For the safety of all involved, Equity is encouraging employers to postpone in-person auditions and schedule them for a time after the COVID-19 health concerns have passed or guidelines for safe auditions have been set. As an alternative, we are offering employers the opportunity to request video audition submissions from our members in place of holding in-person Equity auditions for principal roles and chorus parts.

EQUITY AUDITIONS FOR PRINCIPAL ROLES (in place of EPAs)

  • Employers may solicit video audition submissions in lieu of holding their required Equity auditions for principal roles with the following provisions:
  • Employers will submit a notice requesting video audition submissions for posting on Equity’s Casting Call website. The notice shall be received by Equity by the deadline for audition notice submission in the employer’s agreement (e.g., if the agreement requires casting notices to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the audition date, the request for video submissions should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the deadline for members to submit their auditions).
  • Video audition submissions will be viewed only by those who meet the casting personnel requirements of the employer’s agreement. Once submissions have been viewed and actors are selected for callbacks, video audition submissions will be destroyed.
  • Video audition submissions are to be used for casting purposes only and will not be utilized or distributed for any other purpose.
  • Employers will offer callbacks to at least five self-submitted Equity members or one self-submitted member per available role, whichever is greater. If the employer will cast the show(s) entirely through electronic means, these callbacks may also be held electronically. If the employer will hold live in-person auditions of any kind with Equity’s consent, they must invite the members who submitted video auditions to live callbacks as well.
  • Employers shall provide a way for members to submit their audition without paying any fee or providing personal information (beyond an e-mail address) to a third party.
  • Video audition submissions in lieu of in-person Equity auditions for principal roles are being allowed strictly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and should not be seen as precedent setting moving forward.

EQUITY AUDITIONS FOR CHORUS PARTS (in place of ECCs)

Employers may solicit video audition submissions in lieu of holding their required Equity auditions for chorus parts with the following provisions:

  • Employers will submit a notice requesting video audition submissions for posting on Equity’s Casting Call website. The notice shall be received by Equity by the deadline for audition notice submission in the employer’s agreement (e.g., if the agreement requires casting notices to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the audition date, the request for video submissions should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the deadline for members to submit their auditions).
  • In the notice, employers will include a link to an optional 16-bar cut of accompaniment for members to use when recording their audition.
  • If the notice is seeking dancers, employers will also include a link to instruction (with accompaniment) for members to learn the combination(s) requested.
  • Video audition submissions will be seen only by those who meet the casting personnel requirements of the employer’s agreement. Once submissions have been viewed and actors are selected for callbacks, video audition submissions will be destroyed.
  • Video audition submissions are to be used for casting purposes only and will not be utilized or distributed for any other purpose.
  • Employers shall provide a way for members to submit their audition without paying any fee or providing personal information (beyond an e-mail address) to a third party.
  • Video audition submissions in lieu of in-person Equity auditions for chorus parts are being allowed strictly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and should not be seen as precedent setting moving forward.