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2017 Auditions


We are no longer accepting applications, but thank you for your interest.
Please visit our website later in the year for information about our 2018 auditions.

2017 IOT Auditions Poster Web


Wright Auditorium on the Campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC 27858

Parking is located in front and beside the Messick Theatre Arts Center, Chancellor’s Way, Faculty Way, Cotanche and 10th (across form McDonald’s). (see map)


Anyone who is:

  1. At least 18 years old by May 1, 2017
  2. Has had previous training and experience in theatre and
  3. Is available for the entire summer season
Individuals with disabilities should contact the Institute if they require any special accommodations.

Please add to your email contact list so you will receive your confirmation packet and other information via email.


Monday, November 14, 2016 at 8:00 am.  Registration is now closed.


The registration deadline is Friday, December 9,  2016 at 5:00 pm, or until we fill the 225 slots.  Pre-registration is required for all performers and technicians!


The Holiday Inn is offering a special rate of $109.00 per night which includes up to four occupants. The deadline for this special rate is Wednesday, December 14, 2016. You can make your reservation by phone 877-271-2616 and telling them you are part of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre Auditions group or you can register on-line at and key in the group code EOT.   The Holiday Inn is located at 203 Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834.


PART ONE:  Information About You

  • Register for a category or categories for which you plan to participate (Acting, Singing, Dancing, Stage Combat, Technical). Please mark all that apply; you may register for as many categories as you are qualified.  Note that those who mark Acting only will be given 60 seconds for a monologue, including name and number, those who mark Singing only will be given 60 seconds for a song, including name and number, and those who indicate both Acting and Singing will be given 90 seconds for a monologue and song, including name and number. If you are a performer and are qualified to do technical work, list all relevant experience.  Many companies require actors in minor roles or chorus members to double as technicians so your chances of employment may be enhanced by technical experience.
  • Fill out all personal information.
  • Fill out your acting, singing, dancing, technical and stage combat experience using the space provided.
  • Answer the questions regarding availability, internships and musical instruments.

PART TWO: Your Sponsor and Photo  Applicants must have previous training and experience in the theatre, and it must be verified by a sponsor’s certification.  Applications will not be complete without this certification. Please contact your sponsor to verify their information and fill in their Name, Title, Email address, and Phone Number on the application form.  A sponsor can be a director, professor, or acting coach and should be familiar with your work.  Your sponsor’s verification is required to complete your application.

  • Upload your headshot.


  • The non-refundable registration fee is $55.00.
  • Click the link at the bottom of the Application Form to pay.  This will complete your application.
  • Note: Hotel reservations must be made and paid for separately


After we have received your registration, payment and sponsor’s certification, you will be issued an audition number and you will receive an email confirmation.

Special Note to Technicians Technicians must pre-register!  Complete the registration in full (including photo). Position descriptions (salary, benefits, and minimum requirements) will be posted in the lobby of Wright Auditorium on Saturday, January 14 along with a list of interview times and callback locations for each company.  Those applying for tech jobs should (1) check the company callback schedule, then (2) sign up for an interview on the sheet posted at the company’s callback location.


Check-in time:  Saturday, January 14 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., in the lobby of Wright Auditorium on the campus of East Carolina University.

The Required Audition Briefing will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Wright Auditorium on Saturday.


    • Acting & Singing auditions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run until 3:30 p.m.  Performers will audition in groups of 25.  Callbacks will be posted at the end of each group.
    • Acting/Singing auditions will be 90 Seconds for a monologue and song, including name and number.  An accompanist will be provided. No electronic music accompaniment (CD, taped music, etc.), a cappella singing or self-accompaniment will be allowed. Give your music to the accompanist immediately before your audition.
    • Acting only or Singing only will be given 60 Seconds, including name and number. If you are called back, you may be asked to sing another selection (no time limit).  You should prepare two numbers and bring music for the accompanist.  If you photocopy your music, make sure the copy is legible!
    • Dance auditions begin at 4:00 p.m. and run until 4:45 p.m.
    • Stage Combat auditions will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until 5:45 p.m.

