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Actor Registration | Short+Sweet Illawarra 2021

Theatre is back, and we are looking for actors to take the stage in the return of Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra - Wollongong's contribution to the world's largest little-play festival.

It doesn't matter how old you are, what your cultural background is, your shape or size - with over 20 plays being performed, odds are there will be a role for you!

Short-form theatre is a wonderful way for established actors to perform in a fast-and-furious theatre form, without the heavy time burden of a drawn-out rehearsal process.  It is also the perfect way for new and emerging actors to tread the boards and gain further experience as a performer. No matter your experience or training, Short+Sweet Illawarra will allow for a wonderful opportunity to network with dozens of local theatre-makers from all over the region.

Auditions will take place at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston (home of the Phoenix Theatre Company) on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May 2021.


  • Register using the form below to be allocated an audition slot.
  • You will receive a confirmation that your audition registration has been received.
  •  Find yourself a 2-minute monologue that best shows your range and ability, learn it and rehearse it! (avoid using accents in your audition, we want to hear your natural voice!)
  • You will be given an audition slot on one of our audition days. Your slot is based on age/gender groupings. While our genders are separated into Male or Female, you are welcome to audition for both genders if you wish. You are also able to audition for more than one age bracket if you feel you are suitable.
  • You will perform your monologue to any of our directors who are looking for an actor in your age/gender range. You will also be asked general questions about your skills and background by the Festival Director.
  • Directors may then contact you directly to offer you a role, or a callback audition
  • From there, your director will run the rehearsal process and get you ready for performance!

Before registering as an Actor, please confirm that you will be available during key festival dates. If you are only available for one of the performance weeks, please be sure to advise any directors of this if you are approached for a role. 

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May at the Bridge Street Theatre - time slots will be between 11am and 4pm



Week 1 | 12 - 18 July 2021

Week 2 | 26 July to 1st August 2021

Dates listed above include Tech and Dress rehearsals. Normal rehearsals are to be advised/negotiated with directors.


FAQ: I don't have a CV, how can I submit the registration form?

We use CV's so that after watching a series of auditions, directors can have access to your theatre experience to help them decide whether to make contact with you.  If you don't have a CV, this might be a great time to make one! To get you started, simply email Festival Director Luke Berman (luke.berman@shortandsweet.org) for a standard acting CV template. This is a good idea even if you have no experience, it doesn't matter if it looks a little blank, you can still put helpful information on it including your skills, personal descriptions and interests.

If you do not want to attach a CV, simply attach a document with a brief bio written in it, outlining your experience, training and what you're looking for in Short+Sweet Illawarra.

FAQ: Can I be involved in more than one play in Short+Sweet Illawarra?

Yes! All participants can be involved in up to two plays. The only restriction is writers may only write one play and directors may only direct one play also. So you can act in 2 plays, or act/direct, act/write or write/direct. If you take on two roles in the same play we will only count this as one play (other than the one-play-one-writer/director rule). 

Do I need to register or can I just come to the audition day?

We will have an allocated time slot for open or walk-up auditions, however, registering for an audition is the best way of being cast. If a director has already seen suitable actors for their play during the age/gender slots, they may not need to attend the open auditions.

However, it is highly recommended to pre-register using the form below. 

What if I don't get cast in a play?

If you are not picked up by a director, we may be able to allocate you to a self-devised play where you and your fellow actors will have the chance to create your own play and perform it as part of Short+Sweet Illawarra. 

Any questions? Contact Festival Director Luke Berman by email: luke.berman@shortandsweet.org

Enter your mobile number 04XX XXX XXX or Landline phone number 02 XXXX XXXX
Auditions are held in age and gender groups. Which gender group would you like to audition for? If you believe you would like to be considered for roles in either gender, we will allow you to audition in both gender groups.
Please attach a brief CV detailing your experience. You can obtain a template CV from luke.berman@shortandsweet.org or simply attach a document file with a written bio of your skills and experience. Max 5MB. PDF / DOC / DOCX accepted.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf html pdf doc docx.
CV's are HIGHLY recommended. They are needed so directors can read about you after your audition.
Professional actor headshots are preferred. If you don't have one, any picture which shows your face nice and close is acceptable.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.
If you are not cast in a play, would you be interested in joining with other actors to make a group-devised ten-minute theatre play?