The Livingston Theatre Company hosts open call auditions for each of our mainstage productions. The LTC encourages both actors and non-actors to get involved in any and all aspects of a production. Our company is made of entirely Rutgers undergraduate student volunteers. If you wish to learn more about the company, check out the Getting Involved page or email the company's producers at firstname.lastname@example.org. This seasons auditions will be held on the following dates:
- Hair - Thursday, November 21 - Friday, November 22
- Footloose - To be Announced
- Livingston Student Center
Callbacks for each show will follow on the next two days in the Livingston Theatre Building (on the Livingston campus). A callback list for each show will be posted on the website after the second open call audition. If you are interested in auditioning for any of these shows but cannot make either of the open calls, please email artistic explaining your situation.
What to bring to auditions
- A copy of your class schedule and conflicts
- A theatrical resume (if you have one)
- Sheet music of the song you are going to sing (if you have it)
What to do at auditions
The open call auditions typically consists of 16-32 bars of a prepared show tune, which may come from any other show other than the shows being auditioned for. It is preferred, but not mandatory, that sheet music be provided for the accompanist that may be provided for you. If you have more questions about the audition process, check out the Auditions FAQ below.
How to get to auditions
We recommend taking a bus to get to auditions as parking is limited on the Livingston Campus. If you do drive though, parking is available in Lot 105 or the RAC Yellow Lot. (Park at your own risk).
To reach the Livingston Campus, take the following buses:
LX- From the College Avenue Campus
B- From the Busch Campus
REXL- From the Cook/Douglass Campus
On the weekend take the Weekend 1 or Weekend 2 bus
Get off at the Livingston Student Center stop. Leave at least 1 hour for bus transportation so that you are not late and don't hurt your chances of being cast. If you have any questions about finding the audition area you can ask any of the staff in the student center and they will help guide you to the right place.
What are callbacks?
Callbacks are a second set of auditions for actors who are selected by the show's production staff. At callbacks you could be asked to dance a short number taught by the show's choreographer, sing selected pieces from the song that you will learn with the shows' musical director, and exhibit your acting skills by reading selected scenes from the script for the director and assistant director. The callback process will vary depending on the shows needs.
If you are called back and do not attend without contacting us, you will be greatly reducing your chances of being cast in the show. If you have a legitimate conflict, please email email@example.com explaining your situation in advance of callbacks and bring it to the attention of the stage manager and audition panel during the open call.
A callback list will always be posted after the second audition, so if you audition on the first night you will have to wait for the second open call audition to be completed before a callback list is posted. The list will have contact information for multiple people for any questions or concerns that you might have.
Where are callbacks?
Be aware that callbacks do not happen at the same place as auditions because of the need for more space. Callbacks are held in the Livingston Theatre Building. The LTB, for short, is located in lot 105 on Livingston Campus. The same bus and parking information above about getting to auditions applies for getting to callbacks.
When are callbacks?
Callbacks are scheduled for one of the two days immediately after the open call auditions. Check the callback page which will be posted on the website for your specific call times. You might be called multiple times throughout the day so make sure you are there for each of them. We recommend staying on the Livingston Campus if you are called back multiple times, and arriving at least 10 to 15 minutes early to your scheduled time.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What kind of song should I sing?
We like to hear what best suits your voice. Generally, a section of 16 bars of an up-tempo show tune is suggested. With that being said, we discourage the use of songs from our season, with nothing allowed from the shows involved in your audition. But we encourage songs that mirror the style of the show.
2. Will I have to prepare a monologue?
No. The purpose of the open call is to gauge people's voices, energy, personality, and looks. We will judge your acting solely through your vocal audition.
3. Will the open call be private or public?
Open call auditions are held in a private room, where you will sing for all members of the production staff.
4. Do I need a headshot and résumé?
It is not required that you bring in a résumé or headshot into your open call. However, it would be helpful to us to know your background in more detail.
5. If I am bringing my résumé, what should be on it?
You should have all of your personal physical information like height, weight, eye color, hair color, etc. Also, you should describe/list your background in dance, theater, and music training. A list of your past performing experiences should also be included. This information is all asked from on the audition application, so it will save your hand from writing it if you bring it with you.
6.How will I find out if I'm called back?
After the second open call, we place a callback list on the main page of the LTC website. We will announce final casting the same way and a member of the production staff will be in contact about the first rehearsal.
7. What happens if I'm not called back?
If you are not called back, it means we have seen all we need to see of you. You should still check the website once the cast list is posted to see if you are cast.
8. Is it necessary that I show up at 7:00 for the open call?
You do not have to arrive precisely at 7:00, but keep in mind that the later you arrive, the longer you will likely have to wait for your audition.
9. If I don't own a song book, do you have music to use?
We have a wide selection of music to be used if you forget or do not have any music books of your own, so don't stress. Just ask the stage manager about it when you show up for auditions.
10. I can't sing! What should I do?
First of all, anybody can sing. You are not being judged solely by how well you sing as we are always looking for performers who can bring energy and personality into their auditions. In addition, in virtually every show there are non-singing parts for which you may be considered.
11. What are rehearsal schedules like?
Because of how quickly we put up our productions, most shows rehearse 5-7 nights a week. However, depending on your role you may not be called for every rehearsal. The staff works very hard to budget your time appropriately. The best course of action is to be up front about your schedule, conflicts, and time restraints at auditions so that the staff can work around them when coming up with the original schedule. Conflicts that arise post-auditions often damage the show's artistic integrity and are not tolerated by the production staff.