By Allison Milton/The AS Review
At 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, 3 and 4 in the Fairhaven Auditorium, the AS Resource and Outreach Programs Women’s Center will be holding auditions for 5th annual Vagina Memoirs.
The Vagina Memoirs is an original theater production created at Western that allows women and trans-identified students to share their stories and have their voices heard through writing and performing a memoir.
The casting calls are open to all women and trans-identified Western students. While auditions will be held for 3 days, students only need to attend one session.
Women’s Center Coordinator Devin Majkut said these memoirs are inspired by the idea of empowering women’s voices because the memoirs are written about things that women have been told not to talk about in today’s society.
Anyone interested, intrigued or curious about the production is welcome to attend the auditions, Majkut said. The three days are meant to be open for students to come and see what the Vagina Memoirs are all about, as well as learn how they can be involved.
“It’s different than a traditional audition for a performance,” she said. “Our hope is that everyone coming will be involved in the show in some way whether they are in the cast or not.”
The cast is made up of a maximum of 14 students who, throughout winter quarter, will draft a memoir to perform Feb. 18 through 21.
Students who wish to attend the open casting call do not need to come prepared with any material or even an idea because once the cast is chosen, they will meet weekly to develop their memoirs through writing and coaching, Majkut said.
Alex Niedzialkowski, a performer in the memoirs two years ago and the Program Support Staff at the Women’s Center, said meeting weekly throughout winter quarter was something that she enjoyed doing.
“It was a big time journaling experience,” she said. “It’s amazing what you find in yourself through this process.”
Women’s Center Assistant Coordinator Shawna Held, who was also a cast member in the memoirs two years ago, said being able to hear the memoirs can be just as powerful as performing them.
“Hearing these stories is such a powerful thing,” she said. “A lot of times it [makes] people hear about lives that maybe they go through.”
For more information about the open casting call, e-mail the Women’s Center at AS.ROP.Women@wwu.edu or call them at (360) 650-6114.