Welcome to our 72nd Season!

Venice Theatre is always seeking volunteer actors, singers and dancers to perform with us.

  • Teens and Adults: If you want to brush up your skills and prepare for upcoming auditions, join Artistic Director Benny Sato-Ambush for his Audition Master Classes on Aug. 21.


If you are unable to attend scheduled auditions, we will accept a video submission. Submissions for specific shows must be received no later than the second day of scheduled auditions. You may send a general audition submission at any time. Send a Youtube link or a link from your cloud to auditions@venicetheatre.net.)

Helpful Tips on Video Auditions

Frequently Asked Questions

Non-musicals: Usually the Director will have you cold-read a scene or two. Additionally, the Director may have an informal interview or perhaps have you participate in an improvisation. If a monologue is required, that will be included in the audition information for the individual show.
Musicals: Just as in non-musicals, you will be asked to read a scene. You will also need to have at least 16 measures of a song memorized. Bring the sheet music so the Musical Director can accompany you. Additionally, the Choreographer will teach you a dance routine appropriate to the show. So wear comfortable clothes and dance shoes if you have them. Hard-soled rubber or tennis shoes are best if you don’t have dance shoes.

• Sheet music for a musical. Local music stores, bookstores or www.musicnotes.com are good resources for sheet music.
• Dance shoes if you have them.
• Additionally, if you’d like to bring a head shot or a small recent photograph it can be helpful, but is not necessary.

Most musical directors prefer that you bring sheet music, not a CD.

In most cases, a monologue is not required. However, if one is required (find out by calling the theatre or checking the audition for the show you are interested in) the best sources would be to search the web or your local library and/or book stores for monologue books appropriate for your age. Sometimes the Director will provide monologues ahead of time that will be included on the website.

It is best to have read the show for which you are auditioning so that you know the story and the characters beforehand. We make perusal scripts available here on the website.

No. Venice Theatre auditions are open to the public. You do not have to have taken any classes or have been in a show before.

The general rule is that Directors prefer you to sing a song in the style of the show, but not from show. For instance, if you are auditioning for The King and I, prepare a Rodgers and Hammerstein or other classic musical theater song, but from a different musical. That way the director won’t have to listen to 50 people singing the same song!

A director may take as long as 6 weeks to cast a show. We post audition results on our website and on Facebook. Some directors will notify you via phone or email.

The general rule is that you look nice and wear clothes that you can move in. Dressing slightly to the style of the show is a good idea. For example, a woman would not dress in jeans and a t-shirt for a show such as My Fair Lady. A man would not dress in formal attire when auditioning for Rent.

That varies, depending on the show. If the information you are looking for isn’t on our website, please contact the administrative offices at 941-484-4033.

The range of the rehearsal schedule could vary between 5 to 12 weeks, 4-6 days a week, depending on the show. Traditionally, musicals have a longer rehearsal period. Most rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. and run up to 10 p.m. “Generations” productions try to let the younger cast members out by 8:30 p.m. Most Directors will not call you to a rehearsal unless needed, so depending on your role, you may not be required to be there every night.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please call 941-484-4033. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VENICE THEATRE AND … BREAK A LEG!

Casting announcements are posted here and on our Facebook page. If you have been offered a role, please do not share the news until after the theatre has made the announcement. Thank you.

Brad Wages thanks all who came out to audition and is pleased to announce the cast of The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Penny Dreadful:

Seth Bracewell and Patrick Mounce

A Note from Benny Sato Ambush, Artistic Director

Dear Almost, Maine Auditioners ~

You have my heartfelt thanks for auditioning for my Venice Theatre directorial debut production of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine. It was a pleasure seeing your work.

I am needing a bit more time to complete my audition process, so please stay tuned for further updates here on the Venice Theatre website. I will make casting offers soon. As a result, and due to schedule conflicts, first rehearsal for Almost, Maine will now take place on Monday August 9. 2021.

Thanks very much for your patience.

My Very Best,

Benny Sato Ambush
Artistic Director
Venice Theatre

Click below for perusal scripts for shows we are auditioning this season. You can also find them in the audition event for each show.

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Venice Theatre seeks to nurture spaces with strong safety nets that support that ethos without compromising a visceral and authentic experience for artists and audiences.

We believe that even in the absence of high-risk material, having pathways for response to unsafe conditions and harassment help to maintain the integrity of the work, its participants, and the organization.

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