OCT is an award-winning professional theater company. However, we encourage actors at all levels of experience to participate in auditions. We hold general auditions annually in June and callbacks during summer and early fall.
OCT’S EXPERIENCE AUDITIONS
There are no roles available for ages 8 and under in the 2014-2015 season, but our Education Department will host experiential auditions for ages 6-8 on June 11th. OCT holds these auditions as a learning experience for students for whom roles are not offered. Our Artistic Director and Acting Academy Manager will be in attendance and will give you tips for successful auditions in the future. Auditions will be held in groups of about 8 students.Your 30-minute audition block will include an ensemble warmup exercise and a sharing of monologues with the full group.
Your monologue should be approximately one minute long and from a play if possible. We will also accept monologues from books or poems for younger actors. You only need one copy of your headshot and resume for these auditions.
OCT holds general auditions for its professional, main stage season in June. Dates are posted on our Summer Acting Academy class brochures, as well as on our website.
During auditions, you will be asked to present a prepared monologue (approx. one minute) and submit two copies of your headshot or current photo and a resume. We do not require a song for general auditions, and there is no accompaniment available. You may prepare 12-16 bars of music to sing a cappella if you wish; not all auditioners will be asked to sing.
Make an appointment on or after May 1st by calling 503-228-9571. Bring your resume, headshot, and a prepared monologue:
You won’t hear from us unless we want to call you back for a specific show. Most callbacks will be scheduled by October. If called back, we will tell you at that time what to prepare. Generally, you will be asked to do cold readings from the script and a song if being considered for a musical. Occasionally, we will have additional callbacks later in the season as needs arise, so we'll keep your information on file all year long. Please check back at the top of this page to find out if a particular show has been cast.
OCT’s Artistic Director: Stan Foote, and Educational Director: Dani Baldwin, will be at auditions. Occasionally we will have other directors present, as well as members of our Young Professionals program to assist you.
OCT casts age-appropriate (youth for youth roles, adults for adult roles). We look for professionals who are well-trained and fun to work with. Casting is a tough job – sometimes very talented people cannot be cast for various reasons.
We look for actors who know how to present clear characters. We want physical actors who use their bodies in creating characters and who know how to use their voices with clear diction and projection. Actors ideally have a theater vocabulary so they’re able to take direction. These skills can be polished through solid, skill-building Acting Academy classes.
It is rare that we can cast without seeing you at an audition. However, please send your resume, headshot and a cover letter to our Production Manager if you absolutely can’t make auditions, but still want to be considered for a role.
If you’re interested in Young Professionals, you can use this as the audition if you let us know ahead of time. However, you will still need to set up an interview with Dani Baldwin before August 6th: firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-228-9571 ext 106.
Rehearsal schedules may vary, but OCT shows generally rehearse Monday-Thursday evenings and Sunday days, beginning approximately 6 weeks before opening. If you have a smaller role, you might not be needed for the entire rehearsal process.