2019 Bat Auditions are Now Open

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.

This year’s auditions will take place Monday, May 20th–Sunday, May 26th. 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 under-representation 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 under-representation 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.

More Details:

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.

You must be over 21 years of age and not enrolled in a full-time academic program to be a member of the company.


Audition Dates:

Monday, May 20th 11 a.m.–4 p.m.: African American, African, Caribbean, and African Diasporic Performers
Tuesday, May 21st 3 p.m.–8 p.m.: Middle Eastern and North African Performers | Performers with Disabilities
Wednesday, May 22nd 11 a.m.–4 p.m.: Latinx Performers
Thursday, May 23rd 3 p.m.–8 p.m.: Asian, South Asian, and Asian Diasporic Performers
Friday, May 24th 11 a.m.–4 p.m.: Trans and Non-binary Performers | Native American, and Pacific Islander Performers
Saturday, May 25th 12 p.m.–7 p.m.: Open Call
Sunday, May 26th 12 p.m.–7 p.m.: Open Call

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