NETC Theater Auditions

NETC would like to announce that in 2022 we are holding hybrid auditions! Auditions are open to college students and adults, 18 and older, and we anticipate that there will be many casting agents and directors participating in the event, offering summer and year-round employment opportunities for performing actors, musical theater performers, and theatre technicians.

Similar to last year, virtual applicants will complete an application, upload a headshot, resume and audition video. For an additional fee of $25, applicants can have their video(s) critiqued by a theatre professional, receive feedback, and be allowed to upload a new video. Applicants will still have the opportunity to submit both a musical theatre and acting video, $50 for one video, $75 for two. All virtual applicants will receive a one-year membership to NETC and access to our virtual workshop series.

Our in-person auditions will have some exciting changes this year. In-person applicants will be offered the opportunity to receive audition coaching by theatre professionals before they go in front of the producers for their audition. Coaching will take place onsite at The Verve in Natick, MA on Friday, March 4, 2022. Auditions will be held Saturday, March 5th, and Sunday, March 6th. The cost for the in-person coaching and audition is $100 and includes a one-year membership to NETC, as well as access to our virtual workshop series. Only the first 350 applicants to apply for this service will be accepted.

Technical theatre applications will be accepted for virtual applicants ONLY. The fee for a technical application is $25. Technical applicants will complete an application and upload a resume, no video is required.

ALL applications will go live on November 1st and will remain open until February 1st. Applications can be found at www.netconline.org. This year producers will, once again, have the opportunity to view ALL virtual applications and videos, as the selection process has been eliminated. This is a great year to apply because resumes and videos will be seen by a lot of producers and directors and they will be available online for up to one year. As in past years, student applications will require verification and recommendations that will be visible to producers.

To promote a safe working environment for all, ALL in-person applicants MUST be FULLY VACCINATED and submit proof of vaccine with their application.

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

How do I apply?

The 2022 NETC Theatre Auditions are VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON and the applications are 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 January 15, 2022. 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. 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..

If you are applying for In-Person, you must choose Musical Theatre OR Acting. The In-Person rate of $100 includes onsite audition coaching by theatre professionals before you go in front of the producers.

What is the selection process?

New this year, we are offering onsite/in-person audition coaching on Friday, March 4th before you go in front of the producers for your audition. This is limited to the first 350 applicants, so register today.
If you select a virtual audition, we have removed the selection process and will be presenting ALL online videos to the producers on March 4th.

VIDEO REVIEW PROCESS

You MUST choose a review type by February 1st 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 $20 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.

    AUDITION CRITERIA

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

Performers can upload a TWO MINUTE AUDITION VIDEO. This will be strictly enforced and videos longer than two minutes will not be approved. Please slate your name at the start of your video.

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 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 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.

WHAT THEATRE COMPANIES WILL BE THERE?

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

 

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 have both in-person and virtual components. We are very excited about the procedures we have put into place, and we are confident that you will find them convenient in this continued time of unpredictability.

Like last year, applicants will be allowed to upload audition videos for both musical theatre and acting or production resumes for technical applicants. 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 will also hold in-person auditions at The Verve in Natick, MA, on Saturday, March 5th, and Sunday, March 6th, with a brand-new feature offered to applicants. The first 350 applicants will receive “live” audition coaching by theatre professionals before they go in front of the producers. It is our hope that by providing the applicants this face-to-face feedback our producers will be witness to more polished presentations.

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 one year, as well as observing in-person presentations. As you can see, NETC is offering you an enormous array of opportunities to make casting your productions stress-free.

Our registration fee is still $100, which includes access to both online and in-person auditions and an additional fee of $40 a day for a callback room at The Verve. Hotel information and a formal invitation to a producer event on Friday, March 4th, will follow after you register.

2022 NETC Theatre Audition Prices

In-Person application fee - $100

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.