Audition Information


January 27, 28 and 29:  10:00 - 4:00 each day.  Dance Callbacks will be held at 4:00 PM each afternoon. 

Held at Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland.

We are primarily seeking non-union actors.  Pianist will be provided.  Sorry, there are no roles for students under the age of 18 in this year's season. 

We do not accept video submissions as your only audition.  We prefer to see people in person first.  However, we may ask that you video a callback with material we would supply (other than dance callbacks, which must be done in person).

Click HERE to submit for an audition time.

Please see below for character descriptions for the shows in this summer's season.

NOTE:  Both Hangar Theatre and the Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival (both within 40 minutes of Cortland) will be holding their auditions this weekend as well.  Plan to visit all three while you are in the area!

CRT will also hold auditions in NYC near the end of February - dates will be announced.  Check back on this website for exact dates soon.  We will also attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference auditions in Lexington, Kentucky.

F.A.Q. for Local Auditions :

What should I prepare for an audition?  To be considered for our musicals, please prepare 16 bars of two songs (you must provide your own sheet music, clearly marked with cuts).  We may ask for just one, we may ask for both, and we may ask for more of the same song or a different song!  Please be sure to bring your full book of music. 

To be considered for a non-musical play, please prepare a brief (1-2 minute) COMEDIC monologue.  "Appointment with Death" requires a British accent, though you don't have to do an accent in your audition.

Many roles in "La Cage aux Folles" and "Footloose" require significant dancing.  There will be a dance callback at 4:00 PM each of the local audition days.  Please come prepared.

What should I expect on Audition Day in Cortland?  Our welcoming Guild Members do everything possible to make the audition process as stress-free and fun as possible!  When you arrive, please be sure to check in with our registration desk. We have a short form that we ask you to complete for our audition staff.  The lobby of CRT Downtown serves as the waiting room.  When we get within 10-15 minutes of your audition, our monitors will start to line you up in groups of 10. We will collect your headshot/resume at that time (please be sure they are stapled together).  If you are singing, make sure you bring your full book of music into the audition with you, in case we ask you to sing more.

When will we be notified of a callback?  Callback requests or material may be given in your audition.  At LOCAL auditions, we also come out every hour to announce callbacks.  At the end of each LOCAL audition day, we will have dance callbacks.  We may ask that you stay to dance, so please be sure you have everything with you that you may need:  dance clothes, dance shoes, water, etc.

While many callback notifications are given the day of auditions, we also may need a few days to put our heads together!  If we need to see more, we will contact you usually within a week of the audition, either by phone or email.

When is casting complete? When can we expect to be notified of a job offer? Our auditions continue at various locations thru mid-March.  We may begin making offers early on, but casting will continue until all auditions are complete...and later!  Typically, we are done with most of our casting by mid to late April.  We typically see over 2,000 people at our auditions in 4 locations, so it is impossible to contact everyone as to whether they have been cast or not.  We only contact people we are interested in hiring, but we encourage everyone to audition in the future - it might just not have been your year!  (Also, we almost never cast without a callback first so that's something to keep in mind.)

If offered a job, is housing provided?  Yes, if you are not a local actor, we do provide housing.

Do you pay your actors?  We are a professional company and as such, we do pay all our actors. There are different pay ranges, depending on if you are in our Intern, Student or Jobbed In Companies.  Please see the Performing Intern page on this website for more info about that company.  Our Student Company is for actors who are still pursuing their studies in colleges or universities.  The Jobbed In Company are actors who have graduated college.

Do you consider everyone who auditions for all the shows or just one?   All roles in all shows are open at the time of auditions.  Bring your A Game, shine like the top of the Chrysler Building, and let us figure out where you fit best in our season!  Our audition form will allow you to tell us of any conflict dates you may have with our season.

Are there Equity Contract available?  We are on a Guest Artist Tier III contract with Equity, so there may be one or two Equity contracts available for the summer.  These are typically held for leading roles and/or for more mature/character actor roles.

Do you give Equity points?  No, sorry - because we are on a Guest Artist contract, we are not allowed to give points.  However, if pre-arranged with your learning institution, we can give college credit for your work with us.

Below is a list of our 2017 shows and character descriptions.

THE 39 STEPS: by Patrick Barlow.  A comedy/farce.

