|Created by||Kate Wetherhead
Lindsay Nicole Chambers
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Location(s)||New York City, New York|
|Running time||15–22 minutes|
|Original run||October 16, 2010– present|
Submissions Only is a comedy web series about the casting and audition process for Broadway theater. It centers around aspiring actress Penny Reilly (Kate Wetherhead) and her friend, casting agency director Tim Trull (Colin Hanlon), and their circle of friends, colleagues, relationships and family. The series was created in August 2010 by Broadway performers Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Wetherhead is the series' writer, while Keenan-Bolger is the main director and editor.
The series is currently in its third season. The first season started airing in October 2010 and had six episodes, the second season started airing in September 2011, and had eight episodes, and the third season started airing in March 2014. Most episodes run between 15 and 20 minutes long. The first season was produced on a minuscule[clarification needed] budget, and was shown on YouTube. The second and third seasons had significantly larger budget, and higher production quality. Episodes from the second and third seasons are shown exclusively on the website BroadwayWorld.com, which also partially funded the project. Most of the funding for the second and third seasons was solicited through the website Kickstarter. Broadway producer Kevin McCollum is a producing partner for the third season.
- Penny Reilly (Kate Wetherhead) - an aspiring Broadway actress who remains optimistic despite a variety of setbacks
- Tim Trull (Colin Hanlon) - the head of a casting agency, and Penny's best friend
- Steven Ferrell (Stephen Bienskie) - Penny's agent and Tim's ex-boyfriend
- Aaron Miller (Santino Fontana) - a talented but blasé actor, and Penny's occasional love interest
- Raina Pearl (Asmeret Ghebremichael) - Penny's roommate, also a Broadway actress
- Gail Liner (Lindsay Nicole Chambers) - Tim's secretary, who is disdainful of nearly everyone, including Tim
- Randall Moody (Jared Gertner) - Tim's reader, and an annoyingly enthusiastic Broadway-lover
- Cameron Dante (Max von Essen) - a former actor and Steven's boyfriend
- Eric Hennigan (Patrick Heusinger) - a straight-laced actor on whom Penny harbors a crush (first season only)
- Linda Avery (Anne L. Nathan) - a lascivious director who doesn't realize that most of the men she flirts with are gay
- Nolan Grigsby (Wade McCollum) - an eccentric, independently wealthy director who has developed a compass-based theory of acting
- Serena Maxwell (Donna Vivino) - a Broadway star, and Aaron's girlfriend
- Val Reilly (Beth Leavel) - Penny's mother, who is always saving magazine articles for Penny to read
- Don Martin (Rick Elice) - Penny's stepfather, who is always trying to hit on girls and get into the acting game
- Donny Rich (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) - a snobby casting assistant
- "Adorable Girl" (Annaleigh Ashford) - a bubbly actress who seems to know everyone and compliments people on how thin they look
- Andy Edmond (Jeffrey Kuhn) - a catty music director
- Rick Valencia (Kevin Pariseau) - a middle-aged actor who is very verbose about the audition process
Season 1 (2010–2011)
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|1||1||"Old Lace"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||22:18||October 16, 2010|
|Tim has to cast an entire festival of short plays. Penny, who has just returned to New York from Los Angeles, worries that she has become irrelevant. Penny serves as a reader for Tim during his auditions, where she re-connects with her long-time crush, Eric.|
|2||2||"165 Flies"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||18:39||December 5, 2010|
|Linda asks Tim to cast a prestigious new play, Iron Dog, which will be running in Boston. Eric tells Penny about a new acting class he's taking, and Raina convinces Penny to attend. Tim and Steven, who recently broke up, unknowingly flirt with each other on a dating site. The acting class turns out to be ridiculous, and Penny and fellow student Aaron bond while making fun of it.|
|3||3||"Intersections"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||21:48||January 17, 2011|
|Penny participates in a reading for the musical Intersections, whose cast is led by Eric. While Penny is away, Tim calls Aaron as a substitute reader for Iron Dog. During the Intersections rehearsals, Penny is annoyed by the flirting between Eric and the female lead. The Intersections reading is disappointing.|
