Blackfriars Audition FAQs:

We're thrilled you're considering auditioning for Blackfriars Theatre. We hope this information will help answer any question you might have. If you have other concerns, please email us at info@blackfriars.org or call us at (585) 454-1260

WHO CAN AUDITION?
Blackfriars Theatre holds open auditions, encourages color-blind casting and anyone is eligible to attend. Most audition postings will have a cast breakdown detailing genders, ages and specific types for each show to let you know what the production requires. Blackfriars is a non-equity theatre.

WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE?
Each audition notice will specify what is required at auditions. Please read each notice carefully. Most play auditions will require a one-minute monologue, if you have never auditioned for the specific director before. All plays will require cold reads from the script. Musicals will require one to two musical selections of appropriate style and a dance audition. Please come prepared with sheet music clearly marked and in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided for musical auditions. Please also bring your personal calendar for scheduling purposes.

DO I HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY NIGHT OF AUDITIONS?
No. If there are multiple nights of auditions, you only need to attend one of them. If you are called back, you will need to be available for callbacks.

HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED ABOUT CALLBACKS OR CASTING?
If you are called back, you will be notified by email the morning after you audition. If you are not called back, you will not be notified. If you are cast, you will receive a phone call with an offer within 24-72 hours from callbacks (unless otherwise noted). If you are not cast, you will be notified via email within 24-72 hours of callbacks.

WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE AUDITIONS?
If you are interested in auditioning but cannot make auditions, please email info@blackfriars.org. We can take video submissions or possibly arrange another time, if the opportunity arises.

CAN I AUDITION FOR A SPECIFIC ROLE?
Yes and no. You may note on your audition form that you are only interested in a specific role or roles. It is at the discretion of the creative team as to how the audition process will run. Please note that you may not be asked to read for each specific role or roles.

ARE AUDITIONS OPEN OR CLOSED?
Because of the nature of Blackfriars Theatre's space, all auditions are open. Which means you will be auditioning in front of the entire group. Only auditionees will be allowed in the theatre. Parents and friends will be asked to remain in the lobby during auditions.

WHAT IS THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE LIKE?
Rehearsals are scheduled by the creative team based on availability and necessary rehearsal time. Therefore each rehearsal schedule will be unique. Most rehearsal periods are 4-5 weeks, plus tech week. Traditionally, Blackfriars rehearses 5 out of 7 days of the week, 3-4 hours at a time. Weekday evenings and weekends are the normal rehearsal times. A preliminary rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. Please be prepared to list any conflicts at auditions and know that availability will be taken into account when casting.

DO YOU PAY YOUR ACTORS?
Blackfriars offers a modest stipend for all actors in every full season production. Our student summer productions are not paid, as they are part of our education programming.  

ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES OTHER THAN ACTING?
Most definitely! Blackfriars is always looking for strong, creative and responsible stage managers, run crew, designers, directors, musicians, choreographers and technicians. For more information and to submit a cover letter and resume, please email info@blackfriars.org.

WHAT DO I DO IF I'M NOT CAST?
Accept it gracefully and learn from each process! Whatever you do, don't let it discourage you from continuing to audition for future productions.