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Obsidian Theatre Festival: Black Stories. New Stage

February 07, 2023

The Obsidian Theatre Festival centers Black stories, through an invigorating celebration of new work by emerging Black voices. Produced by Detroiters in the city of Detroit, the Obsidian Theatre Festival illuminates the rich diversity of experiences relevant to the African diaspora. We have just completed our 3rd Annual call for submissions, and our review panel is in the process of finalizing our semi-finalists. As the plays are confirmed we will be casting from this call’s submissions. Selected content will be staged, rehearsed, produced, filmed and made available for viewing as part of a four-day festival in Detroit, from June 22 – 25, 2023. Pieces will be presented for live theatre audiences as filmed stage productions and streamed several weeks later, making the work accessible to a national and global audience. Candidates within close proximity to the Detroit Metro area are strongly preferred.

The Obsidian Theatre Festival will be presented in 3 parts:

OTF Main Stage: Featuring full-length plays that examine the diversity of the black experience.

Musical Theatre Showcase: Staged readings of new musicals, highlighting an important step in the development of new work.

Obsidian Cabaret: Featuring nationally renowned artists in an intimate evening of music and storytelling.

Ghostlight Productions


Submission: Please click on the link below for the Submission Form and instructions on what to submit.


Deadline: Please submit by Monday, February, 20th at 11:59pm EST

Audition Location: Callbacks will be held via Zoom beginning March 13th.

NO Equity Contract

Weekly fee of $300


The Obsidian Festival accepts applicants of every identity, and does not discriminate on the basis of identity, including but not limited to: race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status, marital status, or economic class.

Rehearsal/Performance: Live performances from June 22nd-25th will be in Detroit, MI and culminate in live stream virtual productions.

Tentative Schedule: OTF Main Stage *Virtual Rehearsal: May 22nd *In Person Rehearsal: May 30th *Tech: June 17th-21st *Performances: June 22nd-25th

MT Showcase *In Person Rehearsal: June 12th *Tech: June 20th-21st *Performances: June 23rd & 24th

Obsidian Cabaret *In Person Rehearsal: TBD, June 15-19th *Tech: June 20th & 21st *Performances: June 23rd & June 24th

If you have any questions, please email us at casting@ghostlightinc.com.