School of Theatre & Dance

Audition Info for Fall 2017 Theatre Classes

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:

Fall 2017 Classes


Musical Theatre Workshop
Professor: Douglas Hall
TPP4923
Tu/Th 1:30 - 4:15, TAR 120


WHEN: Sunday, Aug 20, 2017
WHERE: TAR 120
TIME:10:00 - 1:30

  • There will be TWO grouped audition times: Group 1 - 10:00 - 11:30 AND Group 2 11:45 - 1:30 (15-17 people per time slot)
  • Arrive to fill out info sheet:  Group 1: arrive at 9:45 // Group 2: arrive at 11:30
  • Introductions and Warm-up: Group 1: 10:00 - 10:15 // Group 2: 11:45 - 12:00
  • Auditions: Group 1: 10:15 - 11:30 // Group 2: 12:00 - 1:30
EMAIL PROF HALL TO SIGN UP FOR GROUP 1 OR GROUP 2 (douglashall@usf.edu)

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 (photocopied, in plastic sheet protectors, in a three ring binder).  Please be sure any cuts are clearly marked.
  • Although the class will focus exclusively on music from musical theatre, any style of music is acceptable for the audition.
  • Wear clothes and shows that allow you to move and sing freely
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 theater, then progressing to more contemporary material.

Acting 2, 3 and Styles

WHEN: Sunday, August 20, 2017
WHERE: TAR 120 & 130
TIME:2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • 1:45pm -- All student arrive and fill out audition information sheet
  • 2:00pm -- Mandatory warm-up for all students
  • 2:30pm – 4:30pm-- Acting 2 and 3 and Styles auditions
Requirements
  • Mandatory physical and vocal warm-up for everyone to begin promptly at 2:00 pm
  • Wear clothes and shoes that allow you to move freely
  • Confirm per-requisites / equivalents with Nadine Niforos (nniforos@usf.edu) - Advising
Audition Material
ALL MONOLOGUES NOT TO EXCEED 1 MIN, 15 SEC
Acting 2
One monologue from any published play (1960 - present)

Acting 3 and Styles
Prepare 2 monologues that contrast in character, style, and material - from any published play

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 training 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 3-4 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, vulnerability and patience.

In Styles of Acting your exploration of character development and collaborative work continues through stylized acting from different genres and time periods.  Course objectives are to develop different physical and vocal styles of acting and to rehearse and present work on stylized acting through scenes.  Student actors will be assigned 3-4 scenes.

Acting 2
Professor: Doug Hall (douglashall@usf.edu)
TPP 3155
Prerequisites:  2000 Core Courses or equivalent; Script Analysis; Your Audition

Acting 3
Professor: Fanni Green (fgreen@usf.edu)
TPP 4180
Prerequisites: Acting 2 or equivalent; Your Audition

Styles
Professor: Dora Arreola (darreola@usf.edu)
TPP 4140
Prerequisites: Acting 3 or equivalent; Your Audition

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