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 adjustments 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.
If submitting a video, you must perform and record onto a CD or DVD, or upload your file to YouTube/a personal website/etc.:
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)