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Riding the Regional Circuit

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You may have moved to New York or Los Angeles from America's hinterlands to pursue a career as an actor, but if you don't have an agent or can't seem to land paying work consistently, your best bet -- ironically -- might be to move back. No, we're not suggesting you give up your dream of becoming a working actor. We're suggesting that venturing beyond the city limits of New York or L.A. might actually get you there faster.

Below is our annual list of regional combined auditions, where professional theatres across the country seek actors and other theatre types (including designers and technicians) for year-round or summer employment. You may miss the bustle and bright lights of the city, but the satisfaction of being able to ply your trade in front of an audience night after night -- and make money at it -- might be worth the sacrifice.

Portland Area Theatre Alliance

Portland, Ore.

Jan. 16, 17, 19

This year the Portland Area Theatre Alliance will hold its annual auditions Jan. 16, 17, and 19 at Artists Repertory Theatre, where reps from local Equity and non-Equity companies will come to scout actors. Current members include BroadArts Theatre, Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, Lakewood Theatre Company, and Willamette Shakespeare. A non-Equity performer must be a current PATA member to audition; Equity performers do not need to be members.

The application deadline has passed; you may still apply, but you will have to pay a $20 late fee. Actors and singers have three minutes to present contrasting monologues and songs; a monologue is optional for singers. Please do not use props. An accompanist will be provided. Go to www.patagreenroom.org for detailed info and an application, or call (503) 241-4902.

Ohio Theatre Alliance

New Concord, Ohio

Jan. 24

The North Central Regional Auditions and Technical Interviews are held annually by the Ohio Theatre Alliance on the campus of Muskingum College, about 70 miles east of Columbus. Last year, 24 Ohio-area theatre companies saw more than 200 actors (86 percent received at least one callback) and 35 technicians. Past attendees include the Barn Theatre, Thunder Bay Theatre, and Porthouse Theatre.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get those applications in early. Before Dec. 31, 2008, the registration fee for an audition or design/tech/staff interview was $50 ($60 for both). Now it's $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 invitation-only 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 more-detailed info and to download an application. For additional questions, email ota@muskingum.edu.

Illinois Theatre Association

Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Chicago

The Illinois Theatre Association's 30th annual non-Equity professional auditions will be held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the theatre department of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Approximately 50 resident and summer-stock theatres, talent agencies, and casting offices are expected. Past attendees include the Goodman Theatre, Light Opera Works, Timber Lake Playhouse, Steppenwolf, and the Actors Workshop Theatre. The auditions have drawn nearly 300 actors annually in the past.

The application deadline is Jan. 10. Non-Equity actors, children and senior performers, talent new to Chicago, and recently graduated students are eligible to audition. A professional or faculty nomination is required for undergrad students or students graduating in 2009. 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 (when it becomes available), go to www.illinoistheatre.org, or email info@illinoistheatre.org.

Theatre Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area

Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Yes, even San Francisco boasts a combined audition, but there's a snag: Dec. 5 was the application deadline, and late applications are not accepted.

Theatre Bay Area's general auditions are an opportunity to be seen by 100 to 150 representatives from 80 to 90 West Coast theatre companies large and small, as well as independent directors and casting directors. (See the website for a complete list of the 2008 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 theatres. Last year, more than 450 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.

Rocky Mountain Theatre Association

Durango, Colo.

Feb. 4-7

Each year, the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association seeks to fill acting and behind-the-scenes jobs with professional regional summer-stock companies at its annual four-day gathering, which also features theatrical workshops, performances, and competitions, to be held this year on the campus of Fort Lewis College. (Separate auditions are scheduled for students seeking admission to college theatre programs.)

You can download a registration form and employment audition application at www.rmta.net, where you'll find more details. The nonrefundable convention admission fee is $55; there's also a $5 audition fee and a $25 fee for RMTA membership ($20 for students). For more information, contact Pamela Mencher at (303) 914-6231.

