NETC Theater Auditions

Since the pandemic began in 2020, NETC has put the safety of our staff, auditionees, and producers before any program or event. It's of the utmost importance to us as an organization.

After receiving multiple requests over the last few weeks from in-person applicants asking to switch to virtual, we consulted with the department of health in Natick, MA about the risks of holding the in-person auditions with over 400 people. We sent a survey to all the registered producers asking their concerns about attending the event, due to omicron. The response from producers was unanimous, that they shared our concern and would be very happy if we moved to a completely virtual platform.

With all of this information and feedback, we've made the difficult decision to move to a COMPLETELY VIRTUAL PLATFORM this year.

ALL IN-PERSON applicants have been notified of the switch and steps to move to virtual. If you are an in-person applicant and didn't receive that email, let us know.

We are extending the deadline for virtual audition and technical applications until February 1, 2022. If you haven't applied, visit our website to get started NOW!

We are offering a special professional review of audition videos for all applicants for an extra $25 only. Find all the details HERE!

Join the HUNDREDS of applicants that have already applied to be part of our NETC Virtual Theatre Auditions

These auditions are open to non-Equity members and Equity Membership Candidates. Equity members are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must be college students or adults, 18 & older. High school students or individuals under 18 are not eligible. In addition to young performers, producers are interested in seeing mature, adult talent with professional experience and/or experience in community or summer theatres, for both seasonal and job-in employment. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1, 2022

THE NETC THEATRE AUDITIONS ARE VIRTUAL ONLY! IF YOU APPLIED FOR IN-PERSON, WE WILL REACH OUT WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO SWITCH TO VIRTUAL

How do I apply?

The 2022 NETC Theatre Auditions are VIRTUAL;only available online, as of NOVEMBER 1, 2021.  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. We've updated our application so you can upload your resume to show all your performance work.

If you've applied in the past, you can log into your account and you complete the application by clicking "complete registration" on the menu on the left side of your dashboard. If you are new this year, you will have to create an account first and then log in to complete your application.

What is the application deadline?

Applications, student verifications and recommendations, payment and videos must be received by February 1, 2022 (JUST EXTENDED). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all recommendations and verifications are turned in by that date.

Which producers and companies will be in attendance?

See a list of Producers here -https://www.netconline.org/2022-producers#overlay-context=netc-theater-a...

Which headshot should I use?

Choose a headshot that best shows your personality. A vertical headshot with good contrast is best.

Should I choose Musical Theater or Acting Only?

This year, we are allowing applicants to apply for both Musical Theatre and Acting auditions, for ONLINE ONLY. There is a special $75 rate to submit two applications, which will include two separate videos If you decide to choose just one, the rate is $50..

Audition Criteria

Videos

Performers can upload a TWO MINUTE and 15 SECOND AUDITION VIDEO (the 15 seconds have been added so that performers can slate their name and the name of the pieces they are presenting. This will be strictly enforced and videos longer than 2 minutes and 15 seconds will not be approved.

SEE BELOW FOR VIDEO CRITERIA, IF YOU ARE DOING BOTH MUSICAL THEATRE AND ACTING, YOU WILL NEED TO UPLOAD ONE VIDEO FOR EACH

You must slate your name at the start of your video and introduce the songs and/or monologues you are presenting, that should be the first 15 seconds.

Musical Theater should prepare one song (or two 16-bar samples) and one brief monologue. Live and pre-recorded music will be allowed.

Acting Only should prepare two brief contrasting monologues. Shakespearean monologues are not required.  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, 15 seconds 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.
  • Videos -Performers can upload a TWO MINUTE and 15 SECOND AUDITION VIDEO (the 15 seconds have been added so that performers can slate their name and the name of the pieces they are presenting. This will be strictly enforced and videos longer than 2 minutes and 15 seconds will not be approved. Please slate your name at the start of your video and introduce the songs and/or monologues you are presenting, that should be the first 15 seconds.

    What is the selection process?

    VIDEO REVIEW PROCESS

    You MUST choose a review type by February 1, 2022 (JUST EXTENDED) or you will be given the simple review. If you have chosen Musical Theatre and Acting, you will choose a review for each video.

    The fee for an advance review is $25 per video and can be paid at the time you upload your video and select your review.

    Who are the reviewers?

    A list of reviewers and their bios can be found on our Profesional Theatre Reviewer page.

    Simple Review

    Your video(s) will be reviewed by NETC staff for length and audition criteria ONLY. Feedback will be provided, ONLY, if your video doesn't meet the audition criteria.

    For the Simple Review

    • Log into your audition profile
    • Click dashboard home
    • If you have already uploaded your video you will click edit next to your video and choose review type -SIMPLE and "pending review" in the status drop-down before hitting save.
    • If you have NOT uploaded your video you will click edit and upload video and save FIRST before choosing a review type. Then choose review type - SIMPLE and "pending review" in the status drop-down before hitting save.
    • If your video is rejected due to criteria and you are asked to re-record and upload a new video the status will be changed to "rejected" by your reviewer. When you are ready to upload a new video click "new" on your profile, upload your video, and change status to "pending review" before saving. Your reviewer will watch the new video and accept it.

    Advanced Review

    Your audition video(s) will be reviewed by our professional reviewers - REVIEWER NAMES AND BIOS. Your video and application will be assigned to a reviewer and they will provide feedback on your audition and tips for improvement. You will receive the feedback via email and be given 7 days to upload a new video. Applications and videos that receive a professional review will be placed in a featured section on our website which producers will be able to peruse. 

    For Advanced Review

    • Log into your audition profile
    • Click dashboard home
    • If you have already uploaded your video you will click edit next to your video and choose review type -ADVANCED and "pending review" in the status drop-down before hitting save.
    • If you have NOT uploaded your video you will click edit and upload video and save FIRST before choosing a review type. Then choose review type - ADVANCED and "pending review" in the status drop-down before hitting save.
    • The $25 fee, per video, will be added to your cart.
    • You MUST go to your cart and pay for your review to be processed.
    • When you receive feedback from your reviewer your video will be changed to "rejected." When you are ready to upload a new video click "new" on your profile, upload your video, and change status to "pending review" before saving. Your reviewer will watch the new video and accept it.

    How long can my audition video be? What should I do?

    What should I wear in my video?

    Wear clothing that is simple and 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.

    How do I create my video?

    Instructions for creation and upload of audition videos

    Use your phone or tablet device to create and upload a video.  The video must not be longer than 2 minutes.  Formats allowed are MP4, MOV, and AVI file formats.  It is suggested to set the resolution of the camera to regular High Definition (HD).  It is suggested to avoid higher resolution, such as 4k, or high frame rate, such as 60fps, as the size of the file will be large.  The maximum upload size for each video is 300MB.

     

    IOS, iPhone, iPad

    • IOS devices should use MOV format videos
    • Login to your NETC Audition account on your device
    • Access your Dashboard Home, your available audition videos will be displayed
    • Click the Edit link for the Acting or Musical audition
    • Click Choose File
    • You can select an existing video, or you can capture a new video to use
    • Click the Upload button
    • Once uploaded, you can select a thumbnail image to use for the video
    • Click Save

     

    Android Devices

    • Android devices should use MP4 format videos
    • Login to your NETC Audition account on your device
    • Access your Dashboard Home, your available audition videos will be displayed
    • Click the Edit link for the Acting or Musical audition
    • Click Choose File
    • You can select an existing video, or you can capture a new video to use
    • Click the Upload button
    • Once uploaded, you can select a thumbnail image to use for the video
    • Click Save

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

    Callbacks will be done by individual companies. You will receive notification directly from the specific company with instructions if you are needed for a callback.

    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.

    Calling all Theatre Producers and Casting Directors!

    REGISTER WITH LINK BELOW

    https://www.netconline.org/producer/register

    NETC would like to announce its 56th Annual Theatre Auditions will move to an ALL virtual platform.

    Once again, we are offering our applicants the opportunity to be reviewed by a theatre professional, and allowing them to resubmit their videos based on the feedback they receive; these will be included in a featured section for your perusal. We’ve added additional search options for Producers to search applicants. Resumes and videos will be open for an extended period of time and your registration fee will allow you to view these files until November 2022.

    We feel this is a great year for you to register for our auditions, as you will have both the convenience of viewing the online submissions anytime for up to a year. As you can see, NETC is offering you an enormous array of opportunities to make casting your productions stress-free.

    Our registration fee is $100, which includes access to online auditions for a year!

    2022 NETC Theatre Audition Prices

    Musical Theatre or Acting ONLY application - $50

    Combined Musical Theatre and Acting Application - $75   

              Technical Application - $20     

      *All Major Credit Cards Accepted   

    **NO REFUNDS ALLOWED

     

    For information on joining NETC, email mail@netconline.org or register HERE.