Bat Auditions 2017!

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 a non-union, 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. The Bats will perform in two original hip hop musicals and much more for The Flea’s inaugural season at its brand new home at 20 Thomas Street.

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. This is a rigorous and highly competitive company. Therefore anyone engaged in a full time educational program and/or under the age of 21 is discouraged from auditioning.

All auditions will take place at The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street. Sign-up sheets will be available at the theater 1 hour before call time. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE THEATER MORE THAN TWO HOURS BEFORE CALL TIME. If you can’t make a specific date, we will be happy to see you any time we have availability.

Actors must prepare 2 contrasting (one comedic and one dramatic) monologues. One must be classical (written before 1900) and the other contemporary (written since 1900) and each must be no more than one minute long. Please also prepare Happy Birthday or 16 bars of a song that shows off your range and style (to be performed a cappella). Please remember to bring a current headshot/resume.


Monday, 5/22 11 am – 4 pm African American, African, and African Diasporic Performers
Tuesday, 5/23 11 am – 4 pm Middle Eastern Performers I Performers with Disabilities
Wednesday, 5/24 2 pm – 7 pm Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander Performers
Thursday, 5/25 11 am – 4 pm Latin American Performers
Friday, 5/26 10 am – 4 pm Trans and Gender Non Conforming Performers I Native American Performers
Saturday, 5/27 11 am – 6 pm General Call
Sunday, 5/28 11 am – 6 pm General Call