The Unified General Auditions is a showcase of the region’s premiere talent. While experienced actors receive priority, well-prepared actors with various degrees of experience are welcome to apply.
Application Process & Requirements:
In order to audition at the 2019 Unified General Auditions, the following requirements must be met:
- Must be a 2019 Theatre Puget Sound Individual Member (Not a member? Click here to join!) or PATA (Portland Area Theatre Alliance) Membership
- Meet one of the experience requirements (listed below)
- Fill out the online actor application
Once approved to audition, actors must:
- Schedule audition time online and upload print-ready headshot and resume
- Pay the $15 printing fee
Actors must meet at least one of these requirements or they will be placed on the waitlist:
- Active member of Actor’s Equity Association
- Equity Membership Candidate (EMC)
- college acting degree
- 4 or more acting credits – fully staged, cannot be academic or self-produced
The Unified General Auditions are not intended for beginning actors; often it’s not beneficial for actors until they have reached the eligibility requirements listed above. If you would still like to apply, you can be put on the waitlist.
Based on auditor feedback, waitlist priority is given to those who:
- Identify as a person of color; or
- are of an under-represented age group.
All others on the waitlist will be prioritized based on number of eligible credits & other experience (classes, workshops, etc.) and date application was received.
Once approved you will be able to pick your audition time frame within a half-hour. Depending on your status, only certain time slots will be available to you.
- AEA/EMC, non-singing: Monday February 25th 10am-1pm, limited timeslots available 2pm-5pm
- AEA/EMC, singing: Monday February 25th 2pm-5pm
If AEA/EMC actor is completely unavailable on Monday, TPS will make accommodations for a different day if spots are available.
- Non-Union, non-singing: Tuesday February 26 , 1pm-4pm; Weds 2/27 & Thurs 2/28 10am-1pm, limited timeslots available 2/26 5pm-8pm, 2/27 & 2/28 2pm-5pm
- Non-Union, singing: Tues 5pm-8pm, Weds 2pm-5pm, Thurs 2pm-3:30pm
- YOUTH (Under 18): Thursday February 28, 3:30pm-5pm
HEADSHOTS AND RESUMES
Once scheduled, upload a print-ready headshot and resume February 16 and pay the $15 fee. TPS staff will take it from there, ensuring all auditors receive your information in their actor packets. Details on this process will be sent through email.
Non-union actors get 2 minutes to audition, while AEA/EMC actors get 3 minutes. You can do any number of monologues/songs within your allotted time.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your audition time. Look for the Actor Check-In table in the lobby of the Center Theatre. A volunteer will note your arrival and guide you to the warm-up rooms.
A loud and quiet warm-up room is provided for actor preparation. A TPS staff member will periodically stop by these rooms to bring actors to the “On Deck Circle.” TPS will also give a reminder of the rules and processes so make sure you’re in one of the rooms to hear the speech!
The On Deck Circle
When your audition time is near, TPS will personally escort you to the “On Deck Circle.” Once the actor on stage has finished and left the stage, it’s your time! Pause a moment, take a deep breath, and head into the Center Theatre.
- Find your light (it will be marked on the floor)
- If you are singing, first meet with the pianist to discuss your piece.
- A chair and an actor block will be available on stage.
- Greet the auditors with your full name, as well as the titles of the monologues and/or songs you will be performing. Speak clearly and let your personality shine through!
- Once you’re finished, thank the audience and leave through the door marked “ACTOR EXIT”
- All auditions are timed.
- Remember: 2 minutes for non-equity and 3 minutes for AEA/EMC.
- The clock starts the moment you “start” your first piece (if your piece does not begin with spoken text, the timer starts the moment you begin your action or music starts.)
- The Timekeeper’s job is to make sure we stay on our extremely tight schedule and to make sure that everyone is treated equitably. Therefore, the person doing this job is instructed to be rigorously strict regarding time.
- If you go over time, the Timekeeper will say “Thank You.” There is no warning system or light.
- Once time has been called: stop immediately, thank the auditors, and leave.
- If you used the chair or block, make sure to put it back where it was before your audition.
- You’re finished. Take a deep breath and be proud of your work!
- You do not need to check out with TPS Staff.
- Make sure you have all your belongings. Did you forget something in one of the warmup rooms? We acquire many water bottles every year.
- For your convenience an up-to-date list of auditors is available online and in the lobby of the theatre.
TPS does not conduct and is not affiliated with any callbacks. Each theatre has its own method and approach to casting. Some may catch up with you before you exit the auditorium, others may contact you 10 hours after your audition, still others will have you on their minds and be hoping for an opportunity to use you but not have reason to contact you for 10 months. There is no “usual” way things go.
Tips & Tricks
- While there is no official guideline to dictate what material you must do for your audition, most actors do 2 contrasting pieces.
- There also is no rule about the order in which you present your monologues and/or songs.
- Remember your time limit! In practice, strive to make your audition at least 20 seconds under time to give yourself some leeway.
Dress and Conduct
- There is no dress code, but auditors have indicated that they expect you to dress appropriately and professionally. Elaborate costumes are not necessary – just let them see you!
- Strong language is allowed, but please note there are companies of all sensibilities in the audience. Most will not be interested in a “shocking” monologue and some may even find it distracting.
- Preparation is essential for a good audition. The more prepared you are, the more relaxed you will be on stage.
- Above all else, be bold and make strong choices. The auditors see about 100 actors a day, and the actors who are confident, friendly, and enjoying themselves always stand out.
- Relax! The auditors are rooting for you — they want to see you succeed.
AUDITOR FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
If you want to know more, auditors provide their comments every year on what makes a good audition.