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Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ section is divided into several categories:

  • Application Questions
  • Members Area Questions
  • Selection Questions
  • Audition Questions

Application Questions

Members Area Questions

Selection Questions

Audition Questions


Application Answers

What is the deadline for actor applications?
Application deadline is February 1st. This means that ALL materials – email and hard copy – must be delivered to our office by NOON of that day. If you are using a courier, be sure they can confirm delivery on that day. Better yet, apply early!

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What theatres/companies have attended the StrawHats in the past?
StrawHat Auditions have been assisting performers and theatre companies for over 30 years. Click here for a list of past participating theatres

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How old do I have to be to audition?
Applicants must be 18 years or older at the time they start work. Click Here for some theatre programs for younger actors.

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What are the different types of auditions?
There are 4 types of auditions: Song and Monologue, Monologue Only, Dancers Who Sing, and a set number of Stand-By appointments for each day. Click here for AUDITION TYPES.

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Can I apply for two different types of audition?
No, you should apply for the category where you can present yourself at your best.

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What is a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope?
A business-size envelope fits a standard piece of paper folded in thirds and requires only a single USPS Forever Stamp for delivery. These envelopes are used for our correspondence to you, so they do not have to be any larger. Click here for an illustration.

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Why should the picture I use be of professional quality? Is it OK to send laser copies?
Every actor who registers for StrawHat has an online profile that includes picture and resume. Those profile pages are used to create the audition directories that the producers use during the audition. Your picture is your calling card and it should be of good quality to present you at your best. Plain paper laser copies should only be used as a last resort. Your submission should be as professional as possible. Read our advice on head shots in the Actor Application section.

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What happens if I send you just a picture and resume?
Nothing. We only accept complete applications.

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Can I submit my application by email?
There are three steps to a complete application. You must follow all three steps and submit ALL the required materials before the deadline date to be considered for an audition (see APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS).

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I forgot my User Name/Password. What do I do?
Performers: Go to the actor application page and use the ACTOR Reset Username/Password link.
Staff Tech Design: Go to the Staff Tech application page and use the STAFF TECH Reset Username/Password link.

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Where do I find my User ID Number?
Your User ID Number is located in the last line of the header on your application print out.

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How do I access my application to complete it/make changes?
On the home page, click on Performers and in the next screen you will see a menu item called Change Actor Application. Follow the prompts to access your page.

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How do I print out the application?
On the home page, click on Performers and in the next screen you will see a menu item called Change Actor Application. Follow the prompts to access your page. Select Print Application, and use Ctrl+P to print. Staff Tech Design applicants do not have to print out their application.

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How can I be sure StrawHat has received my application materials?
Once we activate your online profile, every time you log into the Members Area you will be greeted with a screen that states your name and your status: i.e. "Your registration was accepted on (date of activation)" and once selected to audition, your greeting screen will tell you that, too. You will also receive a confirmation letter in the mail via the first of the two self-addressed, stamped envelopes you provided with your application, and an email via Mail Chimp

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How long before I hear about my application/audition status?
Typically, it takes 2 to 4 weeks to activate your Member registration and make a determination on your application for an audition. However, with the volume of mail we receive, it can take longer. Every application is given consideration, and there are times when we are unwilling to make an immediate decision either for or against a candidate: in those cases, a second and even third assessment are made.

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Members Area Answers

I can't access the Members Area. What do I do?
You do not have access to the Members Area until we have received your complete application and we activate your account. You will receive notification via email and snail mail to confirm your registration status. If you are attempting to access your application to complete it or make changes, please refer to the previous FAQ section.

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How long does it take for my OnLine profile to be activated?
If your emailed picture and resume (Step 1) are already in our inbox when we receive your hardcopy materials, it should take no more than 2 weeks to activate your account, but mail volume can slow processing.

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How do I find my profile?
Click on Actor Search in the menu at the top of the page, then click on Search Actors by Last Name and follow the prompts.

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My picture/resume isn't showing up on my profile page. What do I do?
Email us at info@strawhat-auditions.com and resubmit the electronic file. Remember: photos must be .jpg files and resumes must be one-page .pdf files. NOTE: Your name and StrawHat ID number must appear in the subject line of your email.

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How do I make corrections to my OnLine profile?
On the home page, click on Performers and in the next screen you will see a menu item called Change Actor Application. Follow the prompts to access your page. You can update your page as often as you like, BUT be aware that we use your originally submitted application print out for the audition selection process.

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How do I replace my picture/resume on line?
Email us at info@strawhat-auditions.com and submit the new electronic file. Remember: photos must be .jpg files and resumes must be one-page .pdf files. The subject line of your email should read: Last Name, First Name, ID Number, REPLACEMENT PHOTO (or resume).

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Selection Answers

Is StrawHat First Come, First Served? How do you choose performers for the auditions?
We have a selection process to insure that theatre and casting representatives are seeing the best group of candidates possible. Click HERE for Selection Criteria.

