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Auditioning 101

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Ever wonder how actors get their jobs? Curious about the audition process? Join Alley’s Associate Producer and Casting Director, Brandon Weinbrenner, and learn how the Alley Theatre’s actors end up on our stages.


Whether you are an aspiring actor, or just curious about the casting process, Alley Theatre Casting Director talks you through:

  • Logistics of auditioning

  • What a Casting Director does

  • Types of auditions

  • Where to find auditions

  • AEA: The stage actor’s union

Want to learn more about giving a great audition?

We recommend Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part by Michael Shurtleff. This book is considered an essential text for actors! It’s available at almost every major bookseller. 


Meet the Artist

Alley Theatre Associate Producer & Casting Director

Brandon Weinbrenner is the Alley’s Associate Producer & Casting Director. At the Alley, he has directed Fully Committed, The Humans, Venus in Fur, and several workshops and readings as part of Alley All New. Brandon previously served as the Alley’s Resident Assistant Director, assistant directing over 25 productions. Around town, he has directed The Children and The Royale at Rec Room Arts, Fool for Love at The Landing Theatre Co, Stage Kiss at 4th Wall Theatre Company, and Buyer & Cellar and Native Gardens at Main Street Theater. Past theatrical credits include serving as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow at Berkeley Rep, producing the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, and acting in productions at the Guthrie Theater, among others. Brandon is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/ Guthrie Theater BFA Acting Training Program.

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