2012 Regional Combined Auditions

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2012 Regional Combined Auditions

December 28, 2011


Compiled by Michael Coughlin

Here's a list of the upcoming combined regional auditions for 2012.  Make the most of your opportunities by first reviewing this information.

Illinois Theatre Association
Jan. 28-29
Chicago
The Illinois Theatre Association's 33rd annual non-Equity professional auditions will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, at the theater department of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Saturday's auditions will focus on musical theater (including a dance audition) and Sunday's on non-musicals. Several casting representatives from throughout the state and beyond will be in attendance. Past attendees include the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and the Timber Lake Playhouse. The auditions have drawn nearly 300 actors annually in the past.
The application deadline is Jan. 6. Non-Equity actors, children and senior performers, talent new to Chicago, and recently graduated students are eligible to audition. A professional or faculty letter of recommendation is required. The nonrefundable registration fee is $25 for ITA members, $35 for nonmembers. Actors get a minute and a half to present two contrasting monologues.
To download an application, and for all other details, visit www.illinoistheatre.org, or call Aimee-Lynn Newlan at (312) 265-5922 or email her at auditions@illinoistheatre.org.

League of Washington Theatres
Silver Spring, Md.
At this time, there are no dates set for the 2012 League of Washington Theatres auditions. The moment dates are announced, Chesapeake-area performers should make a beeline to Maryland for the LOWT's annual open call.
Check frequently for upcoming online registration procedures and more information on the website of this D.C.-area nonprofit professional theater group at www.lowt.org. For more info, email info@lowt.org. (Do not call the Round House Theatre for audition information.)

Institute of Outdoor Drama
Greenville, N.C.
March 12
If you've always wanted to act against a backdrop of stars—literally—then the Institute of Outdoor Drama may be nirvana. It will hold its annual National Outdoor Drama Auditions on Sat., Feb. 18, at East Carolina University. Reps from approximately 10 companies that specialize in this genre will audition performers and interview crew for summer employment. Jobs are available for actors, singers, dancers, and technicians. Companies slated to participate this year include Horn in the West (Boone, N.C.), the Lost Colony (Manteo, N.C.), Tecumseh! (Chillicothe, Ohio), Kentucky Shakespeare Festival (Louisville, Ky.), Theatre West Virginia (Beckley, W.Va.), Trumpet in the Land (New Philadelphia, Ohio), Unto These Hills (Cherokee, N.C.), and Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (Manheim, Pa.).
The application deadline is Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. Online registration begins Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. You must be at least 18, have previous theater experience, and be willing to make a nine- to 12-week commitment (including two weeks of rehearsal). Most jobs are non-Equity, but some companies hire union members or participate in the Equity Membership Candidate Program. The nonrefundable registration fee is $75. All audition applications require the approval of a sponsor, which could be a director, teacher, or past employer. They will accept the first 225 applications.
Actor-singers will be given 90 minutes to present a monologue and a song. Actor-only and singer-only applicants will receive one minute to present a monologue or song. Prepare additional pieces for callbacks (accompanist provided; no recorded music). Dance auditions will include combinations in various styles. You may attend dance auditions only if you signed up as a dancer only, or if you have been requested to dance by a theater company after your acting/singing audition. Technicians should check the company callback schedule on Feb. 18, then sign up for an interview at the company's callback location.
For an application or more information, go to http://outdoordrama.unc.edu, call (252) 328-5363, or email outdoor@ecu.edu.

MidWest Theatre Auditions
St. Louis
Feb. 17-19
Unless your application is already in, you are too late for the 2012 auditions, to be held Feb. 17–19 on the Webster University campus, home to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Dec. 9, 2011, was the application deadline for actors. (In past years, space permitting, late applications were accepted for an additional fee; call the number below for information.) Designers, technicians, and stage managers should move fast—the postmark deadline for production personnel is in January. Among the 50 to 70 summer stock and year-round theaters that attended last year were the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre, and the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. (See the website for a full list, along with audition dos and don'ts, including songs and monologues to avoid.)
Open to Equity and non-Equity actors, the auditions attract more than 600 performers and 100 production hopefuls annually. Actors have 90 seconds to perform a monologue and/or song (accompanist provided; no recorded music). Callbacks follow, and an optional dance audition is held at day's end. Designers, technicians, and stage managers will be assigned a time slot on Sat., Feb. 18, to interview with the theaters of their choice.
The nonrefundable application fee is $40. Applications, which must be signed by a professional director or theater educator, are available at www.webster.edu/depts/finearts/theatre/mwta. For more information, call (314) 968-6937 weekdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. CST (long-distance calls won't be returned), or email mwta@webster.edu. You can also snail-mail to MWTA, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.

New England Theatre Conference
Natick, Mass.
March 17-19
WHEN & WHERE: Sat., March 17, to Mon., March 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Boston-Natick, in Natick, Mass. (about 15 miles west of Boston).
WHO WILL BE THERE: About 710 actors are expected to audition for approximately 60 Equity and non-Equity theaters, including college-based summer theaters, repertory theaters, Shakespeare and Renaissance festivals, and outdoor dramas.
REGISTRATION: Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1. (Design/tech/staff applicants can submit their applications until the date of the auditions.) You can download an application from NETC's website or have one mailed by sending a business-size self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below. If you also have a knack for carpentry or consider yourself a budding administrator, you can apply as both performer and technical/staff person, but you must fill out separate applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Auditions are open only to non-Equity actors and Equity Membership Candidates who are at least 18 and no longer in high school. Applications are screened by a panel of theater professionals. Those selected to audition (along with a limited number of standbys) will be notified about three weeks in advance. Those not selected will have their résumés distributed to the attending theaters. Standbys won't receive a time slot, but they're guaranteed a chance to audition on a first-come, first-served basis.
FEES: For current NETC members, the application fee is $30. The $55 nonmember fee ($45 for students) gets you membership in NETC through August 2012. For those applying for actor-tech positions, there's an additional $5 charge. Fees are nonrefundable and do not guarantee an audition appointment.
AUDITION FORMAT: Two audition rooms run simultaneously: one for actors and one for actor-singer-dancers. You can't audition in both, so it's essential you choose the one that will showcase your strongest talents. NETC advises applicants with limited musical theater experience not to apply for musical auditions; previous experience is a strong consideration in filling these slots. Performers have two minutes to present two contrasting selections: two monologues, two songs, or one of each. An accompanist is provided (no transposing), or you can bring your own. Singing a cappella or to recorded music is strongly discouraged. Obscene or violent material is frowned upon. Costumes and props are unnecessary; just bring yourself and your talent.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Callback lists will be posted every hour, and most theaters will hold callbacks and interviews after each audition session, so plan to stay at least an hour after your audition. Some theaters may ask performers to attend callbacks at other times and places. A dance call will also be held at each day's end.
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: Interviews for staff/technical positions will take place Mon., March 19, 1:30 to 6 p.m. A list of theaters and the positions they're seeking to fill will be distributed at the auditions. Unless specified by a theater, there are no advance appointments, though some companies may post specific interview times. Remember to bring your best work samples to prove your qualifications.
CONTACT INFO: For full information, visit the website at www.netconline.org or contact Joseph Juliano Jr., auditions chairperson, New England Theatre Conference, 215 Knob Hill Dr., Hamden, CT 06518; (617) 851-8535; mail@netconline.org.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance
New Brunswick, NJ
August
For New Jerseyans who prefer to audition in their home state this summer, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance is for you. Representing 35 of the Garden State's professional Equity theaters, NJTA generally holds its combined lottery-based auditions in August. Preference has traditionally been given to New Jersey performers, both Equity and non-Equity and 15–25 theaters usually attend. Details on 2012's auditions will be posted at www.njtheatrealliance.org this spring. Email rcarr@njtheatrealliance.org or call 973-731-6582, ext. 15, for further information.

Ohio Theatre Alliance
New Concord, Ohio
Jan. 21
The North Central Regional Auditions and Technical Interviews are held annually by the Ohio Theatre Alliance on the campus of Muskingum University, about 70 miles east of Columbus. Last year, several statewide theater companies along with producers from Michigan (Barn Theatre), Indiana (Amish Acres, Blue Gate Theater), and Virginia (Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre), as well as RWS & Associates (cruise ship/theme park talent), saw more than 275 actors and 35 technicians. Past attendees include Thunder Bay Theatre, Huron Playhouse, and Porthouse Theatre.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get those applications in early. Before Dec. 31, the registration fee for an audition or design/tech/staff interview is $50 ($60 for both). After that, it is $60 ($70 for both). Equity and non-Equity actors who are at least 18 are eligible. Performers will audition in groups and have 90 seconds to act, sing, or do both (accompanist provided). Callbacks are posted immediately after each half-hour audition block, with dance auditions held after the regular auditions end. Design, tech, stage manager, and administrator applicants should bring a professional portfolio and résumé.
See www.ohiotheatrealliance.org for detailed info and to download an application. For additional questions, email ota@muskingum.edu.

Portland Area Theatre Alliance
Portland, Ore.
Apr. 5-7 and 9
This year the Portland Area Theatre Alliance will hold its annual auditions April 5-7 and 9 at Artists Repertory Theatre. Representatives from local/regional Equity and non-Equity companies will be present.
Registration begins in February. All performers must be a current PATA member in good standing to audition. Equity performers must also have current and updated AEA card in hand.
Good news for those actors and singers that can move, but don't consider themselves dancers—they have added an audition for performers who move. There will also be a full dancers call as well. More info will be available on the website (www.portlandtheatre.com) in January. If you have specific questions, contact Sam Hull, the auditions chair at info@portlandtheatre.com.

Southeastern Theatre Conference
Spring Professional Auditions
Chattanooga, Tenn.
March 8-10
WHEN & WHERE: Auditions will be held from Thurs., March 8, to Sat., March 10, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
WHO WILL BE THERE: Approximately 850 actors will vie for the attention of about 75 professional companies for full-time/seasonal and summer-only employment at the spring auditions.
REGISTRATION: The online application deadline is Jan. 15. (There's no mail-in registration for performers.) Non-Equity participants must become SETC members and register for the convention; Equity participants must only join SETC, but you'll pay extra if you want to attend the convention. (See Fees below.) Applications are completed online for both Equity and Non-Equity. Pull complete guidelines from www.setc.org/theatre/professional/spring-auditions.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the spring regional professional auditions, non-Equity actors must be high school graduates, at least 19, available for full-time, year-round employment, and not currently enrolled in school. You'll also need at least two paid professional theater acting jobs on your résumé and two recommendations from professional directors. Equity auditionees must be at least 19, a high school graduate, and available for full-time, year-round employment and be current AEA members.
Performers wishing to audition who don't meet these requirements may attend one of SETC's professional screening auditions at a state level. A percentage of auditionees at each state qualify for the March auditions.
Dancers with extensive training and experience may audition as dancer only. These applicants must be at least 19, high school graduates, available for summer or full-time year-round employment, and have a minimum of four years dance training and performance experience, or two paid professional dance jobs on his or her résumé.  All applications require director or choreographer's reference on the application, and applicants must also submit a videotape or DVD; see the application for additional requirements.
FEES: $155-$195 for students; $230-$270 for non-Equity participants; costs are determined by date of registration. Dancer only auditionees are $230-$270 (students $155-$195).  Fees for registration (except Equity) also include 5 days of the SETC annual convention, 1-year membership, year round listing for jobs, a yearly subscription to Southern Theatre magazine, discounts at theaters nationwide, and other networking opportunities.  $90 for Equity members (with option to add convention).
AUDITION FORMAT: The day begins with a mandatory audition briefing at 8:30 a.m. Afterwards, actors are seen in groups of 40 and have 60 seconds to perform a monologue or song, or 90 seconds to perform both. Auditionees choose one audition category: acting-singing, acting only, or singing only. An accompanist is provided. SETC does not allow recorded music, self-accompaniment, or singing a cappella. For singing auditions, you will give your music—in the right key—to the accompanist & discuss before your audition begins; you'll also need to write the last two lines of your monologue at the top so the accompanist knows when to start playing. No lead sheets, and remember to turn off your cell phone before you enter the audition room.
Actors are strongly advised not to use dialects and to avoid doing Shakespeare unless you're a proficient, classically trained performer. Standard American diction should be used for all audition material. Stay away from "sexually explicit or socially offensive material," according to the SETC website.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Lists will be posted after each group of 40. Callbacks are held throughout the day and well into the night. Dance call is held after the regular auditions end. Unless you're auditioning in the dancer-only category, attendance at a dance audition is solely at the request of a theatre company. You'll choose from various combinations: advanced ballet/jazz (mandatory for dancer-only applicants), intermediate/advanced tap, and "actors who move well."
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: SETC's Job Contact Service, which takes place the same dates, connects theatre professionals with theatrical employers year-round through a résumé-matching service, an online database of available positions nationwide (with weekly email updates), and personal interviews conducted at the convention. This year's interviews will be held March 8–10. You must supply one reference. Be sure to bring plenty of résumés and your portfolio. Registration (including SETC membership and convention admission) is $230 for adults, $155 for students. Among the many companies that hired in 2010 were Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Theatre by the Sea, and Maine State Music Theatre.
CONTACT INFO: SETC, April J'C Marshall, 1175 Revolution Mill Dr., Ste. 14, Greensboro, NC 27405; (336) 272-3645; april@setc.org; or www.setc.org/auditions.

