Tips for a Successful Audition
Use the following suggestions to prepare your audition. We expect
that when you attend an acting audition at UMBC you will have
read the play and thought carefully about what is going on with
the character in that scene. We like to talk with you about
your ideas on the scene and we like to create improvisations
based on that scene that you will do with one of our current
- Select a 1-2 minute monologue from a modern 20th century
play by an established playwright. Do not choose a monologue
from a book of audition monologues that do not come from plays.
- Choose a character who is no more or less than about 6 years
from your own age.
- Read the play more than once to familiarize
yourself with the action, the scene, and the character.
- Ask yourself, "Who is this character talking to and what does my
character want that other character to do?" If in the play the
speech is to the audience, you still must decide on a specific
person or group whom you want to affect and decide what you
want them to do at the end of this speech.
- Memorize the monologue
by saying it out loud. While you are memorizing, also ask yourself
what this character and you have in common. When did you feel
the way s/he seems to be feeling? When were you in a similar
circumstance where you perhaps had the same goal that the character
has in the scene? Use these memories to help you find different
ways that you, as the character, might go about getting what
you want. Practice the monologue in different places, while
engaged in different physical activities. Feel free to be bold
in the choices you make about the character.
- Choose to stand
and to move rather than perform the piece in a chair or sitting
on the floor.
- When you audition, place that other character
you are talking to out in front of you and a little to one side.
Do not set a chair down near you and talk to the chair, nor
should you use the people auditioning you as the other character
by speaking to them directly.
- When you get up to perform,
introduce the title of the play and the character, but unless
asked for, do not describe the scene. When you finish, just
pause and say, "Thank you."
** Be sure to wear clothes and shoes in which you can move freely,
as you may be asked to do improvisations that will require movement
such as jumping, rolling, sitting on the floor.