How It Works

UPDATE for the 2021 Auditions                       11/01/2020

Due to long-term planning requirements and continued concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, StrawHat Auditions will not present live, in-person auditions for the 2021 season.  The health and safety of performers, casting directors, our staff, and the community at large are paramount during these unsettled times. (For a detailed explanation of our decision, please see our FAQs, keyword pandemic.)

For 2021, we are offering a reduced registration fee and the opportunity to submit a complete audition package – every registrant is encouraged to prepare and submit a video audition and make full use of our online casting services.

NEW FOR 2021:

  • Reduced registration/annual subscription fee -- $37 (non-refundable)
  • Prescreen audition video required (see our updated INSTRUCTIONS page)
  • Video playback embedded in every Actor Profile
  • Every applicant can submit an audition package
  • Learn and post your video dance call (see details on the INSTRUCTIONS page)
  • ‘StrawHat Featured Performer’ status (see below)


How it Works for the Performer

StrawHat Auditions are open to non-Equity performers age 18 and older: singers, dancers, and actors. Opportunities are available in summer theatres, production and entertainment companies, cruise ships, theme parks, and special events.

Fees: 2021 Registration/annual subscription: $37 (non-refundable)

Registration Period: November 1st - January 15th.  Pre-screen videos and hard-copy audition submissions are due by Jan. 15th. Applications received after this date will not be vetted, but actors can still post a StrawHat audition package and profiles will appear in our Actor Search database for the subscription period.    NOTE: Annual Subscription periods run from November 1st to October 1st of the following year. 

Registration: Complete the online form and submit your non-refundable annual registration fee (also known as your subscription), then mail your hard-copy application and supporting materials (see INSTRUCTIONS). Apply as a Song & Monologue, Monologue Only, or Dancer Who Sings (see AUDITION TYPES). Every submission received by the deadline date is given consideration for StrawHat Featured Performer status (see below).

Submission/Application: Posting of your pre-screen audition PLUS hard-copy submission of the application print-out with a copy of your 8x10 head-shot/resume are required. Application deadline is Jan. 15th.

Notification: Upon receipt of your hard-copy submission, your dashboard status will change to 'received.' You will also receive an email notification with further instructions and recommendations on preparing your StrawHat Audition video.

StrawHat Featured Performer: In a typical year, our staff vet applications and select people for appointments. We can’t do that this year, so for 2021 we will select Featured Performers -- people who would have received appointments. Just as Audition Appointment details would display on an actor’s page in our Actor Search, Featured Performers will display as well as serve as a search filter. To be considered for Featured Performer status, your complete submission must be received by the application deadline.

Your StrawHat Video Audition Package: All actors who register this year are encouraged to prepare, record, and post a StrawHat audition package for a complete online profile. Details and recommendations will be provided in the Premium Content section of the website.

Virtual Dance Call: In March, our staff choreographer will create and post a dance call tutorial, which you can view, learn, and then self-tape and post to your page. Detailed instructions for the Virtual Dance Call will be posted to the Premium Content section of the website. For some additional info, see our FAQs (key word Dance Call).

Casting: Registered companies will search and view Actor videos, as well as provide additional information on their companies pages, found in the Theatre Search.