Jeff Smith noon, March 8
The All City Auditions are on the way.
Every year, The Actor’s Alliance coordinates The All City Auditions. This is a chance for Actor’s Alliance members, at least those who qualify, to audition for just about every theater company in town.
The Actor’s Alliance is currently run by Shauna Ostrom and Shelly Breneman, the Hart twins.
I met up with Shauna downtown before a show to talk about The Actor’s Alliance and The All City Auditions.
What is The Alliance?
Shauna: “We are a service for actors in San Diego County. Theater companies send us audition notices and we post them for our members. We also post classes and job openings in the arts.”
How many members?
Shauna:”We have just over six hundred members and we’ll be closer to six hundred and fifty by the time The All Cities happen. We always get an influx of new members just before the auditions”
Would you say that’s a fair representation of the number of serious performers in San Diego?
Shauna: “Absolutely. There is a group of experienced actors who don’t use our service, they don’t audition either. Companies usually contact them directly and ask if they’re available.”
What about some of the bigger houses? Are they hiring locals?
Shauna: “I think they are. At least La Jolla Playhouse seems to be giving local actors more work since things have become tight with the economy. I think that’s a good thing.”
Do all Actor’s Alliance members do the All Cities?
Shauna: “No. There are specific qualifications they have to meet. For instance, stage actor’s must be Equity [actor’s union], or have a four year degree in performance, or have been hired for at least three roles at a theater that pays union or non-union wages. They also have to provide sixty five head shots and resumes.”
So this isn’t amateur hour?
Are you auditioning?
Shauna: “Of course, both Shelly and I audition every year.”
The Hart Twins: