Tuesday, August 09, 2011

 

Online Auditioning for Stage More Common

A rite of passage for young actors - waiting in long lines to be seen by Broadway casting directors, clutching head shots with I-hope-I-get-it fervor - has faded, as more producers and directors have abandoned the long-held assumption that they need to be in the room to assess stage presence and other qualities. While some casting directors have looked at audition tapes here and there over the years, the advent of YouTube, Skype, Facebook, Flip cameras and widely available video equipment has recently given technology a greater role in theater casting, providing a foot in the stage door for the technically savvy.
While no breakout theater star has been discovered solely through online auditions, several casting directors said it was only a matter of time.

(from The New York Times).

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