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The Encounter: Akron – Call for Local Performers

The Encounter: Buffalo at Torn Space Theater, 2022 (photo Mark Duggan)

Kimberly Bartosik/daela (Brooklyn, NY) invites community members to participate in her upcoming project, The Encounter: Akron, a live physical theater performance work developed in partnership with NCCAkron and Rubber City Theatre.

The Encounter: Akron is an expansive performance project created by choreographer/director Kimberly Bartosik. Working with communities worldwide and merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers, she has been creating unique Encounter projects, exploring intergenerational cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication. The work is an encounter with oneself, pulling from what people currently carry in their bodies—grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power—pulsing through and between generations. 


  • When: Thursday, May 25, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

  • Where: NCCAkron – The University of Akron, Guzzetta Hall, Studio 391 | 228 E Buchtel Ave, Akron, OH 44325

  • What to bring/wear:

    • Proof of vaccination (provided in advance with audition registration)

    • Athletic shoes/sneakers with non-marking soles are required

    • Clothing that is comfortable to move in

    • Water bottle

    • Spirit of curiosity and openness to experimentation

Register to audition using this form by Wednesday, May 24, 11:59 PM.


Participants do not need formal dance training or performance experience but should be prepared to engage in strenuous physical and athletic activity. The process will also require collaborative engagement from the performers. 


Participants age 12 and up of all body types, gender identities, races, ethnicities, and abilities are welcome. Guzzetta Hall is ADA-compliant, and we will make all reasonable accommodations in order to cast performers. 


All participants over the age of 18 will receive a stipend for their work on this performance. Any participant under the age of 18 will receive a scholarship for their participation.

Rehearsal & Performance Requirements


Participants must be available for rehearsals and performances held at the University of Akron’s Guzzetta Hall.

July 5-15 (evenings & weekends): Creative Development

August 7-10 (evenings): Tech week

August 10-12 (evenings): Live Performances


Times are TBD; the company will try to work with participants' schedules.


Email with any questions or concerns.

*The Encounter: Akron is made possible by lead support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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