Haunted Basement announces auditions for its 2018 Production

The Haunted Basement will be holding auditions for the core performing company of the 12th edition of its signature immersive horror theatre production; running September 28 – October 31, 2018.

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We are seeking a diverse company of performers with a host of different skills and backgrounds. Experience in performance art and immersive theatre is highly desirable, but not ultimately necessary. Performers of color are encouraged to audition.

Group auditions will be held on the following dates and times. Auditioners will only need to attend one of the following six audition sessions:

– Thursday, July 12: 7 – 8:15 pm
– Thursday, July 12: 8:15- 9:30 pm
– Saturday, July 14; 1 – 2:15 pm
– Saturday, July 14; 2:15 – 3:30 pm
– Sunday, July 15; 6 – 7:15 pm
– Sunday, July 15; 7:15 – 8:30 pm

Please bring a headshot and resume (if you have them), come dressed for movement, and plan on staying for the entire hour-long audition session. Also, please bring your conflicts for the months of September through November.

All auditions and performances will take place at The Haunted Basement, located at 2010 East Hennepin Avenue, Building #9 in Northeast Minneapolis.

Production Schedule
– Initial Company Meeting: TBD
– Rehearsals: September 4 – 16
– Tech Rehearsals: September 17-23
– Dress Rehearsals: September 24, 26
– Previews: September 28, 30
– Full Company Final Dress: Wednesday, October 3
– Opening Night: Friday, October 5
– Closing Night: Tuesday, October 31

Performances will be Thursdays through Sundays in the evening, with special performances on Monday, October 29, and on Halloween on Wednesday, October 31.

These roles are paid positions. You will be paid a flat fee per show, to be paid bi-weekly. If not cast, we encourage you to come volunteer.

For further information, please email Sarah Salisbury, Production Manager at Sarah@HauntedBasement.org.


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Haunted Basement wins a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Grant

June 27, 2018 -The Haunted Basement learned today that it has won an Arts Activities Support grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC); one of the 80 organizations/projects to receive funding in the second round of MRAC’s FY 2018 Arts Activities Support grant program.

This is the first official grant Haunted Basement has won since incorporating as its own non-profit arts organization. This grant will be put in service to help fund the 2018 edition of our signature immersive horror experience; to be performed in the fall of 2018.

From the MRAC website: “The Arts Activities Support projects chosen will provide high-quality arts events and programs for Minnesotans of all ages to experience and enjoy arts in a variety of disciplines. From theater productions to camps to classes and more, the Arts Activities Support grants provide quality engagement with the arts at a variety of entry points. The Arts Activities Support grant program is made possible with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment.”

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The Haunted Basement is pleased to announce that after an exhaustive search it has tapped acclaimed Twin Cities based theatre- and filmmaker Paul von Stoetzel as director of the 2018 edition of the company’s signature immersive horror experience performing during the fall of 2018. Mr. von Stoetzel, along with assistant directors Immanuel Elliott and Brian Watson-Jones, will begin his production duties starting in April of 2018 with a special guest appearance at the Haunted Basement’s annual Anti-Gala fundraiser on Saturday, April 7 at Squirrel Haus Arts in Minneapolis.


Picture of Paul von Stoetzel - DirectorPAUL VON STOETZEL (Director – He/Him/His) is a Shadow Horse Theatre company member and has directed over 40 plays in the Twin Cities area and a similar amount of short films/music videos including his feature documentaries SNUFF: A Documentary About Killing on Camera and Scrap. His company, Killing Joke Films, is now preparing the literary adaptation of acclaimed writer Ed Kurtz’s horror novel BLEED into an episodic series for SeekaTV while he prepares for his Fall 2018 play American Nightmare: The Trials of Jeffrey Dahmer.


Picture of Immanuel Elliott - Assistant DirectorIMMANUEL ELLIOTT (Assistant Director – They/Them/Theirs) is a Twin Cities-based theatre maker and designer. They are co-founder and co-artistic director of Gadfly Theatre Productions, for whom they directed and designed the company’s acclaimed production of the play She Kills Monsters as well as producing and directing for the company’s Final Frontier Festival and their “Drunk Queer History” performances. Additionally, they have worked as a stage manager for Brazen Theatre Company, Shadow Horse Theatre, and No More Mr. Nice Gay Theatre as well as serving as resident costume designer for Anoka Middle School for the Arts.


Picture of Brian Watson-Jones, Assistant DirectorBRIAN WATSON-JONES (Assistant Director – He/Him/His) first worked with the Haunted Basement in 2010 and over the years as a company member has acted, designed an environment, led performer trainings, and is now thrilled to be joining the directing team this year. Outside of the Basement, he is known as an actor (having worked with Six Elements Theatre, Live Action Set, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, and many others), a playwright (most recently writing The Hound of Chulainn with Six Elements Theatre and co-writing Bard Fiction with Tedious Brief Productions), and producer of the Fringe Orphans showcase for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Mr. Watson Jones is also the resident cast director for Transvestite Soup, the Twin Cities’ only shadow cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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