AEA Open Call Audition in New York City Feb 11, 2009

There will be an Actor's Equity Association open call for Chorus members in
New York City on February 11, 2009 for actors 18+ only.

I have included a FAQ below. If you have any additional questions on the audition process, I will be happy to answer them. Please leave a comment below.

New York, NY

Call Type
Equity Chorus

Date of Audition

Ripley-Grier Studios, (NY Spaces)
520 Eighth Avenue (36th/37th St.)
New York, NY
16th Floor

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
10 AM — Equity female singers
2 PM — Equity male singers
Chorus rules are in effect.
A monitor will be provided.

Book and Lyrics: Steven Sater
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Music: Duncan Sheik
Director: Michael Mayer
Musical Director: Kimberly Grigsby
Casting Directors: Jim Carnahan & Carrie Gardner

Production (League)
Tour, Tier D.

Equity Singers: Characters'
age 14 – 16. Teenagers exploring a variety of issues including sex,
relationships, abuse and independence. Must all have extremely strong
pop/rock voices


This notice does not have a breakdown.


Please prepare a short alt-rock or folk-rock song.

Bring picture and resume, stapled together.


IMPORTANT CASTING NOTE for these roles: Seeking actors 18+ who can believably
play the ages described below. All roles are young teenagers.

Seeking all ethnicities.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


1. If I'm not 18, can I still audition?
You must be 18 to travel on the tour. Only audition if you will be 18 in the next few months.

2. Will there be additional Open Calls in the future? Undoubtedly. We just don't have any more dates or cities yet at this time. This open call is a required one by Equity.

3. What does Equity mean? Actor's Equity Association, or AEA, is the professional union for actors and stage managers. You must be an AEA member to work on Broadway, though not all national tours are AEA (ours is).

4. I am Non-Equity. Does that mean I can't audition? You do not have to be Equity to audition; the production can make you Equity if you are hired. Non-Eqs will only be seen if time permits. If you are planning on coming, you should get there early to secure your place on the waiting list and plan on staying for a while. Non-equity members are seen only if slots are available or if an AEA actor fails to come back during the day for his/her slot.

5. Really? Like How Early? At least 2 or 3 hours before the scheduled start time.

6. I can't make it. Am I SOL? Not at all. Actors who cannot attend are
encouraged to submit an audition reel via the official website. Read more about it: http://www.springawakening...com/land/audition/

7 . Have Any Audition Advice? Yes.
1) Walk in confident and smiling. Be ready to engage in conversation before singing. They want to see your personality. Be present.
2) Nerves are to be expected, but take a moment to ground yourself before you start. Take your time. Then signal to the accompanist that you're ready.
3) Many people have a too rigid and too controlled idea of how their performance should go. Be flexible and spontaneous. Trust the work you put in will be there and allow yourself to play in your audition..they need to see if you can be directed and take adjustments. Having an idea of how things "should" go makes you less able to do that. 4) Biggest note. Be prepared...many people practice with their CD player or iPod and get thrown when they hear it from the piano for the first time. Know the song backwards and forwards.
5) The finish is worth 30%. Even if you think you messed up, never let 'em see you sweat. Don't make excuses. Your last impression is as important as your first impression. Always thank the accompanist.
6) It is my experience that AEA open calls tend to be a little more curt. Don't take things personally. It's very likely you will go in, do your song, and leave. You won't get feedback or hear back right away. Trust that you made an impression.

8) Can you recommend a folk/indie rock song for me? Er, no. That's a very personal choice. Pick a song that shows off your voice well. The genre doesn't matter that much. It's true we have a preference for hearing something that is not traditional Broadway music, at the same time, the spectrum of what is acceptable is large. Lauren Pritchard sang "Over the Rainbow" at her audition. We want interesting voices. We want singers who can "act" their song and give meaning to the words, not just make beautiful sounds. Pick a song that means something to you and that you know well. When you're nervous, the words to a new song you just learnt have a tendency to go out the window!

9) Can we sing a capella? No. They not only need to see whether you have the voice, but they also need to know if you can follow music. You will look unprepared if you don't have the sheet music. You can find sheet music at www.musicnotes.com.

Break legs!


Anonymous said...

Question: Would it be acceptable to sing a number from Sprng Awakening itself?

Pun said...

It is not advised. Nor should you sing a rock song from any other musical. They may ask you to sing or prepare a song from the show during a callback, but they are really looking for alternative/pop songs.

Anonymous said...


I'm a male singer, non-equity, but will do whatever it takes to get to audition. I know in the FAQ it said to arrive a couple hours early, so do you think it would be smart to just get there at like 8 or 9 am? Or is that just for the female singers? I don't mind having to wait...hell, if I have to, I'll get in line two days earlier lol, I just really want to make sure I can secure an audition spot.

Also, I was just wondering what the basic process is for this kind of an audition.
Is it just singing or will I be asked to read lines? Also, what kind of accompaniment is there? Just piano, or would you be allowed to also accompany yourself/play guitar? Oh and for the song, are you supposed to do a full song or just 8 or 16 bars or something?

Oh yeah and, (last question, I promise! haha), so this is for the tour right? But isn't the tour already cast and in progress? So is this for another touring production or are they just hiring new people? I mean, if someone gets cast for it, when would that person begin?

Thanks for answering, and also thank you (or whoever is responsible for the open calls! lol) so much for this opportunity! This is my absolute dream. I've decided that I'm pretty much not going to be leaving my apartment for the next days until the audition, I'm just going into vocal boot camp! X-)

Mike Harlow

Anonymous said...

I noticed that you said the song genre doesn't really matter, as long as it shows off your voice...

I have two songs I really like for my auditions; one of them is a Sublime song (so I guess that would be ska) and a pop song. The pop song shows off my voice a lot better, but the Sublime song is more suited to alternative/rock. Which would be best for me to use?

Pun said...

Mike--Obviously I can't guarantee this, but I think 8-9 am would be plenty early.

Audition is just singing. Piano is preferred 1) because they want to see if you can follow someone else leading the music and 2) they don't care how great a guitar player you are, they want to see your face, not you looking down at the frets. That being said, if you showed up with only a guitar, they would probably let you play it, you should just know that not having sheet music makes you look unprofessional.

This is for replacements for the tour. When the person would start will depend on who we have to replace and when they leave. G'luck!

Daikenkai--always go for the song that shows your voice off better.

Aaron said...

I am 16 going on 17 amle. I would like to think that I'm very mature and bright. Is there any way that we could work out maybe doing correspondence(with school) and having a parent come on tour with us. I completely understand the whole 18+ thing, but is there maybe some sort of exception that could be made? I honestly think I have the talent and professionalism required for this tour.

Email: wrigaaron@yahoo.com

Lindsey said...

Good luck to everyone auditioning! If there is a non equity audition I am there.

Alissa Feth said...

Is there a deadline for auditions submited online? I would love to be concidered for this selection of people who are auditioning during the open call. Is there a date or time I should submit that?

Anonymous said...

When might one be notified if they get a callback?

Anonymous said...

I would also like to know about the age limit thing because I am sixteen going on seventeen (no pun intended) myself. My e-mail is dance.jessica.sing@hotmail.com. Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering ifthe directors would hold audition in that particular tour situation during certain circumstances?!!! I am currently in Saint Louis and would feel honored to have the opportunity to audition for the show!

Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the online auditions:

Have you ever called anyone in for a live audition from their online submission? I'm just curious if that has happened. Thanks.

Pun said...

Aaron and Psychopathic--unfortunately, you must be 18 to tour. No exceptions to this rule.

Alyssa--there is currently no deadline and we continue to accept video submissions on a rolling basis.

Anonymous--You might be called in for a callback once we have an idea of cast members we need to replace. Most contracts are for a year so callbacks will heat up in early summer if the current cast does not opt to extend.

Michelle--there are currently no plans to have multiple open calls coinciding with tour stops. It is more probable that we will have regional open calls so that people will travel to the closest audition city such as NY, LA, Chicago, etc.

Anonymous said...

I have heard that there will be a non equity tour replacing the current Sring Awakening tour after May. How Can I audition for this? And how does one know when/where auditions will be held? Thanks so much.

Pun said...

Yes, Anonymous, there will be a non union tour. We are not organizing it, so I havn't been given any info on it, but undoubtedly, they will post audition info and we'll be sure to post it on this blog.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be in the non-union tour, but am only 16. However, I could complete school online easily, and would love at least the chance to audition. Would I be considered too young?

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