Spotlight on Auditioning Classes and Workshops


Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory offers both a 15-week Auditioning Class and a two-day weekend Auditioning Workshop. We spoke with one of the teachers, Kate Debelack about the class and the workshop.

The Auditioning class does not have a prerequisite, but who is the ideal candidate for the class?

Auditioning is not an acting class: it is a business class. The ideal candidate already has acting training. It may be an advanced student getting ready to go out into the auditioning world for the first time. It may be someone already working and auditioning who wants to expand her knowledge and repertoire. What is wonderful about the class is everyone can get something from it.

Is the class more about acting or more about the business of acting?

Auditions are like the SATs: you may be a great student, but do poorly at tests. We are the SAT prep course. Auditioning is a skill that can be learned; you can make yourself look better by studying. Understanding the audition process and the business of the business helps an actor tremendously. Once you comprehend the form, you can focus your energy into relaxed, open, and truthful acting.

While we work on up to 5 monologues, only part of that work is about acting. We focus on getting the right material for you that you present in a sparkling form that shows you off professionally. The monologue is one of the few things in the profession you can control. 

What are you able to cover in the two day workshop?

The workshop is a sample of the full fifteen-class curriculum. We touch on headshots and resumes, types, and the business. Students get a taste of the cold reading process. Everyone also has two chances to get up with one monologue. How does it change as people begin to learn the ins and outs of the audition process?

How does a student choose between taking the class and taking the workshop?

The workshop is a great chance to hone one monologue for upcoming auditions. It gives you a taste of some of the topics we cover in the full semester. It gives new actors a chance to learn about what auditions are. For experienced actors, the workshop is an excellent chance for a tune-up. We all need another pair of eyes with our monologues.

The class is more in depth. It provides the opportunity to fill out your audition repertoire. You need a range of pieces in your arsenal; over fifteen classes, students can work up to five monologues. In the full class, we also discuss the business in more depth. We take an entire class to discuss headshots and resumes, which are your calling cards. In addition to monologues, we have a section on sides and cold readings.  

What do you hope the students will come away with after taking the class or the workshop?

Confidence. Actors often view auditions as battles, and the people behind the casting table are their enemies. But I constantly remind students that they want to cast someone and want you to do well. The confident, prepared actor does not see battle lines; they see an opportunity to show that they are the best person for the part. 

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