2021-2022 AUDITIONS:

Historic Haunts (non-musical, acting, improv, ages 14 and up) - July 29 & 30

Web of Anansi (non-musical, acting, scripted, paid) - TBA

Disney's The Little Mermaid (musical, singing, acting, ages 7 and up) - TBA

The Fantasticks - TBA

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella - TBA

Audition for 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.
  • Individuals who have received the full COVID vaccine are able to wear masks to the level of their comfort, while unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear a mask at all times while in the NWT space.

Historic Haunts Audition Registration Form

Thursday, July 29, 6pm
Friday, July 30, 6pm
I understand that unless I am fully vaccinated against the COVID virus, I have to wear my mask at all times on the NWT premises.

See you at your selected audition day!

Transforming lives
Through Theatre

Donations of all sizes create artistic opportunities for hundreds of youth and adults each year.

Donate Today

Never miss a thing

No, thanks.

Share This Page

Photo Gallery

1 of 22