Auditions FAQ | Alabama Shakespeare Festival
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Frequently Asked Questions: Auditions

What should I wear to the auditions?
Please wear clothes that present your best self. Some suggestion of character is helpful, but it should not be a costume. Clothes should be easy to move in. Clothing should be appropriate in length and fit. Very high heels are not recommended. For dance calls, dance or workout attire is best. Tennis shoes are fine, but character shoes are recommended.

What time should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your audition time to check in. If you need more time to prepare, please feel free to arrive earlier.

What should I bring?
Please bring yourself, sheet music (if applicable), and a bottle of water. Please note there are no snack vending machines available. You are welcome to bring a backup headshot and resume, but you will also submit these when you sign up for a time.

I am not a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Can I still audition?
Yes! We have a select number of roles for non-union performers. If cast, EMC points are available upon request.

How do I schedule an audition time?
Visit to register for an audition time.

Do you accept video auditions?
We do not accept video auditions from the general public at this time.

Do you accept walk-in auditions?
We are unable to accept walk-in auditions.

When are callbacks?
Callbacks are typically held the day after auditions.

How will I be notified if I receive a callback?
You will either receive an email or a phone call from a member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival staff notifying you of your callback.

How will I be notified if I am cast?
If you are cast, you will receive a phone call or email from an Alabama Shakespeare Festival staff member. Please note, we do auditions in Montgomery and New York City. It may take up to two months to complete casting.

How will I be notified if I am not cast?
Because of time constraints, we cannot call everyone who attends an open audition. We will only contact you if we need to see you for a callback or to offer you a role. We are unable to answer phone calls regarding the status of your audition.

Do you use understudies for your productions?
Some, but not all, of our productions are understudied. Understudy assignments are prioritized for the actors in our Fellowship program.

What are you looking for at the kids and teens audition?
We are looking for children who are imaginative, engaged, focused, have a sense of play, and work well in a group. An ability to meet the time commitment outlined on the conflicts sheet is a priority. Performance ability will be evaluated, but we are looking for well-rounded children and teens.

Will I need to stay with my child during auditions?
No. Parents are asked to leave once their child is checked in. You will be given a pickup time when you drop your child off. Our staff will supervise your child during their audition.

Can multiple siblings sign up at the same time?
Yes. You may register as many of your children as you would like to. All children and teens must be signed up individually, though. You are able to do this on the parent’s account.

Can a parent audition at the same time as their child?
Adults are welcome to audition downstairs while their child auditions upstairs. Please sign up for an adult audition during your child’s time block. Adult auditions may run early or slightly behind. Please keep this in mind when signing up, as you must still be on time to pick up your child.

For any additional questions, please email [email protected].

No phone calls regarding auditions, please.