Welcome to the 2014 Twin Cities
Unified Theatre Auditions Information Page

 
2014 TCUTA:
March 8, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Singing Auditions 11:15-12:13 and 1:15-5:00)
March 9, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Singing Auditions 1:15-5:00)
 
Callbacks will be held each day after the auditions.  
 
A Program of CLIMB Theatre held at
Concordia University, EM Pearson Theatre

312 Hamline Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN
(Please do not call Concordia for information.)
 
If you have questions, contact Dana Lee Thompson, TCUTA Coordinator:
dana@climb.org
651-453-9275 x. 41
 
Please do not contact Concordia University!
 
Theatre organizations -- if you are looking to register, the Invitation and Registration form (due February 17):
 
Click here to register online:
Theatre Registration Form
Click here to download as:
Word document
PDF document
 
 
Actors
Deadline for registration is February 17:
 
Singing auditions
(2 minutes: 1 song plus one monologue)
11:15 AM - 12:13 PM and 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday
& 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM Sunday
 
Non-singing auditions
(2 minutes: 1 or 2 monologues)
9:00 AM - 11:13 AM Saturday & 10:00 AM - 12:13 PM Sunday
 
 
 
 
 
AUDITION CRITERIA
This is a professional audition. You should not audition if you have never auditioned before or if you are not completely confident in your selections. You MUST be off book for your audition.
 
In order to attend the Twin Cities Unified Theatre Auditions, you must:
  • Be 18 Years of age or older.
  • Send a copy of your resume & headshot to dana@climb.org. After reviewing your information, we will send you a registration code. This code will allow you to register for the day and time slot of your choice through this site. See Registration.
  • Pay the $25 registration fee. You can pay on-line with a credit/debit card.
    OR send a check along with your headshot and resume to Dana Lee Thompson, CLIMB Theatre: TCUTA, 6415 Carmen Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076. You will then be sent a pre-paid code and will not have to pay online.
  • Complete the on-line registration form in its entirety, including uploading a copy of your headshot (See FAQs & Tips)
Along with fulfilling the above criteria, auditioners must meet 2 of the 5 following criteria:
  • Performed at least two Leading roles for a Professional*/Educational* Theatre company
  • Performed at least two Supporting roles for a Professional*/Educational* Theatre company
  • Performed with at least 4 DIFFERENT educational/professional theatre companies
  • Completed one semester of formal actor training (including college/university or conservatory training)
  • Be a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG, or AFTRA
"Professional" is defined as a paid acting performance
"Educational" is defined as any higher education (non-high school) including work at a University, College or Conservatory.
 
 
AUDITION INFORMATION & GUIDELINES
*The auditions are combined (equity and non-equity). A specific union does not sanction the Twin Cities Unified Theatre Auditions.
 
YOUR AUDITION
*This is a general audition; make the theatres want to see you again.
 
*Your audition is timed from your first word or significant movement/note.
 
You have a total of 2 minutes. Your introduction is not timed, but keep it brief. Introduce your name, number, and the plays your material is from. In your 2 minutes (a timer will keep strict track of your time) you can perform a monologue, two contrasting monologues, or a monologue and a song.
 
*Sing only if you are confident with your selection and have performed a significant singing role in a production. Please sing first, then perform your monologue. An accompanist will be provided. Tape accompaniment is not available. This is a general audition.
 
*A chair will be available for your use. Please note that there might be a set on stage and it may be raked or made of wood planks.
 
*All actors must arrive for check-in 45-60 minutes before their scheduled time.
 
*Switching audition dates after you have registered is not an option. You will have to cancel your audition before February 17 in order to receive a refund so that you may register again for a different date.
 
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION
Actors must be registered by 5:00 PM, February 17, 2014. Late registrations will automatically be referred to the waitlist and will not be guaranteed an audition slot.
 
WAITING LIST
Audition slots fill quickly. After your receive your registration code, don’t wait to register! Uploading your registration materials by the closing date does not guarantee an audition slot. If a day that you want to register for is no longer available, you may register on the waiting list. Actors on the waiting list must pay the full fee and will not be refunded unless they cancel before 5:00 PM on February 17, 2014 (see Cancellations below). Being on the waiting list does not guarantee you an audition slot. No walk-ups are allowed.
 
CANCELLATIONS
Cancellations made before 5:00 PM, February 17, 2014 will receive a refund, but will be assessed a $1.00 handling fee.
Cancellations made after 5:00 PM, February 17, 2014 will be accepted, but no refund of registration fee will be granted.
 
LATE ARRIVALS
Always err on the side of being early! All actors must arrive for check-in at least 45-60 minutes before their scheduled time (and the TCUTAs usually run on time). No one will be allowed to audition out of order, unless they have authorization from a TCUTA representative to do so. If you miss your audition time, you miss your audition. No refunds will be made to individuals who miss their audition.
 
NO SHOWS
In the event that an actor is not at the theatre at the time of his/her audition, the time slot will be skipped and auditions will proceed with the next scheduled auditioner. No refunds will be given to those who miss their audition.
 
CALLBACKS
Callbacks will be held each day after the auditions, and will take place at:
Concordia University
E. M. Pearson Theatre, 312 Hamline Avenue N, St. Paul, MN
DOWNLOAD MAP (pdf)
Callbacks will be posted on site at the Concordia Theatre Lobby and will remain posted after the auditions and during the callbacks. They will be updated as often as possible. Prepare to bring at least one headshot/resume per callback. If you cannot attend a callback, please contact the theatre company who called you back directly. Please do not call Concordia University for information.
 
DANCE CALLS
The dance call will be held both days at 5:00 PM. Only actors called back to dance call need attend.
 
