Auditions & Opportunities

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Volunteers are needed in every area of the organization from admin to production, on stage and back stage – email Barbe@merrillartscenter.org if you’re interested in volunteering.


Finding J Mitchell

Finding J Mitchell – Staged Reading (adult actors)

  • Link to Auditions coming soon.
  • Auditions will be 3/18/24.
  • Rehearsals are Monday and Thursday evenings April 8-25.
  • Performances are April 27 & April 29. Reserve tickets to the performance HERE

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web By-Kids, For-Kids production (Kids ages 6-17)

  • Rehearsals Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons Sept 13-Oct 12, 2024
  • Tech week evening rehearsals Oct 14-18, 2024
  • Performances 2pm Oct 19-20 and 26-17, 2024
  • Please email dnacsr@aol.com with questions.

The Princess King 

The Princess King By-Kids, For-Kids production (Kids ages 6-17)

  • Rehearsals for this show are complete.
  • Performances are Feb 17-25, 2024.

Lucille’s mother tells her the story of “The Princess King” as it unfolds before our eyes on the main stage.  Princess Genevieve wants to marry Henry, but he’s just a common cook.  Of course, the king thinks this is ridiculous and takes it upon himself to choose who will be the next king and a suitable husband for his daughter.  Though the princess begs her father to let her lead the kingdom herself, the king instead decides to hold a contest to find the next king.  Princess Genevieve is outraged that she has been reduced to a trophy for her father’s contest, so she and Henry cook up a plot to have Genevieve enter the contest herself.  Disguised as a prince, Genevieve is intent on proving to her father that she is worthy to wear the kingdom’s crown.  Meanwhile, to cover for her absence, Henry clumsily masquerades as the princess, and Genevieve’s maid tries to cover for the cook!  Filled with Shakespearean mistaken identities, tongue-in-cheek humor, and over-the-top characters, you will cheer for the princess as she tries to outsmart Prince Air-Guitar and evil “Prince Fluffy” and battle the great chicken-dragon, with some help from Henry’s delicious lasagna!


Paid and unpaid positions open

Director – Seeking director for staged reading of Finding J Mitchell (mileage reimbursement available).
Auditions: March 18 & 19 6-10pm, MAC in Woodbury
Rehearsals: Mondays & Thursdays, 7-10pm, April 8-27
Performances: Sat, Apr 27 at 2pm; Mon, Apr 29 at 7pm, Black Box at East Ridge HS, Woodbury
No budget reading with access to prop and costume storage. No set. Staged Reading.
Seeking director to work with living playwright and actors on new script to be produced at a later date.

Send resume, headshot, cover letter, and bio to Barbe@merrillartscenter.org

Director – Seeking director for fully-produced black box production of Fall 2024 Page to Stage Audience Pick (Finding J Mitchell  – comedy mysteries) – paid
Auditions: June 17-18, 2024, 6-10pm, Black Box at East Ridge HS, Woodbury
Rehearsals: Mondays through Fridays, August 5-Sept 6 (no reh Sept 2);
Load in, Sat Sept 7, 2024, Tech Sept 9-12
Performances: Fri & Sat at 7pm, Sun 2pm, Sept 13-22, Black Box at East Ridge HS, Woodbury
Strike (director included) after show, Sept 22

Send resume, headshot, cover letter, and bio to Barbe@merrillartscenter.org


Directors, Stage Managers, Sound Designers, Costume Designers, Props Designers, Set Designers, Box Office Personnel, Front of House Managers, Board Ops – ongoing search for experienced, paid personnel for future productions. Send resume, cover letter, bio and headshot to Barbe@merrillartscenter.org


ARTS GRANTS REVIEW PANELISTS WANTED:  The Minnesota State Arts Board is looking for application review panel members for their FY24 Creative Individuals and Arts Experiences programs. These review periods and panel meetings take place somewhere between mid-October through January (you do not need to be available this entire period, just some portion of it). Reviewers receive a stipend of $200, get a close look at the Arts Board grantmaking process, learn and improve grant writing skills, and play a meaningful role in our state’s public funding system for the arts. If you may be interested in serving, you can learn more here and/or fill out the online interest form today.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Dodgson | Grants Program Officer, Minnesota State Arts Board at jenny.dodgson@arts.state.mn.us or 651 539 2672.

Minnesota State Arts Board seeking applicants
for a key systems administration position

Are you an organized systems thinker? A person who can develop clear and efficient ways to collect, store, and retrieve data? Do you like to find ways to make online systems and processes more effective? Are you a strong project manager? Do you want to find a meaningful role that combines your skills and experience with online systems administration and your passion for the arts?

If this is you…please submit an application today!

The Arts Board is looking for its next grants management systems administrator. This person will ensure that the board has a fully functioning online grants management system that meets the needs of both internal and external users. Successful candidates for this position will have at least four years’ experience in information systems project management and business analysis. They will have the ability to work with software programs, databases, and operating systems. They will be able to develop online forms to collect information from applicants and grantees. They will create efficient and organized ways to store, maintain, and retrieve data (i.e., applications, reports, contracts, requests for proposals, etc.).

In addition to the day-to-day work of systems administration, this person will join the agency at a key moment, as it completes an upgrade or conversion of its online grants management system. The systems administrator will manage the planning and implementation for this important project. 

This is a full-time, permanent position. It is eligible for hybrid or telework arrangements.

Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2023.

Visit the Art Board Employment Opportunities page