AfterWork Theater was designed with the performers’ experience in mind. We took into account your busy work schedule and your fear of auditions, and have instilled a commitment to quality productions. And we’re pretty fun too!

We know you have a busy work schedule, so do we. That’s why rehearsals are generally only two days a week, depending on the show and your role. If you know you have a crazy schedule, just let us know, and we will work with you to create a custom rehearsal schedule that fits into your busy life.

One quality that makes AWT so unique is that you don’t have to audition to be cast in our shows. Just sign-up and you’re guaranteed a part. On Launch Day, you will have the chance to belt your face off and shake your tail feather for our creative staff if you want a featured role. But it’s not required…you’re still in.

Part of our creative team’s responsibility is to make sure each and every AWT member is cast to maximize their potential to shine. Even if you’re a little rusty at first, give yourself a few weeks of rehearsal and you’ll fall right into the swing of things. Just remember, there’s no glory to be found in hiding out on the couch watching The Voice. What have you got to lose?

Mainstage Musical

$550mo.

Option of three monthly payments of $195 is also available

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Sing Out! Musical Revue

$395mo.

Option of three monthly payments of $140 is also available

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Musical Bootcamp

$195mo.

 
 

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Casting is both an exciting and challenging part of the theatrical process. When it comes to casting a show, we know that we may never satisfy everyone. After all, there can only be one Fantine per cast of Les Mis! That said, we are committed to being fair and equitable when assigning roles. Every cast list is generated by the creative team and approved by AWT’s Executive Director with the following guiding principles in mind:

Spreading the Opportunity

A common pitfall for many community theaters is when they feature the same select group of returning performers time and again. As an accessible community theater, AWT is committed to featuring different participants from one show to the next.  At times, that means featuring new participants in highlighted roles or featuring returning participants who simply haven’t been featured before.

Diversity on and off of the stage

At AWT, we believe in representing the many faces and identities of New York City on our stage. For this reason, our shows are often cast in ways that challenge the status quo. Any participant can be considered for any role in any show, regardless of their race, gender, age, etc. At the same time, we are aware that identity plays a factor in many shows and are always thinking critically about the ways in which we can honor those stories.

The creative team’s vision

Every creative team has their own vision for a show. Part of being in a show means being guided by and trusting in their vision, whatever it may be. AWT’s leadership empowers our creative team’s vision while also holding them accountable to the additional casting guidelines.

Registered vs. Unregistered Launch Day Attendees

By registering into an AWT show in advance of Launch Day, participants are guaranteed a spot in the cast and considered for every type of role (e.g., principal, lead, featured, ensemble, etc). AWT reserves a minimal quantity of spots each season for unregistered Launch Day attendees, who are not guaranteed casting, but are considered and may be offered any type of role in the show. AWT gives equal consideration to registered and unregistered Launch Day attendees in the casting process.

While AWT is committed to applying these guiding principles when possible in casting, each program presents its own unique set of circumstances, which may prevent us from prioritizing all considerations. The most important thing to keep in mind is this: if you are joining AWT simply to land the lead or to play a particular role, this may not be the organization for you.

Rather than focusing on the size of your role, we encourage you to take whatever part you’re cast in and use it as a springboard for an unforgettable experience. After all, at the end of the program, you won’t be measuring your benefits in how many lines you had or how many solo moments, but rather by the fun you had, the many experiences you shared with old and new friends, and how brightly you let your light shine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why Would I Pay To Be In A Show?

A: AfterWork Theater is a recreational theater experience for non-professional performers. We provide participants with the extraordinary opportunity to rehearse and perform fully-staged plays and musicals in NYC. Tuition is used to help cover the inordinate expense of producing theater in New York City: theater rental, rehearsal space, show rights, director fees, choreographer fees, musical director fees, lights, sound, costumes, sets, and band fees are just a few of the costs that tuition is applied to. In fact, tuition for all 40-50 participants doesn’t cover half the budget of putting the show together but it does help tremendously.

Q: My schedule is already packed, how can I have time for this?

A: If there’s one thing all New Yorkers can agree upon it’s that we have NO free time. We totally get that. That’s why we designed AWT to fit into the busiest of schedules. Yes, even you crazy professionals who put in 120-hour weeks will be able to manage this. Here’s how it works: Workshops meet once a week 7p-10p for 10-weeks before culminating in two presentations. Rehearsal for AWT MainStage productions (musicals or plays) are generally held one evening per week from 6:30pm-10:00pm and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Most cast members won’t be needed for all rehearsals but this is the basic schedule. Those of you who know your schedules won’t allow you to rehearse three times per week can indicate that you have “Limited Rehearsal Availability” (LRA) on your registration forms. From there we will work with you to create a custom rehearsal schedule that works for you.

