Category Archives: Auditions

Choosing a Drama School: Advice from A.C.T.’s Conservatory Director

Acting class at ACT

So, you want to go to drama school.  How do you find the school, or schools, that are right for you?  The school that will help you transform yourself and your acting?  The one that will be worth taking several years out of being in the marketplace and pursuing work?   There are many, many actor … Continue reading Choosing a Drama School: Advice from A.C.T.’s Conservatory Director

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How to Find the Perfect Monologue

Whether you’re just starting out in the biz or a longtime pro, the search for the perfect monologue never ends. Monologues are frequently used in auditions, coaching sessions, and classes, so it’s important to know how to look and where to begin your search.

First of all, you’re starting in the right place—StageAgent has a huge directory of monologues, all linked to play or musical study guides. There, you can read the monologues themselves, but also information about the context in which they are spoken, and links to a character analysis and a guide to the play as a whole.

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How to Warm Up and Prepare Before Singing

Felicia Ricci

Whenever a student contacts me about a “problem spot” in a song she’s preparing, I remind her: “It’s not the actual note, line, or phrase that’s tripping you up; it’s the moment directly before it.” In other words, it’s how you approach the three notes leading up to the high A (or whatever) that makes … Continue reading How to Warm Up and Prepare Before Singing

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Soliloquy Compared to a Monologue

Young actors can often get confused about the differences between a soliloquy and monologue.  Soliloquies and monologues are widely used by one of my favorite playwrights, William Shakespeare. Approaching Shakespeare as an actor is both thrilling and intimidating. Most thrilling is that you can allow Shakespeare’s brilliant language to do a lot of the grunt … Continue reading Soliloquy Compared to a Monologue

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How to Prepare for an Audition

Auditions are part and parcel of the actor’s life. Whether you’re a performing arts newbie or a seasoned professional, a huge part of your work will inevitably involve showing off your chops to the people responsible for putting together theater productions (i.e. our director, producer, and casting director friends). In the beginning, it’s easy to … Continue reading How to Prepare for an Audition

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