There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the arts, some of them are happening just outside of your door. Coming up in the next few weeks, organizations are on the lookout for talented local performers and artists to take part in their productions, exhibits and projects. 


Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY, Inc.: Audition for “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington”

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. There will be 20 rehearsals (Sun.-Wed. nights) starting the last week of April through opening night June 7. The show runs through June 16 at the Meader Little Theatre at Sage Colleges in Troy. Visit the link above for roles and other audition guidelines. For more information, contact
@ The First Congregational Church, Albany | March 27, 7 PM

The Lake Theatre: Auditions for “The Hounds of Baskerville” and “Dinner with Mrs. Baskin”

The dinner theatre performances of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hounds of Baskerville” will run July 11-Aug. 31 and Sam Bobrick’s “Dinner with Mrs. Baskin” will run Sept. 12-Oct. 19. Contact with any questions.
@ Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs (Filene Hall, Room 119) | March 30, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Debuts Youth Theater Company: Auditions for “Pippin the Musical”
Debuts Youth Theater is looking for students aged 13-21. Please bring 32 bars of music from an “age appropriate” Broadway musical with headshots and resumes. There is no accompaniment so actors are encouraged to bring backing tracks or be prepared to sing acapella. Video auditions will be considered for those not in the area during auditions. Tuition cost for the production is $375. Performances will be July 12-14, 2019. Rehearsals begin May 22. Contact for more information.    
@ The Spotted Zebra Learning Center, Albany | March 31, 5:30 PM


ONGOING: The Collaborative magazine call for art and columnist submissions

The Collaborative is always looking for submissions of art in any medium (but ultimately digitally scanned or photographed to be featured in the print issue) for our full-page gallery feature of the magazine. Artists can send their work with a short artist bio and their best point of contact to

If you are an artist living and working in the Capital Region, we want to work with you. The columnist section of the magazine covers writing, music, food, film, visual arts, style, theatre, dance and the creative economy. If you would like to share a recent discovery of artistic methods or resources, an anecdote about overcoming creative challenges, a “how-to” or epiphany, send a column submission of roughly 500 words to or The columnist section is a resource for artists to learn from and connect with one another, come be a part of it.

“The Family Showcase” at The National Bottle Museum

This show is open to two or more local artists from the same family creating work in a collaboration or as a pair/ group. Art in any medium and size is acceptable and must be submitted as ready to hang or display in the gallery at The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa. “The Family Showcase” is on display April 5-May 18 and costs $30 per family for up to six pieces of art. The National Bottle Museum will take 30 percent commission on all sales. Art may be submitted until March 30, 4 PM. For questions and more information, contact

Local playwrights: Submissions open for Confetti Fest

The original short play festival by Confetti Stage seeks to develop and highlight local playwriting talents and is currently accepting sumissions to be considered for a play development process and the 15th annual festival in October. All work must be submitted or postmarked no later than March 31 to or to:

Confetti Stage, Inc.
Confetti Fest 15
67 Corning Place
Albany, NY 12207

Playwrights will be notified in June if their work has been accepted and should be prepared to make arrangements with the playwright peer to start the development process.


  • An original work by a playwright currently local to the Capital Region (works that have NOT been previously produced are encouraged) that is less than 30 minutes long. Judges will read selected plays out loud to ensure that they do not go over that limit. If your play does go over, agreeing to shorten the length before auditions will be mandatory to your play’s acceptance. Confetti Stage reserves the right to eliminate a play from the festival if this guideline is not followed.
  • Separate from the previous guideline, we will be working to keep the entire length of the festival in check. In cases where the total performance time needs to be shortened, all playwrights will be encouraged to work with their playwright peer in finding ways to trim
  • Typed In 12-pt, Times New Roman font and must be applicable to the Confetti Stage mission statement: Our mission is to celebrate the diversities of human experience through thought-provoking, challenging productions.  We foster creative expression in a collaborative, inclusive environment that engages the Capital Region community.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted, but please make a separate submission for each script
  • Please include, on a separate cover page OR in your submission email:
  • Playwright’s contact information, including name, email address, local address, and phone number
  • The following statement: “By submitting [title of play] by [playwright’s name] for consideration, I am agreeing to actively participate in the Confetti Fest 15 script development and revision process before the start of rehearsals.  I understand that if I cannot or do not actively participate in play development, the play may be removed from the festival lineup.”
  • Please include with the copy of your script: A brief synopsis of your play (100 words max.; think what you’d like publicity for your play to say), its estimated running time, character breakdown, set and scene descriptions, tech requirements (include lighting, sound, costume, prop/scenery requirements) and any previous workshop or production history.
  • *Please do NOT include your name or any other identifying information in the body of your script*

For questions and additional information, contact

In-faux-structures” at Opalka Gallery
This exhibition aims to spread awareness of inequities related to infrastructure as well as ts planning, building, and public face. The project is open to all mediums as well as both new and existing work. Proposals for site-specific and related projects—including projects outside the gallery and expanding into the community—are encouraged, as are collaborations responding to social, emotional or physical issues related to infrastructure. Collaborations may include other artists, people working in the trades, engineers, architects, poets, social activists and more. Opalka welcomes humor, irony and creative interpretations and has prepared a Google Doc for those interested in collaborative projects. Email a request for access to:

Visit the link above for submission guidelines. Proposals must be submitted by midnight April 1 to

“Tunnel Vision” at Electric City Barn
The Tunnel Gallery at Electric City Barn (24 cubic ft. long, 13 cubic ft. wide, and 8 cubic ft. tall) is looking to be transformed into an immersive art experience and needs the help of local artists working with paint, sculpture, draping, hanging, textures, sounds, lights and more. The Electric Barn team is looking for clever uses of each medium. Visit the link above for submission guidelines.

Ideas should be sent to and the application can be found here. The deadline is April 29.


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