Adult auditions for the 2016-2017 Coterie mainstage season are complete.
We encourage you to plan to audition for The Coterie's 2017-2018 Season, which will begin with an open call conducted along with the Unicorn Theatre. These "co-auditions" will be held beginning April 24 through May 3rd, 2017. By early April 2017, a link will be posted here to connect actors to an online sign-up page for an appointment time-slot.
We cast Roles Equity and non-Equity actors in all shows, except the two touring shows which are non-AEA. EMC points may be earned for non-touring shows.
Please note: We do not have out of town housing for actors, all contracts are for local hire.
Youth auditions for the 2016-2017 Coterie mainstage season are complete.
We encourage you to plan for The Coterie's 2017-2018 season. To be considered for roles on our mainstage for the 2017-2018 season, students in grades 5-7 and grades 8-12 may take the Audition Lab class in the spring 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.
Alternately, for mainstage productions, students in grades 5-12 may submit a resume and headshot or school photo and cover letter. (Include age, school, height, weight, and all contact information including actor and parent emails.) If submitting, please do so in the months of April/May/June 2017.
Note: Do not submit unless you are able to miss school for the daytime performances we do Tuesday through Fridays. Please note if you can only do summers. You will be contacted if you are needed for a callback (usually held in the fall). Submit to:
Young Professionals Apprenticeship
c/o Jeff Church
2450 Grand Blvd, Ste. 144
Kansas City MO 64108 ~please, no phone calls or emails~
Other onstage opportunities will be for our 2017 SUMMER CAMP PRODUCTIONS. The Summer 2017 schedule will be posted in March. These productions guarantee a student a role with The Coterie Acts, our theatre school.
We will not hold a youth/teen open call for the 2016-2017 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!