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FLPA 191/291 Spring 2017 Audition Workshop

(0 Credit Audition Class for Theatre Concentration FLPA Majors)

This is separate from production auditions.

WHEN: Saturday January 28, 2017 10am-12pm. All actors will be there the entire time slot.

WHERE: Salisbury Theatre

WHO: All Theatre Concentration FLPA majors registered for the FLPA 191/291 0 credit class. Professor Baker will provide on-the-spot feedback, observable by all students. 

WHAT: Students should prepare two contrasting monologues: one contemporary piece and one classical piece (Shakespeare in verse is encouraged as the classical piece but not required.).

Each student will have a 3-minute audition slot, but each monologue should not exceed 1 minute (45 seconds each is encouraged), so that there is time to give faculty auditors your headshot/resume and to introduce your pieces. Your 3-minutes will begin when you enter the stage; we will cut off actors who exceed 3-minutes.

Some pointers:

  • Make sure to rehearse your introduction. A typical introduction would be: “Hi my name is ________. My first piece is (name of character) from (name of play) by (playwright) and my second piece is (name of character) from (name of play) by (playwright).” Then take a moment to gather yourself and begin the piece…don’t ask if we are ready, just begin when you are ready.  If one of your pieces is from a Shakespeare play, don’t say “by Shakespeare,” just say the character and the name of the play.
  • There will be chairs available if you need one for your piece.  Don’t ask if you can use a chair; just get it if you need it.
  • All actors should bring an acting resume. Actor resume templates are available here.
  • If you have a headshot, staple your resume to the back of your headshot.
  • What to wear: Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and that are appropriate for your pieces, but also honor the formality of an audition (don’t come in sweats!). Avoid crazy-patterned shirts and make sure your hair is not in your face.
  • Remember the Salisbury Theatre is a big space, so you will need to project your voice to be heard. You may want to rehearse your pieces in the theatre or another large space.
  • Choose a point of focus for your monologues, so you are not just talking to the air…imagine the person to whom you are speaking out beyond the auditors.

Monologues tips:

  • 45-60 seconds in performed length.
  • Can be from any length play, including 10-minute or one-act plays. Do NOT use monologues from screenplays.
  • Feature a character who is appropriate for your age and type.
  • Choose active material. The character should be speaking to another character in the play. Your character should want something in the moment and be using varying tactics to get that goal. Avoid story-telling monologues or memory based pieces that tell the story of a past event.
  • Contemporary monologues should be from a play written roughly from 1950 through today.
  • Shakespeare monologues should be in verse (not prose) and roughly 12 lines in length.

Suggestions for finding a monologue:

  • Anthologies, including those from the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Monologue selection books (find in library or at a bookstore).
  • You can often find titles on the internet, but you cannot use monologues for which you cannot find the full play, so avoid monologue websites.
  • Single-volume plays

Some playwrights to look for (in no particular order):

  • Arthur Miller
  • Tennessee Williams
  • David Lindsay-Abaire
  • David Auburn
  • Brian Friel
  • Martin McDonagh
  • Craig Lucas
  • Donald Margulies
  • Caryl Churchill
  • Edward Albee
  • Paula Vogel
  • David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Sarah Ruhl
  • Tom Stoppard
  • Harold Pinter
  • Sam Shepard
  • Tony Kushner
  • Martin McDonagh
  • Richard Greenberg
  • Neil LaBute
  • Neil Simon
  • Terrence McNally
  • Marsha Norman
  • Nicky Silver
  • Theresa Rebeck
  • Wendy Wasserstein

Still have questions? Contact Professor Baker (ccbaker@alaska.edu)

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