THR 190/290 Audition Assessment
(0 Credit Audition Class for Theatre Majors)
This is separate from the production auditions.
||September 1, 9:30AM-12:00PM. All actors will be there the entire time slot.
||Lee H. Salisbury Theatre
||All theatre majors registered for the THR190/290 0 credit class. Professor Golux will provide on-the-spot feedback, observable by all students.
||By January 19, students will be given access to three or four sides from a contemporary play. “Sides” are short excerpts from the play that allow two (or sometimes more) auditioners to read against one another. Students should be prepared to read any gender-appropriate role from all sides provided against a neutral “audition reader”. In addition to preparing all “Sides”, students are encouraged to learn what they can about the play (also announced by January 19) and the playwright who wrote the play.
Each student will have a 5-minute audition slot, and the side you will be presenting will be selected for you by the faculty right before you present. As in the professional world, you may be asked to re-work a side, or to present an additional side. Sides auditions typically differ from Monolog auditions in the business in that it is not the actor’s job to make sure they keep their audition time in the allotted slot. Time-keeping is the auditor’s job, and they may (and frequently do) run over.
- Your introduction is important. The auditors will know which role you are reading and which side it is, so you do not need to introduce it. However, you should be ready to introduce yourself to the auditors and to the audition reader in a professional and confident and collaborative manner. Sides auditions are a little bit more informal, but you should not translate that to mean sloppy or unrehearsed in any way.
- Even though you are not expected to memorize sides and you will be “reading” in the audition, make sure you know the sides very well. Do a thorough unit/beat breakdown on all sides, and make acting choices, and make sure that you can maintain frequent eye-contact with the audition reader, who is your acting partner. If your nose is buried in the script, your audition will be evaluated poorly. Auditors expect preparation and performance in a sides audition, even though you typically have only a day or two to prepare!
- 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 online at www.uaf.edu/theatre. 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 the sides, 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.
- You will be “acting” with the reader, who may provide you with a blank neutral reading, or may “act” with you. Be prepared for either. Unlike when you are doing scene work, it is expected that you upstage the audition reader, as the auditors will want to see your face. The audition reader is often positioned near one end of the audition table, so that when you are auditioning, you are the only person “on stage”.
Still have questions? Contact Professor Golux (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All Theatre Majors are required to participate in either this morning “Audition Assessment” or the “Portfolio Review” (1/28/12)
The Univeristy of Alaska Fairbanks
Department of Theatre
311 Tanana Drive
Suite 302 Fine Arts Complex / Great Hall
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5700
This page last updated
February 14, 2013