Posted on March 4, 2019

Production Title: Sprint

Union / Non-Union: Non-Union

Production Type: Multidisciplinary theater production


Producer: Nana Duffuor

Casting Director: Nana Duffuor


Compensation: No monetary compensation.


Auditions (Oakland, CA):

Thursday, March 28,  6:30 PM  – 8:30 PM | Friday, March 29,  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday, March 30, 11:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Sunday, March 31, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Auditions will be 30 minutes and include a cold reading with the casting director

Rehearsals (Oakland, CA):

Friday, April 5, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Cast Reading

Weekly evening and weekend rehearsals starting April 12 - June performance date

Performance (East Bay Venue TBD):

Performance dates in June TBD

PROJECT SYNOPSIS: Sprint tells the coming-of-age story of Nana D., a queer black child of Ghanaian immigrants coming up in the U.S. in the 90’s and 2000’s. Based off an original screenplay and collection of written works by Nana Duffuor, Sprint explores themes of anti-blackness and self-denial, sexual violence and self-destruction, healing and resistance. The multidisciplinary stage performance blends film, theater, poetry, music, and dance. The show will run as part of the National Queer Arts Festival for its second year under the direction of Oakland-based performance artist, Dazie Grego-Sykes.

NANA Black female, 12-14. Our protagonist. Energetic, precocious, rebellious. Must

have some dancing ability.

MR. HAHN White male, 30’s-40’s. Nana’s high-minded junior high school Social Studies teacher

and arch nemesis.

CASSIE All ethnicities, 20’s-30’s. Nana’s mature and nurturing, queer, masculine-of-center

romantic partner. Must have some dancing ability.

SHARON White female, 30’s-40’s. Born and raised in North Carolina, Duke University’s feisty

sexual assault support counselor.  

ILIANA All ethnicities, 20’s-30’s. An out and proud queer, femme non-profit professional who

introduces Nana to Oakland’s queer community.

JUDY Black female, 30’s-40’s. An outspoken leader in the recovery community with a big

smile and even bigger personality.

MIKE Black male, 20’s. Cocky, naive college student and proud member of the Duke Football


FEMALE VOCALIST To perform Miss Celie’s Blues 

Some actors will be asked to play multiple roles in addition to they’re cast in.

To audition, complete the form here. We will follow up with your confirmed audition time and the location. Thank you!