All the roles in the play are performed by four actors. One plays Richard Hannay; a female plays the three woman in the play; and two “clowns” play every other character, including heroes, villains, men, women, children, and even the occasional inanimate object. The following is only a partial list of those many characters.

RICHARD HANNAY (late 20’-30’s): A dapper English gentleman, perpetually  bored, until Annabella comes into his life and starts him on a heroic and hilarious journey;

ANNABELLA SCHMIDT: (late 20’s-30’) A beautiful, exotic secret agent, in dire need of Hannay’s help;

PAMELA: A beautiful, skeptical woman, lured into Hannay’s adventure;

MARGARET: Crofter’s wife; shy, young, dreams of adventure in the big city;

CROFTER: A Scottish farmer, jealous, suspicious of Hannay;

MR. MEMORY:A stage performer, can recall thousands of facts in an instant;

PROFESSOR JORDAN: Mysterious, the key to what and who “The 39 Steps” are.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES: book by Harvey Fierstein, music & lyrics by Jerry Herman.

GEORGES: (late 50’s- 60’s) Masculine, charming gay man, Albin's husband and owner of La Cage aux Folles, as well as the host.

ALBIN (late 50’s-60’s): Very flamboyant, dramatic, Georges' husband, and the star of La Cage aux Folles as drag queen "Zaza". Sweet, full-hearted though slightly over the top.

JACOB: (any age) Their butler (though he clearly prefers to be called a maid), and Albin's personal assistant.

JEAN-MICHEL: (early 20’s) Georges' son from a short-lived affair twenty-four years ago.  Handsome, masculine, a bit self-centered.

ANNE DINDON: (early 20’s) Jean-Michel's fiancée. Very pretty, and a strong dancer.

EDOUARD DINDON: (50’s) Anne's ultra-conservative father, politician, leader of the Tradition, Family and Morality Party. Actor will also play Monsieur Renaud, owner of the Promenade Café.

MARIE DINDON: (50’s) Edouard's wife, Anne's mother, very uptight, but mostly because of her husband.  Actress will also play Madame Renaud, owner of the Promenade Café.

JACQUELINE: (any age) Georges and Albin's friend and owner of "Chez Jaqueline."

FRANCIS – Stage manager of La Cage aux Folles.

LES CAGELLES – The drag performers at La Cage; includes Nicole, Angelique, Hanna, Chantal, Monique, Dermah, Bitelle, Mercedes.  These will be played by both men and women.

FOOTLOOSE: book by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, music by Tom Snow (and others), lyrics by Dean Pitchford (and others including Kenny Loggins).  ALL TEENS must be excellent pop singers and dancers.

REN MCCORMACK: Ethel’s son, a teenager from Chicago, a good-natured joker, very quick-witted. However, his fun-loving attitude has become desperate, as he tries too hard to convince the world that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him deeply.

ARIEL MOORE: Shaw & Vi’s rebellious, very smart daughter. Understands the rules of the different worlds she moves between and she plays her part brilliantly.  With her father, she is buttoned-up and demure; with her friends, she is raucous and thrill-seeking.

REV. SHAW MOORE: late 40’s. The minister of Bomont County, Ariel’s father.  Charismatic, charming, a quick mind, a loving heart and a sense of humor. He is strong for many people, but continues to mourn the death of his son, the one person he could not save. 

VI MOORE: 40’s.  Shaw's wife & Ariel's mother.  Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship with her husband, she understands the kind of unflagging good humor she must display in order to keep her household and her husband’s congregation running smoothly. 

ETHEL MCCORMACK: early/mid 40’s.  Ren's mother.  Big hearted and protective, but recovering from her husband walking out on them.  Forced to leave Chicago to live with her sister.  She and Ren have a strong, teasing and good-natured relationship.

RUSTY: Ariel's friend, Willard’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. A total romantic, she believes no matter what, she’s meant to be with Willard.

WILLARD HEWITT: A big, tall country boy who becomes friends with Ren.  Not dumb, but a gentle soul with quick fists. He gradually and innocently discovers new worlds that Ren opens up to him. “Learns” to dance during the show.

OTHER TEENS:  Including CHUCK CRANSTON: Ariel’s boyfriend and a bully; URLEEN, WENDY JO: Ariel’s friends; LYLE, TRAVIS: Chuck’s buddies; JETER, BICKLE, GARVIN: Ren’s friends.