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How long does it take for me to find out if I get an audition?
We do or very best to make a determination on all applications within 4 weeks of activating registration. However, sometimes there are delays, usually due to mail volume. Apply early for faster processing.

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How do I find out my audition day and time?
When you are scheduled for an appointment, we email you a notice and mail you a confirmation sheet with all the pertinent information using the second self-addressed stamped envelope you provided. We also post an alphabetical list of scheduled actors in the Members Area of the web site once the schedule is set. You can use this list to confirm your appointment day and time.

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Audition Answers

Can I change my scheduled audition time?
Email us at info@strawhat-auditions.com Provide both your scheduled day and time and the day you would like to change to. IF we can accommodate you, we will email you the new details. There is a $25 service fee for appointment changes.

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How do I cancel my audition?
To cancel your audition, simply email us with your name, ID number and audition day and time. We will confirm receipt of your cancellation by email.

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I have to cancel. Can I give my appointment to a friend?
No. All actors that get an audition are pre-screened. Your audition time is yours alone and cannot be transferred to another actor.

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I have to cancel. Can I get a refund?
If you are not selected to audition, we return your fee, but if you are scheduled for an appointment and choose not to attend, there are no refunds.

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How do Standby's work? Can I walk in or stand by on the day of the audition without an appointment?
For details on Stand-By auditions, please refer to the Application Question What are the different types of auditions? in the first section of these FAQs. There are no walk-ins at StrawHat – all auditioning actors are selected in advance.

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How long is the audition day?
First audition is at 10:00 am every morning, and general auditions end at 6:00. After that is the dance teaching and dance call, then individual theatre callbacks can run as late as 11:00 pm. On the last day of the event only, Dancers Who Sing learn their dance call at 1:00 pm, then their auditions start at 2:00 pm for the hour.

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Do I have to be there for the whole weekend?
Nope! Your whole audition is completed in a single day. If you get a lot of callbacks, it’s a really long day, but it’s all done in a single day.

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If I drive, can I park near the auditions?
If you are from out of town and you have to drive, okay. But if you can avoid it, do. The auditions are easy to get to by subway, 10 minutes from Mid-town, and city driving is a hassle. If you do drive, we recommend parking in a garage, but be sure to confirm their operating hours, since our nights can go pretty late.

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How do I contact StrawHat during the week of the auditions? I lost my directions or have some other emergency!
If you need to reach us the week of the auditions, please use our email address info@strawhat-auditions.com. Please do not contact Pace University for information about auditions or accommodations.

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Why shouldn't we wear black?
We suggest you wear clothes that have some color and show you to your best advantage. For details on full audition preparation, visit Final Prep for Auditioning Actors in the Articles section of the Members Area.

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How do we time your audition?
We time your audition from the first word of your monologue or the first note of the piano, but you should time your entire presentation (introduction and pieces) to take under 90 seconds. Visit I Got an Audition Now What in the Articles section of the Members Area.

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Why a list of what NOT to do?
Many of the songs and monologues cited on the Dreaded List (visit the Articles section of the Members Area) are so popular that lots of people do them. The same day, sometimes the same hour. Choosing over-used material puts you at a disadvantage. Take the opportunity to do a little research and come up with material that will be your own. But, we STRONGLY recommend you stay away from obscene or graphic material. We promise you, it’s a turn-off.

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Can I sing two songs instead of doing a song and monologue?
The jury is out on this, as it affects the reaction of some casting reps and not others. Click HERE for the official StrawHat stance.

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Should I do a Shakespeare monologue?
Are you trained in classical theatre? If you are auditioning with two contrasting monologues, you can choose to contrast with classic/contemporary or with comedy/drama. It’s up to you to select pieces that show you at your best. For musical theatre auditions, you can do Shakespeare for your speech but it may be more appropriate for you to do a speech from a contemporary play – chances are that companies doing musicals are more likely to have a Neil Simon play in their season rather than Hamlet.

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Who are the StrawHat accompanists?
Our accompanists are professional accompanist/vocal coach/musical directors who specialize in musical theatre. You are in good hands, as long as you come ready to communicate and with your music prepared as suggested in our preparation advice.

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Can I bring my own accompanist?
Of course! But save yourself any anxiety and be sure he/she has directions, arrives on time to meet you (meaning well ahead of your scheduled appointment time) and stays with you through the audition. You have enough to think about without worrying if your accompanist is going to show up.

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A thought to make you feel good

If you received an audition time, you were accepted from over a thousand other applications. You'll audition for a whole lot of theaters, make new theater contacts, be called back and perhaps get a job, all in one day! StrawHat is an event that attracts lots of theater producers, directors, casting directors, etc. – and sometimes even a few who are not formally registered. Every one of us watching the auditions is eager to discover exciting new talent for the upcoming season. Have a great audition – we’re glad to have you with us!

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