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How to get involved in Chattanooga’s theater scene

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If you:

  • Sympathize with Sharpay + Ryan in High School Musical
  • Feel like Frasier Crane’s theater obsession was totally fair
  • Respond to stressful work situations by saying “now is the time to seize the day” or “you will be found”

you may be a theater kid at heart. Whether you’re looking to see more local shows, audition for an exciting production, learn more about the craft, or just wanna nerd out about theater with other like-minded folks, we’re rounding up a few ways to get involved in the Scenic City’s theater scene.

🎭 Local organizations

Chattanooga Theatre Centre | This local theater organization is in its 99th season of production — its next show, “The Sound of Music,” will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 16. The Centre also has a theater interest group for teens.

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga | This small local theater company also has its own podcast celebrating + sharing stories on playwrights, performers, and patrons.

Obvious Dad | This experimental theater group recently wrapped the regional premiere of “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” The group is currently planning for its next season, so stay tuned.

Scenic City Shakespeare | If all the world’s a stage, we’re glad Scenic City Shakespeare has great actors. “Hamlet” is coming this October, and you can also take part in monthly meetupsin-person at The Edney or via Zoom — to discuss Shakespeare’s comedies.

Signal Mountain Playhouse | This local playhouse on the mountain is one of the only outdoor theaters in the state. Auditions for its next show, “Boeing Boeing,” will be announced soon.

The Seed Theatre | The Seed Theatre aims to be a safe LGBTQ+ friendly and affirming space. The organization has a show coming up in September — stay updated on auditions and shows here.

🎭 Classes

Chattanooga State | Our local community college offers a state-of-the-art Professional Actor Training Program.

Improv Chattanooga | This improv group often offers in-person classes, in addition to shows — like the upcoming one at Wanderlinger on Thurs., Aug. 11.

The Chattery | Check The Chattery’s calendar for potential acting, improv, or theater classes, including this one coming up on Tues., Sept. 6.

Bonus: Check out this local Facebook group for “Theatre People in the Chattanooga Area” to stay updated on auditions, shows, and classes.

🎭 Upcoming Auditions

“Murder on the Orient Express” | Back Alley Productions, The Mars Theatre | Wed., Aug. 10-Thurs., Aug. 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Audition in-person or virtually to take part in this play based on the Agatha Christie novel.

“Osage County” | Chattanooga Theatre Centre | Mon., Aug. 15-Tues., Aug. 16 | 7 p.m. | This play is seeking folks to play various roles — the play will contain mature language + situations.

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