Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term callback.

On callback’s official page, we define the term as “a followup audition where an actor gets another chance to impress and, hopefully, land a role.” But now we want to know what the term callback means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever nailed a first audition only to flop at the callback? What exactly happened?

— What’s the highest number of callbacks you’ve gone on to land just one role? Three? Ten? Somewhere in between?

— Did you ever win a major part without having a callback, à la Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur? What was it?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term callback, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor