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:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • Auditions: Monday, Aug 20; Tuesday, Aug 21 -- 6pm - 10pm
  • Final Callbacks: Wednesday, Aug 22 -- 6pm - 10pm (be prepared to stay the entire time)
For the audition: Please prepare one monologue and one song in the style of the show.  Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.

All roles are open except Panch, who will be played by Prof. Dan Granke.

Audition time sign up sheets will go up on the TAR Building call board (2nd floor hallway) by August 13, 2018.  All auditionees will sign up for a 5-minute time slot.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time to fill out an audition sheet.

Rehearsals begin late August/early September of 2018.  Show performance dates are Nov 8 - 18, 2018 in Theatre 1.

Fall 2018 Classes

Acting the Song
Professor: Douglas Hall
Tu/Th 1:30 - 4:15, TAR 120

WHEN: Sunday, Aug 19, 2018, 10am - 12pm
QUESTIONS: Please email Prof. Douglas Hall (

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

Outline of the day:
  • Arrive 9:45am to fill out Audition Info Sheet
  • 10am - 10:15amIntroductions & Groun Warm-up
  • 10:15am - 12pm Individual Auditions
Audition Requirements:      
  • Please bring in two contrasting pieces of music (a ballad and an up-tempo) to sing for your audition with a combined time of no more than 4 minutes.
  • An accompanist will be provided.  You are responsible for bringing sheet music - which should be photocopied, placed in plastic sheet protectors, and put into a three ring binder.  If you have have made cuts to your music, please make sure that they are clearly marked.
  • Although the class will focus exclusively on music from musical theatre, any style of music is acceptable for the audition.
Course Description:
This course is designed to enable the actor to approach music and lyrics from the actor's point of view.  Lyrics are explored as monologues and music is explored as a technique to support the emotional life of the actor/character.  The course will address how and why songs occur in musicals, the requirements of different styles of music, and how to create a compelling acting journey through song.  Over the course of the semester, students will work on three songs from the musical theatre canon - starting with standards and traditional musical theatre, then progressing to more contemporary material. 

One-Credit class -- Vocal Technique /Private voice lessons (THE 4930) are being offered concurrently with Musical Scene Study.  Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for this as well.  Students will have private voice lessons over the course of the semester.  The official class time is T/R 11:15-1:15, but you will only be called for the times of your individual lessons.  

Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you plan to take private voice.  Y=Yes, N=No 

Acting 2, 3 and Styles

WHEN: Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 1pm - 4pm
WHERE: TAR 120 & 130

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

Outline of the day:
  • 12:45pm -- All student arrive and fill out audition information sheet
  • 1:00pm -- Mandatory warm-up and masterclass for all students
  • 1:30pm -- Acting II & III in TAR 120 // Styles in TAR 120
  • Wear clothes and shoes that allow you to move freely
  • Confirm per-requisites / equivalents with Nadine Niforos ( - Advising
Audition Material / Information


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

With a partner, prepare a 3 minute cutting of a scene from a play of your choosing.  It may not be a scene that you have done before.  The scene should be fully rehearsed and memorized, with costumes and props.  PLEASE NOTE: Costumes and props for this audition should come from home - please do not ask the costume shop or the prop shop for assistance.  Costumes and props do not have to be exact or perfect, they just need to help you feel like you are in the world of the character and that you do not have to mime anything

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.

In Styles of Acting varied acting styles from different genres and time periods are explored.  The regimen is vigorous and accelerated - from receiving the script, to its analysis, memorization/rehearsal, and presentation.  Course objectives are to expand your knowledge of plays, ground your dramatic presence, and enlarge your sense of play, daring and specificity.

Acting 2
Professor: Dora Arreola (
TPP 4140
Prerequisites: Acting 3 or equivalent; Your Audition

Acting 3
Professor: Dan Granke (
TPP 4180
Prerequisites: Acting 2 or equivalent; Your Audition

Professor: Doug Hall (
TPP 3155
Prerequisites:  2000 Core Courses or equivalent; Script Analysis; Your Audition

Advising Contact:  Nadine Niforos (

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