I begin this rant by admitting that I don’t know all of the facts yet, but charging actors to audition for anything is just wrong.  META the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance, is charging actors $25.00 to participate in their unified auditions.  Going to their Facebook pace I find the following explanation:

Q: What does the $25 Registration Fee go towards?
A: META is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and all fees go to defray conference expenses and support the continuation and operation of META that is striving to provide greater opportunities such as conferences and unified auditions to the theatrical community.

Another opportunity META supports is EncoreMichigan.com. META is the financial administrator of EncoreMichigan.com, Michigan’s leading source for reviews, comprehensive show listings, thoughtful commentary, audition notices, original podcasts and special offers.

No participating venues will receive any funds collected.

 

My questions are many.

 

How many people will pay this fee and where exactly does this money go?

 

Why should actor’s audition fees go towards funding EncoreMichigan.com Michigan’s leading source for reviews, comprehensive show listings, thoughtful commentary, audition notices, original podcasts and special offers?

 

How many people are being employed by this organization?

 

Are theatre companies seeing these auditioners also being charged?  And if so, how much?

 

How many of those auditioning will likely be cast?

 

I’m looking for answers to all of these questions and I think all of you should as well.

Charging actors to audition is absolutely unforgiveable.  I hope you will also contact this organization and demand some answers and a change to this practice.

Fletcher

Here’s the link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/mitheatrealliance

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