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Tier One Auditions Postponed

 

A Letter from the Executive Director:

After many conversations with our board, each other as a staff, New England Producers, Actors’ Equity, and with input from auditionees we have decided to postpone our Annual Auditions (both Tier One & Tier Two).  

 

We do not have new dates at this time. We ask for your patience and know we will keep you updated to the best of our abilities. 

Currently many theater companies are assessing their audition timetables and capacities.  As we make decisions regarding the Annual Auditions, we are taking into account input from how producers are rescheduling and what their needs are.  By working closely with the producers through this process we aim to provide the most advantageous audition opportunity to our membership. With these conversations we are continuing to do what we do best: advocating for you—our members

The StageSource staff will be working remotely for the next two weeks at least.  The best way to be in contact with general inquiries is via email at info@stagesource.org.  You can also find our individual emails at StageSource.org/StaffBoard. We will continue to share information and resources as they come in.  We will continue to collect your stories about the impact of COVID-19 to share with the city and funders. Please note we are fielding many calls and emails, and are doing our best to respond in a timely manner.  As we said before, this situation is changing every day and we will continue to adapt with it.    

 

Dawn M. Simmons  | she/her/hers

Executive Director



 

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Non-Equity Actor registration has closed for 2020.
AEA actors can register by emailing programs@stagesource.org

PRODUCER REGISTRATION
 
KEY DATES 2020
 

 

Registration Opens — January 14th @ 12PM

Non-Equity Registration Closes — February 19th @ 5PM
*AEA Actors can register up until the day of the audition

Time Slot Sign Up Opens — February 26th @ 1PM

Tier 1 Time Sign Up Closes — March 4th @ 1PM

Tier 1 Auditions — March 14th @ 10AM - 5PM [POSTPONED]

Tier 2 Time Sign Up Closes — March 25th @ 1PM

Tier 2 Youth Auditions — April 5th 10AM - 11:45AM
Tier 2 Non-Equity Non-Singing Auditions — April 5th 10:45AM - 6PM
Tier 2 AEA Auditions — April 6th 10AM - 6PM
Tier 2 Non-Equity Singing Auditions — April 7th 10AM - 6PM
  

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NON-EQUITY ACTORS
 

 

 

Non-Equity Actors must be members of StageSource to audition.
  • If you are not a member of AEA, you must be a current paid member of StageSource both at the time of registration and at the time of your audition.
  • If you will not be a current paid StageSource member on the date of your audition, your registration will not be accepted.

Non-Equity auditions take place in two tiers.

  • We developed the tiered system working closely with producers and casting agents to ensure that we present them with a diverse and well-qualified pool of candidates.
  • To that end, the audition registration form includes a series of questions that represent the various considerations being weighed in determining into which audition tier an actor is initially placed.
    • While audition slots are limited by available slots, if you have acted in a production produced by one of our professional Member Organizations (in a non-educational setting) or if you previously auditioned and Tier One and were selected to move onto Tier Two, we will do our best to give you a slot in the Tier Two Auditions

Registration will open January 14, 2020
Non-Equity registration closes February 19th. 
There is no late registration. No exceptions.

  • Registration for non-equity actors has now closed. Before registering, make sure you have the following things ready:
    • Your StageSource Membership number
    • An electronic version of your headshot (jpg, png, or pdf)
    • An electronic version of your resume (pdf)
  • Please name all files with your name and the document type, such as Jane_Doe_resume. These electronic files will be made available to producers and a file named "resume.pdf" will be easily lost.
  • On February 26th, registrants will receive a notification of the audition Tier to which they have been assigned and SignUpGenius link to sign up for an audition time slot
  • Tier one time slot sign up closes on March 4th
  • Tier two time slot sign up closes on March 25th

 

TIER ONE [POSTPONED]

Tier One auditions are Saturday, March 14th at the Booth Theatre at BU

These Auditions will be observed by a group of around eight seasoned professional actors, directors, and casting personnel working in Boston. These auditors have casting authority and will be considering actors for work.

  • The panel will recommend that some actors move on to the Tier Two auditions in April
  • Anyone who is not invited to advance to Tier Two may request the auditors' recommendations about how to more effectively prepare for next year's auditions
  • The Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre is located at 820 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446

All non-equity auditions will be ONE MINUTE in length

  • Your audition may include a monologue, song, or both (ie. a short piece and 16 bars) but it must adhere to the time limit.
  • If you chose to perform a song, please note StageSource will not be providing an accompanist for Tier One, however there will be a piano keyboard available in the space.
  • Your time will begin no later than ten seconds after the stage manager introduces you and does not stop for any breaks between pieces. Please plan your audition pieces accordingly.

Bring copies of your headshot and resume

  • Please bring 6 copies of your headshot and resume.  Resumes staples or pasted to the back of your headshot.  If all headshots are not us the extra will be returned to you. 

 

TIER TWO

Tier Two auditions are Sunday, April 5th & Tuesday, April 7th at ImprovBoston

These Auditions will be attended by 40+ producing theatre companies, producers, and casting directors.

  • Tier Two is open to actors who met initial application criteria & actors who advance from Tier One auditions
  • ImprovBoston is located at 40 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139

All non-equity auditions will be ONE MINUTE in length

  • Your audition may include a monologue, song, or both (ie. a short piece and 16 bars) but it must adhere to the time limit.
  • If you chose to perform a song, please note StageSource will not be providing an accompanist for Tier One, however there will be a piano keyboard available in the space.
  • Your time will begin no later than ten seconds after the stage manager introduces you and does not stop for any breaks between pieces. Please plan your audition pieces accordingly

Bring copies of your headshot and resume

  • Approx. 35—exact number TBD
  • If you want extra headshot/resumes returned to you, please supply a 9x12 self-addressed envelope with postage in the amount of $5 OR bring $5 cash with you to your audition for us to provide you with an envelope and postage OR pick them up at the audition site on Tuesday, April 7th between noon and 6PM
  • Any additional headshots/resumes not mailed or picked up by 6PM on Tuesday will be disposed of

 

 

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AEA AUDITIONS
 

 

Equity Auditions are Monday, April 6 at Improv Boston

These auditions will be attended by 40+ producing theatre companies, producers, and casting directors.

 

You must be an active member of AEA at the time of the auditions to attend.  You do not need to be a member of StageSource in order to attend AEA auditions.

 

The Priority Deadline to register is February 19, 2020.

 

To register after February 19th, email programs@stagesource.org. Although the priority date to register is February 19th, AEA applicants will be accepted until the day of auditions.  If you register before the priority registration deadline, you will receive an email with a SignUpGenius link to select your audition time on February 26th.  Any registrations after that date will receive a SignUpGenius link within a week of registration. 

 

Before registering, make sure you have the following things ready:

  • Your AEA Membership number
  • An electronic version of your headshot (jpg, png, or pdf)
  • An electronic version of your resume (pdf)
  • A scan of your current AEA card (jpg, png, or pdf)

Name all files with your name and the document type (such as "Jane_Doe_Resume.pdf")  These electronic files will be made available to producers, and a file just named "resume" will be easily lost

 

Individual AEA audition slots are THREE MINUTES in length

 

You will be allowed a total of three minutes audition time if auditioning alone – six minutes if auditioning with a partner.  If auditioning in a pair, both you and your scene partner must sign up for the auditions during the same half hour time slot.  Your time will begin no later than ten seconds after the stage manager introduces you and does not stop for any breaks between pieces. Please plan your audition pieces accordingly.

 

Bring copies of your headshot and resume

 

Bring approximately 35 headshots and resumes—exact number TBA.

 

If you want extra headshot/resumes returned to you, please supply a 9x12 self-addressed envelope with postage in the amount of $5 OR bring $5 cash with you to your audition for us to provide you with an envelope and postage OR pick them up at the audition site on Tuesday, April 7th between noon and 6PM. Any additional headshots/resumes not mailed or picked up by 6PM on Tuesday will be disposed of.

