Theater Auditions


Auditions are open to everyone, and new students are frequently cast!
We encourage you to attend our Audition Workshop on Wednesday, September 4th from 8-9pm in the JKB Theater to get tips & info from faculty and Senior acting students in a casual setting.

September 5th & 6th, 6:30 – 10pm
at the JKB Theater

For auditions this semester, students should prepare 2-4 minutes of material, drawing from the following prompts. Please select one option from GROUP 1 and one option from GROUP 2.

If an actor is particularly interested in Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, please consider a 1-2 minute contemporary text (monologue or otherwise) from GROUP 1 and any selection from GROUP 2

Black Super Hero Magic Mama, please consider a 1-2 minute contemporary text (monologue, spoken word, provided texts, or otherwise) from GROUP 1 and any selection from GROUP 2 (a bold or bigger-than-life approach to any Group 2 option is welcomed)

GROUP 1:
Select 1 option from this group

  1. A 1-2 minute contemporary monologue (recommended for acting concentration students)
  2. A 1-2 minute heightened text, “classical,” or verse monologue
  3. 1-2 minutes of text that you wrote (monologue or otherwise)
  4. 1-2 minutes of other spoken text
  5. 1-2 minutes of cold reading (texts available HERE and will be be provided at auditions)

GROUP 2:
Select 1 option from this group

1. A 1-2 minute contemporary monologue (may be a 2nd contemporary monologue if students select option 1 from group 1).
2. 1-2 minutes of acapella singing
3. 1-2 minutes of dance, choreographed by you or someone else
4. 1-2 minutes of movement
5. A 1-2 minute stand-up set or 1-2 minutes of jokes

SEE MONOLOGUE + AUDITION MATERIAL RESOURCES BELOW


AUDITION SIGN-UP SHEET WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 10pm on 9/4 – 12pm on 9/5
If you miss the sign-up window, you can contact our Stage Manager, Max Kraftsow, to arrange for a slot.

(Black Box) STAGE MANAGER: Max Kraftsow // mlipkin@skidmore.edu
(Mainstage) STAGE MANAGER: Xander Burt // lillieshelor@skidmore.edu

When you sign up for an audition slot, you will need to fill out and submit an audition form, a photo (phone selfie is fine) and a resume if you have one, combined into one PDF file and renamed with your full name (ie- EmilySmith.pdf). You will also need to fill out a casting preference form and content disclosure form. All links will be accessible on the sign-up sheet.
ALL AUDITION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN THE WINDOW OF 10pm 9/4 – 12pm on 9/5.

*PLEASE NOTE:

Once you sign up for a time slot, you cannot change it– it will create errors in the sign-up sheet. If you need to move your time slot, please contact the Stage Management team and they will do their best to accommodate.


CALLBACKS

CALL BACKS WILL BE HELD:
September 7th and 8th for both Seminar and Lab productions (full schedule coming soon)
Callback lists will be emailed to all students who auditioned late Friday night, September 6th

Actors who are cast will be notified via email on Sunday (by midnight), September 8th

CALLBACK DISCLOSURE FORM:
Before callbacks, students will receive a link to a disclosure form, which they are to complete before their first callback. This form gives students the opportunity to share the kinds of content, material, and stage action that they are and are not comfortable engaging with and performing on stage, with the understanding that boundaries can change, and consent is revocable. Forms will only be viewed by the faculty casting monitor and relevant directors.


Fall 2024 Audition & Casting Process

We are continuing to develop our Audition process in response to student feedback and the demands of each semester. The faculty look forward to reflecting on audition processes with students throughout the year as we continue to find best practices together.

We will be continuing the process of casting on-book understudies for the Mainstage. Actors who are cast as understudies will cover 1-2 speaking roles and may also perform as ensemble members with no or few lines; understudies will not be expected to be fully off-book. Directors will provide more information about the understudy process at callbacks. Directors may also cast swings. Information on understudies/swings available HERE.

As we seek to create a consensual process, actors will have the option to audition for only certain projects by noting productions for which they are unavailable on their audition form. At the end of the actor’s last callback, the actor will also fill out a casting preference info form. Only the faculty casting monitor will have access to these forms. This info will only be referred to as needed; after the callback process, if more than one director wants to cast the same actor and a compromise between directors cannot be reached, it becomes the actor’s choice according to the preference form. If a director wishes to cast an actor who was not called back for the project, the faculty casting monitor will contact the actor directly for their preference.

FALL 2024 PRODUCTION SCRIPTS AVAILABLE HERE
FALL 2024 CONTENT DISCLOSURES AVAILABLE HERE

CHECK OUT THIS HELPFUL AUDITION HOW-TO VIDEO TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT!:

Featuring Gigi Brown and Chavon Patterson
Video by Bailey Gerson


All Skidmore students are eligible for all roles in our Production Season

We are committed to building creative, dynamic, and inclusive processes that celebrate and respect individual differences and diversity, including differences of race, national origin, ethnic origin, language, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, legal status, and disability.

Casting is based upon the requirements of the plays, the quality of auditions, and work demonstrated in callbacks. No preference is given to actors based upon their class years, and our shows are not “pre-cast.” Casting is as inclusive as possible, with consideration given to the distribution of actor-training opportunities for a diverse student body.

Only those students who audition at the beginning of each semester can be cast in the season. Actors who are unable to audition during the scheduled audition period may ask for permission to set up an alternate time. Theater majors and minors in the acting concentrations are required to audition each semester (when in residence).

Please reach out to any faculty in theater with questions or for more information.

**If you are NOT cast, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in other ways in the production season and department, all of which can build your skills as an actor!  Email Jared Klein (jklein2@skidmore.edu) and Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (ljackso3@skidmore.edu)  if you would like to be involved in production in other ways!**

We look forward to seeing you at auditions. Break a leg!


Resources for Monologues and Audition Material

We invite each performer to present material that speaks to them.

For actors seeking monologues, the department offers The Kilroys List: 97 Monologues and Scenes, Volume One (TCG 2017) as a resource. Copies of the collection are available for perusal in the production office of the JKB and the second floor class reserves shelf of the JKB.
Please note: performers are not required to use The Kilroys collection.

Additional resources for audition material abound:

The Scribner Library and the JKB Library (2nd Floor) also have a number of monologue books and many, many plays available.

Individual faculty are available to recommend specific plays tailored to each student’s needs.

CLICK HERE FOR COLD READ AUDITION MATERIAL

And more information on monologue resources can be found below! Enjoy!

Monologue and Play Resources

Please find a list of resources of monologue material below!
Though the list is not comprehensive, it is representative of sites and sources for multiple plays and writers.

*Note: Many of these resources contain unpublished materials. Please reach out to faculty for advice on how to obtain copies of unpublished material!*

Faculty in Theater: Let’s talk plays. We love to talk plays! Come by, reach out, make an appointment!

The Kilroys List: 97 Monologues and Scenes, Volume One (TCG 2017). Copies of the collection are available for perusal in the production office of the JKB and the second floor class reserves shelf of the JKB.

Lucy Scribner Library: search “monologues,” authors, or plays. Check out the Drama Online Database, as well. Access with your Skidmore login.

JKB Theater Library: 2nd floor of the JKB (stop by and peruse the shelves; have a cozy seat and skim some books!

Black Drama Database, available through the Scribner Library. Access with your Skidmore login.

Dramatists Play Service: sample read numerous plays before purchasing script

The Kilroys List: An “annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by woman, trans, and non-binary playwrights.” Find play descriptions, discover playwrights, buy their plays.

The 50 Playwrights Project: Annual lists of the 50 best unproduced or under-produced Latinx plays.


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