Audition for one of Near West Theatre’s musicals! 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, movement, and song. Auditions focus on play and the creative process, not the product; on working as an ensemble, not solo. After this first-round audition, callbacks will focus on individual roles/songs and working from the script.

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

Unless otherwise stated, all auditions are held at Near West Theatre, 6702 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102. 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.


Near West Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We will cast artists without regard to disability, race, age, sexual orientation, color, gender identity, national origin, ethnic origin, or any otherwise indicated basis.  We are committed to authentically casting to ensure that all marginalized groups are represented. 

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



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