The Peoples Improv Theater

Todays Date: 06/26/22
Last Update: 03/31/19 05:10:38 PM
Address: 123 East 24th Street
New York, NY    10010

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NEXT DAY THRONES: A PARODY OF ICE AND FIRE  | Open: 04/15/19 Close: 05/20/19
 After sending up the greatest film blockbusters of all time, Recent Cutbacks will give the small screen’s most epic show its proper send-off: a no-holds-barred, live recap of the previous night’s episode. In just 24 hours, Recent Cutbacks and friends will create a hilarious and highly theatrical take on the legendary, game-changing TV show’s final season.

Time Out New York named Recent Cutbacks' HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS the #3 Comedy of The Year!

The company has performed its hit shows in Second City Training Center, Indianapolis, New York and throughout the East Coast!

Actors: be seen by over 50 companies, casting directors and agents in a single audition ...
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the

2018 Audition Event

Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, 2018

at The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2018 Audition Event, Combined Auditions presented with sponsorship from BackStage, Actors Connection, The PIT and on May 19 and 20 at The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E 24th Street, NYC. Singing Auditions will be held Saturday, May 19 10:30am - 6pm (monologues will also be required). Non-singing auditions will be held Saturday, May 19 10am - 11am and Sunday, May 20 10am - 6pm. Early Bird registration is open until April 7, 2018, and is $60 for non-TRU members ($45 for TRU members, or $125 for an Audition/Membership package). Standard Registration opens April 8th and closes May 7, 2018, and is $99 for non TRU members ($85 for AEA and TRU Members, or $180 for Audition/Membership package). Registration is available at


The TRU audition event was by far the most organized and warm combined audition I have ever been to. As someone coming back into the industry after a long time away, it was refreshing to have this be one of my first experiences.~Dana Hart Lubeck, '17


Just wanted to thank you and everyone on your staff for the TRU audition event yesterday. What could have been chaos was beautifully in sync. What could have been scary was harmonious and positive. You are the best!~Kathie Kneese, '17


It was the most professionally run and enjoyable audition experience in which I have had the pleasure of being a participant. Your volunteers were kind and "on the spot" without ever being intrusive. My accompanist was wonderful and a friendly face to quell one's nerves. Perfection from start to finish. I will recommend the TRU Audition Event to all my thespian friends. ~ Pamela J. Nigro, '17


Over 50 producers, theater companies, writers and directors will be sitting in on two days of auditions. Sign up to be seen by them, and by at least two top New York agents and/or casting directors*! Here is a list of who has already confirmed - check the TRU website or ongoing updates.


Confirmed companies as of 3/8/18: 13th Street Rep, American Bard Theatre Co, August Strindberg Rep, Break a Leg Productions, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Emerging Artists Talent, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gorilla Rep Theater, Hugh Hysell Productions, KBO Productions, The Killing Kompany, Medicine Show Theatre, Nylon Fusion, Paul Michael's The Network, Pulse Ensemble, Rhymes Over Beats, Second Stage Syracuse, Speranza Theatre Co, TRU Voices Reading Series, vMHF Theatricals, The Wild Whatever, Wildly Productive Productions.


Confirmed industry as of 3/8/18: agents Albert Bramante (Emerging Artists) and Valerie Adami (SW Artists); agent/manager Deborah Dotoli of AAG Talent; casting directors Helene Galek (Helene Galek Casting), Jamibeth Margolis (Margolis Casting), Bob Kale (MKA Casting) and Tom Rowan of Tom Rowan Casting.


Registration includes free or discounted access to both of these pre-event workshops designed to prepare actors to do their best audition possible:

- Meet the Coaches (plus Orientation) - Sunday April 15th or 22nd (tbd), 1-5pm

- Audition Technique & Protocol (plus Orientation) with agent Valerie Adami and casting director Bob Kale - Sunday May 6th


To apply: register and pay using the payment options on website at; then scan and email your application and headshot/resume to -everything (payment, application, headshot, resume) must be received before an application is considered complete.


Secret: the first 80 submissions are automatically passed in and accepted. After that, only TRU members and Equity members are automatically accepted; non-member applications will be passed in after the final submission date of May 7th, subject to availability. If we do not have room for you, we will issue a check refund of your submission fee minus a $10 processing fee.


Download PDF of application packet at Electronic submissions are preferred, but you may also hard copy mail your check and materials (application, headshot, resume, check or money order) to:


Theater Resources Unlimited/Audition
309 W. 104th St., #1D
NYC, NY 10025


To be guaranteed a slot, purchase an early bird Membership/Audition Package for $125  before 4/7; or a standard Membership/Audition Package for $180 after 4/7.


FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 7th (postmark); deadline may be extended if there are available slots.




* The presence of a casting director is absolutely not a guarantee or promise of employment.


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. 


TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as actor workshops. 


Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature the Montage Foundation.


For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit or call 212 714-7628.


