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2021-2022 AUDITIONS:

The Fantasticks - TBA

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella - TBA

Audition at Near West Theatre!

Participants are led through a group-based audition process that focuses on working as an ensemble. No experience whatsoever is needed. Part of what makes up the NWT "Special Sauce" is our unique audition process, where community-building is baked right into your first interaction with potential castmates. 

Auditioners do not need a headshot or resume or 16-bar cut. Simply come as you are, in comfortable clothes, and be ready to engage with your peers. 

Our audition process involves group work, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Actors of all experience levels are led through multiple improvisation exercises, providing every participant equal opportunity to create through word and movement. Auditions focus on play and the creative process, not the product; on working as an ensemble, not solo. 

All necessary direction and materials are provided at the audition, and no preparation is necessary. Auditioners are welcome to wear anything that is comfortable for movement. 

All individuals should arrive 15 minutes early to register and plan to stay the entire time (usually about 3 hours). Anyone arriving after the starting time will be asked to audition on the next scheduled day. CASTING DECISIONS are posted on this website once final decisions are made.

For more information on the audition process, call the Near West Theatre office at 216-961-9750.


  • As we enter into our 43rd season, we are remaining flexible and responsive to the state of public health conditions. In-person auditions are happening at the discretion of the show’s director. Video submissions will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Stage Manager to receive prior approval for video submissions.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while in our building. 

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