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 2017 shows!


Los Angeles, CA - show date: January 22nd at The Moss Theater in Santa Monica

Boise, Idaho - show date: February 18th at Boise State University 

Our Boise show has been cast. Tickets on sale now

Des Moines, Iowa - show date: March 31st at the Temple Theater

Our Des Moines show has SOLD OUT! Catch it later this spring on our YouTube channel.

Germantown, Maryland - show date: April 20th at  Seneca Valley HS

Our Germantown show has been cast. Tickets on sale now!

The Corridor, Iowa - show date: April 22nd at  Kirkwood Community College

Our Corridor show has been cast. Tickets on sale now!

Napa Valley, California - show date: May 6th at  Napa Valley College

Our Napa Valley show has been cast. Tickets on sale now!

Kansas City, Missouri - show date: May 7th at H & R Block City Stage at Union Station 

Our Kansas City show has been cast. Tickets on sale soon!

Sedona, Arizona - show date: May 18th at the Sedona Creative Life Center

Auditions are March 29 & 30. Please call the Director Kate at (928-399-0997 to sign up for a spot!

Jacksonville, FL - show date: May 20th at Friday Musicale, Inc. 

Our Jacksonville show has been cast. Tickets on sale now!

Chicagoland - show date: May 21st at the Memorial Opera House Theatre

Our Chicagoland show has been cast. Tickets on sale soon!

DC play "Stigma" featuring Brave storytellers in between acts - show date: May 21st at the Keegan Theatre

Our DC show has been cast. Tickets on sale soon!

Bentonville, Arkansas - show dates: May 25th & 26th at the Northwest Arkansas Community College

Our Bentonville show has been cast. Tickets on sale soon!

Canberra, Australia - show date: May 26th at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Our Canberra show has been cast. Tickets on sale now!

We can’t wait to hear your BRAVE!