casting policies and faq

Casting Policies & FAQ

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    Casting Policies

    PCPA is on an U/RTA Tier III AEA contract.
    For contract details please visit Actors Equity Organization online at

    PCPA casts non-union guest actors mostly in our summer season.
    All non-union guests are awarded scholarships.
    Scholarships begin at $275/wk and go up from there depending upon experience and education level.
    In order to receive scholarships actors are enrolled at Allan Hancock College
    Your enrollment affords you the following:
    Access to the Student Health Center
    Access to Campus Amenities (Gym, Pool, Library etc.)

    Housing and Travel
    PCPA will cover housing and travel for AEA contracts as per the U/RTA Tier III rules stipulated in the handbook.
    PCPA does not cover housing and travel costs for Non-Union guests.
    For our summer season our Company Manager helps facilitate finding housing that is suitable for your needs.

    PCPA holds a two to three month audition tour December through February every year.
    To see our tour schedule please go to the Audition page

    To make an audition appointment please email

    For casting questions please e-mail the Casting Director, Erik Stein, at

    If you cannot make it to one of our audition locations we will accept video auditions.
    Please make sure you email your video link along with your headshot, resume, and cover letter.
    YouTube or Vimeo works best.

    Make sure you have recorded two contrasting monologues and 16 to 32 bars of any song.

    Email your video links to

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Monologues -
    Monologues should be no longer than 90 seconds in length.

    What are two contrasting monologues?
    One comic and one dramatic - or one classic and one contemporary.
    It is the actor’s discretion how they choose to “contrast”.

    Music -
    How Long?
    16 to 32 bars.

    What is 16 to 32 bars?
    This is about 30 to 60 seconds of a song.

    Can I sing from something other than a musical?
    Songs from musicals are the most common, but it is up to the actor’s discretion.

    Do I need to bring sheet music
    Unless otherwise specified.

    "Please bring a picture and resume." What does that mean?
    A picture for an acting audition is traditionally an 8" x 10" head and shoulder full face photograph.
    An acting resume traditionally has the actor's name, phone number, and email address. It also lists previous theatre training and experience.

    If I can’t make it to a location to audition can I submit a video?

    Please make sure the video is current and consists of two contrasting monologues and 16 to 32 bars of any song.

    Please DO NOT use video of you performing in a show.

    Email your video links to

    Contracts -
    Does PCPA hire AEA Performers?
    We do hire AEA performers.
    We are on a Tier III U/RTA Contract.
    (See AEA Handbook or Website for details)

    Does PCPA hire Non-Union Actors?
    Yes, we do!

    Are Non-Union Actors Compensated?
    Non-union actors are awarded scholarships from Allan Hancock College
    Non-Union actors are enrolled in the college in order to receive the scholarships.
    Scholarships begin at $275/wk and go up from there depending on experience and education level.

    Do we offer EMC (Equity Membership Candidacy) Points to Non-Union Actors?
    Yes! We do.
    (See the AEA Handbook or Website for details)

    Do we offer housing for Non-Union Actors?
    We do not pay for housing for our non-union actors but our Company Manager helps to place you in appropriate housing for your summer needs.

    Further Casting/Audition Questions?
    Contact the Casting Director, Erik Stein at

    Conservatory Audition Questions –

    Do I need any experience to audition for the conservatory?
    Experience is nice but not necessary to audition for the acting conservatory.

    How old do I need to be?
    You need to have a high school diploma or be 18 years old to attend the conservatory.
    We are a conservatory and have students of all ages and education levels.
    We have students right out of strong high school programs and students with their bachelor's degree.
    Our youngest students are 18 and we have had students in their 40’s as well.

    How long is the program?
    Two years.
    (See Conservatory pages on our website to fully answer these questions)

    When does it begin?
    We usually begin the third week in August.

    How do I apply?
    Please refer to our How to Apply page on our website for a list of what you need to apply.


    visit the Admission Requirements & Procedure page

    Are there Callbacks?
    We hold Callbacks for the Conservatory in March.

    How many students do you accept every year?
    We accept no more than 34 students a year.

    How many students audition?
    Over 500 students audition depending on the year.
    PCPA invites around 55 to 75 students to callbacks.

    For more information:
    Drama: Professional Acting is one of the career technical education programs at Allan Hancock College within Allan Hancock College within the department of Fine Arts. It resides in the Arts, Media and Entertainment industry sector.

    Casting Office
    Phone: (805) 922-6966 ext. 4119

    Roger DeLaurier, Conservatory Director of Actor Training
    PCPA Drama: Professional Acting
    Phone: (805) 928-7731 ext. 4116
    Business Office
    805 928-7731
    Box Office
    805 922-8313

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