NETC Theater Auditions


Virtual Applications are NOW OPEN!

Audition Registration

Technical Registration

NETC would like to announce that in 2021 we are holding our annual theatre auditions virtually. Auditions are open to college students and adults, 18 and older. With this new format, we anticipate that many casting agents and directors will participate in the event, offering both summer and year-round employment to performing actors, musical theatre performers, and theatre technicians, as well as Equity Membership Candidacy Programs. An average of 30 companies are represented at these auditions annually, including summer and year-round theatres (Equity and non-Equity), college-based summer theatres, repertory companies, Shakespearian and Renaissance Festivals, outdoor dramas and faires, music theatres, touring companies, children's theatres, and dinner theatres, whose seasons include the classics, dramas, musicals, comedies, and revues. Casting companies and professional theatre training companies and conservatories are also represented.


All applicants will require a video to be uploaded. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.  This year, producers will have the opportunity to view ALL the applications 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.


Also, applicants are allowed to submit both a musical theatre application, as well as, an acting application should they desire.  The fees this year are as follows: one application will cost $50 and it includes a one year NETC membership or two applications at a cost of $75, which once again includes a one year membership to NETC.  We will also be accepting technical theatre applications for a fee of $20.  Technical entries need to fill out the application that is found on our website, along with a resume.  No video is required.


New this year, all applicants will have the opportunity to have their video auditions reviewed by theatre professionals, which will be announced in the near future, for an additional fee of $20. They will then be able to resubmit their videos with edits based on notes.  These will be placed in a featured section on our website which producers will be able to peruse.


Producers that have attended in previous years:


Berkshire Theatre Group, Children's Stage Adventures, Inc., Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Encore at the Point, Hackmatack Playhouse, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Missoula Children's Theatre, Music Academy International, NCCA Jean's Playhouse, New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc., New London Barn Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Palace Theatre, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Peterbourough Players,  Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Pricilla Beach Theatre, Royal Caribbean Productions, RWS Entertainment Group, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama,  Theatre By The Sea, The Rev Theatre Company (Formerly Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, The Winnispesaukee Playhouse, UNH Theatre and Dance, Virginia Repertory Theatre,  Walden Shakespeare, Weathervne Theatre



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. 


How do I apply?

The 2021 NETC Theatre Auditions are VIRTUAL and the application is only available online.  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 application deadline?

Applications, student verifications and recommendations, and payment must be received by January 15, 2021.  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. There is a special $75 rate to submit two applications, which will include two separate videos.

What is the selection process?

While we typically do a selection process for in-person applications, this year ALL applicants videos and resumes will be available for producers to view for up to one year from submission. This unique opportunity, gives you the chance to be seen by producers at anytime during the year.


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.


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.


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


Calling all Theatre Producers and Casting Directors! Are you looking to hire non-Equity and EMC professional and ready actors for your summer series, year-round or other paid production?

Register for NETC!

This year, the 55th annual Theatre Auditions will be held virtually. We are very excited about the procedures we have put into place, and we are convinced you will find them extremely convenient in this time of uncertainty.


Producer registration is OPEN! With our new, virtual format, you will have the ability to log into our site beginning February 15 to view the applications, videos, and technical resumes.  Producers will have various outlets to utilize in order 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 for one (1) year and it includes a membership to our organization.


We are also offering our applicants the opportunity to be reviewed by a theatre professional, thereby allowing them to resubmit their videos based on the feedback they receive; these will be included in a featured section for your perusal.  We feel this is a great year for you to register for our auditions, as we have over 1200 applicants every year and this year you will be able to view them all, anytime, for up to one year.  We will also offer a section to producers where they can indicate if they are calling an applicant back and/or if they are hiring them.  As you can see, NETC is offering you an enormous array of opportunities to make casting your productions stress free for a registration fee of $100.


 Most credit cards are accepted. If you plan to participate, please complete the registration form, along with a payment of $100 as soon as possible. 




2021 Virtual Audition Prices

Musical Theatre or Acting ONLY application - $50

Combined Musical Theatre and Acting Application - $75   

          Technical Application - $20     

                                                   *All Major Credit Cards Accepted    


For information on joining NETC, email or register HERE.