Q: How can I afford this?

A: When you break it down, tuition is equal to a handful of dinners at your favorite hot-spot and we guarantee you this will be a heck of a lot more memorable. Not sure? Read some of the testimonials from previous AWT participants here. We are committed to producing top quality shows in which you’ll be proud to participate. We’ve assembled a highly-acclaimed creative team to create a really special experience for you. This ain’t grandma’s after work theatre program. And remember, what better birthday gift could you ask your family for, than the opportunity to watch you perform in a show?!

Q: Can I register into the cast if I have rehearsal conflicts?

A: Yes! AWT’s Mainstage Musical program is designed to be flexible around your busy schedule. Prior to Launch Day, participants will have the opportunity to list up to three rehearsal conflicts. Once rehearsals start, participants may miss up to two additional undisclosed rehearsals. After that, it is up to the discretion of the creative team whether or not a participants’ role must be reassigned.

Q: I’m Terrified To Get On Stage. What If I Suck?!

A: Part of our creative team’s responsibility is to make sure each and every AWT member is cast to maximize their potential to shine. We chose an ensemble show to ensure a ton of opportunities to highlight everybody’s strengths. Even if you’re a little rusty at first, give yourself a few weeks of rehearsal and you’ll fall right into the swing of things. Just remember, there’s no glory to be found in hiding out on the couch watching American Idol. What have you got to lose?!

Q: What if I don’t get a part in the show?

A: One quality that makes AWT so unique is that you don’t have to audition to be cast in this show. All you have to do is register and you’re guaranteed a part. On launch day, our creative team will conduct a company assessment to determine what your strengths are. So if you love to dance, you might be cast in the dance ensemble. If singing is your strongest suit, you could be given a solo. Some performers will be more featured and others less so but the important thing is that everyone will have an equal amount of fun.

Q: What if I don’t get a part in the show?

A: One quality that makes AWT so unique is that you don’t have to audition to be cast in this show. All you have to do is register and you’re guaranteed a part. On launch day, our creative team will conduct a company assessment to determine what your strengths are. So if you love to dance, you might be cast in the dance ensemble. If singing is your strongest suit, you could be given a solo. Some performers will be more featured and others less so but the important thing is that everyone will have an equal amount of fun.

Q: My Life Is Crazy! What if I end up having to drop out?

A: At AWT we understand that your life is extremely busy and unpredictable. That is why we’re creating two separate casts, each of which will perform four shows. This way, if you need to drop out at any time for any reason, there will be another participant prepared to go on.

Q: I’m Allergic To Actors’ Egos. What if this isn’t my scene (no pun intended)?

A: We’re allergic to actor’s egos too. AWT is a space where you can escape the pressure and competition of everyday life. This is about fun, community, and creativity. Come play with us and recapture the joy and uninhibitedness of your youth.

Q: Should I bother auditioning if my race, ethnicity, gender or age are not usually widely represented in this show?

A: Absolutely! AfterWork Theater is committed to creating diversity on stage. Our shows are often cast in non-traditional ways allowing participants to shine in roles they might not be eligible to play elsewhere. You never know what our creative team has in mind so please join us!

Q: If I register into the cast do I get to choose my own part?

A: No. While there is no audition required to get into an AWT show, those seeking a principal role must sing, act and dance for the creative team on Launch Day, after which our creative team will assign all of the parts. Those who are not interested in being featured are not required to audition on Launch Day.

Q: If I choose to postpone registration until after Launch Day do I still have a chance at playing one of the leads?

A: Yes! None of the roles will be handed out before Launch Day. Those who sign up to audition will have the same opportunity to try out for all roles as those who have already registered into the cast. Please be sure to register for an audition slot using the form below.

Q: Can I register into the cast if I have rehearsal conflicts?

A: Yes! AWT’s Mainstage Musical program is designed to be flexible around your busy schedule. Prior to Launch Day, participants will have the opportunity to list up to three rehearsal conflicts. Once rehearsals start, participants may miss up to two additional undisclosed rehearsals. After that, it is up to the discretion of the creative team whether or not a participants’ role must be reassigned.

Q: How should I prepare for Launch Day?

A: A couple weeks before Launch Day we will send out an email with everything you need to know in order to prepare. Until then have fun listening to the Original Broadway recording of the show!

