Who are Atlanta Unified auditions for?

The Atlanta Unified Auditions are ideal for actors and performers looking for the next step in their theatre careers. They are meant to connect working, professional actors to theatres and casting directors across the Southeast region. 

After multiple surveys and conversations with artistic and casting directors from across the greater Atlanta area, C4 Atlanta recognized that auditors are interested in seeing new talent on the Atlanta Unified’s stage. “New” does not necessarily “young”. Auditors are interested in a diverse and professional group of Equity, Non-Equity, or recent college graduates who they may not have seen in the past. 

This may mean that if you have been seen at Unifieds in the past or are already a regular working actor in the area the Selection Committee may choose not to allot you an audition slot. This is not because you’re not qualified but because they may know/understand the scope of your talent and work already.

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Actor’s networking while they wait to audition. 
Actress performs a musical selection. Robert Strickland, accompanist.
Actress performs a musical selection. Robert Strickland, accompanist.

How does the selection committee and the review process work?

First: Applications are sorted by category and eliminated based on whether or not the applicant submitted a resume that meets the minimum requirements and a headshot that is of professional quality. All headshots and resumes must be in PDF format when submitted. Due to the volume of applications staff members cannot inspect submissions until all the applications have been received. Therefore C4 Atlanta cannot follow up with actors to request missing information or to reformat their submission materials. Failure to follow instructions during the submission process may result in automatic disqualification.

Second: Once applications have closed, a selection committee comprised of local Atlanta professionals will convene in private to review all qualifying resumes within their respective categories.

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DOWNLOAD THE SELECTION SCORING CARD HERE

The committee will be looking at several key factors in the determining the acting pool for the 20178 Unified Auditions. These include but are not limited to: 

New, Qualified talent

Theatre organizations are always excited to be wowed by new talent. This is a key consideration after meeting minimum resume requirements.

After multiple surveys and conversations with artistic and casting directors from across the greater Atlanta area, C4 Atlanta recognized that auditors are interested in seeing new talent on the Atlanta Unified’s stage. “New” does not necessarily “young”. Auditors are interested in a diverse and professional group of Equity, Non-Equity, or recent college graduates who they may not have seen in the past

This may mean that if you have been seen at Unifieds at the past or are already a regular working actor in the area the Selection Committee may choose not to allot you an audition slot. This is not because you’re not qualified but because they may already know/understand the scope of your talent and work.

Diversity

C4 believes that Atlanta’s diversity is a fundamental strength, and that C4’s mission is best fulfilled by embracing diversity as both a value and a practice.  This means that in all aspects of its operations and at all levels of the organization, C4 will work to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender identity, sex, race, political affiliation, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. 

This means that a diverse auditioning pool for Unifieds is a key consideration of the Selection Committee. Theatre companies and auditors want to see a range of ages, races, and genders that best represent that Atlanta theatre community and create the most equitable opportunities. 

READ C4 ATLANTA’S DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION POLICY HERE

Strong Resume

Simply meeting the minimum resume requirements does not automatically guarantee acceptance into that Atlanta Unified Auditions. The Selection Committee goes to great lengths to review every qualifying resume and compare them against other qualifying resumes.  The strongest and most professional resumes within the qualifying pool will be considered for audition slots.

Strong Presentation

A strong presentation is key in the selection process. Atlanta Unified Auditions are meant for professional, working actors. Qualifications are important but the overall presentation of your application packet including your headshot, previous training, and resume layout will also be considered. 

  • Headshots need to be professional quality. Do not use selfies or poor quality photos. Use a headshot that is for theatre.
  • Resume layout and presentation should be of professional theatre quality. This mean theatre credits should be at the top not Film/TV. 
  • Previous training will also be considered as a key factor. This includes collegiate programs, internships, and on going classes. 

You can learn more about best practices for your headshot and resume by consulting our Auditioning Guide.

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Scoring System & Key Factors

All of the previously mentioned factors are ranked by the Selection Committee on a scoring system to rank key factors based on best practices in our field. There are a limited number of auditioning slots available and the Selection Committee uses the scoring system to help decide and navigate the vast pool of qualifying talent which will receive and auditioning slot. The highest scoring and ranking individuals will be considered first. 

It is important to note that the submission pool changes from year to year. Meeting minimum resume requirements and being accepted the previous one year does not guarantee acceptance. 

C4 Atlanta does NOT select actors for Unifieds. We are here to facilitate the process and provide administrative support. 

Why do I need to be a member of C4 Atlanta?

Memberships are a key factor in the Unifieds process. Not only does C4 Atlanta’s Basic Artist membership 

  • connect you to other artists through classes and member gatherings
  • amplify your artistic voice through advocacy work
  • create a thriving and healthy arts community

It also helps to make the Atlanta Unified auditions possible. Prior to any actor stepping foot on stage the C4 Atlanta staff has worked many hours to make this two day event possible. There are may cost associated with an event of this size such as table rentals, venue expenses, accompanist compensation, and so much more. Your $40 membership not only provides you with continued support and membership benefits (discounts, KP Bridge health insurance, cross memberships, etc) throughout the year, but it helps to make the Atlanta Unified Auditions a reality. 

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Actors pose with their head shots at the 2016 Unified Auditions.

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What if I don’t meet the minimum resume requirements?

As an actor it is often hard to self-evaluate your work and know exactly which category to apply under. The minimum resume requirements have been designed and established by the Atlanta theatre community as away identify if you’re ready for a professional audition such as Atlanta Unifieds. 

If you do not meet the minimum resume requirements and qualifications for a specific category it may not be wise to “apply anyways” as membership dues will not be returned if you’re not accepted. Resumes which do not meet minimum requirements will not be see by the Selection Committee and will receive an automatic “No Thank You”. 

This is no judgement upon your skills or previous history. Remember that a “no” is not a “never”. It may mean you’re not ready for Unifieds this year. Spend the year building up new credits and introducing yourself to companies in the area. Unifieds is not the only way to be seen in Atlanta. Consider mailing in your resume or attending open call auditions, and remember that regardless of whether you are accepted for an audition slot your headshot and resume will be made available to ALL participating auditing companies.