Frequently Asked Questions

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Actor FAQ

Production Personnel FAQ

Company FAQ

How much is the registration fee for Actors?

$50, with a deadline of 12/1/19.

How much is the registration fee for Production Personnel?

$50, with a deadline of 1/17/20.

I would like to attend both as an Actor and as a Production person. Do I have to pay twice?

No. Your registration fee allows you to do both assuming you meet the requirements of both. Click here for criteria. However, you must fill out both the Actor and Production Personnel sections of the registration form.

What are the requirements to attend as an Actor?

Click here for criteria.

What is the difference between Pre-Professional Auditions and Regular Auditions?

Pre-Professional Auditions are for those folks who will have their undergrad degrees in Theatre by 9/1/20. All Pre-Professional actors must first be screened before attending. For more information about your video pre-screening, click here.

Pre-Professional actors are looking to build their resumes and are willing to accept chorus, ensemble, and intern positions. There are generally a few less companies in attendance for Pre-Professional Auditions. Check our current list of registered companies here to see who will be attending Pre-Professional Auditions.

Regular Auditions are for those folks who have more experience and/or training under their belt. In either case, you must be available for work year-round – in other words – not returning to school in the Fall or Spring.

Make sure you are aware of the criteria involved for attending either audition. Click here for the criteria.

What’s this about uploading a video?

Unless you have a Master Level degree or higher in THEATRE (MA, MFA, PhD, etc.), OR are a current member of Equity, OR have attended previous UPTA auditions within the last 5 years, you must provide a link to an audition video for pre-screening. For more information about your video, click here.

Can I register online if I don’t have an audition video ready for screening?

Yes, but your registration will not be complete. Click the button on the form which says “I do not have a video.” Your information will be submitted, however your application will not be complete until we receive a link to your video audition by 9/21/19.

I need an UPTA or TCG company validation in order to attend the Regular Auditions. Who is permitted to validate me for the UPTA and TCG member theatres?

You need to have somebody from the resident artistic leadership validate you. That includes Artistic Director, Executive Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Owner, Associate Producer, Casting Director, and the like. Every company is a little different in terms of their leadership titles. Validations from Guest Directors or folks a few levels down the leadership food chain are not acceptable. You must provide the name, email address, and position of the person validating you in your Registration Form. That person will then receive an email from us requesting a validation on your behalf. Once we have received that validation, your registration will be complete.

Must I have worked at an UPTA or TCG theatre in order to obtain a validation from them?

Some yes – some no. That answer varies from company to company. Contact the company to find out what their criteria is in order to validate you.

I need to send in a validation form but I did not receive one, where can I find them?

Validation will be done by electronic communication. If a validation is required during registration, you will be asked to enter the information of the person validating you into the Registration Form. Validation requests are sent and received by email. If you have any questions about this procedure please contact Courtney Oliver for assistance.

Can I register online if I don’t have a headshot to upload?

Yes, click the button on the form which states “I do not have a headshot.” Your registration will be processed, but you must email your headshot to us by 1/10/20.

I’m filling out resume information online. Do I still need to bring headshots and resumes?

Yes. Company reps will still want your real headshot and resume when you go to callbacks.

How many resumes and headshots should I bring?

Good rule of thumb is to bring twice as many as there are companies registered.

I’ve submitted the online form prior to 12/1/19. I’ve uploaded my headshot. I’ve uploaded a link to my audition video. Am I guaranteed an audition slot?

No. Just because you sent in all your materials by all the deadlines does not guarantee you an audition slot. Audition videos are adjudicated by 5 UPTA company reps. Those with the highest average ratings will be taken in the order they were received and given audition slots. For more information about video pre-screening, click here. We will fill up all Audition slots on a first-come first-served basis and create a waiting list. The bottom line here is “the earlier you register, the better.”

Once I’m registered, am I assigned an audition number and/or time slot?

You will be assigned an audition number. You will NOT be assigned a time slot. The reason is simple. If we had time slots assigned, and people don’t show up, assigned times go out the window. You can guesstimate your audition time in very general terms however. Actors are seen in groups of 25. Each group takes 40 – 55 minutes to complete. There are 100 auditions before the lunch break. Here is an example: Your audition number is 586 on Sunday. Auditions begin with number 501 at 9am. You are in the 4th group of 25 in the morning. Most likely, your group will be going in to audition around 11:30am – 12 noon. Always err on the side of being early! Now, keep in mind, if the bus from Timbuktu carrying 21 actors (numbers 530 – 551) doesn’t show up, everyone in attendance slides up 21 slots. So number 552 will audition immediately after number 529 – and you, as number 586 are now in the 3rd group before lunch. Bottom line, err on the side of being early! In addition, we will have an audition hotline that you can call to find out which number is onstage. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the itinerary here.

How long will the audition process take?

The audition process for you will all happen in one day. Your 90 second audition will be during the day. Your dance callbacks and acting callbacks for the companies will occur that afternoon and evening. Hopefully, you’ll have so many callbacks that you’ll be busy till late into the evening. The next day, it starts all over again for folks auditioning on that day.

What are the Dance Callbacks all about?

