Preparing for Auditions and Portfolio Presentations
First Things First: Your Audition Introduction Card
Before you begin your audition, you will introduce yourself to the college representatives, using the information on your Audition Introduction Card. Your introduction will not be timed, but only read the facts on your card, to help keep the pace of the auditions moving while still providing a bit of information about you and what you’re looking for. You are welcome to print the card and bring it with you to use during your audition, or you may choose to memorize it.
After your introduction, actors have 60 seconds to present a monologue. All auditionees are required to perform a monologue. The following tips may be helpful as you are preparing your monologue:
Singing is not required for the audition. If you choose to sing, please prepare 16 measures/bars of a song. You will need to bring sheet music that is clearly marked with the starting and ending points; no taped accompaniment or a capella singing will be allowed. You will have a moment to talk through your music with the provided accompanist before you start your introduction. The singing portion of your audition should come after your monologue. Consider the following tips when preparing your song selection:
After you check-in and attend orientation, you will be escorted to the Portfolio Review Room, where you will be assigned a display table. You will be provided ample time to set-up your portfolio before the presentations begin. College representatives will visit your table to discuss your work. Be prepared to discuss your training, course work, production experience, hobbies and interests.
Your portfolio should be a visual representation of your work and interests. You can bring drawings, photos, models, prompt books, PowerPoint Presentations, etc. If you plan to use a laptop, be sure to bring an extension cord as well as the device (no computers will be provided)
Review the following tips for a successful portfolio presentation:
Laura Pates, Assistant Technical Director for PlayMakers Repertory Company, shares what you should include in your portfolio.