Let AfterWork Theater be YOUR community in the city.

Schedule

We know you have a busy work schedule, so do we. That’s why rehearsals are generally only two days a week, depending on the show and your role. If you know you have a crazy schedule, just let us know, and we will work with you to create a custom rehearsal schedule that fits into your busy life.

No Audition Required

One quality that makes AWT so unique is that you don’t have to audition to be cast in our shows. Just sign-up and you’re guaranteed a part. On Launch Day, you will have the chance to belt your face off and shake your tail feather for our creative staff if you want a featured role. But it’s not required…you’re still in.

Creative Team

Part of our creative team’s responsibility is to make sure each and every AWT member is cast to maximize their potential to shine. Even if you’re a little rusty at first, give yourself a few weeks of rehearsal and you’ll fall right into the swing of things. Just remember, there’s no glory to be found in hiding out on the couch watching The Voice. What have you got to lose?

Tuition

Mainstage Musical

$550mo.

Option of three monthly payments of $195 is also available

Sign Up

Sing Out! Revue

$395mo.

Option of three monthly payments of $140 is also available

take it

Musical Bootcamp

$195mo.

 
 
 

Sign Up

Casting

Casting is both an exciting and challenging part of the theatrical process. When it comes to casting a show, we know that we may never satisfy everyone. After all, there can only be one Fantine per cast of Les Mis! That said, we are committed to being fair and equitable when assigning roles. Every cast list is generated by the creative team and approved by AWT’s Executive Director with the following guiding principles in mind:

Spreading the Opportunity

A common pitfall for many community theaters is when they feature the same select group of returning performers time and again. As an accessible community theater, AWT is committed to featuring different participants from one show to the next.  At times, that means featuring new participants in highlighted roles or featuring returning participants who simply haven’t been featured before.

Diversity on and off of the stage

At AWT, we believe in representing the many faces and identities of New York City on our stage. For this reason, our shows are often cast in ways that challenge the status quo. Any participant can be considered for any role in any show, regardless of their race, gender, age, etc. At the same time, we are aware that identity plays a factor in many shows and are always thinking critically about the ways in which we can honor those stories.

The creative team’s vision

Every creative team has their own vision for a show. Part of being in a show means being guided by and trusting in their vision, whatever it may be. AWT’s leadership empowers our creative team’s vision while also holding them accountable to the additional casting guidelines.

Registered vs. Unregistered Launch Day Attendees

By registering into an AWT show in advance of Launch Day, participants are guaranteed a spot in the cast and considered for every type of role (e.g., principal, lead, featured, ensemble, etc). AWT reserves a minimal quantity of spots each season for unregistered Launch Day attendees, who are not guaranteed casting, but are considered and may be offered any type of role in the show. AWT gives equal consideration to registered and unregistered Launch Day attendees in the casting process.

While AWT is committed to applying these guiding principles when possible in casting, each program presents its own unique set of circumstances, which may prevent us from prioritizing all considerations. The most important thing to keep in mind is this: if you are joining AWT simply to land the lead or to play a particular role, this may not be the organization for you.

Rather than focusing on the size of your role, we encourage you to take whatever part you’re cast in and use it as a springboard for an unforgettable experience. After all, at the end of the program, you won’t be measuring your benefits in how many lines you had or how many solo moments, but rather by the fun you had, the many experiences you shared with old and new friends, and how brightly you let your light shine.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why Would I Pay To Be In A Show?

A: AfterWork Theater is a recreational theater experience for non-professional performers. We provide participants with the extraordinary opportunity to rehearse and perform fully-staged plays and musicals in NYC. Tuition is used to help cover the inordinate expense of producing theater in New York City: theater rental, rehearsal space, show rights, director fees, choreographer fees, musical director fees, lights, sound, costumes, sets, and band fees are just a few of the costs that tuition is applied to. In fact, tuition for all 40-50 participants doesn’t cover half the budget of putting the show together but it does help tremendously.

Q: My schedule is already packed, how can I have time for this?

A: If there’s one thing all New Yorkers can agree upon it’s that we have NO free time. We totally get that. That’s why we designed AWT to fit into the busiest of schedules. Yes, even you crazy professionals who put in 120-hour weeks will be able to manage this. Here’s how it works: Workshops meet once a week 7p-10p for 10-weeks before culminating in two presentations. Rehearsal for AWT MainStage productions (musicals or plays) are generally held one evening per week from 6:30pm-10:00pm and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Most cast members won’t be needed for all rehearsals but this is the basic schedule. Those of you who know your schedules won’t allow you to rehearse three times per week can indicate that you have “Limited Rehearsal Availability” (LRA) on your registration forms. From there we will work with you to create a custom rehearsal schedule that works for you.

