Our 2019-2020 Season Auditions for Adult Professionals
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 2019/2020 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.
* * * READ CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE YOUR AUDITION OPTION!! * * *
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 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, now through May 17, during business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-5:00pm)
Actors with credits at The Coterie OR Unicorn (but not both) OR another Equity theater:
Auditions are by appointment only on:
- Monday, May 13, 12:00-5:55pm
- Friday, May 17, 12:00-5:55pm
Click here to schedule an appointment if you are an actor WITH credits at The Coterie OR Unicorn (but not both) OR another Equity theater
Actors with no credits at The Coterie or Unicorn or other Equity theater:
Auditions are by appointment only on:
- Tuesday, April 30, 12:00-5:55pm
- Wednesday, May 1, 12:00-5:55pm
Click here to schedule an appointment if you are an actor with NO credits at The Coterie or Unicorn or another Equity theater
FYI - Immediately after the audition, some will be selected to repeat their monologues for part two of the open call (for Jeff & Cynthia) with appointment options 12:00-5:55pm, on May 13 or 17.
The Coterie's 2019-2020 Season:
- Rise Up
- A Charlie Brown Christmas [musical]
- The White Rose: We Defied Hitler
- PUFFS or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
- Pete the Cat [musical]
- Disney's The Little Mermaid [musical]
- Billy Elliot the Musical [musical, co-produced with The J at the White Theatre]
- Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV [local tour, non AEA]
Roles for AEA and NON-AEA actors for the mainstage shows.
THE COTERIE - If you can guarantee local housing, but are in no way able to attend this call, send questions regarding video submissions for THE COTERIE to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNICORN - If you can guarantee local housing, but are in no way able to attend this call, mail your headshot, resume, and audition form to the Unicorn, ATTN: Cynthia Levin. Video submission are not accepted.
Youth auditions for the 2019-2020 Coterie mainstage season:
To be considered for roles on our mainstage for the 2019-2020 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 2019 SUMMER CAMP PRODUCTIONS. These productions guarantee a student a role with The Coterie Acts, our theatre school.
Coterie 2019 summer camp productions are:
- Frozen Jr
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (non-musical)
In our mainstage season, we will have roles for young professional acting apprentices in A Chalie Brown Christmas, PUFFS or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic, Disney's The Little Mermaid, and Billy Elliot the Musical (co-produced with The J at the White Theatre). To submit for any of these shows, teens age 14-18 may print and complete the form below and mail (do NOT email) along with your headshot and resume to:
Jeff Church, Artistic Director
2450 Grand Boulevard #144
Kansas City MO 64108
We will not hold a youth/teen open call for the 2018-2019 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!