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ACTING AUDITION TIPS


PREPARING FOR YOUR ACTING AUDITION

First of all select and prepare two monologues from the suggested lists on the ISA website before your acting audition:

  • One Contemporary Screen Monologue
  • One Contemporary Stage Monologue
  • One Musical Theatre Song (Musical Theatre course ONLY)

Your monologues must be memorised and fully prepared for the acting and musical theatre auditions.

Some monologues may have been edited; please prepare the version provided.

Furthermore, try to choose contrasting pieces in order to show off your range – so perhaps a comedic and a dramatic piece.

Familiarise yourself as much as possible with the story and your character. Make sure you research and read the plays / screenplays or watch the films where the monologues come from so to give yourself some context of the material and/or to get a sense of the world of the character, however, when rehearsing and performing, please do not impersonate the actor’s representation of the character from the film version.


ON THE DAY

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your acting audition – be aware, there is only street parking available.

Wear loose comfortable clothing that is easy to move in (i.e. no tight jeans or skirts, and flexible footwear, eg. no heavy boots – for the reason that you may be asked to work barefoot).

Bring a bottle of water.

You will be auditioning in a small group of maybe 15 people.

There will be a brief improvisational warm-up, and thereafter you will be invited to present your monologues in front of the panel and fellow auditionees. The audition will take up to three hours.

Be aware that your monologue may or may not be workshopped by the ISA panel.

Make sure you know your lines well, and can perform without reference to script or another set of notes.

We are interested in your;

  • Individual interpretation of the text and character.
  • Vocal and physical potential.
  • Ability to take direction.
  • Sense of play.
  • Willingness to connect with the other actors in the space.

Be yourself. Be bold. Have fun. Treat the acting audition like a great workshop experience.

Following your audition, you may receive another phone call inviting you to attend the Call Back acting audition.


CALL-BACK AUDITION

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your audition, be aware, there is only street parking available.

Wear loose comfortable clothing that is easy to move in (i.e. no tight jeans or skirts, and flexible footwear, eg. no heavy boots – you may be asked to work barefoot).

Bring a bottle of water.

The Call Back Audition will be run almost like a workshop with all auditionees working together.

Those auditioning should be prepared to perform their two monologues again.

This time you will be invited to workshop the monologue on the floor with ISA staff guiding you.

The Call Back Audition will be run from 10am – 1pm.

The ISA Acting course maintains a rigorous schedule, 4 days per week over 2 years. At this phase of the audition process, you will be required to disclose any existing injuries or psychiatric / physiological conditions which may possibly impact or effect your progression through the acting course.

  • You will be required to complete and submit the form provided in advance of the call back audition.
  • Information disclosed remains private and confidential between the applicant, ISA Head of Acting and ISA Student Services Liaison, and it serves purely to assist in individual student management and duty of care.

AFTER THE AUDITION

If you did not receive a Call-Back Audition, we regret that you will not be receiving an offer this time. An email confirming this and thanking you for your audition will however be sent to you.

Only a maximum of 16 places per year are offered for the ISA acting course. These people will consequently receive a phone call to inform them of the successful outcome of their audition and they will be offered a place in our acting school.

Finally, we regret that it is not possible to give individual feedback on matters relating to your audition.