LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL Audition Information


 Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson

Viewing Auditions:

Jeffrey L. Page, Director
Allison Fifield, Artistic Programs and Events Manager

The design and music team is currently being assembled and we will post the team members on our website as those positions are filled.

First Rehearsal: on or about March 7 , 2023
First Preview: on or about April 7, 2023
Opening: on or about April 12, 2023
Closing: on or about April 30, 2023  


BILLIE HOLIDAY: the greatest jazz singer in the last year of her life (age 44).

Jimmy Powers: a piano player, any age.

Actors local to the Philadelphia area are encouraged to submit. We anticipate that this production will require all personnel to be vaccinated and will comply with all Equity rules regarding medical and religious exemptions.

Prepare one (1) short monologue from a play of your choice. If auditioning for BILLIE HOLIDAY, please also prepare one (1) song, in the style of Billie Holiday. If auditioning for JIMMY POWERS, please also prepare a a video of you playing a song on the piano, in the style of Bille Holiday. The total audition should not exceed three (3) minutes. Please slate your name, pronouns, and the name of your audition pieces before starting your monologue. E-mail a link of your audition (Vimeo or unlisted YouTube), along with your headshot and resume (PDF, ONE FILE, PLEASE COMBINE YOUR FILES!) to with the subject line: LADY DAY SUBMISSION – Your Name. 

Deadline: June 24, 2022, 6:00 p.m. EDT. If you need any help creating a video submission, you can find some helpful tips on our website:

Philadelphia Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages actors of all backgrounds and abilities to audition. Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

This video outlines gear suggestions for an inexpensive, mid-range, and high-end self tape setup, if you need assistance creating self tape videos.

Another list of tips:

For additional questions please contact Allison Fifield (