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Performance Audition Guidelines & Tips

 

Performance Audition Videos Must:

  • Begin with an introductory slate that includes the auditionee's name and titles of the selections being performed.
  • Be no longer than two minutes in total (including slate and transition between pieces).
  • Contain two contrasting pieces:
    • For students interested in pursuing an acting concentration: two monologues
    • For students interested in pursuing a musical theatre concentration: one monologue and one song (a track must be used for the song – no a capella submissions are permitted)
  • Be solo presentations.

Helpful Tips

Selection Tips

  • Avoid selections with dialects, accents, or any classical material if not trained in those areas. 
  • Show your range – choose selections that showcase different aspects of your skill.
  • Selections should demonstrate your best work.
    • Highlight your ability to create a dynamic character.
    • Choose a piece that allows you to tell a story – shape, subtext, and resonance are important.
  • Rehearse your full audition, including your transition between pieces. 
    • Rehearse your slate too! Your name and titles of pieces are sufficient.
    • Remember to consider your blocking and physicality in addition to your text work.
    • Don't forget facial expressions!

Preparation Tips

  • Consider your frame (how much of your body you want to show during your audition). At a minimum, make sure to show from a few inches above your head to your belly button.
  • If performing a song, make sure you have a solid track to use for your accompaniment.
    • Pay an accompanist to record a track for you and send you an MP3 file. Try reaching out to your local university's music or theatre department as a start.
    • Find an accompaniment or karaoke track online. Make sure there are no vocals on the track (including back-up vocals, which are not permitted).
  • Consider where you're placing your "scene partner." You do not need to look straight into the camera.
  • You may use one straight back chair and one small table in your video; additional set pieces are not allowed. 
  • Before filming, conduct a full-volume test to make sure you can be heard (and that your track can be heard).
  • Ensure your blocking is effective and visible when filmed. If it is not, consider whether to decrease your movement or adjust your camera angle.

Filming Tips

  • Find an effective filming location.
    • The area should be quiet so we can hear both you and your track (if applicable).
    • Film in front of a non-distracting background. If possible, choose a solid-color wall or consider hanging a sheet behind you.
    • Make sure you are lit well enough to be clearly visible. Consider using natural light, if possible. Stand facing a window with the camera pointed at you.
  • Dress neatly, and in a contrasting color from your background. No costumes are permitted.
  • Shoot your video horizontally, not vertically.
  • Try multiple takes and submit your strongest.

Uploading Your Video

  • Watch your video both before and after uploading to ensure it's what you want to share.
  • Give your file a clear name. Consider something like FirstNameLastName_ITFAudition.
  • Check that the link will allow for open access to all representatives. Try playing the video in an incognito window to test privacy settings. 

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