VOLUNTEERS & INTERNSHIPS
We are currently looking for volunteers that would represent the TCUTA organization on one or more of the auditions days in the following positions: Set Up Crew, House Manager, Theatre Liaison, Host, Stage Manager, Lunch Coordinator, Timer and Runner. Volunteers will receive $5 off the actor registration fee and must pay for their registration by cash or check only. Positions will be divided into shifts that can run between an hour and a half to four hours long. Volunteers must dress appropriately (no jeans), represent the organization in a positive manner and arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled shift. Please contact Dana Lee Thompson at dana@climb.org or 651-453-9275 x. 41 if you would like to volunteer.
 
We are also looking for one or two interns that will assist the TCUTA organization from March 3 - March 10. They must have a car and a flexible schedule. Interns must be willing to represent the organization in a positive manner. No stipend or college credit will be given for the position(s). Please contact Dana Lee Thompson at dana@climb.org or 651-453-9275 x. 41 if interested.
 
 
LOCATION
The auditions will be held at:
Concordia University
E.M. Pearson Theatre, 312 Hamline Avenue N.
St. Paul, MN
(Please do not call the Concordia for information)

 
MAP TO CONCORDIA
 
Concordia University is on bus lines 21 & 63.
 
Parking is available on the street or in a pay lot in front of the theatre. Please allow time to park. Space is limited.
 
*Please note that there might be a set on stage and it may be raked or made of wood planks.
 
 
TO REGISTER
  1. You must fulfill the AUDITION CRITERIA.
  2. Send a copy of your Resume & headshot to dana@climb.org or mail to
     
    CLIMB Theatre: TCUTA
    6415 Carmen Avenue
    Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
     
    Include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and how you would like to be contacted (e-mail or phone).
     
    You will receive an e-mail or phone call (based on your preference) telling you your registration code. This code will allow you to register online through this page for the auditions.
     
    *If you want to pay by check, submit the check for $25 with your resume & headshot and you will receive a pre-paid code. Or you can pay by Credit Card/Debit Card/Check on-line when you register.
  3. Log on to http://tcuta.climb.org/unifieds/login.asp with your code.
  4. You will set up a username and password. This allows you to log in at any time to make updates to your resume.
  5. Complete the Online Registration Form. Make sure you fill in ALL the information!
    This includes uploading a copy of your headshot. Follow the instructions to correctly size your headshot to your Information Form.
     
    *This is the sheet the theatres will receive prior to your audition. It is your resume and contact sheet. Make sure you have a reliable way for the theatres to get a hold of you!
  6. Select a Time BLOCK. (9:00-9:30, etc.) You will automatically be slotted into the first available slot in that block. If that block is full, you will be asked to select another Block until you are given a time.
     
    *Arrive 45-60 minutes before your audition time.
  7. The registration/processing fee is required at the time of registration.
  8. Check your resume a few weeks before the audition to verify all the information using your user name and password to log on. If you have problems accessing your resume page, contact us immediately.
*IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
Regarding the auditions in general, please email: dana@climb.org
 
Please do not contact Concordia University!
 
 
FAQs
 
*2 minutes is not enough time for my audition. Why is the time so short?
It takes a director/casting agent 10-20 seconds to decide if they want to see you again or not. Make them want to see you again!
 
*What theatres or organizations attended last year’s TCUTA?
Arquette Agency
Casting Spells Productions
Cerulean River Productions
CLIMB Theatre
Commonweal Theatre Company
Elemental Ensemble
Guthrie Theatre
Hey Rube Productions
Independent Producer
Independent Producer
Independent Producer
History Comes to Life
Issak Theatre Productions
Jules Theatrical
Mixed Blood Theatre
Minnesota Senior Adult Theatre
The Minnesota Shakespeare Company
Missoula Children's Theatre
The National Theatre for Children
Open Window Theatre
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Park Square Theatre
Searing Cinema
St. Croix Festival Theatre
Studio Alethea Productions
Theatre Unbound
Tromp l'oeil
Troupe America, Inc.
Valleyfair Amusement Park
Walking Shadow Theatre Company
 
*Why do I have to provide an electronic Headshot that can be uploaded?
Organization! Theatres doing the auditioning DO NOT like shuffling and flipping through papers while people audition. This format allows them to have all the information in one place, on one page. And rather than flipping through papers, the theatres can simply look at your form and then give you their full attention for your audition.
 
*What size does my headshot need to be?
For the TCUTA form, your headshot needs to be 3 MB (3,000 Kb) or less in order for it to fit on the form correctly. If you are having difficulty uploading your headshot - most likely, it is of the wrong format or too large (pictures need to be jpg or gif format and less than 3 MB (3,000 Kb) in size). If you are resizing your headshot, please keep in mind that the headshots that appear in the books that the theatres receive are approximately 2 inches by 3 inches (portrait orientation) and are black and white. It is generally a good idea to crop your picture so that the face takes up most of the image. Please note - you will need to upload your headshot even though you have emailed it to CLIMB.

 
  Thank you to these organizations for their support!
         
 
          Peking Garden Seafood Restaurant
1488 University Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
www.pekinggardenMN.com
 
Keys Café & Bakery
500 N. Robert St.
Saint Paul, MN 55101
www.keyscafe.com

 
 
Thanks and we’ll see you in March!
 
CLIMB Inc
6415 Carmen Ave E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Outreach Department
Dan Brasch
(651) 453-9275 x18
Gaming Department
Laurie Gluesing
(651) 453-9275 x11
Teaching Company
James Rone
(651) 453-9275 x20
Performing Company
Buffy Sedlachek
(651) 453-9275 x40

 

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