be asked to provide an RTA, VIC Roads or QLD Roads print-out of your driving record (depending on which state/s you have held a drivers licence in).

You must be physically fit and prepared to be away from home for at least part of the tour, for periods of 2-8 weeks at a time. However, some contracts require more time away from home than others - please see the list of roles for an overview of each contract.

Brainstorm Productions tours across NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and SA. However, the coverage is divided up so one team is not expected to cover all states - most teams will visit 2 to 3 different states over the course of their contract.

You will be notified by phone or email by the 18th December 2019 if you have been cast or if you are unsuccessful.  If you are represented by an agent, we will notify you through them.

 

 

 

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