Casting Policy - National Theatre Wales

Casting Policy

CASTING POLICY

Philosophy

We want National Theatre Wales to be the home of Welsh acting talent. It’s our priority to collaborate with actors who are Welsh, based in Wales or professionally trained in Wales.

NTW is committed to promoting equality of opportunity in the arts and authentically representing all of Wales on our stages.

We want to actively engage with performers currently underrepresented in our industry, including actors of colour and actors who are working class, disabled, Deaf, neuro-divergent, trans and/or gender non-conforming. We’re working to be a safe and empowering company for people who experience racism, ableism, and all forms of discrimination and marginalisation.

National Theatre Wales should be the place where artists make their best, most ambitious work and actors are no exception. We want NTW to be the company that gives Welsh actors their breakout opportunities, thrilling challenges and most treasured roles.

NTW is committed to communicating clearly, honestly and promptly with actors and their agents, from first contact to final curtain.

 

Process

Most NTW casting is determined by auditions. Casting breakdowns, including information on the production, roles available, rate of pay (always above Equity rates) and timeline, are shared via Spotlight to agents and actors, as well as on the NTW online Community.

When possible and appropriate, NTW considers and casts performers who are Welsh, based in Wales or professionally trained in Wales.

Directors may pre-cast a role or roles in consultation with the Artistic Director.

Each production will be cast by its director, assisted by a freelance Casting Director. The Artistic Director and Director of Producing will oversee the casting process and, where applicable, living writers or the estate of dead writers will have been granted casting consultation.

The location of auditions will be responsive to where invited actors and lead artists are based, and the intended location of the production. We aim to always hold first-round auditions in Wales.

We may hold other first or second round auditions elsewhere in the UK and we’ll pay travel expenses for actors invited to a recall audition more than 25 miles from their home.

We give actors as much notice of auditions as possible, aiming for at least a week. We’ll always let actors know who they’re meeting, what will be asked of them in the room, and give details of anything they might need to prepare.

We’ll always ask about access requirements when inviting actors to audition and will strive to meet any additional needs. These might include but aren’t limited to support from an assistant or interpreter, differently formatted scripts, help arranging travel or additional time in the room.

We’re a member of Parents in Performing Arts and also strive to offer flexibility in time and location for actors with caring responsibilities.

We will always let artists know whether they have been successful as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we can’t offer feedback to everyone who has attended an audition but will endeavour to do so for recall auditions on request.

 

General Auditions or Actors’ Workshops

If we hold general auditions, they’ll always have a focus. We might be looking to expand our knowledge of actors with a particular characteristic or meet actors from a particular part of Wales.

At times we may hold actors’ workshops led by guest practitioners, designed to provide insight into different theatre-making practice and support artists’ continued development.

If you’re a Welsh or Wales-based actor with an idea about how NTW could play a role in your professional development, let us know.

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