Audition for the Next Best Show Hitting NYC – THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING

Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing my new play with music reimagines the fall of Lucifer described in scripture. The piece brings into fantasy a sister who ultimately takes Lucifer’s place as heaven’s new minister of music and a jealous brother who cannot be trusted to keep her secrets. This new work is being featured at none other than New York’s acclaimed Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of Columbia University’s Playwrights’ Thesis Festival. Book your audition appointment today for auditions!


NON-AEA ACTORS ONLY. AGES 18+. My team and I are looking for a diverse cast of athletically built actors with excellent singing and dancing ability. A good ear for a capella, vocal improvisation ability, and a strong sense of rhythm are key. Actors must also be willing to wear fitted costumes and body paint. We also seek elegant, strong vocalists for our vocal orchestra. Note: Vocal orchestra members will have a less rigorous rehearsal schedule and perform in dress attire.


  1. Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer & dancer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
  2. Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer & dancer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music.
  3. Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer and dancer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music.
  4. Amana (Lead) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer & dancer. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
  5. Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others.
  6. Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The angel who is the unassuming instigator.
  7. Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer and dancer. The wild card. Chill. Laid back.
  8. Phim /Adam (Supporting) – Male. Tenor, Bass, or Baritone. PHIM: Sera’s twin brother. A mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Adam. ADAM: The first man created. Tenor, bass, or baritone. Exceptional dancer.The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
  9. Sera / Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. SERA: Phim’s twin sister. Also a mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Eve. EVE: The first woman created. Exceptional dancer.
  10. Vocal Orchestra – Males & Females. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, and Baritones. Exceptional singing ability. Elegant. Distinguished. Poised.

AUDITION DETAILS: Appointment only. Ten minute slots.

  • Dates & Locations:
    • Friday, February 23rd 12PM – 6PM
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
    • Saturday, February 24th 9AM – 3PM
      • Riverside Church, Room 12T
      • 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027
      • Use the 91 Claremount Ave. entrance
      • Click here for directions
    • Sunday, February 25th 11AM – 3PM (CALLBACKS)
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • What to prepare:
    • 1 minute of a song of your choice from any of the following genres: Contemporary, RnB, Folk, Indie, or Gospel. Theatre songs are permissible as well. No musical accompaniment permitted.
    • Prepare a 30 second to 1 minute dance sequence that showcases your range of ability and technique. Musical accompaniment can be used for this portion of the audition. NOTE: This does not apply to those auditioning for the VOCAL ORCHESTRA
    • For those auditioning for an acting role, the rest of auditions will consist of cold reads and dance/movement exercises
    • Please wear fitted athletic clothing with a polished appearance and shoes that allow you to dance. If you are AUDITIONING FOR VOCAL ORCHESTRA ONLY, simply wear something polished.
    • Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
    • Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork


  1. Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]
  2. In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
  3. Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available. NOTE: You must be available for the full callback audition time.
  4. Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
  5. Only audition if you are available for the full callback time and the entire production schedule.


  • April 4, 2018 – May 7, 2018
    • Sundays 12 – 5PM
    • Mondays off
    • Tuesdays – Fridays 5:30 – 9:30PM
    • Saturdays 10AM – 3:00PM
      • May 8th 9AM – 6PM at Signature Theatre
    • With the exception of the tech rehearsal above, all rehearsals will be at or in the area of the Columbia University Campus


  • May 9th at 2:30PM
  • May 11th at 8PM
  • May 12th at 2:30PM
  • All shows are at Signature Theatre

*Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.

Auditions, rehearsals, and shows will be filmed and photographed for student archive and promotional purposes.

NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.


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Reserve FREE Seats for ZAREPHATH Musical Opening Friday at Columbia

Click Here to Reserve FREE Seats

The time has come! Zarephath, A Gospel & Jazz Infused Musical opens this Friday August 11th at 7PM at Columbia University Schapiro Theatre. Click here for other show times and locations. Seats are going fast, but it’s not too late to get yours. Make your FREE reservation at the link above. This is the perfect outing for you and your family, church group, and friends. Enjoy the spiritually uplifting story of the widow who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah and the miracle that follows — a story of how God can take what little you have and bless it into abundance with a little faith from you. 

Columbia University Schapiro Theatre is located in Schapiro Hall at 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10025. Click here for directions. See you at the show!

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(Video) Listen to How Much My ZAREPHATH Cast Rocks!!!!

I just have to share this amazing moment from last week’s ZAREPHATH rehearsal with you. In this video, you will see some of the cast members of my summer musical put together an AWESOME vocal beat…ON THE FLY! I still can’t believe this happened, and I honestly can’t stop listening to it. All I know is that if these amazing actors can create vocal fabulousness for something as simple as an exercise, the actual show is going to be mind-blowing. Details for the show are below. Mark your calendars, invite your friends, tell strangers, and I’ll see you there!


Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
F r e e   A d m i s s i o n  
August 11, 2017 – 7PM
August 12, 2017 – 12PM
A showstopping, dance-filled, gospel and jazz infused musical based on the Bible story of the widow woman who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah. ZAREPHATH is written and directed by Ayvaunn Penn under the tutelage of two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage & Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang. Thrilling to perform, enthralling to listen to, and exciting to watch, this ball of summer fun will also be performed in various public spaces in NYC. To receive automatic updates on where the show will appear next, follow this blog by entering your email address at the bottom of this webpage.

Auditions for Zarephath, A Gospel & Jazz Infused Musical

Registration opens May 21, 2017

Written and directed by Ayvaunn Penn under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage & Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang. Produced by Paloma Estevez.

Non-Equity Actors Only / Ages 17+ / All Ethnicities: Seeking NYC actors with solid backgrounds in singing and dance. This a capella gospel and jazz infused musical requires that individuals have: a good ear, the ability to vocally improvise with a large group, and a strong sense of rhythm. Actors also need a large stage presence that can command attention in busy outdoor venues as well as the physical stamina to perform in summer weather. Non-paid but a great opportunity to work with members of Columbia University School of the Arts.

About the Show: “Zarephath” is a large dance-filled ensemble piece based on the Bible story of the widow woman who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah. Thrilling to perform, enthralling to listen to, and exciting to watch, this ball of summer fun will be performed in various public outdoor spaces in NYC with one performance at Columbia University.

Audition Dates & Times – Appointment Only – 10 Min. Slots

  • June 5, 2017: 8:30AM – 3:40PM
  • June 6, 2017: 8:30AM – 3:40PM
  • June 7, 2017: 9:30AM – 3:00PM (Callbacks)

Auditions will take place at Columbia University. Exact location TBA

How to Register: Email Ayvaunn at PennSpeaks[at] and put “Zarephath – [Role Desired]” in the subject line. Please state the time frame you are available during designated hours on the specified dates, and you will be assigned a time slot. Also, attach a copy of your headshot and resume. Only register to audition if you will be available for callbacks and the full production schedule listed below. Note: Auditions will be filmed and footage may be used for promotional purposes.

What to Prepare: One minute of a song highlighting your vocal range and skill (no musical accompaniment permitted). Thirty seconds to one minute of dance choreography showcasing your full range of ability and any special skills. Please wear movement clothes and shoes with a polished appearance. Script sides will be provided on site for cold reads.


  • The Widow – Female; Mature look and voice; Exceptional vocal ability; Soulful sound
  • The Widow’s Son – Male; Boyish look and voice; Jazz sound
  • Elijah – Male; The prophet of God; Mature look; Deep voice; Stoic
  • Ensemble Leader – Male or Female; Narrator engaging with the audience; Charismatic; Powerful voice
  • Ensemble – Everyone; Creating large visual images, vocal soundscape, and bodily percussion as a group

Note: This is truly a group storytelling piece comprised of 20-30 actors. EVERYONE will move fluidly between and/or share roles and be seen and heard at all times.

Production Schedule*

  • Rehearsals
    • June 12, 2017 – August 11, 2017
    • 6PM-9PM on weekdays 10AM-2PM on weekends
    • 2 times a week in June then increase to 4 times a week
    • On or near Columbia University campus
  • Performances**
    • Saturday, August 12th, 19th, and 26th

*Subject to change **Times and locations TBA