School of Theatre & Dance
Theatre at USF

Audition Info for Performance Classes and Productions

Students seeking admission into the Theatre program do not need to audition; however students in the Theatre Performance concentration will need to audition for the upper level acting sequence.


Audition information for:

Spring Staged Reading Series auditions
When: TuesdayJanuary 15, evening
Where: TAR 120
Sign Ups: Sign up for auditions on the 2nd floor TAR hallway callboard

Audition Info:
Both readings will audition at the same time.  Please pick a side from one of the two plays (available at the main Theatre Office desk starting Jan 7) and prepare that for auditions.

The plays:
Water By the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Directed by Fanni Green

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide.
  • Rehearsals – Friday, 1/25 and Saturday, 1/26 in TAR 120
  • Performances: Saturday, 1/26 at 7:30, Sunday, 1/27 at 3:00 in TAR 120

Fefu and Her Friends
by María Irene Fornés, Directed by Stephen Huff

Fefu and her seven female friends gather at Fefu's house to rehearse a presentation for their charity toward school education. Each character plays a role in this event. Before and after their rehearsal, the women interact with one another, and with male characters, and share their thoughts and feelings about life along with their personal struggles and societal concerns.
  • Rehearsals – Friday, 2/1 and Saturday, 2/2 in TAR 120
  • Performances: Saturday, 2/2 at 7:30, Sunday, 2/3 at 3:00 in TAR 120

Ensemble Studio

WHEN: Sunday, January 6, 10a - 11a

WHERE: TAR 130

Sign-up sheet is located on the TAR Building audition callboard, 2nd floor

This class develops the student's ability to work and perform as part of an acting ensemble.  Its focus is to create theatre as an ensemble collective, engaged in exploring collaborative art.  Through a series of ensemble exercises and projects, students will develop scripted performances and/or devised pieces, 30-60 minutes in length.  Each actor will be a member of a larger ensemble and together, the ensemble will create and rehearse each performance piece as if for production.

Admission into this class will be by interview with the instructor.  Be prepared to talk about what the kinds of stories you are interested in telling, what matters to you as an artist, and what you would hope to contribute and receive from working in an ensemble.  

Professor: Doug Hall (douglashall@usf.edu

TPP 4920, Senior Workshop for Actors

Prerequisites: Acting II


Acting 2 and 3

WHEN: Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 from 11a - 1p

WHERE: TAR 130

 Audition sheet is located in the TAR Building audition call board, 2nd floor

Outline of the day:

  • 10:40a -- All student arrive and fill out audition information sheet
  • 11:00am -- Mandatory warm-up for all students

Requirements

  • Wear clothes and shoes that allow you to move freely
  • Confirm per-requisites / equivalents with Nadine Niforos (nniforos@usf.edu) - Advising
  • If you are unable to sign up prior to the audition day, please prepare accordingly  AND ATTEND THE AUDITIONS

Audition Material / Information

ALL MONOLOGUES NOT TO EXCEED 1 MIN and 10 SEC EACH

Acting II

One monologue from any published play (1950 - present)

Acting III 

Prepare 2 monologues that contrast in character, style, and material - from any published play 

Course Descriptions:

In Acting 2 the training includes defining/exploring Goals and Needs, Actions/Tactics and Expectation. We learn how to collaborate, to examine a scene and rehearse consciously. The first character you explore is ‘you’.  It requires commitment, honesty, boldness, trust, imagination and time.  The focus in the work is listening, responding, and an investing in your partner. 

In Acting 3 the work focuses on methodologies of physical actions in which students will strengthen acting tools, improvisation practices, and scene and character analysis.  Course objective is to develop the ability to perform a complex, multi-layered character.  Student actors will be assigned 4 scenes and will be and required to rehearse outside of class with scene partner(s)/teams for in-class presentation throughout the semester. The process require discipline, commitment, and vulnerability.


Acting 2 

Professor: Doug Hall (douglashall@usf.edu

TPP 3155

Prerequisites: 2000 level core courses, Script Analysis, your audition

Acting 3 

Professor: Fanni Green (fgreen@usf.edu

TPP 4180

Prerequisites: Acting 2 or equivalent; your audition


Musical Scene Study

WHEN: Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 from 1:30p - 3:30p

WHERE: TAR 130

 Audition sheet is located in the TAR Building audition call board, 2nd floor

Requirements

  • Wear clothes and shoes that allow you to move freely
  • Confirm per-requisites / equivalents with Nadine Niforos (nniforos@usf.edu) - Advising

Audition Material / Information

Prepare 2 contrasting musical theatre songs (32-bar cuts)

Course Description:

This course builds on the skills acquired in Acting I and Acting II and applies them to material from the musical theatre.  The course addresses how and why songs occur in the text of musicals, how to transition from dialogue to song and back again, and how to incorporate underscoring in scene work.  It incorporates material from different styles and genres: the "Golden Age" (Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy) through the 60's and 70's (Sweet Charity, Baby, Company) to the present (Rent, Wicked, Parade).

There is an optional one-credit class of private voice lessons attached to this class.  Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you are interested in taking private voice.

Professor: Doug Hall (douglashall@usf.edu

TPP 3252

Prerequisites: Acting II, Acting the Song, or by audition and permission of instructor.


Advising Contact:  Nadine Niforos (nniforos@usf.edu)

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