BWT's 2021 Virtual Season 9
Breakthrough Workshop Theatre is excited to announce a quartet of virtual projects that will be presented from April to June 2021, as part of BWT's 9th Season. Since we began in 2013, we have provided 882 artistic opportunities to 193 different Breakthrough Artists over 58 projects. With limited resources during this unprecedented time, we know that we will not be able to offer participation to everyone interested, but we will do our very best to facilitate as many breakthroughs as possible for as many artists as possible.

As with all BWT projects, we encourage and celebrate a wide range of artists of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. If you are interested in being considered, please read through this form carefully and fill it out completely.

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If you have been a Breakthrough Artist with BWT before, please skip this question. If you are new to BWT, please share how you discovered us in the space below. Also, after submitting this form, please promptly email a headshot and a resume to After receiving those materials, it is possible that we might follow up and ask you to record a short monologue and/or song selection for us to see.
- All four projects listed below are VIRTUAL (no in-person rehearsals or performances).
- There is NO FEE for artists to participate OR audiences to watch these educational opportunities.
- The three plays will have the schedule of a traditional "Breakthrough Workshop" (one information meeting on a morning three weeks before the workshop, and then one weekend with the schedule of Friday evening, Saturday morning/afternoon and Sunday morning/afternoon).
- The three plays will be recorded live (virtually via Zoom or StreamYard) and then broadcast for free on YouTube two weeks later.
- The songs in the revue will be pre-recorded by the artists, and edited together by the BWT creative team.
- Since these projects are all virtual, they are open to artists and audiences outside of the San Diego area.
PROJECT #1: "Brief Interviews with Internet Cats"
Info Meeting: March 20, 2021
Breakthrough Workshop & Recording: April 9 to 11, 2021
Streamed on YouTube: April 23 to 25, 2021

This workshop is being directed by BWT Founding Artistic Director Ira Bauer-Spector.

It's a dream line-up for tonight's episode of the World Wide Window: a veritable litterful of felines whose internet antics have catapulted them to fame. In this fast-paced series of hilarious interviews, a celebrity interviewer uncovers the story behind Tuffy's first dramatic foray into a cardboard box, learns just what makes Nelson the Grouchy Cat so very, very grouchy, contends with the diva-like antics of Kitty Boo Boo, looks into the mystical furball of Gilda the Psychic Cat, and so much more. So stay tuned, because things are bound to get a little...hairy.
Do you want to be considered as a Breakthrough Artist for "Brief Interviews with Internet Cats"? Please select all positions of interest.
PROJECT #2: "The BWT Dream Role Revue 2021"
Set List Finalized: March 10, 2021
One 30-Minute Individual Meeting with Director (flexible scheduling): March 13 to April 4, 2021
Final Videos Due to Director: April 18, 2021
Streaming on YouTube: May 21 to May 23, 2021

This concert is being directed by BWT Founding Artistic Director Ira Bauer-Spector.

Breakthrough Workshop Theatre has a history of presenting musical revues, from the annual year-end celebration to themed concerts such as the "Miscast" and "The Pulitzer Revue," as well as revues featuring the music of composers Thomas Hodges and Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. In 2021, our Breakthrough Artists will be asked to share their dream roles, and for at least one song, experience those dream moments. Featuring an eclectic, inspiring set list developed in close collaboration with the artists, it will also feature the personal stories behind the dreams.
Do you want to be considered as a Breakthrough Artist for "The BWT Dream Role Revue 2021"? Please select all positions of interest.
If you are interested in being a performer in "The BWT Dream Role Revue 2021," please list 3 to 5 dream roles here (and also include the show title). [NOTE: These dream roles can be ones that you could still play today, OR ones that for whatever reason, you feel like you would no longer be able to play in a full production.]
PROJECT #3: "Free Play by Idris Goodwin: Three Short Plays Towards an Antiracist Tomorrow"
Info Meeting: May 15, 2021
Breakthrough Workshop & Recording: June 4 to 6, 2021
Streaming on YouTube: June 18 to 20, 2021

This workshop is being directed by 5-time Breakthrough Artist Imahni King.

Award-winning playwright, poet and changemaker Idris Goodwin wrote these short plays to spark conversation and serve as a catalyst for action. Each of these short works, written to be read across the multi-generational spectrum, offer different insights about disconnects in racial conversation and the Black experience in America. “Act Free” finds three kids wrestling with the definition of freedom; “#Matter” is a two hander about former high school friends debating matters of life and race; and “Nothing Rhymes with Juneteenth” finds a child and a parent trying to complete a rap for a school presentation. “Free Play” will be presented June 18 to 20, 2021 in celebration of Juneteenth.
Do you want to be considered as a Breakthrough Artist for "Free Play by Idris Goodwin: Three Short Plays Towards an Antiracist Tomorrow"? Please select all positions of interest.
PROJECT #4: "Dear Harvey" (9th Annual Presentation)
Info Meeting: May 22, 2021 (Harvey Milk Day)
Breakthrough Workshop & Recording: June 11 to 13, 2021
Streaming on YouTube: June 25 to 27, 2021

In 2013, the first Breakthrough Workshop Theatre project was "Dear Harvey," a tribute play to gay icon Harvey Milk written by Patricia Loughrey, with music by Thomas Hodges. Since then, BWT has produced the show annually including at the 1st San Diego Fringe Festival, readings with an all-youth and an all-female cast, and as the documentary film "The Stories of DEAR HARVEY" in 2020, which fused elements of the original text with stories of the play's impact on the BWT community. This year's presentation, available to view the last weekend of June 2021 in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride, will be an abridged version that has previously been used as an educational resource in schools.
Do you want to be considered as a Breakthrough Artist for "Dear Harvey"? Please select all positions of interest.
To facilitate as many breakthroughs as possible for as many artists as possible, we may not be able to offer participation for all projects you are interested in. If you have indicated your interest in more than 1 of the 4 projects, please list them in order of preference here.
Breakthrough Workshop Theatre is not a traditional theatre company. We are an education-focused nonprofit that uses projects such as staged readings and musical concerts to facilitate individualized artistic and/or personal "breakthroughs," established by our artists of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels at the beginning of each process. We are continuously pushing our artists to challenge themselves and approach these vulnerable and inspiring processes with an open mind and heart, so think of that as you answer the last question.
Whether this would be your 1st time with BWT or your 30th, please briefly share why you are inspired to join us during our 2021 virtual season. *
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Thank you for your interest in BWT! Once you click "Submit" below (and if new to BWT, email your headshot and resume to, you will be considered for these projects. We will be in touch with you within the next couple of weeks regarding casting.
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