Setting Up Your Audition for Admission and Scholarships
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Download the Undergraduate Application Form. Please fill out this form and bring it with you to your audition. (You do not need to submit it ahead of time.)
- When you come to audition, please bring a current resume and a headshot (or a recent photo that shows "who you are"). Do not send these to the department ahead of time — just bring them with you.
- Prepare two contrasting monologues. Total time for both monologues combined should not exceed two minutes.
- Timing begins when you start your first monologue.
- Each audition piece should consist of a single character speaking. Auditions must be memorized.
- At the beginning of the audition, state your name, the title of your pieces, and the characters you are playing.
- Do not explain the plot unless instructed to do so by the interviewer.
- There will be a chair for you to use if you choose.
- After your monologues, we may ask you some questions about your background and training and may even ask you to repeat a monologue with some specific adjustments.
Choice of Material
- Choose something you like.
- Choose age-appropriate material.
- Avoid self-written monologues.
- Make sure the the character is in conflict!
- Cut material to fit easily into the two-minute time limit (including transitions between monologues).
- Examples of contrasting monologues are: dramatic/comic, contemporary/classic, sophisticated/unsophisticated, urban/rural, manic/depressed, etc.
- A classical piece is not required.
- Know the character you are playing. For example Laura in The Glass Menagerie is NOT extroverted; Oscar in The Odd Couple IS a slob.
- Using dialects
- Phone call monologues
- Climax of the play
- Sexually explicit or extremely offensive material
- Dress comfortably, but strive to make a good impression.
- Keep hair away from your face.
- Wear sensible shoes - no flip flops or extremely high heels!
- Avoid jewelry that is distracting, such as clanging earrings or bracelets.
Performing Your Monologues
- Remember that your audition begins with your entrance.
- Use the introduction to let us get to know you—speak clearly and take command of the room!
- Place your imaginary scene partner directly downstage from you, over our heads.
- Don't speak to a chair—it will cause you to focus on the floor.
- Don't rush the audition transitions. Allow yourself time to transition—after the introduction, between the pieces, and before you say "Thank you."
- Concentrate on pursuing what you want from your imaginary scene partner.
- Finally, do not try to make an impression or give us what you think we want. Be yourself!
If you have specific questions about your audition, please contact
Head of Undergraduate Acting.