Portland Area Auditions
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PATA's organizational-level memberships (for theatre companies, dance companies, agencies, and independent theatre entities) include auditing of PATA's Unified Shakespeare Auditions and PATA's Citywide General Auditions. Individuals who do not have an organizational-level membership but who are actively casting may pay a guest auditor fee to observe auditions. Please, email the PATA Office Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like more information about auditing PATA's auditions.
PATA's Unified Shakespeare Auditions
Dates: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Unified Shakespeare Auditions are only open to candidates age 18 or older.
Online registration 10 am on Saturday, January 11, 2020, through 5 pm on Friday, January 31, 2020.
Each actor will have 2 minutes total to perform up to 2 classical pieces. Your 2 minutes start after your introductory slate with the first word of your monologue. At least one piece must be in verse, and we recommend that at least one piece be from a Shakespeare play.
A single chair will be available on the audition stage. We recommend you place the chair where you need it before you slate. If you do not need the chair, and it is in your space, move the chair off to the side before you slate. As a courtesy to the next actor, if you used the chair, please put the chair off to the side after you have finished your presentation.
Each actor must bring enough copies of their headshot and resumé for the auditors - STAPLED back to back. A reminder email sent out 24 to 48 hours before the audition date will confirm the number of auditors. (Please, check your account settings and make sure they allow you to receive all PATA emails.) At this time, we anticipate each candidate will need to bring 10 copies.
Do not bring props, costumes, or instruments. Consider your audition a job interview, so dress accordingly.
Running Late? Need to Cancel?
Your audition time is an appointment. If you will be late or need to cancel, please contact the PATA Office Manager by email (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
PATA's Citywide General Auditions Online
In support of our community's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, PATA's 2020 Citywide General Auditions will take place online. 2020 Citywide General Auditions will be a digital talent binder and spreadsheet distributed to auditors. Our Office Manager will compile the 2020 Binder and send it to our auditors by August 17, 2020.
Auditors will be able to flip through the talent profiles binder, or scroll down the spreadsheet, and watch linked audition videos as they read. Auditors have expressed to PATA that they like having a “book” to page through, and several have expressed interest in considering each individual candidate’s audition.
If you would like to audit the 2020 Citywide General Auditions online, please refer to the Auditor Registration Page.
If you would like to audition at 2020 Citywide General Auditions Online, please continue reading. For actors, all of the following will be due 11:59 on July 17, 2020.
*Note: If you already put your membership into good standing; if you already registered for 2020 Citywide General Auditions; if you paid the $15 binder fee associated with your registration; and if you emailed your headshot and resume; you do not need to re-do these tasks to participate in 2020 Citywide General Auditions Online.
Make sure your individual-level membership in Portland Area Theatre Alliance or Theatre Puget Sound meets eligibility requirements.
Since video auditions have fewer/different logistical challenges, info session attendance will not be required for 2020 Citywide General Auditions. If you are unfamiliar with Generals-type auditions, however, we urge you to download and read the most recent edition of the info packet to familiarize yourself with standard industry practices.
Please, email your headshot & resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 pm on July 17, 2020 using the subject line Binder Materials.
Binder Materials Formatting Instructions:
Submit your audition video before 11:59 pm on July 17, 2020:
Video Formatting Requirements
Video Formatting Recommendations
To make the process as stress-free as possible, and to enable actors to market themselves in the video format as they see fit, other formatting requirements will generally be kept open-ended. For anyone seeking guidance, you can watch the video and/or read the recommendations listed below.
Emphasis should be on you rather than your environment. We recommend a default background of a blank wall or backdrop. However a blank background is not required.
You may frame yourself as best fits the piece being presented. An intimate or quieter piece with little physical movement, or a piece geared toward filmmakers, can be framed to show only your head and shoulders. If you are presenting very physical work or seeking to work with outdoor or large venues, full body or 3/4 framing from above the knees and up is recommended. If you are undecided, we recommend 3/4 framing as a default.
Editing and Cuts
Editing and cutting your video to showcase your best take is acceptable but not required. If you opt to edit/cut your video, bear in mind that too many cuts within a song or monologue may emphasize your editing skills over your performance skills.
Video Distribution Platform
You may use the video distribution platform of your choice. Although the option is offered to have a password for password protected videos, we strongly recommend that you adjust the settings of your video to enable anyone with the link to view it. Entering a password would be an additional step for our auditors.
Some platforms (such as YouTube) offer the option to set a video to “unlisted,” which means the platform does not suggest publicly to viewers that they watch the video. However, recipients of the video’s URL can view it.
Note that some platforms (such as YouTube) do not allow viewers to download videos. Other platforms (such as Vimeo) allow viewers to download videos if the person who posted the video has an account upgrade enabling them to make videos downloadable. Making your video downloadable is not required, but enables auditors to save and re-watch your video, even if you have deleted it.
We recognize that due to social distancing measures, access to an in-person in-the-moment accompanist will be difficult if not impossible for many candidates. Therefore, the requirement to work with an accompanist in-person in-the-moment will be waived for 2020 Citywide General Auditions.
Instead, we very strongly recommend that singers sing with pre-recorded instrumental accompaniment.
Accompanying yourself or singing a capella, while allowed, are not recommended. Auditor consensus has been that these methods do not provide the information they need to determine whether to cast you for a musical. If you wish to play your own accompaniment, record the accompaniment separately, and then sing along with the recording.
Singers may not sing along with another singer (recorded or live) that is singing the same part. The singing voice that is yours must be evident.
Wardrobe & Appearance
Auditors have until August 16, 2020, to register and pay either guest auditor fees or annual organizational membership dues. This list will be periodically updated as auditors complete registration. So far, the following have completed registration:
Theatre Puget Sound's Unified General Auditions
Did you know? Through a reciprocity agreement, an individual performer membership or student performer membership in the Portland Area Theatre Alliance includes eligibility to audition at Theatre Puget Sound's Unified General Auditions (provided other TPS eligibility requirements are also met). TPS' 2020 Generals will be on March 2 through March 5. Check https://tpsonline.org/uga/ for updates.
Dance Wire Citywide Dance Auditions
May 3, 2020, at BodyVox (1201 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA).
Check https://dancewirepdx.org/city-wide-dance-audition/ for updates.
pdxauditions.com is a website where people can post and read casting notices
Browse the PATA Switchboard to discover offers and asks from all over the city. In addition to auditions, you'll find rehearsal spaces, local classes, and collaborators. It's free to join, and you do not need a PATA membership to use the Switchboard.