    Dance and Stage Combat Information:

    Performers are not required to prepare material in advance. If you plan to dance, you should be familiar with common dance terminology. If you plan to audition for stage combat you should be familiar with common stage combat terminology. Bring your dance clothes and shoes with you in the morning, and you can change in Wright Auditorium prior to the dance auditions.  You will receive a larger marathon type number in your registration packet when you check in on Saturday morning.  Pin the number on your chest where it will be visible, and return it before you leave the dance and stage combat auditions. The dance and fight choreographers will lead the group through a brief warm-up, assorted combinations, and across-the-floor routines.  Dance choreography will include modern, ballet, and folk steps. Fight choreography will include classic and contemporary stage combat routines. Dance and stage combat callbacks will be posted at the end of their auditions.


    • Callback interviews for all categories are scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Carefully check callback sheets for times and locations because times may vary.
    • Callbacks will be posted in the lobby of Wright Auditorium after each group of 25. If you are chosen for a callback, select a time and print your name and audition number on the Callback Sign-Up Sheet posted outside the company callback room.
    • P/R Only (Photo/Resume requests) if it says P/R Only on the callback sheet you should not sign up for a time slot, leave your photo and resume at the company callback location. Make sure your audition number and current contact information is on your resume.


Bring at least 15 copies of your résumé with your audition number and 8 x 10 photos to give to company representatives at callbacks.  Be prepared, there are no copiers available for your use in Wright Auditorium.  If you plan to audition for dance or stage combat, bring appropriate clothes and shoes.


Large-scale outdoor staging requires special techniques and abilities and should be considered as you select your material. Directors at acting and singing auditions will look for strong vocal projection as well as voice quality because many productions do not use microphones. You should be able to strongly project your voice with ease and versatility. Choose monologues that show your vocal abilities. You are auditioning for theatre, not on Facebook.

Directors are looking for clear communication of emotion. This is more than simply articulating well. You must demonstrate a thorough understanding of your character’s motivation. In selecting your piece, look for a piece where you can reveal something of significance about your character in a scene where something important happens.  Don’t do Shakespeare unless you do it very well. Stay away from monologues requiring regional dialects.

Singers should choose popular or Broadway songs rather than classical pieces, and have two songs of contrasting types.  Choose pieces that demonstrate your range and versatility.  Find a song you can really carry, one that plays into your strengths. When selecting your pieces, keep in mind that the accompanist will be sight-reading the music for the first time and will not transpose your music.  Be sure the music is in a comfortable key for your singing voice.


Most directors attend auditions at several locations prior to making final decisions which means you may well not receive contract offers immediately after this weekend. Many decisions are made after all auditions are finished and offers begin to go out at that time. Most companies do not complete casting and hiring until March.  If you receive an offer from one company but are hoping to hear from another one, it is permissible to ask that other company whether you are under consideration or not.  Don’t, however, be seen as a pest by making multiple unsolicited contacts with any company.

Interviews with our Companies:

The Performer Experience:

For the 2017 auditions, both outdoor and indoor theatres will be invited to attend and participate in the audition process.  Theatre companies, please contact the Outdoor Theatre office at 252-328-5363 for company registration information.

Companies Casting for 2017  to date:

  • CPCC Summer Theatre (Charlotte, NC)
  • Horn in the West (Boone, NC)
  • The Lost Colony (Manteo, NC)
  • Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (Manheim, PA)
  • Pioneer Playhouse (Danville, KY)
  • Serenbe Playhouse (Chattahoochee Hills, GA)
  • Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre (Snow Camp, NC)
  • Tecumseh! (Chillicothe, OH)
  • Tweetsie Railroad (Blowing Rock, NC)
  • Unto These Hills (Cherokee, NC)