Auditions for Blood Water Paint

Preliminary Auditions June 1 2019 - Callbacks June 4 & 5

Aerial callbacks june 2

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough is an audaciously imaginative and unflinching retelling of the true story of Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian Baroque painter now considered one of the most accomplished of her generation. Gentileschi’s story unfolds through interactions with the women featured in her own most famous paintings and the process of teaching her daughter to paint, and culminates in her fierce battle to rise above the most devastating event in her life and fight for justice despite horrific consequences.

After this plays’ original production with Live Girls! the author turned it into a novel, that was longlisted for the National Book Award, and recently was on Oprah’s book list. More info on the novel here.

Audition Requirements: 
Prepare 2 short pieces. Modern -1 dramatic, 1 comedic. Those auditioning for Susanna and Judith will also have Aerial Silk Auditions. BRING YOUR HEADSHOT & RESUME WITH YOU (It can be a black and white print out but we need a photo of you). Scripts/sides will be sent out for callbacks.

We welcome all actors to audition! We are seeking actors with prior experience on Aerial silks for the roles of SUSANNA and JUDITH.

Please note: This play contains Sexual assault. It may not be appropriate subject matter for everyone.

To request an audition slot, please email

Character Breakdown:

ARTEMISIA, female, plays ages 17 & 35 
A 17th century Italian painter, ARTEMISIA paints during the show, and changes age on stage, simply and flawlessly. She is a painter first, a survivor, a mother, a daughter. She is fierce, impulsive and volatile. 

PRUDENZIA, Age 10 (played by adult female)
Artemisia’s daughter; Also plays ABRA, Judith’s servant; Also plays REBECCA, Susanna’s sister. The actor playing this character must be versatile and able to switch characters on stage with the addition of a scarf, or basket. They slide back and forth as the everywoman in Artemisia’s life.

SUSANNA, Can be played by age 19-30 female
Apocryphal woman of great virtue, famously painted by Artemisia, this character comes to life in Artemisia’s fantasy. The actor playing this character will need to be able to combine acting with Aerial silk work.

JUDITH, Can be played by age 19-40 female
Apocryphal savior of her people, slayer of Holofernes, a beautiful widow famously painted by Artemisia, this character comes to life in Artemisia’s fantasy. The actor playing this character will need to be able to combine acting with Aerial silk work. 

ORAZIO, Age 40 - 65 male
17th century Italian painter, Artemisia’s father. Also plays: JUDGE, Judge who presided at Artemisia’s trial and DANIEL, Old Testament ruler and ELDER 1, an advisor to Daniel. Note: this role is already cast.

AGOSTINO, Age 33, male
17th century Italian painter, Artemisia’s mentor and rapist. Also plays: HOLOFERNES, Captain of the Assyrian army and ELDER 2, an advisor to Daniel and GUARD at Susanna’s stoning.


Macha theatre Works 2018-2019 season:



by Tom Coash, directed by Lia Fakhouri


Intisar, a veiled African-American Muslim student, thought she might finally fit in when she enrolled for a year abroad at the American Egyptian University in Cairo.

Samar, her non-veiled Egyptian roommate, enlists Intisar’s help in creating an internet blog about the controversial practice of wearing veils (or not), in hopes of challenging Western assumptions of Muslim culture and bridging the gap between the West and the Middle-East.

As Egypt hurtles toward revolution, Intisar and Samar are surprised to find themselves on opposite sides of a bitter cultural divide. Will the violent events and emotions leading up to the revolution salvage their friendship or shatter it?


Fathiya Ritter and Alaji


Lia Fakhouri (Director), Parmida Ziaei (Scenic Design), Sadiqua Iman (Costume Design), Johanna Melamed (Sound Design), Suzi Tucker (Projections Design) and Zanna King (Lighting Design)


November 30 to December 16, 2018

West of Lenin

203 N. 36th Street



by maggie lee, directed by amy poisson

In the aftermath of a devastating war between clans, two swordswomen try to find their way forward in this strange new world of peace: one trying to escape her past, and the other driven by an inherited thirst for revenge. When your very existence is defined by your blade, how do you keep the violence within yourself sheathed? A tale of an unlikely friendship tested by the bonds of honor and the terrible price of forgiveness, Sheathed combines movement and storytelling in an exciting new way to explore the emotional depths of why we fight.


Ayo Tushinde, Sunam Ellis, Fune Tautala, Maile Wong, Natalie Berg, Isis King, Dylan Smith

production team:

Amy Poisson (Director), Anna Ly (Assistant Director), Parmida Ziaei (Scenic & Props Design), Johanna Melamed (Sound Design), Jocelyne Fowler (Costume Design), May Nguyen Lee (Stage Combat Designer), Alyza Del-pan Monley (Movement Choreographer), Alison Kozar (Co-Stage Manager), Kirk Vande Brake (Co-Stage Manager), with original music composed and performed by Leanna Keith (Music Director).


March 6 - 24, 2019

Produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson

409 7th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98104

Actors Ayo Tushunde and Susam Ellis. Photo by Laura Dux Photography.

Actors Ayo Tushunde and Susam Ellis. Photo by Laura Dux Photography.