Employment and auditions
Marriott Theatre is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusivity for its staff, creative teams, casts, musicians, crew members and audiences, and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and discrimination-free environment. We welcome the uniqueness that any candidate can bring to our organization in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. We welcome candidates that help us build and maintain an anti-racist and anti-opression environment, and who help prioritize joy in the production process. Applicants of diverse, underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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YOUNG PERFORMER Auditions
The question most asked at the Marriott Theatre is with regard to young performers performing in shows. We do often have young performers, or those under the age of 18, in shows here at the Marriott Theatre. We audition them much in the same way as our adult performers, except we rarely have open calls for young performers.
After deciding what shows require young performers, the Artistic Directors and Directors sift through the headshots and resumes to see who fit the age range, look, and experience required for the roles in question. For this reason, to have your young performer in consideration, you must have a picture and resume on file at the theater. Please submit via our online young performer submission form so we can gather all the information we need.
Though we do sometimes have open auditions for young performers, this is a very rare occurrence, and almost always do a callback audition from the pictures and resumes on file.
YOUNG PERFORMER HEADSHOTS AND RESUMES
Because so many parents are interested in having their young performers audition, we will explain what should be included in a picture and resume:
The picture does not need to be professional. Any recent picture, preferably 8 x 10, is acceptable. Keeping this picture up-to-date with us is critical, as it is important that we see what they look like now, and not several years ago.
The resume should include the following information:
- All experience with acting
- All experience with singing
- Any special awards or recommendations
- Parent names and contact information
A sample resume is included here to give you an idea of how you might format a resume.
Again, please submit via our online young performer submission form and keep it up to date (every 6 months to a year is recommended).
If unable to email, we will accept hard copies. Please address your submission to:
Sana Selemon, Artistic Assistant
The Marriott Theatre Rehearsal Warehouse
1342 Barclay Blvd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
GENERAL ADULT SUBMISSIONS
If you would like to submit your headshot and resume for future consideration, you may do so by filling out the following online adult talent form. It is best to attend our yearly General Auditions as we typically decide on callbacks from those that auditioned at Generals. If you are not available for the General Audition, then you may submit through our online adult talent form.
If you have any questions or need an accommodation, please contact our Artistic Assistant, Sana Selemon, at Sana.Selemon@MarriottTheatre.com. Any submissions sent to our casting email will be directed to the online form. This is to best collect the valuable information we need to cast you.
In an effort to be eco-friendly, we will not be accepting mailed submissions as of 10/1/2021. Also, please no phone calls or solicitation.
Open Dance Call
Around the same time as the General Auditions, we also have an Open Dance Call for anyone interested in being seen primarily as a dancer. If you are primarily a singer, you should first attend the General Auditions.
Dance Calls consists of learning and performing a variety of combinations based on the dance/movement requirements for that particular production. Often, a Dance Call will also include singing two sets of 16 bars. This varies, of course, depending on the season and the needs of the Theatre at the time of the audition. Please note that even if you identify primarily as a dancer, you must also be a storyteller and use the medium of dance to tell a story.
These audition notices are also posted here on the website, in local papers and PerformInk.
Marriott Theatre Rehearsal Warehouse
1342 Barclay Blvd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Our Rehearsal Warehouse and Costume Shop is just two miles south of the theatre (off of Milwaukee Ave).