Unified Professional Theatre Auditions

Memphis, Tenn.

Feb. 6-9

WHEN AND WHERE: Fri., Feb. 6, to Mon., Feb. 9, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (or later), at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tenn. (Callbacks are held at the nearby Holiday Inn Select-Airport.)

WHO WILL BE THERE: Last year 1,009 registered attendees (only 60 were Equity) were seen by 116 companies (46 of whom attended the Equity auditions). Among the Equity theatres registered to attend are Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, Texas, and Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Va., as well as roughly 50 non-Equity companies.

REGISTRATION: Actor registration forms must be received by Jan. 9, 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. 30. Registration forms (which outline further requirements) are downloadable from UPTA's website, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below.

Note: All regular audition slots and waiting lists are currently full. As of press time, Equity slots were still available for Sunday and Monday.

ELIGIBILITY: Both Equity and non-Equity actors are eligible. For the Pre-Professional Auditions, actors must have an undergraduate theatre degree by Sept. 1, 2009, 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 theatre program.

For the regular auditions, actors must be available for employment year-round and have at least one of the following: (a) a postgraduate theatre degree by Sept. 1, 2009; (b) their registration form signed by a registered 2008 or 2009 UPTA theatre; (c) their registration form signed by a current Theatre Communications Group member theatre; (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, 2009; (b) their registration form signed by a registered 2008 or 2009 UPTA theatre; (c) their registration form signed by a current TCG member theatre; (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 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 Holiday Inn Select-Airport. 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 behind-the-scenes skills.

CONTACT INFO: Unified Professional Theatre Auditions, 51 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 Lindsey Roberts at lindsey@upta.org. On UPTA's website, www.upta.org, you can register for email updates.

League of Washington Theatres

Silver Spring, Md.

Feb. 9-11

Chesapeake-area performers can make a beeline to Maryland for the League of Washington Theatres annual open call. From Feb. 9 to 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., professional actors (including Equity membership candidates and non-Equity performers) will be seen at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, Md. More information will be posted later on the website of this D.C.-area nonprofit professional theatre group, www.lowt.org. Or call (202) 638-4270 or email info@lowt.org. (Do not call the Round House Theatre for audition information.)

Wisconsin Theatre Workshops, Auditions and Tech Interviews

Madison, Wis.

Feb. 13-14

Wisconsin Theatre Workshops, Auditions and Tech Interviews, a 33-year-old gathering open to non-Equity actors, will be held Feb. 13-14 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Among the 23 theatres participating in last year's auditions were American Folklore Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

The nonrefundable registration fee is $30 for a performance audition or tech interview ($45 for both). Actors have two minutes (including their introduction) to perform contrasting humorous and dramatic monologues; actor-singers get two and a half minutes to sing "several appropriate bars of a musical number" (accompanist provided; no recorded music) and perform a monologue. Actor-singers 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.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/theatre/auditions.htm. Your form must be received no later than Feb. 10 (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.

MidWest Theatre Auditions

St. Louis

Feb. 20-22

Unfortunately, unless your application is already in, you may be too late for the 2009 auditions, to be held Feb. 20-22 on the Webster University campus, home to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Dec. 8, 2008, 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 Jan. 9. Among the 50 to 70 summer stock and year-round theatres 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. 21, to interview with the theatres of their choice.

The nonrefundable application fee is $35. Applications, which must be signed by a professional director or theatre 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.

Southeastern Theatre Conference

Birmingham, Ala.

March 4-8

WHEN AND WHERE: Auditions will be held from Wed., March 4, to Sun., March 8, in Birmingham, Ala.

WHO WILL BE THERE: Approximately 800 actors will vie for the attention of about 85 professional companies for either summer or year-round employment.

REGISTRATION: The online application deadline for professional auditions is Jan. 15. (There's no mail-in registration for performers.) Design/tech/staff position applications must be postmarked by Jan. 28, or you can register on-site for a late fee. 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 can be downloaded from the website.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the Spring Regional Professional Auditions, a non-Equity actor must be a high school graduate, 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 theatre acting jobs on your résumé and two recommendations from professional directors. A current Equity member must be at least 19, a high school graduate, and available for full-time year-round employment. Performers wishing to audition who don't meet these qualifications must first pass one of SETC's State Screening Auditions.

SETC also holds auditions for dancers. An applicant must be at least 18, a high school graduate, available for summer or full-time year-round employment, and have at least four years of dance training and performance experience or two paid professional dance jobs on his or her résumé and a director or choreographer's signature on the application. Professional dancers with extensive training must also submit a videotape or DVD; see the application for numerous additional requirements.

FEES (including a one-year SETC membership): $190 for non-Equity participants, including admission to the convention; $75 for Equity members. For dancers, it's $190 ($140 for students), including convention registration.

AUDITION FORMAT: The day begins with a mandatory audition briefing at 8:30 a.m. Afterward, actors are seen in groups of 25 and have 60 seconds to perform a monologue or song, or 90 seconds to perform both. An accompanist is provided. No recorded music, no self-accompaniment, and no singing a cappella. You must choose one audition category: acting-singing, acting only, or singing only. For singing auditions, give your music -- in the right key -- to the accompanist before the 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 25 is finished. Callbacks are held throughout the day. Dance auditions are 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 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 5-7 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex/Medical Forum, 3rd floor. Note that there's a new requirement when you apply this year: You must supply one reference. Be sure to bring plenty of résumés and your portfolio. Registration is $200 for adults, $125 for students (including SETC membership and convention admission). Among the many companies that hired in 2008 were Asolo Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre.

CONTACT INFO: SETC, P.O. Box 9868, Greensboro, NC 27429; (336) 272-3645; april@setc.org; or www.setc.org.

Institute of Outdoor Drama

Chapel Hill, N.C.

March 14

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., March 14, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Reps from approximately 10 companies that specialize in this genre will audition performers and interview crew for summer employment. Statistics reveal that these auditions usually result in jobs for 3,000 actors, singers, dancers, and technicians. Companies slated to participate this year include Horn in the West (Boone, N.C.), the Lost Colony (Roanoke Island, N.C.), and Texas Musical Drama (Canyon, Texas).

The application deadline is March 2. This is the first year that registration will be done completely online, and it begins Jan. 14. You must be at least 18, have previous theatre 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 $50. All audition applications require the signature of a sponsor, which could be a director, teacher, or past employer.

Actor-singers will be given 90 seconds 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. Technicians should check the company callback schedule on March 14, then sign up for an interview at the company's callback location.

For an application or more information, go to www.unc.edu/depts/outdoor/auditions, call (919) 962-1328, or email outdoor@unc.edu.

New England Theatre Conference

Natick, Mass.

March 14-16

WHEN AND WHERE: Sat., March 14, to Mon., March 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 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 theatres, including college-based summer theatres, repertory theatres, Shakespeare and Renaissance festivals, and outdoor dramas. Past attendees have included reps from American Stage Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, and the Dorset Theatre Festival.

REGISTRATION: Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 2 (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 theatre 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 theatres. 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 2009. 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 theatre 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 theatres will hold callbacks and interviews after each audition session, so plan to stay at least an hour after your audition. Some theatres 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 16, 1:30 to 6 p.m. A list of theatres and the positions they're seeking to fill will be distributed at the auditions. Unless specified by a theatre, 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: NETC Auditions, New England Theatre Conference, 215 Knob Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06518; (617) 851-8535; mail@netconline.org; or www.netconline.org.

StrawHat Auditions

New York City

March 19-21

WHEN AND WHERE: Thu., March 19, to Sat., March 21, at Pace University in New York City.

