Portland Audition Events
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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 & Classical 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.
During the official registration period for auditors, there will be an AUDITORS ONLY link available in the Events section of that PATA homepage. The official registration period will end when the Office Manager's distribution of the event's document and video links are due.
Please, email the PATA Office Manager (email@example.com) if you would like more information about auditing PATA's auditions.
For Actors: Info Sessions Preparing for PATA Auditions
Before registering for a PATA auditions event, we urge you to either attend an online info session or carefully peruse the latest edition of the info packet. Ask the Office Manager if you have any questions.
Despite efforts to be comprehensive, updates to the info packet occasionally occur in response to feedback and inquiries. After Citywide General Auditions registration opens, the Office Manager will send the last version for the season to all registrants.Although info session attendance is not required for 2022 Citywide General Auditions, PATA provides info sessions to help candidates have a smoother audition process. We strongly recommend attending at least one info session if any of the following apply:
Info sessions for the 2023 auditions season are at the following times:
Individual-level membership (individual performer, student performer, theatre technician) in good standing with either PATA or Theatre Puget Sound at time of registration and on the original actors’ audition due date (January 27, 2023.)
There is no additional fee to participate in these auditions.
Unified Shakespeare & Classical Auditions are only open to candidates age 18 or older.
Overall, your video must be less than 3 minutes total.
Do not use props, costumes, or instruments. Consider your audition a job interview, so dress accordingly.
Registration & Video Submittal:
This year we will be collecting submissions using an online form. Once you register for the event, you will receive a link to the audition submission form in your confirmation email.
You will need to include a link to both your headshot and resume (separately) in addition to your audition video. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need assistance.
PATA's Citywide General Auditions - ONLINE FOR 2023
2023 Citywide General Auditions will be a digital talent binder and spreadsheet distributed to auditors. 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.
Online actor registration will open at 10 AM PST on Monday, February 27, 2023. Actors have until 11:59 PM PDT on March 17, 2023, to submit their audition video link, PATA profile updates, .jpg headshot >1 MB, and one-page .pdf resume .
Binder Materials & Info
This year’s registration form will offer PATA members the option to upload your headshot and resume for the Citywide General Auditions binder when you register. You will also have the option to enter information about your repertoire.
If you have not uploaded your binder materials on your audition submission form, you may email your binder materials and repertoire information to the Office Manager by 11:59 PM PDT on March 17, 2023, using the subject line [First and Last name] Binder Materials.
Video Formatting Requirements
Need to Cancel?
You must directly communicate your cancellation to PATA in advance for it to be considered a cancellation – even if your event is online. Your audition is an appointment, and communicating when you cannot fulfill a commitment is part of professional courtesy.
If you must cancel, please do so as early as possible before 11:59 PM PDT on March 17, 2023. If you fail to cancel your audition before the video due date, i.e. no-show, PATA will not refund your binder fee.
To cancel a registration, please email the Office Manager.
List of Auditors for 2023
As auditors register to receive their digital binder and spreadsheet of actor profiles and video links, we will provide information about them here. After the binder goes out to the auditors, our Office Manager will email participating actors a list of participating auditors. Last update: Pending.
For Actors: Video Tips for PATA Auditions
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.
Here is a video by former PATA Education Committee Chair Erik Montague with video audition advice from 2020.
Minimum video quality: 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels.
Make sure to have adequate lighting, so that you are clearly visible.
Record in a quiet place to avoid distracting background noise.
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.
Landscape orientation is preferred, but portrait orientation is acceptable.
You may frame yourself as best fits the piece being presented.
Editing and Cuts
Trimming the start and end of your video to keep the emphasis on your audition is encouraged.
Editing and cutting your video to showcase your best take of each portion (slate, piece 1, piece 2) is acceptable but not required. If you opt to edit/cut your video, we discourage edits during a song or monologue. The emphasis should be on your performance skills (instead of your editing skills).
If you film your slate and/or performances separately, edit them together to create one seamless video to make viewing easier for the auditors. While our database and the binder can accommodate having multiple links in one blank, it turns out the Excel spreadsheet that some auditors like to use cannot.
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 2022 Citywide General Auditions.
Instead, we very strongly recommend that singers sing with a pre-recorded instrumental accompaniment such as a karaoke track.
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.
When recording your audition, place your music player and yourself at distances from your recording device such that neither drowns out the other.
Wardrobe & Appearance
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).
2022: According to PATA's most recent communication with TPS, they are still gathering information to determine when to have their UGA.
Dance Wire Citywide Dance Auditions
TBD. Check https://dancewirepdx.org/city-wide-dance-audition/ for updates.