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Performing Arts | Theatre & Musical Theatre Auditions

If you wish to audition as an intended theatre major, please prepare two contrasting monologues. The two together should total about three minutes. By contrasting, they may be comic and dramatic, or classical and contemporary, or a combination of each. Select something that has been well rehearsed and is within a comfortable age range. If you wish to audition as an intended musical theatre major, please prepare one monologue, and two contrasting songs (e.g. one up-tempo and one ballad). An accompanist will be provided. The total audition time allotted will be 5 minutes. If dance is your strong suit, you may present a dance piece one minute or less in length. For both theatre and musical theatre auditions, bring a resume that has all your contact information. Also bring a head shot or photo. All auditions will take place on campus in Washington, DC, and we do not accept video or taped auditions.

Audition Dates

Saturday, November 22, 2014—ONLY for current AU Students and Early Decision Prospective Students.

Saturday & Sunday, February 14-15, 2015—for prospective students.

For information on audition and admission procedures please contact: theatreauditions@american.edu.

 

Sign-Up Slots

To sign up for an audition slot, please call: 202-885-3437 or e-mail theatreauditions@american.edu and leave a message with the following information:

  • First & Last Name: if your name is unique or complex, please spell it out in your message
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Discipline (theatre vs. musical theatre)
  • Your preferred audition date
  • Any other information pertinent to your audition, including whether you plan to dance
  • Please indicate if you are a high school senior or a transfer student.

You will receive an email response between two to three days.
Audition slots fill by late December. To avoid being put on the waiting list, please sign up early.

 

Audition Guidelines

1. Bring information about yourself, including name, address, phone number, and e-mail. Please bring a resume and a headshot or photo.

2. For musical theatre auditions, bring sheet music for the accompanist. Please make sure you clearly mark your music to indicate where you will begin, end, and any cuts you have made. It is also helpful to note any ‘cue’ lines, if you are going straight into singing from a monologue. Your music must be in the correct key; the accompanist will NOT transpose on sight. Please make sure your music has a stiff back so it will not curl or fall down on the piano.

3. Always select age appropriate pieces, even if it takes a great deal of effort to find a piece that is close to you in age. It is not appropriate for an entering student who is a teen or in his/her early twenties, to present a middle-aged character. The demands of fine plays are significant enough that we would ask that you do not add the challenge of presenting a person whose life experiences far exceed your own (if not in emotional range, then simply in reasoning). Please take this advice to heart.

4. Allow yourself plenty of time to prepare your piece before you show it. Make sure it is well rehearsed.

5. Be sure your pieces really do CONTRAST each other. You may select classical to contrast your contemporary piece or two contrasting contemporary pieces.

6. Always wear clothes, and particularly shoes, that are flattering and support your work as an actor. Your clothes should look professional, yet allow you flexibility and assist the movement and physicality of your work.

7. Introduce your pieces by providing your name, the name of the character, the playwright. You do not need to provide contextual information from the play to preface your work.

8. Do not look at the auditors while performing your songs or monologues. The auditors need to be free to make notes during your audition.

9. As part of your audition, one of the auditors will coach you on an audition piece. This is an opportunity for you to get a chance to know us better and for us get to know you. Respond to the adjustments and direction in an honest and open manner.We want you to succeed.

10. Remember your time limit. In order to be respectful and mindful of the other studentsauditioning, we will adhere to the audition time allotments. You are allowed three minutes for theatre. You are allowed five minutes for musical theatre. You will be allowed one additional minute if you choose to dance. Please bring taped accompaniment for any dance pieces.

 
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