The Academy's program is unique, intense, and requires a very specific skillset. A number of factors go into the decision-making and selection process; a key component is the audition.
IMPORTANT: Auditions must be scheduled in advance by the Admissions Office after your application and transcript(s) have been received.
What to expect from your Academy audition
This is your opportunity to showcase your acting ability. You will be assessed in several ways to ensure that The Academy's training program is the right fit for you.
Senior Academy faculty members conduct the auditions. They look for candidates who would benefit and grow from The Academy's training, in addition to the following factors:
Introductions - You will be called into the audition room by an Academy assistant or adjudicator. The atmosphere will be friendly, yet formal. This is the time to introduce yourself, then provide photos or materials, if necessary, and ask any questions that you might have. Once introductions have been made and questions answered, the adjudicator will invite you to begin your monologues.
Performance - You will be prompted to announce your pieces. Typically, the adjudicator will ask you to state the title of the play and the name of the character you will portray. After you have finished your first piece, take a moment then announce your second piece in the same way. Adjudicators may do things slightly differently, so be open and flexible and remember that this is an opportunity to do what you love.
The focus of your audition is, ultimately, your acting, so remain truthful to the spirit of your pieces. Perform at least one of your pieces standing so that the adjudicator may observe your movement, posture and the physicality your character. When performing, please do not "use" the adjudicator by making direct eye contact with him or her. Choose a point of focus on the wall behind him and visualize the character to which you are speaking.
Conclusion - Once you have finished your interview, presented your two memorized monologues, and completed your cold reading (if applicable), the audition portion of your application is complete. You may be asked to repeat a monologue and make slight adjustments to your performance to see how well you are able to take direction. Listen carefully and follow the directions to the best of your ability. If you have any questions or concerns that you think of later, feel free to contact the Admissions Office at any time.
Your audition is just one part of the application process. Completed transcripts, your personal essay, and your letters of recommendation all carry weight in your application as a whole. When your file is complete, The Academy Selection Committee will review it. In most cases, you should receive a response within four weeks. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office with any questions or concerns that you have during the application and audition process. Our staff is always happy to assist you.