carpetbag theatre ce nitram secul


We're casting roles for women of color for our upcoming production, Ce Nitram Secul. "Ce Nitram" is a play about a woman in crisis who turns to her “Womantor” (woman mentor) and ancestral touchstone of advice. The unusual circumstance is that her Womantor has been dead for more than twelve years.

The play is a modern theater ritual rich in music and language. It is both a celebration and a call to action. This play is a contemporary “Praise Poem” to the women who mentor us and is grounded in the idea that “the greatest tribute is action carried forth”.

Written by Linda Parris-Bailey
Directed by Ebony Golden

Ce: A woman in her mid to late forties. She is an artist/teacher and has a history which includes the visual arts, music, history, insanity, alcoholism, emphysema, and death.
Rose: A woman in her mid twenties to early thirties. A writer, a woman in search of wisdom. She is on a journey in search of deep knowing.
Chorus: Two to five women who are vocal angels and provide music for the journey and the mythology.

1. Headshot/bio
2. Resume/C.V. with Contact Info
3. Prepared Monologue or Recitation
4. Prepared soul: soulful/gospel sound

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970. We are a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders to create original, theatrical works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.

Our artistic vision is rooted in the practice of revealing, reframing, and reclaiming the hidden stories of our communities. We begin by listening deeply to the each other's narrative. We believe that this process is what reveals the beauty of our collective experiences. Listening to each other deeply creates space for us each to embrace the hardest parts of our stories while leaning into the freedom of healing in spite of them. We believe that this process also has the power to reframe our experiences and provide the kinds of healing it takes to release us from strongholds that have held us hostage over time.

This production is part of an original series that has been funded by the Roy Cockrum Foundation in celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2019; a foundation which enables theaters to reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creuative productions.

Auditions will be held at our offices July 31 - August 1. To schedule your audition time, please email an attached copy of your headshot, bio, resume to


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