WHO WILL BE THERE: In 2008, more than 750 participants were seen by more than 40 mostly summer-stock theatres offering hundreds of non-Equity positions. (Last year, 85 percent of auditioning actors received callbacks). Musicals tend to predominate at the attending theatres, 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 Feb. 14; for production personnel, the cutoff is March 1. You can register on StrawHat's website, but you must print and mail the application with your fee, headshot, and résumé. You can have an application mailed to you by sending a business-size self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below. 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 theatres. 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 $33 for actors. There's an additional $43 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 theatres use to cast shows. You also gain access to the site's members-only area, with information on the attending theatres, 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. Some theatres 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 dance audition on Thu., March 19, 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 theatres 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.

Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts

Atlanta

March 30-31

At the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts' annual Unified Auditions and Designer Showcase, Equity and qualified non-Equity actors can audition for approximately 60 companies from across the Southeast. Past events have drawn more than 200 performers. Auditions will be held March 30-31 at the 14th Street Playhouse in midtown Atlanta. Greater Atlanta theatres that attended the 2008 auditions include the Alliance Theatre, Dad's Garage, Georgia Shakespeare, Galaxy Music Theatre, and ART Station.

The application deadline is Jan. 16. Actors must be at least 18 and meet stringent résumé requirements (see the website for details). Equity auditions will be held the first half of Mon., March 30, with non-Equity auditions following. Non-Equity actors must also be members of ACPA (the fee is $50 for non-Equity performers, $40 for Equity), but there is no audition fee. Non-Equity applications are screened by a committee of theatre professionals; performers with the requisite stage experience are assigned a time slot, while eligible Equity members are guaranteed a chance to audition.

Non-Equity performers have two minutes to present either two contrasting monologues or a monologue and 16 bars of a song (accompanist provided). If you're Equity, you get two and a half minutes to present either two contrasting monologues or one or two monologues and 16 bars. Auditions are held during the day, and there are no callbacks or dance calls. If a company is interested in you, it will schedule a callback at a later date.

For more information, see the comprehensive FAQ page at ACPA's website, www.atlantaperforms.biz, or email unifieds@atlantaperforms.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 theatre representatives, along with local agents and casting directors. See the website for links to participating theatres, 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/auditions, call (215) 413-7150, or email info@theatrealliance.org for updates.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance

New Brunswick, N.J.

August

For New Jerseyites who prefer to audition in their home state this summer, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance is for you. Representing 22 of the Garden State's professional Equity theatres -- including stalwarts like McCarter Theatre Center, George Street Playhouse, and Paper Mill Playhouse -- along with nine non-Equity companies, NJTA generally holds its combined lottery-based auditions in August. Preference has traditionally been given to New Jersey performers, both Equity and non-Equity (actors who have auditioned for NJTA within the past two years are not eligible), and 25 to 30 theatres usually attend. Details on 2009's auditions will be posted at www.njtheatrealliance.org this spring. Email rcarr@njtheatrealliance.org for further information.

Baltimore Theatre Alliance

Date and location TBA

The Baltimore Theatre Alliance's June 2008 auditions gave performers the opportunity to be seen by 27 member companies, including the Arena Players, the Heritage Theatre Company, OnStage, and Thirst 'n' Howl Productions. For a fee, BTA also offers a post-audition review-and-feedback workshop for participants. Check www.baltimoreperforms.org for details on this year's auditions as they become available, or call (410) 662-9945 or email info@baltimoreperforms.org.

National Dinner Theatre Association

Date and location TBA

Dinner theatres are another viable source of employment for actors, so you might want to consider the National Dinner Theatre Association's annual spring auditions. In past years, about half of the group's 40 members (along with some non-dinner theatre reps) attended to cast their seasons, providing more than 1,500 jobs. Last year's registration fee was $35, and actors presented a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of music. In addition, the pictures and résumés of all participants are posted on the NDTA website for one year for the benefit of the organization's producers.

Go to www.ndta.com for updates on the 2009 auditions.

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