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ORGANIZATIONS & PRODUCERS
 

 

400 ACTORS. ONE ANNUAL AUDITION.

The StageSource Tier Two auditions take place over three days, but you get to select which one's you attend!

 

April 5th: Non-Equity Non-Singing & Youth

April 6th: AEA Members  

April 7th: Non-Equity Singing 

 

AUDITOR PRICE:

Members: $50/day

Non-Members: $90/day

 

Not a member? Want to join StageSource? Click here.

Each Ticket grants 2 seats in the room, and 1 heatshot/resume per auditionee.  If you would like an additional seat, an additional set of headshots/resumes, or are unable to attend and still want access to the headshot/resume database, visit our store.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

LOCATION:  ImprovBoston: 40 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

CLICK HERE for directions

 

SCHEDULE: Auditions each day run from 10AM - 6PM.  Organizations are expected to arrive by 9:45 AM, to sign in and get settled.  Late arrivals may not be able to enter until the next 10-minute break.  Note: Auditions may be extended until 7pm to accommodate more performers.  Please plan to stay until 7pm.

 

YOUTH: Youth auditions (singing & non-singing) will take place from 10-11AM on Sunday 4/5.  Those who are not considering youth performers may come in for the 11AM start of non-equity non-singing auditions.

 

BREAKS: There will be 10-minute breaks at the end of each hour, and a lunch break from 1-2PM each day.

 

ATTENDEES: You are allowed TWO auditors in the room at a time per ticketYou may sub people in throughout the day, but in order to comply with capacity of the space, we will require that only 2 people be in the auditions from your organization at a time.  If you MUST have more people in the room from your organization, please purchase the audition add-on at our store.

 

HEADSHOTS & RESUMES: Each ticket is granted ONE headshot/resume per auditionee.  If you would like to purchase an additional set of headshots/resumes, or if you are not able to attend the auditions but want access to the headshot/resume database, you can head to our store.  After the auditions, we email you a spreadsheet of ALL the actors who attended along with links to digital versions of their headshots and resumes!

 

FOOD: Coffee, light breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

 

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FAQs
 

 

 

GENERAL:

Will I get work from these auditions? Why should I come?

  • Consider these auditions like a handshake.  It's a way to show your face, introduce yourself as an actor, and open doors to future opportunities.  The StageSource Annual Auditions are the largest cross-section of New England area producers and directors.
  • While some producers may cast people directly from this audition, more often the StageSource auditions are used as a preliminary call and they bring auditionees in for callbacks later in the year.
  • Many producers also use this as an opportunity to add headshots and resumes to their databases for casting productions, not only this year but even future years.

I've been acting in New England for a while, why should I come?

  • There are always new directors, producers, artistic leaders joining us.  This is a great way to introduce yourself and to add your name to their files for those that don't hold open calls.
  • Even if you've been working in the area, these auditions are an opportunity to show off new sides of your skills by showcasing work that you may not have done recently.
  • It's a great way to refresh producer's memories and an opportunity to make sure their databases have the most up-to-date version of your headshot and resume
  • The StageSource auditions are an opportunity to be seen by a larger cross-section of New England producers, some of whom may not have seen your work yet.

Why do we get “only” one minute?

  • It may feel like you can’t find a piece to showcase your talents in one minute. But remember the goal of these auditions is to get a callback, it's rare for someone to get a role from only the StageSource auditions.
  • The StageSource Auditions are the equivalent of a “casting handshake.” Give the directors a taste of what you can do and leave them wanting more. One minute is more than enough time to accomplish this goal.
  • We see over 400 artists at these Annual Auditions. The one-minute system allows us to get every registrant an audition slot every year—no more waiting list! Yay!

What producers and organizations will be there?

