Application, Selection and Audition Process for Performers

APPLICATION:

How do I apply?

The NETC theater audition application is only available online. Audition Application We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer to complete the application.

Carefully complete all sections with your most up-to-date information that best highlights your skills and range of talents. The acting experience sections allow you to add up to 10 productions you have been a part of.  Do not list scenes done for a class.

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications, student verifications and recommendations, and payment must be received by February 1, 2020 to be considered.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all recommendations and verifications are turned in by that date.

Which headshot should I use?

Choose a headshot that best shows your personality. All applications and headshots are copied in B&W for the Producer Books. A vertical headshot with good contrast is best.

Should I choose Musical Theater or Acting Only?

Applicants may choose to do either Musical Theater or Acting Only audition. Due to the high volume of applicants for Musical Theater slots, we recommend those who are less experienced and first year applicants to select Acting Only for a better chance at an audition slot.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Because of the nature and demands of summer and professional theatre operation, most producers are interested in experienced, trained candidates for their seasons. The NETC auditions are intended to showcase the best possible talents we can offer to theatre producers; therefore, all performer applications will be screened by a panel of theatre professionals who will select those they feel qualify and merit an audition appointment.

This selection process is intended to improve the standard of these auditions for both the applicant and the producers. Screening and selection will be based on training and experience, and versatility in roles previously played. On student applications, comments and recommendations from directors and instructors are required, and will be an important consideration in the selection process.

NOTIFICATION:

ALL NOTIFICATIONS ARE MADE BY EMAIL. Be sure to check your SPAM folder for communications from NETC so you don’t miss any important announcements or notification of your selection. Add auditions@NETConline.org as a contact.  NETC is not responsible for missed notifications and deadlines due to not checking your email or submitting an incorrect/dead email address.

When will I find out if I have been selected?

Approximately three weeks before the audition, all performing applicants will be notified by email of the screening results and the date and time of their audition if they have been selected. In addition to those given a time slot, a limited number of stand-bys will be selected. No time slots can be given to stand-bys, but they are guaranteed to audition in their chosen day/session. Stand-bys must check in and sign up at an appointed audition session, and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis as slots open up during that session. Only those applicants who are selected and invited will be allowed to come in on stand-by. Applications of those who are not selected for an audition or stand-by slot will be distributed to the theatres attending the auditions – over 40 nationwide producers.  Producers do review these applications and have hired directly from them in the past.

I can’t make the audition time I was assigned. Can I switch?

The auditions committee will schedule the date and time of each selected applicant's audition according to the preferences listed on the application. In the case of extenuating circumstances (job, travel schedule, rehearsal or performance commitments, etc.), applicants who will have difficulty in attending the auditions on their assigned day or time may submit a change request to auditions@netconline.org. We will try to accommodate requests as space is available, or the applicant may be switched to a stand-by status (stand-by auditionees are not given a specific timeslot but are guaranteed to audition within a chosen session). There is no guarantee, however, that such change requests can be filled.

THE AUDITION WEEKEND:

Am I auditioning for a group or one producer at a time?

The selected applicants will audition for the assembled body of producers on March 7 - 9, 2020. There will be two audition rooms running at the same time at all sessions: one for those who are acting only; the other for musical theater actor/singers. Applicants are required to note on their application whether they will be acting only or if their audition will include singing and/or dancing, so that they will be assigned to the appropriate audition room. Since a total of only 710 applicants can be accommodated (355 in each room), applicants will be given only one audition appointment, and may not audition in both rooms. It is important, therefore, that performers showcase their strongest talents. Applicants with limited or no experience in musical theatre are cautioned not to apply for a musical audition, as previous experience is a strong consideration in the selection of performers for these slots. Acting Only candidates are more likely to be selected to audition as there are fewer applicants.

How long is my audition time slot? What should I do?

Performers will be given a TOTAL OF TWO MINUTES AUDITION TIME (strictly enforced) to present their selections.  An MC will introduce you just before you begin, so you do not have to slate your name. You are not required to slate the titles of your audition songs/monologues, but may do so if you wish. Your time will begin after you slate.

Musical Theater should prepare one song (or two 16-bar samples) and one brief monologue. An accompanist will be provided, or applicants may bring their own accompanist. Singers must bring their own sheet music.  If the NETC accompanist is used, music must be in the right key (the accompanist will not transpose). It is strongly recommended against singing acapella or using recorded accompaniment, but there are no rules against doing so. NETC does not provide playback equipment and your timeslot will not be extended in the event of technology malfunction.

Acting Only should prepare two brief contrasting monologues. Shakespearean monologues are not required. One chair will be provided (that you must place yourself). Props and costumes are not recommended. 

Be well prepared for your audition! Get help from an experienced director or coach when preparing your selections. Choose your selections carefully -- producers have expressed displeasure with audition monologues that are overtly political, violent or obscene. Choose material that is appropriate to the types of theatres for which you are auditioning and to the shows generally done by these theatres, and with a realistic view as to what roles and productions in which you might actually be cast. Take your age and limitations into account when selecting characters or plays for your audition pieces. In other words, do characters and material you would conceivably play in a professional or summer theatre. Two minutes is a very limited time, and applicants are urged to prepare their selections carefully within the established time limit in order to showcase their talent to the best advantage.

What should I wear?

Wear clothing that is simple, permits ease of movement, and is serviceable to your audition selections. Movement is very difficult to evaluate when the applicant is wearing boots or heavy clothing. Hair styles which hide features are detrimental. Costumes and props are unnecessary. Remember, this is a “job interview.” Dress accordingly.

What about callbacks? When will I know if I have been hired?

Callback lists will be posted every hour. Callbacks are held over lunch break and after the auditions have ended for the day. Dance Call will be held at the end of each Audition day. Applicants may also be asked by theatres to attend a further/later callback at another location. Many theatres do not hold callbacks or interviews at the NETC auditions as they prefer to contact applicants directly at a later date. A lack a day-of callbacks does not mean you won’t get an offer! Few offers are made the day of the auditions and are generally extended from a month to three months later.  Be sure your contact information is up-to-date and correct on your application form.

Callback notices are posted every 1 1/4 hours throughout the sessions.  Callback meetings and interviews are generally held during the 12:30-2pm and 6-8:30 breaks.

What time should I arrive? How late will I need to stay?

Auditionees should arrive at least one hour prior to their audition time slot to check in at the registration table.  This will give you enough time to check in at registration, spend time in the warm-up room, and relax in the waiting room to hear your name called. Stand-by's auditioned in the order they check in at registration as slots become available during their assigned session. Morning registration begins at 7:30am and the standby list will open at that time.

Dance call is by invitation only and is held after all auditions have ended for the day. (Musical Theater auditionees with later timeslots may wish to wear clothing comfortable for dance to their audition as the turn-around time is very quick).  After learning the routine, dancers will be shown in groups of 6 to the assembled body of producers.  Dance call may go as late 10pm. 

It is possible that you will be at the hotel until late in the evening, even if you have an early morning audition. Please plan accordingly. Breakfast and lunch consessions available for sale in the hotel lobby.

INTERNSHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

On your application, please check if you would be interested or willing to accept an internship or apprenticeship. Several of the theatres use these auditions to find applicants for their intern and Equity Membership Candidate programs. A few theatres, which offer internships / apprenticeships, charge a fee for these positions. Most offer some kind of benefit: a small stipend, room and/or board, college credit, an option to register as an Equity membership candidate, etc. Theatres offering internships and apprenticeships will furnish descriptions of their programs and benefits, and this information will be distributed to applicants at the auditions.

WHAT THEATRE COMPANIES WILL BE THERE?

See the NETC Application and Audition Overview tab to see what companies will be represented.