Synopsis: Girls in the Boat was inspired by the true stories of the U.S. women’s Olympic rowing team. A group of smart, fiery young women fights discrimination and prejudice to compete in the male-dominated sport of rowing, finding an unlikely ally in a taciturn men’s coach. Together, they confront ridicule and overcome obstacles. The women refuse to sit on a bus and wait their turn in a battle for gender equality in a sport that makes national news and takes them to the world championships. Against the rhythm of their oars, these women forge bonds and overcome disagreements in their search for greatness. Despite their diverse backgrounds and politics, they pull together to reach their goals in a fast-paced drama that reminds us of what we can all do if we have a common purpose. As our heroines break barriers of race and gender, their newly minted U.S. women’s rowing team becomes the most winning sports team in American history.

Girls in the Boat by Alice Austen will be performing from April 20 – May 7 at Powerstories Theatre.

The audition dates are Friday, February 17, 7 pm to 9 pm,  Sunday February 19, 2 to 5 pm, and  Saturday, February 25, 2 pm for callbacks if needed.

Compensation: Non-union, actor stipend

A cast of 11 is needed.

(Note – The women must be comfortable working with a rowing coach on rowing technique. Must be able to sit in a “rowboat” and rigorously “row” on stage for several minutes. Some women play several roles.)

To Audition

Please click the red button to complete the google form to reserve your audition.

You will be contacted with a time to audition.

Prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue. A good monologue will showcase your physical and emotional strength.

Everyone will be provided sides to read at the audition.

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Week of March 13 – Tuesday (table read), Thursday (table work)  7 to 9:30, Saturday 11 am to 4 pm (begin blocking)
  • Week of March 20 – Same
  • Week of March 20 – Same
  • Week of March 28 – Same
  • Week of April 4 – Same
  • Week of April 11 – Same, plus Sunday (times on Sunday tbd) One or two of these will be tech
  • Week of April 18 – Tuesday and Wednesday – Dress Rehearsals
  • April 20 – Opening


The characters of the play are composites of many rowers; as such, they are given their position in the boat instead of names:
  • Bow
  • Girl 2
  • Girl 3
  • Girl 4
  • Girl 5
  • Girl 6
  • Girl 7
  • Stroke
  • Coxswain
  • Coach/Dad/Man
  • Boy/Journalist/Boy Rower