  • We aren't able to provide an exact list of attending organizations until closer to the audition dates, but current registered organizations for the 2020 Annual Auditions include:
    • Actors' Shakespeare Project,  Commonwealth Shakespeare Company,  Entropy Theatre,  Gloucester Stage Company,  Hub Theatre Company of Boston,  Huntington Theatre Company,  Lyric Stage Company of Boston,  Martha's Vineyard Playhouse,  New Repertory Theatre,  Plays in Place,  Red Skies Music Ensemble, Slate Casting,  SpeakEasy Stage Company,  The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts,  The Theater Offensive,  Theater UnCorked,  Theatre Espresso,  Titanic Theatre Company,  Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University
  • Other past attending producers include:
    • Andrew Wilson Agency, Apollinaire Theatre Company, Bill Lattanzi, Boston Casting, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theater Company, Central Square Theater,  Company One, CP Casting, Dramatic Results, Flat Earth Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Moonbox Productions, Norwood Theatre, Paradice Casting,  Punctuate4 Productions, Inc, Ragnarok Productions/FTLO Theater, Red Stain Stage, Shear Madness, Speak About It, Studio Theatre Worcester, The Bostonian Society, The Umbrella Community Arts Center,  True To Life Training, and Underground Railway Theater.
  • An up-to-date list will be posted in the green room on the day of the auditions. 

 

Registration:

How do I know what Tier I'm auditioning in?

  • Check out this handy guide on how the Tier's work and find out what date you'll likely be auditioning.
  • On February 26th you will receive an official confirmation of which Tier you're audition in

Am I Equity or non-Equity?

  • If you're unsure, you're non-equity.  For more information Actors Equity Association, visit actorsequity.org
  • Current AEA and AGMA members can attend. AGVA, SAG, and other unions are not eligible.
  • Participants currently in the EMC program are not eligible to attend the Equity auditions

I'm Equity but my scene partner isn't. Can they still come to the AEA auditions?

  • Unfortunately, no.  It is AEA policy that only AEA members can participate during the AEA portion of our auditions.

Can my child audition?

  • Yes! We have Sunday, April 5th morning auditions from 10-11 AM reserved for actors under the age of 16

How do I apply?

  • Non-Equity registration for 2020 is now closed. AEA actors should email programs@stagesource.org to register.
  • Complete the registration form linked at the top of the page
  • Be sure to have the following things ready:
    • Your AEA or StageSource Membership number
      • To find your StageSource Membership number, click here or go to "Manage Profile" on the top right corner of stagesource.org. From there you can view your personalized Membership Card, which contains this number.
    • An electronic version of your headshot (jpg, png, or pdf)
    • An electronic version of your resume (pdf)
    • A scan of your current AEA card, if equity (jpg, png, or pdf)
  • Non-Equity actors must be current StageSource members in order to audition, so be sure to sign up in advance of the audition application deadline. 

How do I know what time I'm auditioning?

  • On February 26th, registrants will receive a notification of the audition Tier to which they have been assigned (if non-equity) and a SignUpGenius link to sign up for an audition time slot
  • Tier One time slot sign up closes March 4th
  • Tier Two time slot sign up closes March 25th

What if I'm a singer but can't make the singing audition date?

  • If you are a singer but need a time slot outside of the allocated time—or vice versa—email programs@stagesource.org to request access to sign up for a different time slot.
  • If you are a singer auditioning outside of the dedicated Tier Two singing auditions, an accompanist will not be provided

I'm getting new headshots soon, should I still register now?

  • If you're getting new headshots between now and the auditions, you may register using your current headshots. Once you get your new headshots, send the updated headshot file to programs@stagesource.org and we will update your headshot in the audition database.

I'm equity but don't have my AEA card, can I still apply?

  • If you're waiting on receiving your up to date equity card, you can send a screenshot of the AEA member portal.  Head to My Account > Dues and Payments, and the screenshot should include the "Paid to date" field showing you're a member in good standing.

Canceling / changing audition time:

What if I need to cancel my slot?

  • If you must cancel your assigned slot, please contact programs@stagesource.org no later than one week prior to your assignment so that we can fill the slot in a timely manner.
  • Not showing up with a failure to cancel your assignment may prevent you from receiving a slot in future years. 
  • Producers receive a list of scheduled performers which will include your name, even if you cancel within the last week so it looks badly on you if your name is on the list but you are not there.

What if I need to change my time?

  • The scheduling link you receive through SignUpGenius will allow you to make changes to your time slot as long as the slot you want to switch to is still available.
  • Beyond that, or once time registration closes, you should email programs@stagesource.org but we cannot guarantee that we will have an opening to fit your schedule

HEADSHOTS & RESUMES:

How do I prepare my headshots and resumes?

  • Tier One auditionees must bring approx. 10, and Tier Two and AEA auditioners must bring approx. 30 (exact numbers TBD) headshots and resumes to their auditions.
  • Headshots and resumes should be a single double-sided page.  If you are unable to print double-sided, you must secure them back to back.  We recommend double-sided tape or a strong glue stick—staples on all four corners can work but isn't recommended.
  • Keep headshots and resumes 8 1/2 x 11" (letter) or 8x10" (film industry standard)

What happens to my extra headshots and resumes?

  • We always ask for a few extra since we don't always know the exact number until day-of.  If you don't have all your headshots you may miss getting one to that producer who wants tos cast you but now has no way to contact you!
  • If you want extra headshot/resumes returned to you, please supply a 9x12 self-addressed envelope with postage in the amount of $5 OR bring $5 cash with you to your audition for us to provide you with an envelope and postage OR pick them up at the audition site on Tuesday, April 7th between noon and 6PM
  • Any additional headshots/resumes not mailed or picked up by 6PM on Tuesday will be disposed of

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR AUDITION:

What type of pieces should I prepare?

  • That depends! Present your strongest material—whether that's classical, contemporary, dramatic, or comedic.  Show that you can engage an audience in under a minute.

What shouldn't I prepare?

  • NO Weapons
  • NO Liquids
  • NO Open flame (including lighters, even if it’s “just for a second”)
  • NO No glitter
  • A good rule of thumb is don't create a mess that would need to be cleaned up after your audition
  • There will be two chairs on stage – PLEASE return them to their prior location after you’re done auditioning for the next person in line.

Does StageSource offer any assistance in preparing for the auditions?

  • We do!  Register now for the Actors Master Suite in November. Or keep an eye out for the GoAudition Workshop in February—where you can work with New England's best directors & coaches, and get advice on auditions, resumes, and headshots at our panel discussions. 

What else can I do to prepare?

  • Have someone else time you—the time limits are strictly enforced.  Make sure you've got a piece you can get through without getting cut off.

  • If you're able, an audition coach is invaluable in giving insight and direction, as well as helping to find and choose material.  You can search for coaches in the StageSource membership here.

 

AT THE AUDITIONS:

When do I need to arrive?

  • You must arrive at least one hour prior to your scheduled audition slot. Seriously. We have hundreds of people who need to audition each day, and it takes time to collate headshots and get things organized for each slot. 
  • If you do not arrive at least one hour before your scheduled audition time, you risk forfeiting your audition opportunity.
  • This extra time allows for check in, collating your headshots & resumes, going over the process with our Stage Managers, and keeping the auditions running on time.  

What happens once I arrive?

  • Check in at our front desk.  We will collect your headshots and resumes, and then send you to the green room downstairs to relax and warm-up (at a respectful volume)
  • Prior to your audition slot, everyone in your slot will be called together and given information on the procedures and the setup of the space.. Our Stage Manager will confirm the pronunciation of your name before you're called in.
  • You will be called in one-by-one.  After your audition you are free to gather your things and head out. You did it!

Do I get a chance to give my name and pieces?

  • Yes, slating is encouraged!  Producers like those few seconds to see you, instead of the character(s) you will be portraying.  The Stage Manager will announce your name as you come in.  You may then choose to state your name, and the name(s) of your piece(s) and then the timer will start. We allow for a few seconds for slating, but any more than the above and the Stage Manager may begin timing you.

 

Have other questions? Email programs@stagesource.org


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