|4||4||"Yore So Bad"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||15:52||March 3, 2011|
|Penny and Aaron both serve as readers for Tim for the Iron Dog auditions. Steven meets Cameron, who comes in to potentially get signed but reveals that he doesn't want to be an actor any longer, and Steven is smitten. Penny has a traumatic experience auditioning for experimental dance troupe "DaBoSeRoy".|
|5||5||"Mean Like Me"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead with Andrew Keenan-Bolger||16:21||April 2, 2011|
|Aaron helps Penny with her own planned audition for Iron Dog, and confesses that he is applying to law schools. Penny auditions for a touring production of a Mean Girls musical. Eric comes in for the Iron Dog audition, and Aaron, annoyed at and jealous of Eric, delivers a bravura performance reading opposite him. Linda decides that she wants Aaron to audition for the play. Penny becomes taken with Aaron and the two go out on a date, but Aaron doesn't tell her about his good news in order to spare her feelings.|
|6||6||"Somethin' Else"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||18:44||May 12, 2011|
|Tim keeps the news about Aaron a secret from Penny. At a party for potential investors for Iron Dog, Linda meets Steven and his new boyfriend Cameron, and Steven reveals to Linda that Tim is gay. Penny auditions for Iron Dog. Penny finds out that Aaron was asked to audition, and was cast, and the two have a fight. Penny gets cast in the Mean Girls musical.|
Season 2 (2011-2012)
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|7||1||"Harness Malfunction"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||16:56||September 30, 2011|
|Tim has a new reader, Randall. Penny returns to New York after a harness malfunction during a performance of Mean Girls caused her to sprain her hip, forcing her to leave the tour, and she finds that the news of her injury has turned into a Broadway-wide rumor that she "broke her vagina". Linda tells Penny that Iron Dog was moved from Boston to New York, and that everyone in the cast and crew was replaced except Aaron.|
|8||2||"Gay Gardens"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||18:31||October 28, 2011|
|Tim goes to the Berkshires to see a play he cast; he drives Penny there as well, so she can stay at Steven and Cameron's summer house. A leaky roof where Tim was staying forces him to also stay with Steven and Cameron.|
|9||3||"2/3 Memorized"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||18:51||November 25, 2011|
|Tim finds out about an opportunity to work with director Nolan Grigsby. Aaron gets signed with Steven's casting agency. Penny's mother and stepfather come to visit her. Penny's stepfather accompanies Penny to an audition for a musical, and ends up getting called to audition, then gets a callback, while Penny doesn't.|
|10||4||"The Miller/Hennigan Act"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||21:50||December 30, 2011|
|Penny decides that she will no longer date actors. Tim asks Penny to be his reader for a Civil War play because Randall is away on a tour. Nolan comes to New York, meets Tim, and sits in on the auditions. Penny, sexually frustrated, breaks her own rule by dating three actors. Nolan asks Tim to cast his new play. Penny auditions for a new musical, Piñata Party, where she runs into Aaron and finds out that he's now dating a Broadway star, Serena Maxwell.|
|11||5||"Y'all Were Great"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||18:32||January 27, 2012|
|Penny and Aaron end up at Steven's office at the same time, and Penny, in an effort to avoid Aaron, hides under the table. Penny and Randall meet Serena, who tells them she'll be starring in a new musical, Jeremy's Fort. Steven and Cameron attend the Iron Dog opening night in New York, which turns out to be a disaster due to the new director.|
|12||6||"Woof!"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||20:43||March 2, 2012|
|Iron Dog's New York opening night has received terrible reviews. Tim, Randall and Gail assist Nolan in auditions for his play, based on Nolan's "Compass-ition" theories. Penny and Raina go to an acting class where Serena is also present, and Serena is bereft due to the bad reviews. Penny and Tim attend an office promotion party for Steven, which Aaron also attends. Penny and Aaron, who realize neither one has seen the reviews yet, leave the party so they can finally read them.|
