Call for Artists – In Nature’s Studio 2023

Call for Artists – In Nature’s Studio 2023


Reading Theater Project is looking for dancers, musicians, and actors to perform in In Nature’s Studio, an outdoor event at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum, scheduled for Sunday, July 23, 4pm. 

The theme for this year’s production is bringing the museum’s indoor collection outdoors into the Arboretum in celebration of the 275th anniversary of the city of Reading. Performing artists will depict or interpret the paintings, sculptures, civilization and science exhibits through theater, music and movement.  This production is produced in partnership with the Reading Public Museum and JCWK Dance Lab. Project directors are: Joel Gori, theater, Jessica Warchal-King, dance, and Chris Heslop, music.

Writers and performers are encouraged to submit an original performance idea (no longer than 5 minutes) for consideration. Actors and dancers are also encouraged to submit to perform. Writers and rehearsed performers will be paid a $50 stipend. Volunteer performance and production support opportunities also available.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, June 21. 

More about the production:
Each performance piece should connect to a work of art or history on display in the Reading Public Museum and/or find inspiration in the Arboretum.  All work must be family-friendly (that doesn’t mean it needs to be for children) and suitable for performances outdoors.  The audience will walk the path of the Arboretum, and they may stop to watch and listen to your work, and they may not. The run time of your performance piece should be 5 minutes. 

Whatever you create should be your own interpretation of the themes, literal or metaphorical, in whatever performance medium is best for you.

If your idea is selected, you will work with the project director to prepare for performance.  Rehearsal times will be scheduled between the project director and the performing artist(s). The five-minute piece will be performed at multiple scheduled times on Sunday, July 23, between 4pm and 5:30pm. A location within the arboretum will be chosen that suits the piece and works with the other performances. A dress rehearsal in the Arboretum will take place the weekend before the event on July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Participating artists will have the opportunity to observe one another’s work.  

Please contact us with any questions: