Casting Frequently Asked Questions
Do you cast local actors in your productions?
We always look for opportunities to cast local actors in our productions. There are opportunities every year for local casting. However please keep in mind:
- Actors Theatre employs actors under the LORT (League of Regional Theatres) contract with Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers.
- The union determines the number of non-Equity actors in any production and the majority of the roles must be filled by Equity Union actors.
- The priority in casting non-union roles is always with the Actors Theatre Apprentice Company because of the tremendous contribution of time and effort they give without compensation throughout an entire season.
I am a local actor and I’d like to audition for Actors Theatre, how do I find out about auditions?
Actors Theatre holds auditions for local non equity performers in the spring each year. We post ALL audition opportunities on this webpage, as soon as they are scheduled. We send all audition notices to the Courier-Journal, LEO and Velocity newspapers. These auditions are general and not for any specific production; they are a chance for our casting department to meet local performers and may not lead to specific casting.
I am an Equity actor living in the Louisville area, how I find out about auditions?
Actors Theatre holds local EPA auditions for equity performers in the spring each year, as stipulated in our Equity agreement. We post all audition notices on this webpage as soon as they are scheduled. We also post on the Actors Equity Casting Call page. We also hold EPA auditions each spring in an Equity Office City, usually either NYC or Chicago.
My child is very interested in performing; does Actors Theatre ever cast children?
Yes, we cast many children every year in our annual productions of Dracula and A Christmas Carol. In addition there may be other opportunities for child casting in our season.
When do you hold auditions for Children and Young Adults?
We hold annual children and young adult auditions once a year, usually in mid-May. Children and Young Adult auditions are posted on this webpage and we also post in LEO, Courier-Journal and Velocity.
What are you looking for at the Children’s auditions?
We look for many things. In general we look for children who are, confident, poised, independent, well behaved and can be without their parents in the room. Imagination and a sense of play are also extremely important. Height and age are important for specific roles.
Do you hold auditions for Equity actors in other cities?
We hold open auditions alternatively in New York City, Chicago, and occasionally in other Equity office cities. These are posted on the Actors Equity Casting Call page and on this webpage. Appointments are scheduled the day of by our Equity monitor and we cannot reserve anyone a time in advance. In addition we also hold Equity auditions for specific productions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles depending on the needs of the production. Auditions are arranged through agent submissions and scheduled by a casting director in that city.
How do I schedule an audition?
For all auditions held at Actors Theatre:
- We begin taking audition appointments ONE MONTH prior to the audition date.
- No auditions will be scheduled before that time.
- We schedule auditions until all the time slots are filled.
In an effort to respect your time and ours, we WILL NOT see anyone without an appointment on the day of the auditions. Once we have scheduled your audition, we will send information regarding the location of the audition and what you should prepare. Auditions in other cities are scheduled either through a casting director via agent submission for specific project or through an Equity Audition Monitor the day of the audition for our open Equity auditions.
What should I expect at the audition?
Auditions at Actors Theatre are as relaxed and painless as possible! Performers arrive at least 10 minutes before your audition in order to sign in and fill out an audition form. A member of our casting department runs the auditions and will call your name at your assigned time. Actors audition one at a time with only members of the casting department in the room. You will be asked to perform your monologue or other prepared material. We plan for each audition to last 5 minutes so that we can see as many people as possible during the day. Parents wait in the audition lounge during their children’s auditions and do not go into the audition with the child.
How will I know if I am cast?
Because of time constraints we cannot call everyone who attends an open audition. We will ONLY contact if you we need to see you for a callback audition or to offer you a role. Please do not call us for the status of your audition.
Where and to whom should I send my headshot and resume?
Photos and resumes can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, and by mail to:
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Headshots and resumes are filed according to experience. If you do not have a headshot use a photo or snapshot.
Do you have a casting director in New York that I should send my headshot and resume to?
Because of the number of plays we produce each season, we use a number of casting directors. We recommend sending us your materials at the above address instead.
Do you ever cast on the West Coast?
Because of budget constraints, we rarely cast on the West Coast. If you are an actor living on the West Coast, the best idea is to send us your picture and resume (at the above address) and let us know what projects you are interested in.
What is the Actors Equity Association? How do I join?
Actors’ Equity Association (“AEA” or “Equity”), founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 45,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.
Quoted from Actors’ Equity Association Website
Please visit the Actors’ Equity Association Website for more information about the organization and how to join.
I want to become an actor but I don’t have much experience. What do I do?
First, see as much theatre as you can and just keep reading plays! It’s a great way to understand the kind of plays you want to do and what kind of acting you like. Second, take a class. Even the best and most accomplished performers still take classes to keep sharp. Third, audition, audition, audition! Many people say the hardest part of acting is auditioning. The more you audition the more comfortable you will become and the easier the process will be.
Does Actors Theatre hold acting classes?
Actors Theatre is committed to training the next generation of theatre leaders and artists through our Professional Training Company. More Information about the Professional Training Company
Former Associate Director at Actors Theatre, Zan Sawyer-Dailey, holds private acting classes and workshops for adults (19 and older) several times each year. Please email email@example.com for more information and to apply.
While Actors Theatre of Louisville does not officially endorse any of the following, we provide this information as a guide. Other organizations may also offer classes. If you are an organization providing acting classes or workshops, send us information so we can include them.
Adults interested in acting classes may want to visit websites for the following organizations:
Theatre Alliance of Louisville (many local theatre companies are members of this organization)
For Children and Teens
We do not hold acting classes for children and teens.
Are there other ways to get involved at Actors Theatre of Louisville?
There are many ways to be involved!
Find out about opportunities to Usher for performances at Actors Theatre or join Actors Associates, one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country! Contact Allison Hammons at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I find out about your season of shows? When do you announce the Humana Festival of New American Plays?
This website is your best and most thorough resource for information about our season and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. We announce the Humana Festival of New American Plays lineup in November of each year.
Should you wish to receive a brochure of our season of shows or information about the Humana Festival of New American Plays, please send a self addresses envelope and cover letter with your request to:
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Or sign up for our email list.
If you have specific questions that we have not answered, feel free to email Auditions@ActorsTheatre.org.