Q: How can I afford this?

A: When you break it down, tuition is equal to a handful of dinners at your favorite hot-spot and we guarantee you this will be a heck of a lot more memorable. Not sure? Read some of the testimonials from previous AWT participants here. We are committed to producing top quality shows in which you’ll be proud to participate. We’ve assembled a highly-acclaimed creative team to create a really special experience for you. This ain’t grandma’s after work theatre program. And remember, what better birthday gift could you ask your family for, than the opportunity to watch you perform in a show?!

Q: Can I register into the cast if I have rehearsal conflicts?

A: Yes! AWT’s Mainstage Musical program is designed to be flexible around your busy schedule. Prior to Launch Day, participants will have the opportunity to list up to three rehearsal conflicts. Once rehearsals start, participants may miss up to two additional undisclosed rehearsals. After that, it is up to the discretion of the creative team whether or not a participants’ role must be reassigned.

Q: I’m Terrified To Get On Stage. What If I Suck?!

A: Part of our creative team’s responsibility is to make sure each and every AWT member is cast to maximize their potential to shine. We chose an ensemble show to ensure a ton of opportunities to highlight everybody’s strengths. Even if you’re a little rusty at first, give yourself a few weeks of rehearsal and you’ll fall right into the swing of things. Just remember, there’s no glory to be found in hiding out on the couch watching American Idol. What have you got to lose?!

Q: What if I don’t get a part in the show?

A: One quality that makes AWT so unique is that you don’t have to audition to be cast in this show. All you have to do is register and you’re guaranteed a part. On launch day, our creative team will conduct a company assessment to determine what your strengths are. So if you love to dance, you might be cast in the dance ensemble. If singing is your strongest suit, you could be given a solo. Some performers will be more featured and others less so but the important thing is that everyone will have an equal amount of fun.

Q: What if I don’t get a part in the show?

A: One quality that makes AWT so unique is that you don’t have to audition to be cast in this show. All you have to do is register and you’re guaranteed a part. On launch day, our creative team will conduct a company assessment to determine what your strengths are. So if you love to dance, you might be cast in the dance ensemble. If singing is your strongest suit, you could be given a solo. Some performers will be more featured and others less so but the important thing is that everyone will have an equal amount of fun.

Q: My Life Is Crazy! What if I end up having to drop out?

A: At AWT we understand that your life is extremely busy and unpredictable. That is why we’re creating two separate casts, each of which will perform four shows. This way, if you need to drop out at any time for any reason, there will be another participant prepared to go on.

Q: I’m Allergic To Actors’ Egos. What if this isn’t my scene (no pun intended)?

A: We’re allergic to actor’s egos too. AWT is a space where you can escape the pressure and competition of everyday life. This is about fun, community, and creativity. Come play with us and recapture the joy and uninhibitedness of your youth.

Q: Should I bother auditioning if my race, ethnicity, gender or age are not usually widely represented in this show?

A: Absolutely! AfterWork Theater is committed to creating diversity on stage. Our shows are often cast in non-traditional ways allowing participants to shine in roles they might not be eligible to play elsewhere. You never know what our creative team has in mind so please join us!

Q: If I register into the cast do I get to choose my own part?

A: No. While there is no audition required to get into an AWT show, those seeking a principal role must sing, act and dance for the creative team on Launch Day, after which our creative team will assign all of the parts. Those who are not interested in being featured are not required to audition on Launch Day.

Q: If I choose to postpone registration until after Launch Day do I still have a chance at playing one of the leads?

A: Yes! None of the roles will be handed out before Launch Day. Those who sign up to audition will have the same opportunity to try out for all roles as those who have already registered into the cast. Please be sure to register for an audition slot using the form below.

Q: Can I register into the cast if I have rehearsal conflicts?

A: Yes! AWT’s Mainstage Musical program is designed to be flexible around your busy schedule. Prior to Launch Day, participants will have the opportunity to list up to three rehearsal conflicts. Once rehearsals start, participants may miss up to two additional undisclosed rehearsals. After that, it is up to the discretion of the creative team whether or not a participants’ role must be reassigned.

Q: How should I prepare for Launch Day?

A: A couple weeks before Launch Day we will send out an email with everything you need to know in order to prepare. Until then have fun listening to the Original Broadway recording of the show!