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2020 StageSource Annual Auditions. Tier one March 14th at the Booth Theatre at BU. Tier two: april 5-7th at ImprovBoston

 

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FAQs  |  Registration opens January 14, 2020

 
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.

  • 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

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

  • No more than 10—exact number TBD

 

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.

Registration will open January 14, 2020

  • Check this page, the ENews, and our facebook page for updates
  • The priority deadline to register will be February 19th, however AEA applications will be accepted until the day of auditions.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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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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.
  • 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 Boston for a while, why should I come?

  • 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.
  • This also 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 below are the producers who attended the 2019 Annual Auditions:
    •  Actors' Shakespeare Project, Andrew Wilson Agency, Apollinaire Theatre Company, Bill Lattanzi, Boston Casting, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theater Company, Central Square Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Company One, CP Casting, Dramatic Results, Flat Earth Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Moonbox Productions, New Repertory Theatre, Norwood Theatre, Paradice Casting, Plays in Place, Punctuate4 Productions, Inc, Ragnarok Productions/FTLO Theater, Red Stain Stage, Shear Madness, Slate Casting, Speak About It, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Studio Theatre Worcester, The Bostonian Society, The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Theater UnCorked, Theatre Espresso, True To Life Training, Underground Railway Theater, and Wheelock Family Theatre

 

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 be auditioning

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 (exact time TBD) reserved for actors under the age of 16

How do I apply?

  • Complete the registration form and make sure to follow the instructions.
  • Be sure to have the following things ready:
    • Your AEA or StageSource 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, 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

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.

 

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 can work but aren'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?

  • 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.

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. Seriously. We have hundreds of people who need to audition each day. 
  • 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.  

 

 

Have other questions? Email programs@stagesource.org


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**Remember Non-Equity actors must be current PAID StageSource members (Individual Artist or Individual Plus) at the time of the auditions in order to audition. SIGN UP NOW for membership and you won't be left out.**

 



 

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