Southeastern Theatre Conference
Fall Professional Auditions
Atlanta, Ga.
Sept. 9-10
WHEN & WHERE: Auditions will be held in Atlanta, Ga.
WHO WILL BE THERE: Approximately 250 actors will vie for the attention of about 35 professional companies for full-time/seasonal employment at the fall auditions.
REGISTRATION: The online application opens May 15th.   Non-Equity and Equity participants complete applications online. Pull complete guidelines from www.setc.org/theatre/professional/fall-auditions.
ELIGIBILITY: To apply, non-Equity actors must be high school graduates, at least 19, available for full-time employment, and not currently enrolled in school. You'll also need a minimum of two paid professional theater acting jobs on your résumé and two recommendations from professional directors. Equity auditionees must be at least 19, a high school graduate, and available for full-time employment and be current AEA members. ($35-$60 dependent on date of application). Walk-ins with pre-filled applications accepted.
Dancers with extensive training & experience may apply as Dancer-Only. These applicants must be at least 19, high school graduates, available for full-time employment, and have a minimum of four years dance training and performance experience, or two paid professional dance jobs on his or her résumé.  All applications require director or choreographer's reference on the application.
AUDITION FORMAT: The day begins with a mandatory audition briefing at 9 a.m. Afterwards, actors are seen in groups of 40 and have 60 seconds to perform a monologue or song, or 90 seconds to perform both. Auditionees choose one audition category: acting-singing, acting only, or singing only. An accompanist is provided. SETC does not allow recorded music, self-accompaniment, or singing a cappella. For singing auditions, you will give your music—in the right key—to the accompanist & discuss before your audition begins; you'll also need to write the last two lines of your monologue at the top so the accompanist knows when to start playing. No lead sheets, and remember to turn off your cell phone before you enter the audition room.
Actors are strongly advised not to use dialects and to avoid doing Shakespeare unless you're a proficient, classically trained performer. Standard American diction should be used for all audition material. Stay away from "sexually explicit or socially offensive material," according to the SETC website.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Lists will be posted after each group of 40. Callbacks are held throughout the day and well into the night. Dance-Call is held after the regular auditions end. Anyone who wishes to dance before the theatres may do so. You'll choose from various combinations: advanced ballet/jazz (mandatory for dancer-only applicants), intermediate/advanced tap, and "actors who move well."  Dancers complete must complete application online and submit a videotape or DVD; see the guidelines for complete requirements.
CONTACT INFO: SETC, April J'C Marshall, 1175 Revolution Mill Dr., Ste. 14, Greensboro, NC 27405; (336) 272-3645; april@setc.org; or www.setc.org/professional.

StrawHat Auditions
New York City
Feb. 18-20
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, Feb. 18, to Monday, Feb. 20, at Pace University in New York City.
WHO WILL BE THERE: In 2011, more than 700 participants were seen by more than 30 summer-stock theaters, live entertainment companies, casting directors, and freelance stage directors offering hundreds of non-Equity positions. (Last year, 85 percent of auditioning actors received callbacks). Musicals tend to predominate at the attending theaters, so they're partial to performers who can sing well. The website, www.strawhat-auditions.com, reportedly receives a million visitors a year.
REGISTRATION: Actor applications must be received by Jan. 14; for production personnel, the cutoff is Feb. 6. You can register on StrawHat's website, but you must print and mail the application with your fee, headshot, and résumé. Audition slots fill up fast, so the organizers encourage applicants to register early. A few standbys are scheduled in advance, but no walk-ins are allowed.
ELIGIBILITY: Applications are screened to match the needs of the attending companies, but every performer who pays the registration fee gets his or her photo and résumé posted in a casting database (see Fees below). Actors selected to audition will also have their photo and résumé published in a directory distributed to attending theaters. You must be a non-Equity performer and at least 18 when you start working. Theatre students need the recommendation of a faculty member.
FEES: The nonrefundable registration fee is $35 for actors. There's an additional $45 audition fee, which will be returned if you don't receive a slot. (There's also an additional $25 fee should you wish to change your audition time slot.) The registration fee gets your profile, photo, and résumé posted in StrawHat's Online Casting database, which the organizers say participating theaters use to cast shows. You also gain access to the site's members-only area, with information on the attending theaters, audition tips, discussion forums, a bulletin board, articles, and other perks.
AUDITION FORMAT: You can sing or just do a monologue, but fewer companies (about a third) attend the acting-only auditions and slots are limited. Performers have exactly 90 seconds to present two pieces. If you're singing, a monologue should follow your song. An accompanist will be provided or you can bring your own.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Callback lists are posted throughout the day. As part of your callback, you may be asked to attend a dance call in the evening. Some theaters prefer to contact actors at a later date, but most will hold callbacks in the late afternoon and evening, so plan on staying all day. At the dancers who sing audition on Monday, Feb. 20, space is limited to 30 candidates with extensive dance training in all disciplines. Dancers must be prepared to sing an up-tempo song following their dance combination.
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: To meet the high demand for qualified production personnel, StrawHat will post your résumé in its searchable online database for free as soon as it receives your application. You can also post three selections from your portfolio. Musical directors and accompanists may provide a CD with three short piano samples to be posted as an audio portfolio for $20. Production candidates (including Equity stage managers) will have access to a list of theaters and the positions they're seeking to fill.
CONTACT INFO: StrawHat Auditions, 1771 Post Road East, #315, Westport, CT 06880; info@strawhat-auditions.com; or www.strawhat-auditions.com.

Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia
June
Participants in the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia's annual auditions must live within a 50-mile radius of Center City, Philadelphia. If you live in New Jersey, check the map on the group's website. (New York City residents are out of luck.)
Actors who qualify have three minutes to showcase their abilities to more than 50 theater representatives, along with local agents and casting directors. See the website for links to participating theaters, including Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Delaware Theatre Company, Theatre Ariel, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Wilma Theater. The alliance also hosts an audition workshop where applicants can meet local casting directors, and the group's website features audition tips as well as the Philly Talent Database, showcasing performers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the Greater Philadelphia region. 
More specific information will be available in the coming months; check out www.theatrealliance.org, call (215) 413-7150, or email info@theatrealliance.org for updates.

Theatre Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
Feb. 4-6
San Francisco boasts a combined audition; however, Dec. 5 was the application deadline, and late applications for non-Equity actors are not accepted. Equity applications can be accepted anytime prior to the audition, but appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (based on space). If Equity appointments fill up, there will be a waiting list.
Theatre Bay Area's general auditions are an opportunity to be seen by 100 to 150 representatives from 80 to 90 West Coast theater companies large and small, as well as independent directors and casting directors. (See the website for a complete list of the 2010 attendees.) Actors new to the area, mature actors, actors of color, and actors who are physically challenged are especially encouraged to apply.
Equity members are automatically eligible for audition slots; non-Equity actors with at least one year of full-time training or eight nonschool productions on their résumé can join TBA for the chance to participate in a weighted lottery based upon the casting needs of the attending theaters. Last year, more than 500 applicants vied for some 350 slots. Those not selected had their headshots distributed to the auditors. Equity performers get three minutes and non-Equity performers get two minutes to showcase themselves however they wish.
Applications can be downloaded at www.theatrebayarea.org. For more information, call Dale Albright at (415) 430-1140, ext. 14, or email him at dale@theatrebayarea.org.

Unified Professional Theatre Auditions
Memphis, Tenn.
Feb. 3-6
WHEN & WHERE: Fri., Feb. 3, to Mon., Feb. 6, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (or later), at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tenn. (Callbacks are held at the nearby Memphis Marriott Downtown.)
WHO WILL BE THERE: Last year 1,044 registered attendees (57 were Equity) were seen by 87 companies (36 of whom attended the Equity auditions). Among the theater companies registered to attend in 2012 are Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tenn., and Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Va., as well as roughly 60 others countrywide.
REGISTRATION: Actor registration forms must be received by Jan. 7, and actors must upload their photos and résumés. Space is limited, no walk-ins are allowed, and registration doesn't guarantee an audition slot. Registration materials for production personnel must be received by Jan. 21. Registration forms (which outline further requirements) are downloadable from UPTA's website, www.upta.org, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below.
ELIGIBILITY: Both Equity and non-Equity actors are eligible. For the Pre-Professional Auditions, actors must have an undergraduate theater degree by Sept. 1, 2012, be available for year-round employment (no returning to college in the fall or spring), and have their registration form signed by the head of their theater program.
For the regular auditions, actors must be available for employment year-round and have at least one of the following: (a) a postgraduate theater degree by Sept. 1, 2012; (b) their registration form signed by a registered 2011 or 2012 UPTA theater; (c) their registration form signed by a current Theatre Communications Group member theater; (d) attendance at a previous UPTA; or (e) membership in Equity or the Equity Membership Candidate Program.
For production jobs, candidates must be available for work year-round and have at least one of the following: (a) an undergraduate degree in their technical/administrative/design field by Sept. 1, 2012; (b) their registration form signed by a registered 2011 or 2012 UPTA theater; (c) their registration form signed by a current TCG member theater; (d) attendance at a previous UPTA; or (e) membership in Equity as a stage manager.
FEES: $50.
AUDITION FORMAT: Actors are seen in groups of 25. You'll have 90 seconds (which won't include the time it takes to say your name and audition number), and your audition must include at least one monologue. Musical and nonmusical auditions are run separately, but, again, all musical auditions must also include a monologue. An accompanist is provided. Equity actors will audition on Sunday and Monday following lunch. All non-Equity auditions will be videotaped. (Equity actors will not be videotaped.)
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: After each session, callback lists will be posted at the Memphis Marriott Downtown. Acting and dance callbacks occur in the evening, so make sure you're ready and rested. Have extra songs and monologues prepared. Some companies may not have a piano at their disposal for the callbacks, so bring a small music player and recorded accompaniment. For the dance auditions, you'll choose two of three routines that involve tap, ballet, and jazz, so bring appropriate attire and shoes.
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: On Saturday at the Holiday Inn Select–Airport, production personnel will be interviewed for design, technical, and administrative jobs. Remember to bring your portfolio, drawings, slides, marketing materials, and anything else you need to show off your dazzling skills behind the scenes.
CONTACT INFO: Unified Professional Theatre Auditions, 66 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104; phone: (901) 725-0776; fax: (901) 272-7530. You can reach audition coordinator Michael Detroit at upta@upta.org or assistant audition coordinator Courtney Oliver at courtney@upta.org. On UPTA's website, www.upta.org, you can register online and find detailed info.

Wisconsin Theatre Workshops, Auditions & Tech Interviews
Madison, Wis.
Feb. 10-11
Wisconsin Theatre Workshops, Auditions & Tech Interviews, a 30-plus-year-old gathering open to non-Equity actors, will be held Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Among the theaters participating in last year's auditions were American Folklore Theatre, American Players Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
The nonrefundable registration fee is $30 for a performance audition or tech interview ($45 for both). Performers have two minutes (including their introduction) to present two contrasting monologues OR one song and one monologue (accompanist provided; no recorded music). Performers are also encouraged to attend the dance call that follows the regular auditions. Designers, technicians, and management staff will receive individual 10-minute interview appointments with the companies of their choosing; bring résumés and portfolios.
Registration forms are downloadable at www.witheatreauditions.org. Your form must be received no later than Feb. 3 (after this date, applications will only be accepted on-site). For more information, contact Sarah Marty at (608) 263-2790 or smarty@dcs.wisc.edu.




