General Overview • You will have 2:30 to introduce yourself, present your resume, and perform two contrasting monologues • After your presentation, the class will have the opportunity to ask you questions that might be part of an audition • Monologues must be contrasting and memorized • Must bring at least two printed copies of your theatre resume AND share a digital copy
Why we’re doing this • General format for auditions, especially NCTC/SETC and open call/cattle call auditions • One day want to have an audition class similar to Dance Ensemble for Theatre Arts • Will help prepare if we have the opportunity to do extra-curricular theatre shows here at EWA
A note about clothing • For this unit project, I will not be making you dress up • General guidelines: • Remember this is a kind of interview • Wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself • Dress stylishly – only certain kinds of denim are acceptable • Dress in a way that suggests the role/show you’re auditioning for (if applicable) • Wear comfortable clothes, but don’t look too comfortable • Your shoes matter! No sneakers, crocs, sandals, etc. EVER
Entering the room • Enter the room with confidence – you se the entire tone for your audition • Give your resume to the appropriate person • Could be a stage manager backstage • If not, give to the director at their table • Come in and stand dead center • There might be a mark on the floor – if so, hit it! • Take a brief moment to look at each person sitting at the “table” • Your time begins the moment you begin speaking
Introducing yourself & your monologues • Speak loudly and confidently • “Hello! My name is ___________. I’m auditioning for the role of ___________.” • If you’re not auditioning for a specific role, skip that part. • “My first monologue is from (name of show ONLY) and my second comes from (name of show ONLY).” • Take a brief pause before you begin, and another one between your monologues • Directors want to see you take your time – don’t rush!
Performing your monologues • Start with either your least favorite or the one that’s not as impressive • Once the first monologue is done, take a brief pause before beginning the 2nd one • The purpose is to take a moment to get into character and get in the right mindset for the performance
When you’re done • Take a brief pause and an optional small head-nod • Do not bow! • Rushing once you’re done with your monologue looks very bad – take a moment instead! • Say thank you • Wait for the director/audition team to either ask you questions or be dismissed • Do not move until they tell you to go!
If you make a mistake • If it’s small, just keep going, especially if you’re towards the end • Don’t draw attention, just collect yourself and move on • If it’s at the beginning, just restart • Only ask to restart if it is a major mess up that totally derails your performance, but do it correctly • “May I restart please?” or “I would like to restart.” • Never apologize, but be prepared to hear either “no” or for them to dismiss you • If you make more than one mistake, say something like this: “I’m sorry. I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was.”
Be prepared • Auditions are the theatre-world equivalent of a job interview • Not being prepared (wrong attire, not knowing your monologue, etc.) reflects badly on you • The director’s time is precious, and every director views the audition process a little differently • Some directors will automatically disqualify you for a mistake, others won’t • Some directors are understanding about mistakes and will let you start over, others won’t
Remember: it’s rarely personal, but it’s going to feel personal • You won’t be right for every role – don’t get disappointed over the one you’re clearly not meant for • You can’t control the kind of day that the director or their staff are having • Many times, not getting a job has NOTHING to do with your talent and instead could be because: • The director is going to use a friend for the role • You’re too tall, short, young, old, etc. • You’re a blonde and they want a brunette • You’re not a member of Actor’s Equity or don’t have Equity eligibility • SO MANY OTHER REASONS
To recap… • You’re expected to follow all the conventions we talked about • You have 2:30 from the time you begin talking to get through your introduction, two monologues, and transitions • How you enter and end your audition are just as important as the performance • You do not have to dress up for your mock audition
What we still need to go over… • Resumes • How to format them • What to put and what not to put in them • How your resume impacts your audition • Grading • Remember it counts as a project grade • We’ll go over specifics soon