TheatreUNCA

Hindsight 2020

A performance project about empathy, expression & realization

Directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman, Artistic Director of Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

Virtual or Live Streamed Performances - March 5-6, 2021 at 7 p.m. 

Open Call for Actors, Dancers, Spoken Word Artists, Musicians, Singers, Writers, and Visual Artists

Submission applications due Friday, Jan. 29 by 9 p.m.

Check out this video to meet Stephanie and learn more about the project!

Project Description
Artistic practices can have an effect on our communities and society, at large. "Hindsight 2020..." is a Performance Project in which we will use theatre to explore empathy, expression, and realization in regard to the way(s) in which the many events of 2020 have affected us as individuals and our communities at large. The project was created to encourage creative voices, challenge stereotypes, and open minds and hearts to the struggles and successes of all people who comprise our communities. Rather than call this an audition process, we see it as more of an invitation to Artists of all mediums to create authentic responses to the questions- In what ways did 2020 most impact your community? and/or How can the events of 2020 shape our vision for the future?

Whether your preferred form of artistic expression is acting, dancing, poetry, spoken word, stand up, music or writing, we are looking forward to your point of view, and your unique brand of expression.

Below you’ll find submission criteria for various avenues of creativity. If you’re into taking this journey, fill out the submissions form, read over the submissions criteria, check the appropriate box(es) then hit that apply button, and let’s get started. We are looking to select 16-20 folks who are open to answering these questions utilizing any one or more of the methods above (ex. You can write and perform your own work).

The Process

  • Following a call to Artists we'll match written pieces with performers (where appropriate)
  • Create additional material within the rehearsal process, among selected artists
  • A period of rehearsals will culminate in a Virtual, Live Streamed, or recorded performance
  • Rehearsals will begin on February 4th with (hopefully) an in-person company meeting and run virtually Monday-Thursday afternoons or evenings for 3 hours (dependent upon participant availability).
  • Our work will culminate in a collective performance
  • Whether or not we use a virtual or live-streamed platform will be determined by the performance pieces.
  • Movement and musical pieces may be filmed.

Schedule at-a-glance

  • 1/29/21 - Submissions deadline
  • 2/02/21 - Selections
  • 2/04/21- 2 days per week 3-hour Rehearsals begin (02/04/21-In-person Company Meeting)
  • 2/28-3/4/21 - Dress Rehearsals and/or filming
  • 3/05/21 - Virtual, Live Streamed performance
  • 3/06/21 - Virtual, Live Streamed performance

Apply for Hindsight 2020 Here

Submission Requirements (Deadline Jan. 29, 2021)

All video submissions should include a 3-5 minute introduction which includes your thoughtful answer(s) to the inciting questions. In what ways did 2020 most impact your community? and/or How can the events of 2020 shape our vision for the future? Don't just give your name, and what your talents are, tell us who you are. We want to know who you are. Talk to us candidly and informally, about what interests you, what inspires you, what scares you... So set up a camera and let us get to know you electronically. Be yourself and do work that you like. No formality is required, but you are strongly encouraged to be creative and imaginative with your video submission:

  • Actors: 60-to-90 second monologue. You can choose anything: contemporary, classical, or anything in between. It can be theater, film, television, or… an original piece of your own creation. If it’s written by you, please mention this in the introductory portion of your submission video
  • Spoken Word Poets: 2-3 minute original poem which you have written
  • Performing Artists, Dancers, and Choreographers: 3 to 5 minutes of you moving your body. If you’d like to demonstrate your abilities as a Choreographer the piece must be choreographed/invented by you but can be performed by another person or group.
  • Vocal Submission: A few bars of a song. Again, anything goes but choose something you really like, that you can put some emotion into.
  • Writers: An original piece of any kind. This is something created or written by you. If you’ve already included an original song, monologue, or movement piece, then you've already checked this box. If not, you can show us a poem, a painting, a rap, a character you’ve created, a play...
  • Visual Artists: Send us a high definition JPEG of past or current work that represents an answer to the questions - In what ways did 2020 most impact your community? and/or How can the events of 2020 shape our vision for the future? If you would prefer to submit via YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or Google Drive please include the link or links to your videos. You probably want to create a private link so that your audition is not public. (This is up to you, but please make sure we are able to view the material when given the proper link.) Send an email to theatre@unca.edu using the subject “Digital Submission – Your Name”, and attach your photo.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie at steph@differentstrokespac.org.

