This Is My Brave is a show about what it's like to live through mental illness and come out on the other side. The emotions from having experienced mental illness first-hand are raw, excruciating, thrilling, inspiring and so much more. We want those feelings to come through in your piece. We want to feel as though we're holding your heart in our hands for those five minutes when you're standing at the podium. We promise to be gentle and give it back at the end, as long as you're able to trust us while you're in the spotlight.

We’re seeking individuals who have a talent in writing or music and are ready to share their story of living a successful life despite having experienced a mental health issue. Each essay, original song, or poem must not exceed 5 minutes in length. Think of your piece as a “snippet” of your life, rather than your entire life story. Practice your piece in front of a mirror and time it to make sure you are able to read it within the time limit, without rushing through.

More tips for creating your audition piece:

  • You don't have to memorize your piece, although it's important to be able to make eye contact with the audience
  • Tell us about the struggle, but focus on the recovery. The bulk of your piece needs to describe for us how you found your way to wellness in order to leave the audience with a strong sense of hope.
  • Be creative! Have fun with this. Step outside of your comfort zone. It'll be worth it.

Please use discretion when creating your piece. Inappropriate language may need to be edited. All ages are welcome at our shows, but some material may not be suitable for children. We recommend parental consent and accompaniment. 

To schedule an audition for one of our spring shows, follow the instructions below.

Audition announcements for our Winter/Spring 2018 shows!

Orlando - January 28th

Arlington, VA - March 18th

Sterling, VA - April 5th (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale NOW!

Fort Lauderdale, FL - April 8th (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale NOW!

Baltimore, MD - May 12th, 2018 (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale NOW!

Boston, MA - May 21st, 2018 (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale soon!

Charlotte, NC -  May 19th, 2018 (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale NOW!

Philadelphia, PA - show date: June 10th, 2018 at Painted Bride Art Center

Boise, ID - show date: June 23rd, 2018 at the Boise State University Special Events Center

Bentonville, AR - show date: May 17th (this show has been cast) - Tickets on sale soon!

We can’t wait to hear your BRAVE!