Auditions

AUDITION FORMAT AND REQUIREMENTS

You will be contacted in regards to an audition date and time starting the middle of January. 

  • Edmonton auditions will take place: Saturday, Feb. 15th & Sunday Feb. 16th
  • Callback auditions will take place in Edmonton: Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23
  • Auditions in all other locations are yet to be determined. 
  • We are open to doing a Skype audition/interview with you that can be scheduled at our mutual convenience. 

Auditions are individual and approximately 30 minutes in duration. Callbacks (Edmonton only) start with a group session (approximately 1 hr, nothing to prepare in advance), followed by individual sessions. For callbacks you may present the same materials or prepare other selections.

For your audition/callback prepare:

  • Two Monologues: Present two prepared and memorized selections which together are no more than six minutes long. One selection is to be from Shakespeare, and the other from Contemporary (1960’s or later) repertoire. Choose selections that are within your playing and age range, and using your regular voice (no accents or dialects). We want to see what you can do, not what you cannot do.

  • One Song Excerpt: Sing an excerpt from a work of musical theatre. Choose a concise piece from a song (ex. two verses and a chorus, approx. 1 min.) in which you can show character and movement. You must provide your own background music (no other vocals) and we will provide a CD/cassette player (ipod dock guaranteed in Edmonton only). Singing a cappella is acceptable.

  • One Movement Piece: Present a short choreographed movement sequence. Thirty-two bars of up- tempo music or sixteen bars of slow music (approx. 1 min.). You must provide your own music and we will provide a CD/cassette player (ipod dock guaranteed in Edmonton only). Music may be from any repertoire (classical, musical theatre, rock, or pop). We are looking for musicality, creativity, stage presence, flexibility, use of space and imagination. Wear clothing that allows you to move freely.

  • Adjustments/Improvisation: You may be asked to incorporate adjustment s to your work and/or to do a movement and/or an acting improvisation.

  • Script Reading: You may be asked to do a sight-reading of a provided short piece of material.

  • Interview: Your audition will include a personal interview with the audition team. We are interested in getting to know you a bit, your experience and background, and your interests and professional goals. We are also happy to answer any of your questions about our BFA Acting program at that time.

  • An introduction: Recorded close-up from the shoulders up: state your name, where you are from, and why you are auditioning. Recorded full length – from head to toe: face forward, turn left profile, turn full back, turn right profile, turn full forward.

  • Two Monologues: See above.
  • One Song Excerpt: See above.
  • One Movement Piece: See above.

Note: Record each piece as one shot (i.e. do not edit together different takes of the same monologue)

FAQs    

I have questions or concerns about the auditions. Who can I contact?

Contact Connie Golden, Undergraduate Advisor at 780.492.8710 or at connie.golden@ualberta.ca.

What if I can’t make it on the scheduled dates? What if I can’t come for a callback?

If you have extenuating circumstances contact Connie Golden, Undergraduate Advisor at connie.golden@ualberta.ca or at 780.492.8710 as soon as possible, and we will try our best to make different arrangements. However, special requests are not guaranteed.

I’ve chosen Edmonton as my audition city, but I need to fly or drive 5 hrs+ to get to Edmonton. When do I audition and come for callbacks?

Applicants who select Edmonton as their audition city and who live more than a 5 hour drive from Edmonton, will audition their first and only time, during the Edmonton callback time slots. Contact Connie Golden, Undergraduate Advisor at connie.golden@ualberta.ca or 780.492.8710 when you apply online.

How do I know if I am selected for a callback?

Once all the in-person auditions are completed the committee meets and makes their selections on who they want to see again. You will be notified by email and/or phone.

Is there a group audition? Group callback?

Auditions are individual. Callbacks have a group session in the morning, followed by individual sessions.

What should I bring to the audition?

Bring a water bottle and your music for your singing and movement pieces (CD player will be provided – ipod dock guaranteed in Edmonton only). Dress so that you can move comfortably – do not wear clothes that are very baggy or very revealing.

Do you have a list of monologues to choose from?

No. We encourage you to select monologues that you feel best demonstrate your abilities. Not sure what to pick? Start with an internet search or speak to one of your drama teachers or professors.

What is a letter of intent?

It is a way for the selection committee to better understand why you are pursuing professional acting training – what you want to get out of the program, what you will bring to the program, etc. Recommended length is approximately 1 page, single spaced (or 2 pages double-spaced).

When are the final selections made?

Offers are made by the end of March. Waitlist spots for 4-6 students are also offered at this time.

I’m on the waitlist, what are my chances of getting into the program? When will I know?

This depends if all students accept their offer, if anyone declines, or if anyone is refused (due to academics).If you are on the waitlist you could be offered a spot right away, throughout the summer, or not at all.