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    Posted June 9, 2011

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Yes You Can - Book Jobs Through EPAs, ECCs

According to Pam Spitzner, the Central Regions Member Services Coordinator there were 168 auditions posted in the Central Region, 94 of which were in the greater Chicago area and 51 of those were at the Equity Audition Center. Of out the 3,274 Equity Members who made appointments or walked into auditions without appointments only 5 were not seen. (This makes me think about relocating to Chicago!)

I spoke with Adam Belcuore, Casting Director at the Goodman Theatre and he said the biggest success he recently had was from a self-submission for The Trinity River Plays from Equity Member Jefferson A. Russell whom ended up booking the job. Mr. Belcuore reminded me of a few things we all forget: auditions are all part of the collaborative art. An audition consists of the monitor, the casting director, the creative team, the actor and the unions. If we remember every time we audition that we are all in this together, it makes for a better system and "work" place. The other thing to keep in mind is casting people want us to do well. The better we (the actor) do, the better job they can do in bringing the show together.

Cree Rankin, Casting Director of the Court Theatre stated he found 3 Equity Members for their current production of PORGY AND BESS from the Equity calls. Mr. Rankin stated he loves the Equity Calls for finding new faces or people he hasn't seen in a while. Erica Daniels, the casting director of the Stepenwolf Theatre expressed the same opinion.

Diane Dorsey attended the Northlight Theatre's EPAs in Chicago for years. Last year the Northlight Theatre's casting director Lynn Baber submitted Diane for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California and she booked Alice in Auctioning the Ainsleys.

Matthew Scott Campbell, who moved to Joplin, MO in 2009 has attended 5 EPAs in the area and booked 2 of them.

Lyndsey Cole went to a dancers call for the Chicago sit down of JERSEY BOYS. She not only got the job, she also got her Equity Card! Turns out 3 out of the 4 girls in the production got the job from the Chorus Call.

Liz Pazik, who is currently working at the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwakee in The Adding Machine has booked many jobs through the system. She booked the national tour of SCROOGE, THE MUSICAL! Starring Richard Chamberlain, the long running hit SHEAR Madness, Dennies DeYoung's HUNCHBACK and Garry Trudeau's RAP MASTER RONNIE to name a few.

Ronald Keaton, the chair of the Auditions Committee in the Central Region states, "Personally, I have has great success through our EPA system here in Chicago…It has offered me nothing but good news. No, I don't get every job, but I do find a way to audition at places that I normally might not access."

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