OTHER ADULTS: Including BETTY BLAST, owner of The Burger Blast restaurant., LULU and WES WARNICKER, Ren’s aunt and uncle; PRINCIPAL CLARK; ELEANOR and COACH DUNBAR; COWBOY BOB, lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que restaurant and dance club.


Agatha Christie’s APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH; a murder mystery.  Most of the characters are British and require a British accent.

MRS BOYNTON: a large, imposing woman who is sadistic, manipulative and mentally abusive to her three adult stepchildren, a truly evil step-mother;

GINERVA BOYTON: her stepdaughter. Meek, quiet, afraid of her own shadow. The most damaged.

LENNOX BOYNTON: her elder stepson. Married to Nadine, but still under his mother’s thumb.

NADINE BOYNTON: Lennox's wife. Frustrated, but caught in the web of the Boyntons.

RAYMOND BOYNTON: her younger stepson. Less controlled than the others, the closest to escaping this family trap.

SARAH KING: a young English doctor, just beginning her career, finds herself in love with Raymond.

JEFFERSON COPE: a long-time family friend of the Boynton, but also in love with Nadine.

DR. GERARD: A renown French psychologist, fascinated with the Boynton family, particularly Ginerva.

LADY WESTHOME: A member of Parliament. Particularly outspoken, at the wrong times.

ANNABEL PRYCE:  a former nursery governess, travelling with Lady Westholme, rather meek but pleasant and accommodating.

ALDERMAN HIGGS: from Lancashire, a jovial alderman who enjoys being the thorn in Lady Westhome’s side.

COLONEL CARBERY: the British investigator.  Actor doubles with the Hotel Clerk.

DRAGOMAN: The tour guide, assists all the tourists on their tour of Petra. Comedic role.


NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS by Katherine DiSavino; a comedy

SYLVIA CHARLES: In her early eighties, living like she’s in her early twenties. The mastermind behind Saucy Slips, Etc., and the proud tenant of a rent controlled apartment. 

VERA WALTERS: Sylvia’s aged accomplice: equipped with two hearing aids and a collapsible walker.

BRIDGET CHARLES: Sylvia’s unsuspecting, 20-something, soon-to-be-law-student granddaughter.

TOM O’GRADY: The newest, handsome cop on the force, happily assigned the beat where Sylvia’s apartment is.

GIL SCHMIDT: The landlord, overly eager to rid himself of his aged tenants.

HEATHER VAN PREE: Employee of Saucy Lips, looking for better opportunities, a modeling career, or just her boxes.

CLAIR: The big client. Mid 60s.

UPS MAN: Cute and a little lonely.

LIFE COULD BE A DREAM written and created by Roger Bean. All music is “doo-wop” music from the 1960’s.  All singers must be strong harmony vocalists.  All are in their mid 20’s.

DENNY VARNEY (Tenor C3–Ab 4; Falsetto to D5) Five years after high school graduation, Denny still lives in his mother’s basement.  The leader of the Crooning Crabcakes, trying to bring his dream of winning the radio Talent Search contest.

EUGENE JOHNSON (Tenor C3–A4; Falsetto to A5) Denny’s best friend and co-conspirator, Eugene works hard just to stay in step with Denny’s fast-moving schemes. The entrance of his old grade-school crush, Lois, threatens to derail all attempts at winning the radio contest.

WALLY PATTON (Bass/Baritone F2–G4; Falsetto to D5) The heart and soul of the group. Still a youngster himself, often childish, he does have an uncanny knack for seeing what’s important in life when the going gets tough.  Also develops a crush on Lois.

SKIP HENDERSON (Bass/Baritone Ab 2–G4; Falsetto to Eb 5) The new guy from the wrong side of the tracks, the new alpha male, and conflicted about falling in love with the boss’s daughter, Lois.

LOIS FRANKLIN (G3–F5) Arrives on the scene to help shape the boys into a real singing and dancing group. Falls head-over-heels in love with bad-boy Skip.