2012 Regional Combined Auditions

December 28, 2011


Compiled by Michael Coughlin

Here's a list of the upcoming combined regional auditions for 2012.  Make the most of your opportunities by first reviewing this information.

Illinois Theatre Association
Jan. 28-29
Chicago
The Illinois Theatre Association's 33rd annual non-Equity professional auditions will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, at the theater department of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Saturday's auditions will focus on musical theater (including a dance audition) and Sunday's on non-musicals. Several casting representatives from throughout the state and beyond will be in attendance. Past attendees include the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and the Timber Lake Playhouse. The auditions have drawn nearly 300 actors annually in the past.
The application deadline is Jan. 6. Non-Equity actors, children and senior performers, talent new to Chicago, and recently graduated students are eligible to audition. A professional or faculty letter of recommendation is required. The nonrefundable registration fee is $25 for ITA members, $35 for nonmembers. Actors get a minute and a half to present two contrasting monologues.
To download an application, and for all other details, visit www.illinoistheatre.org, or call Aimee-Lynn Newlan at (312) 265-5922 or email her at auditions@illinoistheatre.org.

League of Washington Theatres
Silver Spring, Md.
At this time, there are no dates set for the 2012 League of Washington Theatres auditions. The moment dates are announced, Chesapeake-area performers should make a beeline to Maryland for the LOWT's annual open call.
Check frequently for upcoming online registration procedures and more information on the website of this D.C.-area nonprofit professional theater group at www.lowt.org. For more info, email info@lowt.org. (Do not call the Round House Theatre for audition information.)

Institute of Outdoor Drama
Greenville, N.C.
March 12
If you've always wanted to act against a backdrop of stars—literally—then the Institute of Outdoor Drama may be nirvana. It will hold its annual National Outdoor Drama Auditions on Sat., Feb. 18, at East Carolina University. Reps from approximately 10 companies that specialize in this genre will audition performers and interview crew for summer employment. Jobs are available for actors, singers, dancers, and technicians. Companies slated to participate this year include Horn in the West (Boone, N.C.), the Lost Colony (Manteo, N.C.), Tecumseh! (Chillicothe, Ohio), Kentucky Shakespeare Festival (Louisville, Ky.), Theatre West Virginia (Beckley, W.Va.), Trumpet in the Land (New Philadelphia, Ohio), Unto These Hills (Cherokee, N.C.), and Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (Manheim, Pa.).
The application deadline is Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. Online registration begins Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. You must be at least 18, have previous theater experience, and be willing to make a nine- to 12-week commitment (including two weeks of rehearsal). Most jobs are non-Equity, but some companies hire union members or participate in the Equity Membership Candidate Program. The nonrefundable registration fee is $75. All audition applications require the approval of a sponsor, which could be a director, teacher, or past employer. They will accept the first 225 applications.
Actor-singers will be given 90 minutes to present a monologue and a song. Actor-only and singer-only applicants will receive one minute to present a monologue or song. Prepare additional pieces for callbacks (accompanist provided; no recorded music). Dance auditions will include combinations in various styles. You may attend dance auditions only if you signed up as a dancer only, or if you have been requested to dance by a theater company after your acting/singing audition. Technicians should check the company callback schedule on Feb. 18, then sign up for an interview at the company's callback location.
For an application or more information, go to http://outdoordrama.unc.edu, call (252) 328-5363, or email outdoor@ecu.edu.

MidWest Theatre Auditions
St. Louis
Feb. 17-19
Unless your application is already in, you are too late for the 2012 auditions, to be held Feb. 17–19 on the Webster University campus, home to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Dec. 9, 2011, was the application deadline for actors. (In past years, space permitting, late applications were accepted for an additional fee; call the number below for information.) Designers, technicians, and stage managers should move fast—the postmark deadline for production personnel is in January. Among the 50 to 70 summer stock and year-round theaters that attended last year were the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre, and the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. (See the website for a full list, along with audition dos and don'ts, including songs and monologues to avoid.)
Open to Equity and non-Equity actors, the auditions attract more than 600 performers and 100 production hopefuls annually. Actors have 90 seconds to perform a monologue and/or song (accompanist provided; no recorded music). Callbacks follow, and an optional dance audition is held at day's end. Designers, technicians, and stage managers will be assigned a time slot on Sat., Feb. 18, to interview with the theaters of their choice.
The nonrefundable application fee is $40. Applications, which must be signed by a professional director or theater educator, are available at www.webster.edu/depts/finearts/theatre/mwta. For more information, call (314) 968-6937 weekdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. CST (long-distance calls won't be returned), or email mwta@webster.edu. You can also snail-mail to MWTA, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.

New England Theatre Conference
Natick, Mass.
March 17-19
WHEN & WHERE: Sat., March 17, to Mon., March 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Boston-Natick, in Natick, Mass. (about 15 miles west of Boston).
WHO WILL BE THERE: About 710 actors are expected to audition for approximately 60 Equity and non-Equity theaters, including college-based summer theaters, repertory theaters, Shakespeare and Renaissance festivals, and outdoor dramas.
REGISTRATION: Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1. (Design/tech/staff applicants can submit their applications until the date of the auditions.) You can download an application from NETC's website or have one mailed by sending a business-size self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below. If you also have a knack for carpentry or consider yourself a budding administrator, you can apply as both performer and technical/staff person, but you must fill out separate applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Auditions are open only to non-Equity actors and Equity Membership Candidates who are at least 18 and no longer in high school. Applications are screened by a panel of theater professionals. Those selected to audition (along with a limited number of standbys) will be notified about three weeks in advance. Those not selected will have their résumés distributed to the attending theaters. Standbys won't receive a time slot, but they're guaranteed a chance to audition on a first-come, first-served basis.
FEES: For current NETC members, the application fee is $30. The $55 nonmember fee ($45 for students) gets you membership in NETC through August 2012. For those applying for actor-tech positions, there's an additional $5 charge. Fees are nonrefundable and do not guarantee an audition appointment.
AUDITION FORMAT: Two audition rooms run simultaneously: one for actors and one for actor-singer-dancers. You can't audition in both, so it's essential you choose the one that will showcase your strongest talents. NETC advises applicants with limited musical theater experience not to apply for musical auditions; previous experience is a strong consideration in filling these slots. Performers have two minutes to present two contrasting selections: two monologues, two songs, or one of each. An accompanist is provided (no transposing), or you can bring your own. Singing a cappella or to recorded music is strongly discouraged. Obscene or violent material is frowned upon. Costumes and props are unnecessary; just bring yourself and your talent.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Callback lists will be posted every hour, and most theaters will hold callbacks and interviews after each audition session, so plan to stay at least an hour after your audition. Some theaters may ask performers to attend callbacks at other times and places. A dance call will also be held at each day's end.
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: Interviews for staff/technical positions will take place Mon., March 19, 1:30 to 6 p.m. A list of theaters and the positions they're seeking to fill will be distributed at the auditions. Unless specified by a theater, there are no advance appointments, though some companies may post specific interview times. Remember to bring your best work samples to prove your qualifications.
CONTACT INFO: For full information, visit the website at www.netconline.org or contact Joseph Juliano Jr., auditions chairperson, New England Theatre Conference, 215 Knob Hill Dr., Hamden, CT 06518; (617) 851-8535; mail@netconline.org.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance
New Brunswick, NJ
August
For New Jerseyans who prefer to audition in their home state this summer, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance is for you. Representing 35 of the Garden State's professional Equity theaters, NJTA generally holds its combined lottery-based auditions in August. Preference has traditionally been given to New Jersey performers, both Equity and non-Equity and 15–25 theaters usually attend. Details on 2012's auditions will be posted at www.njtheatrealliance.org this spring. Email rcarr@njtheatrealliance.org or call 973-731-6582, ext. 15, for further information.

Ohio Theatre Alliance
New Concord, Ohio
Jan. 21
The North Central Regional Auditions and Technical Interviews are held annually by the Ohio Theatre Alliance on the campus of Muskingum University, about 70 miles east of Columbus. Last year, several statewide theater companies along with producers from Michigan (Barn Theatre), Indiana (Amish Acres, Blue Gate Theater), and Virginia (Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre), as well as RWS & Associates (cruise ship/theme park talent), saw more than 275 actors and 35 technicians. Past attendees include Thunder Bay Theatre, Huron Playhouse, and Porthouse Theatre.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get those applications in early. Before Dec. 31, the registration fee for an audition or design/tech/staff interview is $50 ($60 for both). After that, it is $60 ($70 for both). Equity and non-Equity actors who are at least 18 are eligible. Performers will audition in groups and have 90 seconds to act, sing, or do both (accompanist provided). Callbacks are posted immediately after each half-hour audition block, with dance auditions held after the regular auditions end. Design, tech, stage manager, and administrator applicants should bring a professional portfolio and résumé.
See www.ohiotheatrealliance.org for detailed info and to download an application. For additional questions, email ota@muskingum.edu.

Portland Area Theatre Alliance
Portland, Ore.
Apr. 5-7 and 9
This year the Portland Area Theatre Alliance will hold its annual auditions April 5-7 and 9 at Artists Repertory Theatre. Representatives from local/regional Equity and non-Equity companies will be present.
Registration begins in February. All performers must be a current PATA member in good standing to audition. Equity performers must also have current and updated AEA card in hand.
Good news for those actors and singers that can move, but don't consider themselves dancers—they have added an audition for performers who move. There will also be a full dancers call as well. More info will be available on the website (www.portlandtheatre.com) in January. If you have specific questions, contact Sam Hull, the auditions chair at info@portlandtheatre.com.

Southeastern Theatre Conference
Spring Professional Auditions
Chattanooga, Tenn.
March 8-10
WHEN & WHERE: Auditions will be held from Thurs., March 8, to Sat., March 10, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
WHO WILL BE THERE: Approximately 850 actors will vie for the attention of about 75 professional companies for full-time/seasonal and summer-only employment at the spring auditions.
REGISTRATION: The online application deadline is Jan. 15. (There's no mail-in registration for performers.) Non-Equity participants must become SETC members and register for the convention; Equity participants must only join SETC, but you'll pay extra if you want to attend the convention. (See Fees below.) Applications are completed online for both Equity and Non-Equity. Pull complete guidelines from www.setc.org/theatre/professional/spring-auditions.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the spring regional professional auditions, non-Equity actors must be high school graduates, at least 19, available for full-time, year-round employment, and not currently enrolled in school. You'll also need at least two paid professional theater acting jobs on your résumé and two recommendations from professional directors. Equity auditionees must be at least 19, a high school graduate, and available for full-time, year-round employment and be current AEA members.
Performers wishing to audition who don't meet these requirements may attend one of SETC's professional screening auditions at a state level. A percentage of auditionees at each state qualify for the March auditions.
Dancers with extensive training and experience may audition as dancer only. These applicants must be at least 19, high school graduates, available for summer or full-time year-round employment, and have a minimum of four years dance training and performance experience, or two paid professional dance jobs on his or her résumé.  All applications require director or choreographer's reference on the application, and applicants must also submit a videotape or DVD; see the application for additional requirements.
FEES: $155-$195 for students; $230-$270 for non-Equity participants; costs are determined by date of registration. Dancer only auditionees are $230-$270 (students $155-$195).  Fees for registration (except Equity) also include 5 days of the SETC annual convention, 1-year membership, year round listing for jobs, a yearly subscription to Southern Theatre magazine, discounts at theaters nationwide, and other networking opportunities.  $90 for Equity members (with option to add convention).
AUDITION FORMAT: The day begins with a mandatory audition briefing at 8:30 a.m. Afterwards, actors are seen in groups of 40 and have 60 seconds to perform a monologue or song, or 90 seconds to perform both. Auditionees choose one audition category: acting-singing, acting only, or singing only. An accompanist is provided. SETC does not allow recorded music, self-accompaniment, or singing a cappella. For singing auditions, you will give your music—in the right key—to the accompanist & discuss before your audition begins; you'll also need to write the last two lines of your monologue at the top so the accompanist knows when to start playing. No lead sheets, and remember to turn off your cell phone before you enter the audition room.
Actors are strongly advised not to use dialects and to avoid doing Shakespeare unless you're a proficient, classically trained performer. Standard American diction should be used for all audition material. Stay away from "sexually explicit or socially offensive material," according to the SETC website.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Lists will be posted after each group of 40. Callbacks are held throughout the day and well into the night. Dance call is held after the regular auditions end. Unless you're auditioning in the dancer-only category, attendance at a dance audition is solely at the request of a theatre company. You'll choose from various combinations: advanced ballet/jazz (mandatory for dancer-only applicants), intermediate/advanced tap, and "actors who move well."
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: SETC's Job Contact Service, which takes place the same dates, connects theatre professionals with theatrical employers year-round through a résumé-matching service, an online database of available positions nationwide (with weekly email updates), and personal interviews conducted at the convention. This year's interviews will be held March 8–10. You must supply one reference. Be sure to bring plenty of résumés and your portfolio. Registration (including SETC membership and convention admission) is $230 for adults, $155 for students. Among the many companies that hired in 2010 were Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Theatre by the Sea, and Maine State Music Theatre.
CONTACT INFO: SETC, April J'C Marshall, 1175 Revolution Mill Dr., Ste. 14, Greensboro, NC 27405; (336) 272-3645; april@setc.org; or www.setc.org/auditions.