|13||7||"The Growing Interconnectedness"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||17:56||March 30, 2012|
|Nolan continues with his unorthodox audition process. Tim, inspired by Nolan's physical prowess, invites Penny and Raina to a fitness class. Penny auditions to play Serena's crippled sister for Jeremy's Fort, and Penny's stiffness from the exercise helps her nail the part. Aaron tells Penny that Iron Dog is closing, and that he's still attracted to her. Nolan massages Tim due to Tim's own stiffness, and Tim discovers that there is romantic chemistry between the two.|
|14||8||"Another Interruption "||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||23:29||April 27, 2012|
|Penny gets a callback for Jeremy's Fort, but is unsure whether to go or not, due to the love triangle that now exists between her, Aaron and Serena. Tim realizes that he is attracted to Nolan, but doesn't know whether to make his feelings known. Penny is convinced by her friends and family to attend the callbacks. Gail, aware of Tim's feelings, makes up a reason for Nolan to see Tim again before he is set to leave New York; Tim confesses his feelings, and Nolan reciprocates, although Nolan then has to leave. Penny gets cast in Jeremy's Fort. Penny goes to see Iron Dog on one of its last nights, and tells Aaron afterward that she is still attracted to him as well; the two kiss, but decide to keep any relationship on hold until the end of the run for Jeremy's Fort.|
Season 3 (2014)
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|15||1||"Petit Sweet Ending with N"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||22:06||March 3, 2014|
|Randall leaves for a six-month job as a cruise ship entertainer. Jeremy's Fort rehearsals are awkward for Penny. Aaron decides to leave the city for a while to decide about his love life.|
|16||2||"Having Foresight"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||23:55||March 17, 2014|
|Raina leaves New York to film a TV pilot in Los Angeles. Tim and Gail struggle to find a replacement for Randall. Penny finds out from Serena that Aaron has left the city. The director of Jeremy's Fort, Adam Cross (Hunter Foster), causes drama when a video of him insulting the theater's artistic director, Theresa Amesworth (Harriet Harris), leaks onto the internet.|
|17||3||"Box of Dirt"||Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Kate Wetherhead||23:02||March 31, 2014|
|Aaron has decided to apply to law schools, which leaves Serena bereft. Tim gets a gift package from Nolan full of inexplicable items. After Adam Cross is fired from Jeremy's Fort, Linda Avery is hired to take his place, and Penny fears that she will reveal to Serena the truth about Penny and Aaron's former relationship.|
The impetus for the series was a series of backstage videos that Keenan-Bolger recorded for Music Theatre International, titled Keenan Blogger. Several of the videos were recorded while Keenan-Bolger was in the cast of a production of It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman in Dallas in 2010, and Wetherhead, who was also a cast member, assisted in their production. Wetherhead's husband, who was the show's lighting designer, suggested they create a web series together.
All of the audition material shown is from fake plays and musicals, with dialogue and lyrics written by Wetherhead. For musical numbers, the music was written by Adam Gwon, Adam Wachter, Keith Varney and others.
Most of the actors who have appeared on the series are Broadway performers who are friends and acquaintances of the creators.
Submissions Only has included cameos by Broadway veterans such as Chita Rivera, Kristin Chenoweth, Hunter Foster, Adam Pascal, Jeremy Jordan, Danny Burstein and Brian D'Arcy James, actors such as Rachel Dratch, Kristen Johnston, Michael Urie and Bobby Cannavale, and New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel. The last episode of season two notably had a large number of cameos, including appearances by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nick Jonas, Harvey Fierstein, and many ensemble members from the Broadway cast of Newsies.
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- KEENAN BLOGGER: Up, Up and Away!, YouTube
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