The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Niegel Smith and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, seeks actors to join our resident volunteer acting company, The Bats. The Bats are an inclusive and prolific company who appear in new plays by world-class playwrights, original performance art, devised theater, reinterpretations of the classics, our late-night play competition – SERIALS, and our new family programming initiative – Cereals. In addition to performing on The Flea’s stages, The Bats volunteer in all aspects of making theater at our brand new home at 20 Thomas Street.

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This year’s auditions will take place June 11th – June 17th. As part of our commitment to reflecting the diversity of New York City, we are hosting several culturally specific auditions in addition to general open calls. Of course, your identity is more nuanced than these categories, but it is our hope that these calls serve as an opportunity to counter the underrepresentation of certain peoples in our field and create a more equitable culture in the arts. Artistic Director, Niegel Smith shares, “The work on our stages must be made and performed by a community of artists that reflect multiple perspectives. The history of theater practice in America is burdened by dehumanizing cultural appropriation and a woeful underrepresentation of specific cultures, ethnicities, and bodies. To help change this, The Flea practices culturally aware casting practices. We strive to level the playing field by welcoming into The Bats a pool of performers who bring diversity to our stages and in turn our larger field.”

All prospective Bats are welcomed and encouraged to attend any posted audition slot with which they identify. If you do not identify with any of the ethnically and culturally specific calls please do attend the general open calls.


All auditions will take place at The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street. Sign-up sheets will be available at the theater one hour prior to each call time. Do come early—do not procrastinate—the available slots are filled very quickly. If you cannot make a specific date, please look below for the full schedule of auditions. We will be happy to see you anytime we have availability.

Actors must prepare two contrasting (one comedic and one dramatic) monologues. One must be classical (written before 1900) and the other contemporary (written since 1900).

Please also prepare “Happy Birthday” or 16 bars of a song that shows off your range to be performed a cappella. Please remember to bring a current headshot and resume.




Monday, June 11th 10 am – 3 pm: African American, African, Caribbean, and African Diasporic Performers
Tuesday, June 12th 11 am – 5 pm: Middle Eastern and North African Performers | Performers with Disabilities
Wednesday, June 13th 2 pm – 7 pm: Asian and South Asian Performers
Thursday, June 14th 10 am – 3 pm: Latinx Performers
Friday, June 15th 9 am – 3 pm: Trans and Non-binary Performers | Native American, and Pacific Islander Performers
Saturday, June 16th 10 am – 5 pm: Open Call
Sunday, June 17th 10 am – 4 pm: Open Call

Please address all inquiries to Company Manager Emilie Pass at NO PHONE CALLS.