Fall 2022 AUDITION INFORMATION
Details about the 2022-23 season will be announced July 25!
These will be VIDEO auditions for your initial submission.
Callbacks will take place in person.
Audition and Callback Schedule:
- Final Deadline for video submission is August 8 by 5:00 pm
- Callbacks for shows will be August 19-20 (More details coming soon!)
Your Audition Package Must Include:
- A TYPED bio no more than 75 words in length.
- A copy of your headshot and resume.
- A filled out “Department Audition Form.” The audition form can be found online at: https://forms.gle/9itB61gxL3KtzFVS7
NOTE: If you are going to miss callbacks because you are away on an internship, please be sure to note that on your department audition form so all the directors are aware.
IMPORTANT: You will need to upload your performance package to an unlisted YouTube link. Then, you will need to provide that link on your Department Audition Form. This link is what the directors will use to watch your audition package. Make sure that link is on your form! Bio, headshot, and resume should be embedded in the YouTube description.
Audition Pieces to Perform:
- TWO contrasting monologues: 1 contemporary monologue; 1 monologue showing your ability to handle heightened language (Shakespeare or his contemporaries or Moliere or Calderon or more modern poetry like Shange)
- 16 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song
IMPORTANT: Your audition pieces together including the slate cannot exceed three minutes TOTAL. NOT three minutes per piece!!
NOTE: Auditioners are allowed to perform their audition pieces in whatever order they wish. HOWEVER, be advised that if you do not complete both pieces within the allotted time, you run the risk of not being considered for any callback auditions. The department faculty directors are committed to seeing you being fully prepared to deliver the audition package that has been asked of you. If you fail to follow the established guidelines for this audition, there will be consequences.
TIPS FOR AUDITIONS
- READ THE PLAYS! Know the styles of the plays and select appropriate audition material. If there are specific guidelines listed for specific plays, KNOW THEM!
- DRESS APPROPRIATELY! Present yourself in the best possible manner. Directors will make judgment about you the minute you walk into the room. Don’t let that judgment be negative. This includes shoes don’t wear flip flops or shoes you can’t walk in when you audition. And, make sure your hair is combed and out of your face!! Don’t walk in looking like you just crawled out of bed!
- Behave in a professional manner. Be polite to everyone you meet and encounter. You never know who will be making casting decisions. That includes the way you talk to Stage Managers, Accompanists, Assistants, and Directors.
- Be prepared and on time! Have everything required of you for the audition. The Stage Managers will NOT help you with making copies of your headshot/resume/music/audition forms. Do your job and be prepared to demonstrate how professional you are.
- Have your sheet music prepared appropriately.
-Don’t bring in a whole songbook or pages taped together like an accordion. Copy the song from the book and put it into a nicely-organized notebook that will sit on the piano easily.
-Be sure your music is from a full score or songbook. Do not bring in music that only has chords or is from choral books or is written for guitar!
-Be sure your song is in the correct key. The Accompanist will not transpose on sight for you.
-DO NOT PUT YOUR MUSIC IN PLASTIC SHEET PROTECTORS!
-Make sure the copy of your music has ALL THE MUSIC on every sheet. Double check to make sure the bottom line of music hasn’t been cut off.
-Make sure the title of the song is marked clearly somewhere on the first page of your music.
-Mark your music clearly for the following: Intro, Vocal Begins, Cuts in the Song, Repeats, Song Ends.
-Communicate with the Accompanist what tempo you want your song. They aren’t mind readers sing a little of the song for them.
- Be sure to “slate” clearly this includes your name and the titles of the pieces you will be performing. Slate ALL YOUR PIECES before you begin your audition. Don’t waste valuable time announcing each piece individually.
- If you plan to use the chair in the room, SET IT UP BEFORE YOU BEGIN! You waste valuable seconds during your audition slot by taking time to move the chair to where you want it. It’s stronger if you act without using a chair.
- REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE! And, just when you think you have it, REHEARSE SOME MORE! Most performers kill their chances of getting cast because they aren’t prepared.
- Breathe! Remember we WANT you to succeed! It makes casting decisions easier when you “bring it” and deliver what we need for our shows. Part of your assessment in the department is based on your audition skills, no matter what your degree program may be!
- BE FEARLESS! OWN THE ROOM!