Technical Job Opportunities
Thanks for your interest in Cortland Rep's Technical Positions for our 2017 Season.  If you are interested in applying for a summer technical position, please EMAIL a cover letter clearly stating in which position you are interested, a resume, and your website link/visual materials to
We are currently accepting resumes for the following  positions.  Detailed job descriptions can be found on our listings on
(2) Co-Stage/Company Managers
Assistant Stage/Company Manager - INTERN
Scenic Designers
Assistant Technical Director
(2) Scenic Carpenters
Scenic Shop INTERN
Wardrobe Supervisor/Stitcher
Costume Shop INTERN
Properties Designer/Master
Properties Artisan
Properties INTERN
Sound Engineer
Please, no phone calls.  Thanks again for your interest!

Scenic and Properties Construction Shop at CRT Downtown.

Technical Internships

2017 Technical Intern Program

Cortland Rep has four technical interns in our summer program.  In each department, knowledge of the basic skills is helpful, which our staff will work with the interns to refine over the course of creating 6 mainstage productions and one children's show.  Interns will learn the balance of working in a very quick paced environment while creating high quality and detailed theatrical elements.

  • Properties Intern:  This intern has the opportunity to work with a professional Props Designer and Artisan. He/She will work learn many “tricks of the trade” from our staff, assisting in the building / borrowing / pulling-from-stock all props and set decoration - from large furniture pieces and soft goods, to smaller hand props, edibles, paper goods and everything in between.  It is helpful to have basic working knowledge of upholstery, foam carving, scenic painting, machine and hand sewing, Powerpoint and other computer photo programs...and have a great creative instinct!
  • Scenic Shop Intern:  This intern will work with our professional Technical Director and Scenic Designers, as well as Assistant TD and two Carpenters. He/She will work building and installing all the sets for all productions. In this quick paced environment, this intern will learn how to build scenic elements that are sturdy, strong and safe, but are also quick to install and strike.  A solid working knowledge of all typical power tools is helpful; basic knowledge of scenic painting is a plus.
  • Assistant Stage Manager/Assistant Company Manager: The ASM/ACM will act as the Stage Manager for our children’s show, and as ASM on all mainstage shows, attending rehearsals and working backstage. He/She will be in charge of the backstage running crew, which will consist of actors in the show and possible local assistants.  This is perhaps the busiest job of the summer, but the only staff member who works directly with all show directors, designers and crew.  Key traits are organization, strong people skills, problem-solving abilities and a tireless love of the theatrical process.
  • Costume Shop Intern: This intern has the opportunity to work with our professional Costume Designers and Supervisors, taking part in the build of all the costumes for our entire season.  Our shop builds from scratch, pulls from our considerable stock and borrows from local community members.  A good working knowledge of hand and machine sewing, patterning and fabric dying is helpful.  There are some long hours ahead, but the time spent is reflected in the quality costumes seen up close in our intimate, 250 seat theatre.

Per diem pay is $150.00 per week.  Housing is provided. To be considered for a technical internship, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and at least three references with phone numbers and email addresses to Eric Behnke, Production Manager.  There is no formal application to complete.  If we are interested in speaking with you further about an internship, we will contact you to arrange a phone interview (or in person, if you are in the Central New York or New York City area). No phone calls, please. Please see more information about the theatre and our intern programs on the information page for our Performing Intern Program.   CRT's Intern Programs are supported, in part, by The Triad Foundation and The Tiger Baron Foundation

Performing Intern Program

Performing Internships

Above left:   2007 CRT Performing Intern Ephie Aardema (in striped shirt, seen here in our children's show Treasure Island) made her Broadway debut in The Bridges of Madison County.
Above right: 2012 Performing Intern Parker Slaybaugh (seen here as Mr. Mistopholes in CRT's production of Cats) made his Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre's production of Holiday Inn
Other former CRT interns are working or have worked on national tours (Kinky Boots, Bullets Over Broadway, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and have been featured in articles in the New York Times and on national commercials.  Some are also now working as casting directors for movies, television and stage.
CRT's Intern Programs are supported, in part, by The Triad Foundation and The Marsted Foundation

---------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is information on our performing intern program. If you are interested in becoming a Performing Intern at CRT, we MUST see you audition in person. Please check the Audition section above for updates on dates and places.  (There will be a form to fill out at the auditions upon which you can state your interest in our intern program - there are no additional applications beforehand.) Again - There is no written application for our internships, but we do require you to audition in person. Websites, YouTube clips or DVD auditions are useful to add after your initial audition, or to serve as a reminder to us of your abilities; however, we rarely (meaning, never!) hire anyone without seeing them audition first in person. Our intern program offers significant performance experience, and we like to think it is a better-than-average internship in that respect.  Because of this, we are looking for better-than-average interns. We audition our interns just as specifically as we do our leading roles. We are looking for not only good performers, but hard workers and people who are dedicated to the "quality of the end result." Have no doubt – you will work hard, you will learn a lot, and when you finish your stay with us, you will have built a strong resume and have a better understanding of how a professional theatre works.  

