It’s Monumental . . . Ending the Silence : A Virtual Arts and Communications Festival
Monumental Ensemble Auditions/Interviews.
We encourage people of all ethnicities, genders & ages to apply
All auditions, rehearsals and performances are on Zoom

  • Open Call Wednesday, March 24 • 5:30 – 9:30 PM. • 10 Minute Audition/Interview
  • Please sign-up using our Google form at https://forms.gle/eLNt698MGHGhU4TQ7
  • Callbacks Thursday & Friday March 25 & 26 • 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Seeking a group of creative people and critical thinkers interested in examining racism in society today.  Auditions are open to all who wish to enter thoughtfully into this subject. No performance experience necessary.

  • Theater Makers
  • Writers
  • Musicians
  • Visual Artists
  • Activists
  • Critical Thinkers
  • Others

The Monumental Ensemble will be creating short works for The Live Zoom Stage of the Festival including original material and possibly readings of existing material such as poetry, speeches and historical documents etc.

What to Prepare for your Audition/Interview:

Please look through the website https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/palomarperforms/its-monumental/  and prepare one or more of the following – not to exceed 3 minutes:

  • A memorized monologue, poem or speech that relates to the subject of racism
  • A prepared reading of a monologue, poem or speech that relates to the subject of racism.
  • An idea for a monument that would be a starting point for an original work.
  • An original written work that relates to the subject of racism.
  • A reading of an historical or legal document that relates to the subject of racism.
  • A song or musical composition that relates to the subject of racism.
  • A dance piece that relates to the subject of racism.
  • A visual artwork that relates to the subject of racism.
  • Something else?

Rehearsals:  Rehearsals begin April 5 and are flexible to accommodate participants’ schedules. Participants should plan on committing 20 hrs/week either in rehearsal or working independently.

Performances: May 13, 14 & 15 @7PM and May 15 & 16 @ 2PM


About the Festival: 

It’s Monumental . . .  Ending the Silence is a virtual arts and communications festival to engage our campus and community in a civic dialogue. We will use Arts and Communications to explore the dynamics of racism/antiracism, anti-blackness, white cultural supremacy and the fluid concepts that develop as we expand our understanding of these phenomena in our society. Works created across our campus and community will be the springboards for public forums and personal conversations as we grapple to understand the complexity of building and sustaining a multiracial democracy.

For too long racism has been an ongoing presence in the lived experience of Black Indigenous People of Color and a subject of ignorance, denial, apathy, taboo and discomfort for White People.  Periodically the brutal truth of White Cultural Supremacy grabs the national attention and quickly fades into the background for White people.  Toni Morrison said in a 1993 interview “My feeling is that white people have a very, very serious problem and they should start thinking about what they can do about it.”  As Palomar College, a predominantly White institution, commits to a cultural transformation, we all have a role to play, and the first step is ending the silence.

We hope to inspire creative ways to fill the vacuum of silence. We hope that faculty will encourage and invite students to use this topic for individual or group assignments. We hope that other educational institutions and organizations will add their voices to the dialogue as collaborators, creators, or dialogue partners. We hope that individuals will find us a brave community of support to communicate their lived experiences and complex perspectives. And we hope to foster an environment of compassionate listening.