Teatro Vivo is auditioning actors for the annual Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF), presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to run March 2-4, 2017.

We are seeking deaf actors and actors with fluency in American Sign Language. Actors should prepare a comedic and dramatic monologue, each approximately 1 minute in length. Some roles call for familiarity with Spanish.


Please email ASAP for additional information and to arrange an audition.

Information about the play:

Los Moreno by Mercedes Floresislas

Directed by Mary Alice Carnes

Synopsis: Los Moreno, a trilingual play in American Sign Language, Spanish and English, tells the story of how deafness affects the Moreno family. Carlos, a deaf teenager, has a lot more to worry about than just growing up—he has to process his mother’s arrest and possible deportation, and deal with his hearing father who has not learned how to sign. While in jail, Mrs. Moreno must “cholofy” herself in order to survive, while Mr. Moreno must tame his internalized macho in order to rescue his son from self-destruction.

Playwright: Mercedes Floresislas is a Deaf Theater playwright currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California-Riverside. She uses theater to create opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing actors and to spread awareness of Deaf-related issues and American Sign Language. Her first play developed at UCR, Los Moreno, a trilingual play, is the winner of the 2016 KCATF Latinidad Award, as well as the first alternate for the National Partners American Theater Award.

Production Schedule:

January 9th or 10th: Preliminary reading of the first draft of the script.

Rehearsals: February 18, February 21-23, and February 27-March 1.

Performance: March 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Each evening will feature a different play.

About the Austin Latino New Play Festival:

Now in its seventh year, the ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original works. The festival format brings playwrights together to work with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring a play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. The rehearsal process for each staged reading is approximately one week in February, with the following week in March for tech and performance. The staged readings are workshop-style presentations.

Contact Dolores Díaz at for more information about the Austin Latino New Play Festival.

This project is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department.

To get notices about our auditions, it is best to join our email list, like us on Facebook, and join the Facebook group, Latino Theatre Artists in Texas.

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