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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (LA), Associate Degree (LA), Conservatory Certificate (NY)

Audition Requirements: Please prepare two contrasting monologues that are each 60-90 seconds in length. Monologues should demonstrate a connection to the character's emotional life, vocal clarity, clear physical choices, and a solid understanding of the text.

Before the Audition

    • Select your material. Monologues should be sourced from published plays. Please choose age-appropriate material for which you feel a personal connection.

      More information on how to select a monologue.

    • Acting Requirements
    • Read the plays from which your selections are sourced and research the playwright
    • Identify the character's environment and to whom the character is speaking
    • Choose an appropriate performance focus (where the person to whom your character is speaking is located)
    • Rehearse. If possible, seek the support of theatre teachers, directors or coaches
    • Memorize the material until you have full command of the text

In The Audition Room

    • The AMDA audition representative sitting behind the table in the Audition Room is called 'the adjudicator.' They are there to assess your audition and make a recommendation regarding your admission to AMDA.
    • Your audition begins immediately upon your entrance to the audition room and continues until you exit.
    • Upon entering the audition room, proceed directly to the center of the room and await instructions from your adjudicator.
    • Be prepared to introduce yourself with your name, age, city/country of residence, and the program and campus for which you are auditioning. You will also introduce the selections you will be presenting. Please introduce the character's name, play and the author for both of your selections.
    • After you finish, hold the last moment of your piece for a beat, then restore to neutral and wait for a response from the adjudicator before you leave the room, even if it is just a “thank you.”
    • Acting Requirements
    • Be prepared to take an adjustment from your adjudicator. Your adjudicator may want to work with you on one or both of your pieces. You may also be asked questions about the play, the scene, or the character presented in the monologue.
    • Plan to articulate why you are auditioning for AMDA and why you want to pursue training in the performing arts. This is an opportunity to express your passion and your professional goals.
    • Thank the panelist(s) upon completion of your audition (i.e. adjudicator, admissions team members, etc.)

Important Tips for a Successful Audition

    • Present strong, effective posture and vocal clarity.
    • Enter and leave the audition room with confidence (i.e. keep your head up and avoid looking at the floor).
    • Maintain eye contact with your adjudicator for the introduction/slate and feedback portions of your audition. 
    • For your monologues, choose a specific “performance focus” above or slightly to the right or left of the audition table and adjudicator.
    • Do not use props or costumes other than the chair that is provided.

Dress And Appearance

Women

Dress Neutral – Casual but nice: pants/skirt and blouse, or a simple dress. No denim, shorts, or extreme miniskirts. All clothing should be clean and pressed. Please avoid clothing that is too tight or too short; clothing should allow for natural movement and not distract from your performance. No flip-flops, sneakers or crocs. Dress shoes or character shoes are acceptable. Long hair or bangs should be pulled back and away from the face. Makeup should include a light base, natural lips, light eye makeup, and simple blush. No heavy makeup, false eyelashes, or theatrical makeup. Please remove all jewelry before auditioning.

Men

Dress Neutral – Casual but nice: pants/khakis, shirt and/or sweater; tie and jacket if you are comfortable but not required. No denim or shorts. All clothing should be clean and pressed. Please avoid clothing that is too tight; clothing should allow for natural movement and not distract from your performance. No flip-flops, sneakers or crocs. Dress shoes or character shoes are acceptable. Long hair or bangs should be pulled back and away from the face. No makeup is required. Please remove all jewelry before auditioning.

More information on how to select a monologue.