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Auditions for Adult Professionals for the 2018-19 Season

We hold our season auditions together with our friends at Unicorn Theatre.

WHAT:  The Coterie Theatre and Unicorn Theatre will hold combined auditions for professional adult actors (18 years of age and older) - Equity and non-Equity - for their respective 2018/2019 seasons.

WHERE:  Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri

OTHER:  Actors will be asked to perform two contrasting contemporary monologues (no classical, no Shakespeare); two minutes each; no musical material.  Singing auditions will occur only if called back.  Actors must bring two head shots and two resumes.


Actors who have attended The Coterie/Unicorn call two or more times OR worked onstage at BOTH The Coterie & Unicorn
In lieu of an audition, you are invited to:
- Print and complete the Coterie audition form, the Unicorn audition form, or both forms if you would like to be considered by both theaters.
- Paperclip one head shot and one resume to each form you complete.
- Drop off at the Unicorn Theatre Box Office during business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-5:00pm)

CLICK HERE for The Coterie's 2018/2019 Adult Audition Form

CLICK HERE for Unicorn's 2018/2019 Audition Form

Actor's Equity Members
Auditions are by appointment only.
Equity members may schedule an appointment by calling 816-474-4241.  Calls will be answered/returned April 2-6, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm (CT).
The two dates below will be held for only Equity actors through April 6, 2018:
- Monday, April 30, 1:00-5:55pm
- Friday, May 4, 1;00-5:55pm

Actors with credits at The Coterie OR Unicorn (but not both), or another Equity theater
Adutions are by appointment only.
Online audition scheduling will open through a link on this page on April 6, by 5:00pm (CT) for:
- Monday, April 30, 1:00-5:55pm
- Wednesday, May 2, 12:00-4:45pm
- Friday, May 4, 1:00-5:55pm

Actors with no credits at The Coterie or Unicorn or another Equity theater
Auditions are by appointment only.
Online audition scheduling will open through a link on this page on April 6, by 5:00pm (CT) for:
- Wednesday, April 25, 12:00-5:55pm
- Thursday, April 26, 12:00-5:55pm

Some auditioners will be asked to schedule an additional 5-minute call back for May 2 (5:00-5:55pm) or May 4 (12:00-12:50pm).  If a call back is required, more details will be provided immediately after the audition.  You will NOT need to prepare new material.

The Coterie's 2018-2019 Season

  • Becoming Martin [world premiere]
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical [musical]
  • Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins [musical]
  • Beat Bugs [musical]
  • Elephant and Piggie's "We are In a Play!" [musical]
  • Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV  [local tour]

Roles for AEA and Non-AEA actors in all shows except Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV.

Please note: We do not have out-of-town housing for actors; all contracts are for local hire.

On-Stage Opportunities for Youth/Teens

Youth auditions for the 2017-2018 Coterie mainstage season are complete.

We encourage you to plan for The Coterie's 2018-2019 season.  To be considered for roles on our mainstage for the 2018-2019 season, students in grades 5-7 and grades 8-12 may take the Audition Lab class in the spring or summer class term. There will be no open call this year. Audition Lab class members will be considered for main stage roles as well as Coterie "Master Class" members.

Other onstage opportunities will be for our 2018 SUMMER CAMP PRODUCTIONS. The Summer 2018 class schedule will be posted in March. These productions guarantee a student a role with The Coterie Acts, our theatre school.

Coterie 2017-2018 productions with roles for youth/teens entering grades 5-12:

  • We Shall Not Be Moved
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas [musical]
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Disney's Newsies (co-produced with The J at the White Theatre)
Helpful Hints for Young Auditioners

We will not hold a youth/teen open call for the 2017-2018 Season. See the "On Stage Opportunities for Youth/Teens" section above for information about summer opportunities and application requirements for mainstage production consideration.


About youth "Open Call" auditions at The Coterie
Advice by Nancy Marcy, Coterie Master Class instructor

The Coterie Theatre usually (but not always) holds open call auditions in the spring for young people ages 12 - 17. 

The auditions will entail:

  •     A one-minute to one and a half minute memorized monologue. No poetry, please.
  •     A short movement improvisation. The improvisation will be described on the audition form that you fill out when you arrive. As you wait your turn to audition you should plan a beginning, middle and an end to the improvisation and then rehearse it to match the time limit given.
  •     A photo of yourself. School or family photos are fine but they will be kept by the theatre for future reference.
  •     A simple resume. If you have a resume, bring it with you.  If this is not possible, there are questions on the audition form that will provide the theatre with necessary information.

When your audition is finished you may leave. You will be notified by email if you need to come to a "callback" to read for a specific part.  It is important to clearly print an email address on the form that will be checked regularly.  Please understand that sometimes these callbacks are held months after your initial audition!  Do NOT call the theatre to ask about whether or not your are being considered for any role.

How a Play is Cast

By its very nature, the selection of a cast is a difficult and sometimes unpleasant process for all concerned. The actors who audition are risking rejection, and usually most of them come away empty-handed. Some win roles and some do not, so it is vital for young actors to develop a healthy perspective towards what this process is all about. No matter how many times one auditions, there will always be disappointment at not being cast. Rejection is rejection; it goes with the territory. An actor, no matter what age, must find a perspective for the audition process. The Coterie is looking for something specific in an actor to fill a given role. Whether or not you are called back or cast for a role depends upon production requirements, and there are very few roles for young actors. As difficult as it is to accept, rejection is seldom the result of an actor's incompetence or lack of inherent talent.

How to Perform the Best Monologue

Choose something that is close to yourself in terms of age and experience. Never audition with a character you would not be cast to play - if you're 13 years old, don't audition with a 25 year old's monologue. Rather than using monologues from "books of monologues", you might try to find a monologue from a piece of literature that you love. You will know and understand the character and his/her story, and that will benefit your performance tremendously. Be sure the monologue stays within the time limit and that it is a self-contained selection that has or implies a beginning, middle, and end. Prepare your monologue - rehearse it "out loud" many times. You shouldn't memorize it like you memorize material for a test in school. If you are just thinking the words, they will leave your brain when you need them the most. Keep in mind that the theatre is larger than your bedroom - practice with projection!

To Do's…and NOT To Do's

  •     Bring something to do while you wait. This will help to keep you focused and to avoid the "jitters."
  •     Be polite to everyone you meet. Your audition begins the moment you arrive at the theatre, and your ability to be a cooperative team player is vital to casting. Everyone who works for the theatre is aware of the attitude and energy needed for a Coterie actor!
  •     Dress: don't wear sandals, clogs, crocs, platforms, outrageous clothing, hats, dangling jewelry, or hair that covers your face - you don't want to distract attention away from you. Maximize your assets.
  •     Do not apologize about yourself or your monologue. Audition with confidence - think "I've got something very important to share with you."
  •     Do not explain the monologue. You need to simply state the name of the play or book that it's from and the author.
  •     Avoid delivering your monlogue directly to those sitting at the table, or glancing at them while performing.  Create a "fourth wall" for yourself.

Break a leg at your audition!