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 2022/2023 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.
SCHEDULING: Online audition scheduling for an audition slot will open through a link on this page on Tuesday, May 3, by 12:00pm (CDT).
Actor’s Equity Members:
Auditions for a 5-minute slot are by appointment only on:
- Monday, May 23, 12:00-8:00pm
- Wednesday, May 25, 12:00-4:00pm
- Thursday, May 26, 12:00-4:00pm
Equity Candidates and Non-Equity Actors:
Auditions for a 5-minute slot are by appointment only on:
- Tuesday, May 24, 12:00-4:00pm
- Friday, May 27, 12:00-4:00pm
- Saturday, May 28, 12:00-4:00pm
ONLY FOR 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 welcome to:
- Bring 2 headshots and 2 resumes to the Unicorn Theatre Administrative Offices, May 10-27, during business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-5:00pm)
- Include a cover letter stating the productions for which you would like to be considered. See Character Breakdown on each theater’s site with rehearsal and performance dates.
- Everyone must be correctly masked to enter the Unicorn lobby
The Coterie's 2022-2023 Season Includes:
CLICK HERE for casting breakdowns
- Akeelah and the Bee
- Tell-Tale Electric Poe [pre-cast]
- A Charlie Brown Christmas [a play with live music]
- Only One Day a Year [pre-cast]
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical)
- Doctor Dolittle [musical]
- Project Daylight [local tour]
Roles for AEA and NON-AEA actors for the mainstage shows.
Youth roles for those 5th grade thru high school in the 2022-23 Coterie mainstage season:
Youth who wish to be considered for a callback audition for our mainstage professional season, submit here: 2022-23 Youth Audition Form (Your photo and resume will be uploaded via this form.)
There will be no general open call auditions this year for youth.
-Audition Lab class is for those who auditioning just for the experience, or for those professionally auditioning for our mainstage season (shows and roles listed here). The class is also an audition for The Coterie's invitation-only Master classes. The final day of each Audition Lab culminates in an audition with professional directors of our mainstage season.
- Want a guaranteed role with The Coterie? Cick here for information about our summer performance camps:
- We Will Rock You (musical) - incoming grades 9-12 at our Pembroke Hill site
- Out Loud: Create your Own Play (non-musical) - incoming grades 5-10 at our Liberty site
About youth auditions at The Coterie
Advice by Nancy Marcy, Coterie Master Class instructor emeritus
Usually auditions will entail:
- A one-minute to one and a half minute memorized monologue. No poetry, please.
- A short improvised momement pantomine. 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.
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!