Actor in Recovery
The Improbable Players [IP] is a nonprofit educational theater company that uses performance & theatre to address addiction. All our plays are based on true stories and all our actors are in recovery. We do this through groundbreaking theatrical pieces based on the true stories of people in recovery. IP performances have been seen by over 1.1 million people from around the world.
You do not need to be an actor to come in for an interview/audition. We’ve cast folks with all kinds of backgrounds from musicians and recovery coaches to servers and landscapers. People of color, LGBTQ identifying individuals, and people of all abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
IP seeks performers for educational plays and interactive workshops about substance addiction prevention for schools, colleges and conferences. Most programs are in the morning during the academic school year.
1) You must also be in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction for a minimum of 6 months. We define "recovery" as continuous abstinence from all mind and mood altering substances -like alcohol, weed, cocaine, heroine, etc. We are NOT asking for abstinence from cigarettes, antidepressants, aspirin, or opiates/anti anxiety medication that is prescribed and taken appropriately.2) We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+, ages 18-25, and differently abled people to audition!3) We strongly encourage people who are non-actors to apply! You do NOT need a performance history to audition.4) You do NOT need to prepare anything for this audition, but you will be asked to share a 1 minute summary of your addiction and recovery history.5) Please only sign up if you are prepared to attend the entirety of training (9 hours, scheduled based on availability)6) Compensation is $15/hr for rehearsal and $100/show. The shows you sign up for are up to you! Actors typically perform at 1-10 shows per month.
September 25, 2019
About this Organization:
Founded in 1984 by Lynn Bratley, Improbable Players teaches audiences in schools,
colleges, community organizations, recovery centers, the workplace, and conferences about addiction and recovery
through plays, workshops and discussions. The mission is to use the power of theater to transform peoples’
thinking about a devastating public health problem – the impact of substance abuse on their children, families,
communities and themselves. All the actors are teaching artists in long-term recovery. The scripted plays are
developed through improvisation based on personal experience.