Southeastern Theatre Conference
Fall Professional Auditions
Atlanta, Ga.
Sept. 9-10
WHEN & WHERE: Auditions will be held in Atlanta, Ga.
WHO WILL BE THERE: Approximately 250 actors will vie for the attention of about 35 professional companies for full-time/seasonal employment at the fall auditions.
REGISTRATION: The online application opens May 15th.   Non-Equity and Equity participants complete applications online. Pull complete guidelines from www.setc.org/theatre/professional/fall-auditions.
ELIGIBILITY: To apply, non-Equity actors must be high school graduates, at least 19, available for full-time employment, and not currently enrolled in school. You'll also need a minimum of two paid professional theater acting jobs on your résumé and two recommendations from professional directors. Equity auditionees must be at least 19, a high school graduate, and available for full-time employment and be current AEA members. ($35-$60 dependent on date of application). Walk-ins with pre-filled applications accepted.
Dancers with extensive training & experience may apply as Dancer-Only. These applicants must be at least 19, high school graduates, available for full-time employment, and have a minimum of four years dance training and performance experience, or two paid professional dance jobs on his or her résumé.  All applications require director or choreographer's reference on the application.
AUDITION FORMAT: The day begins with a mandatory audition briefing at 9 a.m. Afterwards, actors are seen in groups of 40 and have 60 seconds to perform a monologue or song, or 90 seconds to perform both. Auditionees choose one audition category: acting-singing, acting only, or singing only. An accompanist is provided. SETC does not allow recorded music, self-accompaniment, or singing a cappella. For singing auditions, you will give your music—in the right key—to the accompanist & discuss before your audition begins; you'll also need to write the last two lines of your monologue at the top so the accompanist knows when to start playing. No lead sheets, and remember to turn off your cell phone before you enter the audition room.
Actors are strongly advised not to use dialects and to avoid doing Shakespeare unless you're a proficient, classically trained performer. Standard American diction should be used for all audition material. Stay away from "sexually explicit or socially offensive material," according to the SETC website.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Lists will be posted after each group of 40. Callbacks are held throughout the day and well into the night. Dance-Call is held after the regular auditions end. Anyone who wishes to dance before the theatres may do so. You'll choose from various combinations: advanced ballet/jazz (mandatory for dancer-only applicants), intermediate/advanced tap, and "actors who move well."  Dancers complete must complete application online and submit a videotape or DVD; see the guidelines for complete requirements.
CONTACT INFO: SETC, April J'C Marshall, 1175 Revolution Mill Dr., Ste. 14, Greensboro, NC 27405; (336) 272-3645; april@setc.org; or www.setc.org/professional.

StrawHat Auditions
New York City
Feb. 18-20
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, Feb. 18, to Monday, Feb. 20, at Pace University in New York City.
WHO WILL BE THERE: In 2011, more than 700 participants were seen by more than 30 summer-stock theaters, live entertainment companies, casting directors, and freelance stage directors offering hundreds of non-Equity positions. (Last year, 85 percent of auditioning actors received callbacks). Musicals tend to predominate at the attending theaters, so they're partial to performers who can sing well. The website, www.strawhat-auditions.com, reportedly receives a million visitors a year.
REGISTRATION: Actor applications must be received by Jan. 14; for production personnel, the cutoff is Feb. 6. You can register on StrawHat's website, but you must print and mail the application with your fee, headshot, and résumé. Audition slots fill up fast, so the organizers encourage applicants to register early. A few standbys are scheduled in advance, but no walk-ins are allowed.
ELIGIBILITY: Applications are screened to match the needs of the attending companies, but every performer who pays the registration fee gets his or her photo and résumé posted in a casting database (see Fees below). Actors selected to audition will also have their photo and résumé published in a directory distributed to attending theaters. You must be a non-Equity performer and at least 18 when you start working. Theatre students need the recommendation of a faculty member.
FEES: The nonrefundable registration fee is $35 for actors. There's an additional $45 audition fee, which will be returned if you don't receive a slot. (There's also an additional $25 fee should you wish to change your audition time slot.) The registration fee gets your profile, photo, and résumé posted in StrawHat's Online Casting database, which the organizers say participating theaters use to cast shows. You also gain access to the site's members-only area, with information on the attending theaters, audition tips, discussion forums, a bulletin board, articles, and other perks.
AUDITION FORMAT: You can sing or just do a monologue, but fewer companies (about a third) attend the acting-only auditions and slots are limited. Performers have exactly 90 seconds to present two pieces. If you're singing, a monologue should follow your song. An accompanist will be provided or you can bring your own.
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: Callback lists are posted throughout the day. As part of your callback, you may be asked to attend a dance call in the evening. Some theaters prefer to contact actors at a later date, but most will hold callbacks in the late afternoon and evening, so plan on staying all day. At the dancers who sing audition on Monday, Feb. 20, space is limited to 30 candidates with extensive dance training in all disciplines. Dancers must be prepared to sing an up-tempo song following their dance combination.
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: To meet the high demand for qualified production personnel, StrawHat will post your résumé in its searchable online database for free as soon as it receives your application. You can also post three selections from your portfolio. Musical directors and accompanists may provide a CD with three short piano samples to be posted as an audio portfolio for $20. Production candidates (including Equity stage managers) will have access to a list of theaters and the positions they're seeking to fill.
CONTACT INFO: StrawHat Auditions, 1771 Post Road East, #315, Westport, CT 06880; info@strawhat-auditions.com; or www.strawhat-auditions.com.

Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia
June
Participants in the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia's annual auditions must live within a 50-mile radius of Center City, Philadelphia. If you live in New Jersey, check the map on the group's website. (New York City residents are out of luck.)
Actors who qualify have three minutes to showcase their abilities to more than 50 theater representatives, along with local agents and casting directors. See the website for links to participating theaters, including Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Delaware Theatre Company, Theatre Ariel, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Wilma Theater. The alliance also hosts an audition workshop where applicants can meet local casting directors, and the group's website features audition tips as well as the Philly Talent Database, showcasing performers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the Greater Philadelphia region. 
More specific information will be available in the coming months; check out www.theatrealliance.org, call (215) 413-7150, or email info@theatrealliance.org for updates.

Theatre Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
Feb. 4-6
San Francisco boasts a combined audition; however, Dec. 5 was the application deadline, and late applications for non-Equity actors are not accepted. Equity applications can be accepted anytime prior to the audition, but appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (based on space). If Equity appointments fill up, there will be a waiting list.
Theatre Bay Area's general auditions are an opportunity to be seen by 100 to 150 representatives from 80 to 90 West Coast theater companies large and small, as well as independent directors and casting directors. (See the website for a complete list of the 2010 attendees.) Actors new to the area, mature actors, actors of color, and actors who are physically challenged are especially encouraged to apply.
Equity members are automatically eligible for audition slots; non-Equity actors with at least one year of full-time training or eight nonschool productions on their résumé can join TBA for the chance to participate in a weighted lottery based upon the casting needs of the attending theaters. Last year, more than 500 applicants vied for some 350 slots. Those not selected had their headshots distributed to the auditors. Equity performers get three minutes and non-Equity performers get two minutes to showcase themselves however they wish.
Applications can be downloaded at www.theatrebayarea.org. For more information, call Dale Albright at (415) 430-1140, ext. 14, or email him at dale@theatrebayarea.org.

Unified Professional Theatre Auditions
Memphis, Tenn.
Feb. 3-6
WHEN & WHERE: Fri., Feb. 3, to Mon., Feb. 6, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (or later), at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tenn. (Callbacks are held at the nearby Memphis Marriott Downtown.)
WHO WILL BE THERE: Last year 1,044 registered attendees (57 were Equity) were seen by 87 companies (36 of whom attended the Equity auditions). Among the theater companies registered to attend in 2012 are Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tenn., and Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Va., as well as roughly 60 others countrywide.
REGISTRATION: Actor registration forms must be received by Jan. 7, and actors must upload their photos and résumés. Space is limited, no walk-ins are allowed, and registration doesn't guarantee an audition slot. Registration materials for production personnel must be received by Jan. 21. Registration forms (which outline further requirements) are downloadable from UPTA's website, www.upta.org, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below.
ELIGIBILITY: Both Equity and non-Equity actors are eligible. For the Pre-Professional Auditions, actors must have an undergraduate theater degree by Sept. 1, 2012, be available for year-round employment (no returning to college in the fall or spring), and have their registration form signed by the head of their theater program.
For the regular auditions, actors must be available for employment year-round and have at least one of the following: (a) a postgraduate theater degree by Sept. 1, 2012; (b) their registration form signed by a registered 2011 or 2012 UPTA theater; (c) their registration form signed by a current Theatre Communications Group member theater; (d) attendance at a previous UPTA; or (e) membership in Equity or the Equity Membership Candidate Program.
For production jobs, candidates must be available for work year-round and have at least one of the following: (a) an undergraduate degree in their technical/administrative/design field by Sept. 1, 2012; (b) their registration form signed by a registered 2011 or 2012 UPTA theater; (c) their registration form signed by a current TCG member theater; (d) attendance at a previous UPTA; or (e) membership in Equity as a stage manager.
FEES: $50.
AUDITION FORMAT: Actors are seen in groups of 25. You'll have 90 seconds (which won't include the time it takes to say your name and audition number), and your audition must include at least one monologue. Musical and nonmusical auditions are run separately, but, again, all musical auditions must also include a monologue. An accompanist is provided. Equity actors will audition on Sunday and Monday following lunch. All non-Equity auditions will be videotaped. (Equity actors will not be videotaped.)
CALLBACKS/DANCE AUDITIONS: After each session, callback lists will be posted at the Memphis Marriott Downtown. Acting and dance callbacks occur in the evening, so make sure you're ready and rested. Have extra songs and monologues prepared. Some companies may not have a piano at their disposal for the callbacks, so bring a small music player and recorded accompaniment. For the dance auditions, you'll choose two of three routines that involve tap, ballet, and jazz, so bring appropriate attire and shoes.
DESIGN/TECH/STAFF POSITIONS: On Saturday at the Holiday Inn Select–Airport, production personnel will be interviewed for design, technical, and administrative jobs. Remember to bring your portfolio, drawings, slides, marketing materials, and anything else you need to show off your dazzling skills behind the scenes.
CONTACT INFO: Unified Professional Theatre Auditions, 66 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104; phone: (901) 725-0776; fax: (901) 272-7530. You can reach audition coordinator Michael Detroit at upta@upta.org or assistant audition coordinator Courtney Oliver at courtney@upta.org. On UPTA's website, www.upta.org, you can register online and find detailed info.

Wisconsin Theatre Workshops, Auditions & Tech Interviews
Madison, Wis.
Feb. 10-11
Wisconsin Theatre Workshops, Auditions & Tech Interviews, a 30-plus-year-old gathering open to non-Equity actors, will be held Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Among the theaters participating in last year's auditions were American Folklore Theatre, American Players Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
The nonrefundable registration fee is $30 for a performance audition or tech interview ($45 for both). Performers have two minutes (including their introduction) to present two contrasting monologues OR one song and one monologue (accompanist provided; no recorded music). Performers are also encouraged to attend the dance call that follows the regular auditions. Designers, technicians, and management staff will receive individual 10-minute interview appointments with the companies of their choosing; bring résumés and portfolios.
Registration forms are downloadable at www.witheatreauditions.org. Your form must be received no later than Feb. 3 (after this date, applications will only be accepted on-site). For more information, contact Sarah Marty at (608) 263-2790 or smarty@dcs.wisc.edu.


 
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