More about our Guest Director

Stephanie Hickling Beckman
Stephanie Hickling Beckman

Stephanie has been active in Asheville’s theatre scene since 1999. She has worked with several local theatre companies as an actor, stage manager, and director, and toured nationally as an actor. As the Managing Artistic Director for Different Strokes!, Stephanie is committed to directing and producing theatre that expresses the diversity we encounter in our everyday lives and finding ways to recognize and honor our differences in a safe and positive environment. Not unlike Different Strokes!, she is committed to being an active part of her community and seeks every opportunity to champion diversity and inclusion. She fulfills her personal mission to change the world through her art, compassionate leadership, straight-forward communication, and a deep love of storytelling. She previously served on the boards of the Western North Carolina Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Asheville Area Arts Council. Asheville Writers in The Schools, Montford Park Players, Odyssey Community School, Youth Outright, The Center for Diversity and Education at UNCA, Western North Carolina AIDS Project, The Magnetic Theatre, the Black Mountain Arts Center, and the YWCA’s committee for Stand Against Racism. Stephanie envisions that Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective will further impact our community as an artistic bridge for ALL performing artists in our community.

Watch Different Strokes' virtual production ...while Black to learn more about her recent work.


The Three Pigs Project

An Intersection of Toy Theatre & Artistic Activism

Directed by Aaron Snook, Adjunct Professor and Co-founder of American Myth Center

Virtual Performances - April 16 at 7 p.m. & April 18 at 2 p.m.

Watch this video to learn more about the project:

Applications Due by Friday, January 29 by 9 p.m.

TheatreUNCA is seeking all curious and creative minds to apply for a position in a Toy Theatre workshop that will culminate in a filmed production of The 3 Pigs Project, an adaptation of the classic fable using the history of redlining in Asheville as inspiration.

Project Description

Toy Theatre once referred to a form of miniature paper theatre in the early 19th century, but has evolved into an all encompassing art form of storytelling through puppetry. From marionettes to shadows to crankies and more, Toy Theatre creates delight in the audience, which allows the storyteller to tackle the darker stories that can spark the necessary conversations.

Our mission is to take the classic fable of the Three Little Pigs and spark a conversation around Asheville's troubled history with Redlining through the storytelling of Toy Theatre.

Over the course of 10 weeks, we will research, build, rehearse, and film our adaptation. To do that, we are looking for 6-9 storytellers with an interest in both the form of toy theatre as well as activism through storytelling. No experience in either is necessary; only deep curiosity and creativity.

The final product will be a virtual live watch of our production followed by a conversation curated by a panel of special guests.

The Process (meant to be held lightly)

  • First 2 Weeks: An Introduction to the Form of Toy Theatre and the history of Redlining in Asheville
  • Next 4 Weeks: Build and Rehearse our Adaptation
  • Next 2 Weeks: Perform and Film our Adaptation
  • Final 2 Weeks: Edit and Marketing

Schedule at-a-glance

  • 1/29: Submissions Due
  • 2/2: Selections Announced
  • 2/8-4/1: 2 days per week with 3-hour Rehearsals (virtual and in-person based on ensemble needs)
  • 4/5-4/15: Editing and Advertising
  • 4/16 & 4/18: Virtual Live Watch and Curated Conversation

Apply for The 3 Pigs Project Here

Email Aaron Snook at asnook@unca.edu with any questions.