Auditioning always involves a certain amount of stress and tension. The best way for you to respond to the demands of this situation is to carefully prepare for your audition. Choose material which you understand both intellectually and emotionally, stay with characters close to your own age range, and read the play in its entirety, not just the monologue. You must memorize the monologue and strive to allow us to discover with you how the monologue reveals the character's inner feelings and intentions. Remember every song is a monologue also and you must act it as well as sing it. We are looking for your ability to find and reveal the actions, thoughts, and feelings of the character through your own experience and understanding.
You will interview with faculty and professional staff members in the program. The faculty will look over your portfolio and ask you some questions about your experience and your process. The portfolio should be content driven not presentation driven. In other words, we are more interested in your creative process; how you communicate your ideas orally and visually, organize the development of your ideas through research and visual aids, manage data and problem-solve.
Your portfolio may include examples of graphic skills, artistic skills, creative skills, drawing, photography, sculpture, painting, drafting or any examples of prior theatrical experience. Students interested in Stage Management should bring copies of their prompt books. Photos of productions are helpful. Documentation of how you communicate your ideas to others is also helpful.
You will participate in both a ballet (ballet shoes required, no pointe shoes) and modern dance (bare feet) taught by faculty at SUU. Perhaps you have had extensive experience in one discipline and limited exposure to the other. Don't worry! The faculty is looking for your potential for success in our program and we encourage you to apply yourself to all aspects of the audition. For your performance solo the following are specific tips:
Good luck! Remember it is the goal of the faculty to make auditions relaxed, educational, and enjoyable and we hope for your best performance.