Here's a little more about us and our process
1.) What background do you have in theatre?
Walking Shadow Readers Theatre was originally launched in 2005 as Walking Shadow Theatre Company. It was founded by alumni of South Lakes High School in Reston, VA, who reunited to produce theatre in Washington, DC. The company transformed into a virtual readers theatre in June, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the changing world of American theatre.
2.) What does your company do?
Walking Shadow Readers Theatre works with new and up and coming playwrights to develop their projects in a workshop-style setting. Our readings help give playwrights a chance to hear their words and characters out loud. The company members then provide playwrights with a 30–45-minute structured feedback session to help with future revisions of the play.
All submitted scripts are vetted by our company to ensure they will work well on a virtual platform (e.g. scripts that are not heavily reliant on physical action or props). Selected scripts are then cast from our company players, who work on character development within the scope of what the script provides, culminating in a final virtual reading and subsequent feedback session between the playwright, cast, and playwright liaison.
Walking Shadow’s readings also introduce the playwright’s work to Dark Horse Theatre Company, based in Northern Virginia, who may consider certain works for future stage production. For more about Dark Horse visit www.darkhorseva.com.
3.) What exactly is a Readers Theatre?
Readers Theatre is a style of theatre that focuses solely on the imagination and vocal expression of the actors. Readers Theatre requires no props, costumes, sets, or memorization. It is sometimes referred to as “theater of the mind,” and in our increasingly virtual world, it is an ideal setting in which to breathe life into a new play.
4.) How do I get more involved?
Walking Shadow Readers Theatre is a community of theatre enthusiasts interested in contributing to the development of new work, and we are looking for that shared interest in all of our collaborators. Feel free to attend one of our monthly readings as a way to learn more about us and who we are!
Playwrights: Check out our Playwrights page for instructions on how to submit!
Actors: Interested in performing with Walking Shadow Readers Theatre? We are always looking for new talented voices to add to our roster! Visit our Actors page more information about performing with WSRT, and instructions on how to submit your resume and headshot.
5.) How do I find out about upcoming readings?
We hold regular readings on the last Friday of every month. Follow us on social media to stay up to date!
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6.) Do you ever do in-person readings?
Walking Shadow Readers Theatre engages company members from across the United States, making in-person performances difficult to arrange. Though this kind of performance has never been ruled out, our primary focus is on our virtual platform. This enables us to more easily bring together playwrights and actors from a broader geographic area. If an in-person event does occur, we will announce it on our social media pages. We will also keep our followers abreast of any future productions our sister company Dark Horse Theatre Company may produce from our previous readings.