Comedy Troupe Auditions

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Comedy Troupe Auditions


The Center for Applied Drama and Autism is pleased to announce a new project: the Next Stage Comedy Troupe, a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council ArtsNEXT grant for innovative and experimental programming. The Next Stage Comedy Troupe will provide an opportunity for a group of ten to fifteen actors with autism and/or disabilities to form an online comedy troupe as a pilot program for our 2021-2022 season.

Under the guidance of Ruben Ryan, a professional comedian and improv artist and John Lynch, a former student with autism and now a teacher for CADA, these individuals will be selected via auditions and interviews to develop material, rehearse and perform. The audition will consist of an interview with Director Ryan and Assistant Director Lynch, followed by an improv session with three applicants at a time.

Those interested in auditioning can sign up for a time slot at the link below. We ask auditionees to bring their availability and contact info and they are welcome to email samples of their work to

Selected troupe members will meet with guest artists to further their writing, collaborating and performing skills throughout the fall. Members will also learn the practical aspects of forming a comedy troupe, taking turns in the roles of stage manager, technical director, while also learning basic marketing and advertising techniques. The troupe will manage a YouTube presence and master the essential aspects of developing online revenue streams.

The troupe’s first performance will be a comedy showcase in early December 2021. From January through May of 2022, the troupe will present monthly comedy shows online for which they will receive stipends of $100 per performance.

For more information, contact us at Please put Comedy Troupe in the subject line. We will get back to you promptly.

Please bring your availability and your contact info, including:

Email address
Phone number
Physical address

Prior to the audition, you may send us samples of your work to


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