Pratidhwani is Looking for You!


Pratidhwani Invites Submissions for ‘TWO MINUTES OF YOUR TIME’


This fall, Pratidhwani is producing a show we are calling Two Minutes of Your Time. The theme for this installment (which we hope is first of many) is ‘Coming Home’. 


The show will feature a series of 2 minute monologues/stories, curated and directed by Sunam Ellis. Note: This is not ‘live storytelling’ à la NPR’s Moth Hour, or Pratidhwani’s previous series ‘StoryWallahs’. This will be theatrical, rehearsed, presentation.


Your self-tape audition submissions are invited.


Create and perform a monologue or story based on the theme Coming Home, no longer than 2 minutes, upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video, and send the link to See more information about how to record a self tape below.


If your submission is selected, you will have an opportunity to work with a writing coach - if you would like one. Throughout the rehearsal process, you will have the opportunity to continue to refine both the writing and your performance, while being directed by Sunam Ellis. 


Performances will take place on Oct 7th-9th, 2022, at the Isaac Studio, Taproot Theater.


Audition self tapes are due by July 30thAug 15th, 2022. This is a VOLUNTEER opportunity, with no guaranteed monetary compensation. However, we are evaluating options to fairly distribute the surplus revenue from this show among the artists involved.




Artistic Director, Drama Wing, Pratidhwani.

About Sunam Ellis:


Sunam Ellis is an actor, director, and teaching artist based out of Seattle. Her training began with her studies at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and after receiving her BA in both Theatre Performance and Human Development, she built up her resume of living life: marriage, international travel, and three beautiful children. In 2012, Sunam continued her theatre journey when she joined the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. Since graduating from UW in 2015, she has delved into the Seattle theater community, with productions and readings with ACT, Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare, Seattle Public Theatre, Sound Theatre, Seattle Rep, Theatre22, The Horse in Motion, and The Seagull Project. Favorite local roles include Margery in Hand to God (Gregory Award recipient), Bala in Sheathed (Gregory Award nominee), Marie in The Wellesley Girl, and Eleanor in Bring Down the House. Sunam also enjoys teaching the occasional theater class at local universities, including Seattle University and UW. 


What Is a Self-Tape?


A self-tape is an audition video that an actor records and films themselves. Typically, the performer will act out a scene or monologue, at the request of a casting director, in hopes of landing a role. Historically, casting directors have required actors to perform in-person auditions. However, it has become commonplace in the modern-day entertainment industry for actors to submit self-tapes for casting calls.


How to Make a Self-Tape


Follow these step-by-step instructions to record your self-tape at home. 


  1. You do not have to memorize the text, but the more you’re able to look up from the page so that the camera can see you, the better it is.

  2. Set up your self-tape studio. Set up a neutral backdrop. Mount your camera on an at-home tripod to arrange the correct frame, capturing the top third of your body (at least up to your waist). Record in Horizontal orientation - not vertical. Do NOT sit at a desk and record a ‘zoom’ version of your performance.

  3. Eliminate background noise. Minimize background noise in your self-taping space to ensure the best possible sound quality. Shut any windows to prevent ambient noise from drifting in from off the street. 

  4. Introduce yourself - just your name - before you begin your monologue. If you feel your piece needs an introduction, you may include that too. We encourage you, however, to think about IF your piece should need an introduction.

  5. Edit the video. Using at-home editing software, you may clean up your best take so that the beginning and end of the video seem smooth and seamless. Include the full take, and do not stitch multiple ones together.

  6. Submit the tape. Follow the instructions that the casting director provided to submit your taped audition (in our case - upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video, and send the link to


If you share our passion for dance and are looking for an opportunity to demonstrate your talent, look no further!


Pratidhwani Dance has its annual auditions right around the corner and we are looking for energetic, passionate dancers to share the stage with.

Register here:

Hai Dum 2020

Hai Dum! is back after a half-decade hiatus!

Hai Dum - a dance-drama competition first introduced by Pratidhwani in 2013 and 2014 returns to stage for just one weekend in May 2020.


The main idea : Creating four (or more if there are enough participants) new dance-dramas  in 4 weeks, with randomized team generation!

We come up with themes and put all of them in a basket. 

We write up the names of directors and put them all in another basket. 

We write up names of script writers and put them all in a third basket. 

We write up names of all choreographers and put them in a fourth basket. 

We write up names of all dancers and put them in a fifth basket. 

We write up names of all actors and put them in a sixth basket. 


A neutral party will then start by picking up a theme, a director, a script writer, a group of choreographers, dancers and actors from these "baskets of randomness". And in doing so will formulate our first team for Hai Dum. And so on and so forth - so we form as many teams as many as the number of director-scriptwriter duos in the baskets.


The director-scriptwriter and choreographers get a week before the actual practices will start to formulate the story, the script, the dances that will help the story based on the theme picked. And then the practices will begin with the full troupe. 


The coup de grace - we present this as a competition :). We will hope to have a panel of "judges" and audience voting to vote for the dance drama they enjoyed the most! So yep peeps - it's a competition!


What Pratidhwani will provide: Besides a stage where we perform these plays, we will have a group of mentors who will help you through the process of directing, script writing - anything that you need. There will be a sets group who can help you out with your set needs. We will do the light design for you based on your requirements. And of course music editing. Costumes - should mostly be procured from the vast repository of costumes that Pratidhwani has and that will be shared with your costume lead. 

You will get a fixed budget that you can use to spend on whatever it is that you would like to spend on. 


What we would like from you - to have fun and create some magic :) 


If you are interested ( and even if you are not ) - please fill out this form by Friday, Jan 17th 2019 :

For any questions, please email