THE BOX SHOW  | Open: 10/02/17 Close: 11/06/17
In this hilarious solo show, one woman plays over 25 different characters from inside a kitchen cupboard. (Yes, you read that correctly: the whole show takes place inside of a cupboard!) Each time the doors open the audience discovers an entirely new reality, ranging from a drunken couple in Las Vegas to the entire Greek Army inside the Trojan Horse, a lonely Giantess, a lost Pope, and so much more! With sketch-style characters and musical numbers, THE BOX SHOW is a fast-paced roller coaster ride that plunges its audience into vastly different worlds without ever leaving the physical space of The Box. The space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless. The New York Times hailed THE BOX SHOW as “The most purely delicious production… relentlessly inventive…a paragon of Fringe form.”

“She keeps surprising you…It’s often hilarious, but what makes the show most memorable are its moments of darkness...This interplay between light and dark helps The Box Show achieve what every vignette show wants: It is even greater than the sum of its parts." – Time Out NY Critics Pick, FringeNYC 2016

“Highly skilled comic... Salerno is a masterful playwright and theatrical actress—and even a powerhouse singer! Salerno is virtually certain to be a star… the finest show of any kind I saw at FringeNYC 2016." – Hy Reviews, Best of New York Comedy

"One powerhouse performer... Dominique Salerno is an endless well of energy... this show is hysterical." - Theater is Easy

A History Of Servitude  | Open: 02/03/17 Close: 03/03/17
A History of Servitude is a comic survey of world history, from the dawn of man to the present. A celebration of the eternal struggle of the underdog; A History of Servitude is part improv, part sketch comedy, part insanity. The Department of Fools brings audiences on a wildly participatory, slightly intoxicated, and extremely bawdy ride through history. 

The internationally diverse company includes Yair Ben-Dor (ABC's Quantico), Jessenia Cuesta, Gjermund Gjesme, Matthew A.J. Gregory (Power of Darkness/The Mint), Silvia Morigi, Ben Rademacher, Andy Richardson (Newsies & Gypsy – Broadway), Brandon Salerno, Alec Seymor, and Anna Tempte. 

"‘A History of Servitude’ is a breath of fresh air…and a rich celebration of Commedia dell'Arte." – Curtain UP

"The cast plays wonderfully together and cultivates a genuine sense of fun amidst all of the theatrical conventions. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a comedy in a different style." – Theatre Is Easy

"The actors are completely immersed in their characters: each has an excellent sense of physical comedy...’A History of Servitude’ is worth seeing, especially if you’re a fan of silly comedy…talented of the most skillful bits I’ve seen lately-not just at Fringe, but anywhere." – Hi! Drama 

About the Company: The Department of Fools

The Department of Fools is a company of artists dedicated to blurring the lines between traditional theatre, street performance, and night club comedy. By employing traditional elements of Italian Commedia such as masks, improvisation, recognizable character types and slapstick comedy, The Department of Fools thrusts Commedia into the 21st century.


Facebook:                      Twitter: @FoolsDeptof

CAMP SMILE POWER: CURING ANGER ONE SMILE AT A TIME  | Open: 01/25/17 Close: 01/26/17
Fifteen-year-old Kevin was sent to Camp Smile Power, an anger management camp, on a plea bargain with the Brooklyn Justice system. His crime? Throwing a rock at Donald Trump’s head. Camp founder and recently appointed Secretary of Teen Anger Management, Joanne (a broom puppet), hosts this event for campers to share what they've learned about managing their anger. Will Kevin make it through his presentation without cracking? Will you? Come find out!

CAMP SMILE POWER: CURING ANGER ONE SMILE AT A TIME  | Open: 11/22/15 Close: 11/22/15
Fifteen-year-old Kevin was sent to Camp Smile Power, an anger management camp, on a plea bargain with the Brooklyn Justice system. His crime? Throwing a rock at Mayor DiBlasio's head. Camp founder Joanne (a broom puppet) hosts this end-of-summer event for campers to share their anger management revelations. Will Kevin make it through his presentation without cracking? Come find out!

Performed by Amanda Erin Miller

"Camp Smile Power" is part of Solocom, a festival of brand new solo comedies at The People's Improv Theater.

Teacher's Pet  | Open: 03/30/12 Close: 02/19/14
Come see the biggest brown nosers at the PIT take the stage with their favorite teachers. In this unprecedented event, students and teachers form teams to bring you bold, improvised scenes.


Davidson & Cheng's Stand-Up and Improv Show  | Open: 07/29/11 Close: 02/16/14
Davidson & Cheng's Stand-Up and Improv Show


Herschel  | Open: 01/22/11 Close: 02/13/14
Herschel. Destroys. Herschel.

We built cities for your enjoyment and burned them for ours. Come see Herschel bend the rules of time and space in a exciting display of self-destruction.

Herschel. Destroys. Herschel.

Herschel was Michael Sean Cirelli, Nathan Clancy, Gary DeNoia, Lucas Zachary Hazlett and Erick Hellwig.