Upon seeing your initial 90 second audition, companies will decide whether or not they’d like to see you at the dance callback after the main auditions have ended. To check the tentative itinerary, Click here. If they would like to see you at the dance callback, they will indicate so on the callback boards in the main callback room at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. If you are called to dance callbacks and you decide to go (you should, of course!), there will be three routines: a mover’s routine, a tap routine, and a ballet/jazz routine. You may learn all three if you’d like, but you may only pick a MAXIMUM of two routines in which to participate. Once the dance callbacks have finished, you should check the main callback room again at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown to see if any additional companies have called you back. Bring appropriate clothing and shoes for dance callbacks – even if you’re not a dancer.

Click here for some great advice from our choreographer, Kiersten Mays.

What happens if I miss my audition slot?

You won’t miss your audition slot. OK, but let’s say an act of some supreme being keeps you from your audition slot – Don’t freak out! You’ll still be able to audition. We’ll move you either to the end of the morning group or to the end of the day – whichever seems easiest to accomplish. But you won’t miss your audition slot, WILL YOU??

How do I get to Memphis and around Memphis?

UPTA has partnered with a number of airlines in order to provide discounted airfares to Memphis.

All of the information you need can be found on our Travel Information Page.

When should I arrive for my audition, and when should I leave?

We suggest you arrive at least a day before your audition to get your bearings, and leave no earlier than the day after your audition. Don’t leave the day of your audition – your call backs may go late into the night. Of course you’re welcome to come earlier and stay longer!.

When will the next UPTAs take place?

We plan to be around for quite some time, and we’d like you to be with us. Next year UPTA will take place February 7 – 10, 2020. For Future Dates, click here.

Production Personnel FAQ

What are the requirements to attend Production Personnel interviews?

Click here for criteria.

What is the interview process for Production Personnel?

First, you need to check in with the UPTA registration table at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. Signage at the hotel will tell you where check-in is. Companies will post their available production positions at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in the posting room near the ballroom. You will note which companies have your position available. That same day, you will go and sign up for interview times on each of your noted companies’ doors at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. You will finish your interviews that same afternoon/night.

How long will this interview process take?

The interview process for you will all occur in one day – Saturday, February 8th. All production positions will be posted at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown by 8:00am on Saturday, February 8th, and your interviews will begin after 12 noon and then throughout the day/evening. Some companies have only one rep in attendance, so keep in mind that interviews may not happen till after 5:00pm on Saturday. Those companies that bring more than one rep with them may start their interviews earlier in the day.

I’m only interviewing. Is there any reason I need to go to Playhouse on the Square?

All of your production interviews will occur at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. If you are not also auditioning, then no, you would not need to go to Playhouse on the Square. Of course, we’d love for you to go see Memphis: The Musical at Playhouse on the Square and Indecent at our sister theatre, The Circuit Playhouse.

When should I arrive for my interview, and when should I leave?

We strongly suggest you arrive the day before your interview, and leave the day after. That allows you to become familiar with your surroundings, and you won’t have to rush your interview by leaving the same day. Hopefully, you’ll be so busy, you’ll be interviewing late into the evening! Of course, you’re welcome to come earlier and stay longer!

Company Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the registration fee for my company?

$125 before 10/31/19, $150 thereafter.

I’m interested in having my company attend. Is the registration fee per person, or per company?

The registration fee ($125 before 10/31/19, $150 thereafter) is for your company. There is not a per person fee.

What are the requirements to attend as a company?

Click here for criteria.

How do callbacks work?

You will see actors in groups of 25 at Playhouse on the Square. After each group, we will collect the sheets you give us indicating those folks you’d like to see at callbacks. We will post those sheets at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. In addition, you will give us sheets to post on your callback room door indicating the times for which you want the actors to sign up.

ALL CALLBACKS WILL BE HELD AT THE Sheraton Memphis Downtown. Most companies hold callbacks in their hotel rooms. Some companies reserve more than one room at the hotel in order to have a sleeping room and a callback/interview room. Also, there are additional “break out” rooms that you may reserve at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown.

If you have more than one company rep in attendance, you might start your callbacks while initial auditions at Playhouse are still going on. Make sure to schedule additional callbacks outside the Dance callback time.

How do Production Personnel interviews work?

All Production Personnel interviews occur on Saturday, February 8th. ALL INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD AT THE Sheraton Memphis Downtown. Prior to that Saturday, you will have supplied us with all your technical, administrative, and artistic production openings. We will post them at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. We will provide you with a sheet to put on your interview room door upon which you will have listed those times you’d like to interview folks. Some companies reserve more than one room at the hotel in order to have a sleeping room and a callback/interview room. Also, there are additional “break out” rooms that you may reserve at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. If you are also having actor callbacks, you will need to schedule your time accordingly to accommodate both.

I’d love to have my company attend, but we can’t. Is there still a way for us to participate?

YES! You can register, but we will list you as “Registered, but not in Attendance.” This way, all the registered talent will receive your casting information, and you will receive all headshots and resumes for all actors and production folks. By registering, you are then eligible to purchase the audition DVDs. It’s not the same as being here in person, but it’s the next best thing!