Questions and Answers

How many interns will there be?

We will hire 6 Performing Interns, usually three men and three women. We also bring on Technical Interns in the Scenic, Costume, Properties and Stage Management Departments. See more information about the Technical Interns in the section above.


We pay all our performing interns a stipend of $150.00 a week.  You will also receive an "up to $100" travel stipend to help get to Cortland.


Housing is provided, and will be in off-campus apartments connected to the State University of New York - Cortland campus.  Almost all the actors in the mainstage company are housed in the same building, with the technical crew housed just a short distance away. All the bedrooms are single rooms, but you will share the apartment (kitchen, bathroom and living space) with 2 or 3 other people. Laundry facilities (coin operated) are located in the basement. Housing is about an 8 minute walk to downtown Cortland and "CRT Downtown", which is our summer rehearsal site. However, a car is GREATLY useful because the grocery store is about a 5 minute drive and the theatre itself is about a 20 minute drive. Because this is college housing, we will move out mid-August, to be relocated to private homes. Our Guild and Board members are very welcoming - they’ve been doing this for years - and they are all extremely nice and easy-going.


You must be able to arrive no later than May 22, 2017. Rehearsals begin on May 23. Our season runs until September 9; however most intern contracts will end before that so that you may return to school.  We are somewhat flexible with the contract ending date, as long as it does not conflict with performance dates.

Equity Points?

CRT operates under a Guest Artist contract with Actors’ Equity Association, and so can not unfortunately offer points towards an Equity card.

What are the duties?

While our performance internships focus mostly on performance, there are a few technical duties that are expected. All the performing interns will be in at least two mainstage shows (our two large-cast musicals) and our children’s show - Note that these may be performed AT THE SAME TIME. Which means you may be rehearsing a show during the day and performing in a show at night. It’s exhausting, but a terrific opportunity to get some great performance experience under your belt. In the past, interns have played featured ensemble roles in West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Chicago, and  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Others have played principal roles such as Cosette and Marius in Les Mis,  Rutledge, Thompson and the Courier in 1776, Munkestrap, Jennyanydots and Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, and Frenchie, Jan, Patti, Doody, Sonny, and Eugene in Grease. This year intern roles are available in La Cage Aux Folles , Footloose, Appointment With Death, and Nana's Naughty Knickers. Our interns will start the summer with rehearsals for our children's show The Velventeen Rabbit. These will be full-day rehearsals for the first week of the summer.  During the second week, we will have numerous morning performances for school groups, and there may be some tech duties in the afternoons.  During the third week, we begin rehearsals for Footloose, and our interns will just be required to attend those rehearsals - there will not be any tech work. However, the entire company assists with strikes and change-overs, and the interns are asked to help on ALL change-overs, not just the shows you are in.  You may be asked to work backstage as running crew or as a dresser during the run of a show that you are not performing in.  However those duties will be arranged so as not to conflict with your rehearsal schedule.

Days Off?

There is one day off a week, which varies depending on the show schedule of that week. When you are not performing at night or working backstage, your evenings are free.

Comp tickets?

You get two for each of the six mainstage shows.


Many of our directors and choreographers are more than willing to hold audition, acting or dance classes. These will be arranged during the summer when there is time in the schedule. These classes will be at times so as not to conflict with other duties and rehearsals that need to get done (which will be tough, but we’ll try). You will have the opportunity to work closely with some professional directors and choreographers from New York City and elsewhere.


No sorry, absolutely no pets are allowed. Please find a summer home for Rover and Fluffy, because they cause huge problems when the housing crunch is on, and are not allowed in the cast housing.

Thanks again for your interest! If you have any other questions, drop us an email. Please do not call. Good luck!