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Theatre
Lindsay Korth, Chair
585-389-2780

Matt Ames, Asst Professor of Acting
585-389-2785

Music Theatre
Don Kot, Director
585-389-2708

Design/Technical Theatre
Beth LaJoie
, Technical Director/Lighting Designer
585-389-2789

Students are required to audition or interview with the Theatre Arts faculty for entrance into the department.

Students may elect to audition if they are interested in performance, or to present a portfolio if they are interested in technical theatre, design, dramaturgy, stage management, or directing. (See guidelines below for these activities.)

To register for an audition of portfolio review, please visit the Admissions page.

 

Guidelines

Acting Audition

Auditioning students for Admission or Scholarship should present a resume at the audition. The following guidelines are standard for prepared monologue auditions across the country.

Selection Of Material

Choose 2 monologues:

  1. Select two pieces which contrast comedy/drama or character.
  2. Each piece should be less than two minutes long.
  3. Choose characters within five years of your current age.
  4. Sell your acting strengths: comedy, drama, style, etc.

Performance

Arrive early enough to have a chance to look at the stage and make any necessary preparation. Costumes are not appropriate for auditions. Dress comfortably and in a way that does not distract from your characters.

  • Enter. Stop center stage. Place chair where you need it (if at all). Please bring no other props.
  • Establish eye contact with the auditor(s) (faculty) and greet them.
  • Introduce your piece, stating the play title and character name.
  • Take about 5 seconds to adjust your body and mind into character, locating the imaginary character you are addressing above the heads of the auditors.
  • Perform your piece. Memorization is mandatory.
  • Expect auditors to want you to do your best, but do not expect any reaction from them. This is not a reflection of the quality of your work.
  • Freeze after the last moment of the monologue. Hold for two counts.
  • Establish eye contact. Thank auditors.
  • There will be a short interview and some time to relax and ask questions.

To register for a Theatre audition, please visit the Admissions page: http://visit.naz.edu/ug/applyarts/theatre/

Musical Theatre Audition

Audition in three performance areas: vocal, dance, and acting components. Musical theatre students will also complete a music theory placement exam. Individual sight-singing and keyboard placement interviews will be scheduled within the remaining time.

For the vocal portion of the audition, students must prepare two 32-bar musical theatre songs that demonstrate their ability to sing in tune with good quality and musical intelligence. Both songs should be memorized and one should be written before 1965. One of the songs should be a ballad. Please bring your sheet music in a hard-back, three-ring binder (for easiest page-turning) and in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

For the acting portion of the audition, students must prepare two monologues which contrast comedy/drama or character. Each piece should be less than two minutes long and memorized. Select audition monologues that contain characters within five years of your current age.

For the dance portion of the audition, students will learn a brief dance combination from a musical. Those with extensive training may be asked to demonstrate additional dance skills. There will be time to change into dance attire. Students should dress in appropriately fitted dance or athletic clothes.

An interview follows the audition. Musical theatre students must submit a resume that includes personal goals as a theatre artist, relevant theatre experience, special skills and hobbies, and other performance or athletic experience. Your resume will be collected on the date you are scheduled to audition.

To register for a Musical Theatre audition, please visit the Admissions page: http://visit.naz.edu/ug/applyarts/theatre/

Technical Production Portfolio

Interview Expectations

  • Verbal explanations of portfolio pieces
  • Responsibilities for productions presented
  • Design concepts
  • Personal design process
  • Discoveries which occurred during pre-production process (building)
  • Critical analysis and self evaluation of your work
  • Responses to questions which reveal your knowledge and understanding of theatre
  • Personal philosophy and goals as an artist of the theatre

Guidelines for Resume

  • Should include minimum three productions worth of experience
  • Should highlight leadership/supervisory positions
  • Should show us what you feel is your best work
  • References (examples): directors, theatre advisor, immediate supervisor, any professional or community theatre personnel
  • Addresses and phone numbers of individuals chosen as references

Guidelines for Portfolio

Portfolio/Scene Design/Scene Shop

  • Drawings of designs (renderings, sketches)
  • Mounted photographs or slides of productions
  • Working drawings of productions
  • Painters' evaluations

Portfolio/Costume Design

  • Costume renderings/drawings
  • Mounted photographs or slides of production costumes
  • Photographs or slides of costumes constructed
  • Full-scale sample of designed or constructed costumes (not always possible)

Portfolio/Lighting Design

  • Drawings/sketches of intended lighting design
  • Mounted photographs or slides of production lighting design
  • Drafted light plot
  • Paper work (instrument schedule, patch sheet, cue sheets, cheat sheets)

Portfolio/Technical Director

  • Working drawings
  • Mounted photographs or slides showing construction of scenic elements
  • Paper work (production work schedules, build schedules)

Portfolio/Sound Design

  • Samples of designs on CD or cassette
  • Cue sheets
  • Cue level/setting charts

To register for a portfolio review, please visit the Admissions page: http://visit.naz.edu/ug/applyarts/theatre/

B.A./B.S. Theatre Arts Programs

Auditioning students for Admission or Scholarship should present a resume at the audition. The following guidelines are standard for prepared monologue auditions across the country.

Selection Of Material

Choose 2 monologues:

  1. Select two pieces which contrast comedy/drama or character.
  2. Each piece should be less than two minutes long.
  3. Choose characters within five years of your current age.
  4. Sell your acting strengths: comedy, drama, style, etc.

Performance

Arrive early enough to have a chance to look at the stage and make any necessary preparation. Costumes are not appropriate for auditions. Dress comfortably and in a way that does not distract from your characters.

  • Enter. Stop center stage. Place chair where you need it (if at all). Please bring no other props.
  • Establish eye contact with the auditor(s) (faculty) and greet them.
  • Introduce your piece, stating the play title and character name.
  • Take about 5 seconds to adjust your body and mind into character, locating the imaginary character you are addressing above the heads of the auditors.
  • Perform your piece. Memorization is mandatory.
  • Expect auditors to want you to do your best, but do not expect any reaction from them. This is not a reflection of the quality of your work.
  • Freeze after the last moment of the monologue. Hold for two counts.
  • Establish eye contact. Thank auditors.
  • There will be a short interview and some time to relax and ask questions.

Students wishing to focus on Dramaturgy, Directing, or Stage Management are welcome to interview with a theatrical review or dramaturgical writing sample (Dramaturgy/Generalist), or a technical portfolio as listed for Technical Production candidates (Directing/Stage Management).

To register for a Theatre audition or interview, please visit the Admissions page: http://visit.naz.edu/ug/applyarts/theatre/

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