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Bunbury/ShPIel Identity Theatre



JULY 15, 2018

9:00am - 5pm


The more you are aware of how much you need other people, the more you realize you are composed of connections to others…As Prior says: ‘The Great Work Begins.’ Let’s get going.” Tony Kushner, playwright of "Angels in America"






This exciting and unique day will expose theatre and performance artists to “Identity Theatre”, in order to deepen their approach to theatre. Featuring performance training, seminar-style discussions, group work, special speakers.




Fill out the Registration Form (CLICK HERE) **

Download and email form along with a paragraph description of how the exploration of identity and culture is critical for your creativity in theatre and performance.

As an alternative, you may email a video of you and your performance work.

Please include a bio of any length.

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Step 2: click open the application and fill in the requested information 


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Early bird registrations made before July 1st $35.00. After July 1st are $50.00. Pay by link (Bunbury/ShPIel Theatre Intensive payment)

Or make check payable to Bunbury Theatre and mail to:

Bunbury Theatre 

604 S 3rd St. 

Louisville, KY 40202


Who we are:

Bunbury Theatre in Louisville - Blends Social Issues with Entertainment Since 1991, Bunbury Theatre Company continues to provide entertaining theatre as well as theatre of thought and social change. From the fun St. Nickaklaus and the Hanukkah Christmas to Boenhoffer The Last Encounter, the harrowing story of the historical German Pastor who defied the Nazis, to Buried Child, The God of Isaac and Three Tall Women. Bunbury's diverse seasons continue to challenge, educate and entertain. 

Juergen K. Tossmann, (Producing Artistic Director, Bunbury Theatre in Louisville), Juergen has been the Producing Artistic Director of Bunbury Theatre Company since 1991. He has produced well over 180 shows for the company. At Bunbury he's worn the hats of director, actor and playwright. He is a former member of Actors Theatre of Louisville's apprentice program and has worked locally for Stage One, Derby Dinner Playhouse and The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Leadership Louisville and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Otterbein University. He also studied playwriting and directing with acclaimed director and playwright Jon Jory. As playwright, some of Juergen's plays include When Fishies Rain Down From The Sky, which will premiere in Bunbury’s 2018-19 Season. Some of the other plays he has written include Salvage YardA Salvage Yard ChristmasSalvage Yard Revisited,  Uncle Smiley’s Comin’ Home (which was turned into an independent film), Assisted LivingLiving With KlausA Hanukkah ChristmasThe Last Hanukkah ChristmasSt Nickaklaus And The Hanukkah ChristmasA Homeless HolidayBonhoeffer The Last Encounter, and I Bet On The Nag.


• ShPIeL’s Track Record is Theatre of Social Change ShPIeL in its 6+ years of existence in the Chicago area is an accelerator and theatre development project, doing works such as The Green Book” by African-American playwright Calvin Ramsey; The Passions of Emma Goldman” by Roslyn Alexander; A Jewish Joke” by Phil Johnson about the “McCarthy Era” of blacklisting to be produced in Louisville (2018) and then Off-Broadway in 2019.


David Y. Chack (Artistic Director, Bunbury-ShPIeL Identity Theatre Project)is founder of ShPIeL-Performing Identity in Chicago and a DePaul University theatre professor. He has developed multicultural, social justice and Jewish identity works with playwrights and performing artists from around the world. Recent projects are the premiere of The Green Book (2018) about an African-American family and a Holocaust survivor in the "Jim Crow era" South; A Jewish Joke (2017) about McCarthyism and Jewish humor for survival; The Passions of Emma Goldman (2015) with Jeff award-winning actor Roz Alexander, as well as consulting on The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (2012) with Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. He did his Ph.D. work with Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel at Boston University and studied theatre at Tufts University and NYU/Circle-in-the-Square Theatre.


Laura Biagi (Visiting Artist from Italy and Chicago) Laura Biagi (Dr.B) is an inclusive leadership consultant and speaker, storyteller, and yoga expert. Dr.B earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, Dr. B and has lectured and consulted with prestigious educational institutions in the United States, such as New York University, Vassar College, DePaul University, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Howard University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. She has a background in linguistics, theatre, performance studies, mindfulness, and helping individuals manage the complexities of multiculturalism. Between 2017 and 2018, she designed and taught courses on “storytelling as a healing art” at Cook County Jail in Chicago, in collaboration with DePaul University and the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program. Dr.B’s hybrid solo performances – part storytelling, sound healing, and meditation – have been showcased around the world in festivals and conferences including, in Chicago, Collaboration’s 2017 Peacebook Festival at the Goodman Theatre, and Chicago Ideas Week 2017. The book Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound is a collection of multicultural dialogues she had with her yoga teacher, Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. Dr.B was one of the few speakers to be selected at the TEDx DePaul University event in 2018 with her talk, “Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe.”


Hannah Greene (Project Coordinator and Registrar for The Bunbury-ShPIeL

Identity Theatre Project) Hannah’s first project with Bunbury-ShPIeL Identity Theatre Project was to oversee and coordinate community engagement for RED. She organized several talkbacks and panels, as well as creating a timeline banner on the life of Mark Rothko. Hannah graduated from University of Louisville with a degree in Theatre and has been a costume and prop designer for Bunbury Theatre.


The Bunbury-ShPIeL Identity Theatre project is supported by grants from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence of Louisville and the New World Foundation




Open Auditions will be held for roles in our 2018-19 season on Monday and Tuesday June 18th and 19th from 5pm to 9pm. At The Henry Clay Theatre 604 South Third Street.  We are casting for the following:


To schedule an audition. Please email


Come in comfortable clothes. Prepare at least 1 one minute monologue. If you do not have a monologue you may do a reading from a play of your choice. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition and be prepared to stay up to one-half hour after your audition time. Bring a photo and resumeBe prepared to supply all conflicts. Please do not audition for any play in which you have multiple conflicts during the rehearsal scheduleRehearsals will be adjusted according to conflicts, however, if cast we do not look favorably upon conflicts that have not been disclosed. Be prepared to rehearse at least 4 days per week for the first three weeks and then 5 to 6 days moving into tech and performance weeks. Generally rehearsals are in the evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm or 6:30 to 9:30pm or 7:00pm to 10:00pm