How to Submit Video Auditions

We will ask most actors who wish to be considered for employment with the American Shakespeare Center to submit an initial video audition.

Here's what we will be looking for:

  • Put together two short contrasting Shakespeare pieces.  One of your pieces should be serious or dramatic and the other comic or charming.
  • If you sing or play instruments, also include a short song (or short songs, if you play multiple instruments).
  • The length of your video audition should be 90 seconds or shorter.
  • Smart phones and computers usually are fine for self-taped auditions.
  • The audio and video need to be decent on your video-submission.  Record your audition in a quiet, sound-neutral room (no echo, loud street-noise, etc.).  We recommend using a neutral background; if you don't have a plain wall, hang a colored sheet as your backdrop.  Make sure your lighting is flattering.  Avoid fluorescents or overhead lights.  Use natural light from windows, if possible.  Use lamps for DIY three-point lighting (key light, fill light, hair/shoulder light), if you are feeling adventurous.
  • Because we are casting for classical theatre, we don't need/want to see small, intimate, movie acting.  Please use a 3/4 body shot for your monologues rather than a closeup or head shot.  Play to the camera; use it as your audience or scene partner.
  • Make big acting choices, just like you would if auditioning live.  Don't go small because it is on video.  We look for actors with large, supple, natural voices.  Be careful of things like mushy or slurred diction—or over-pronounced or lisped sibilants.  Use gesture when you need it, but don't smack your thighs when you bring your hands back down.  Act within the text.  Avoid rushing; avoid pausing.  Make bold, engaging choices based on the text.
  • Check your video before you upload it.  Redo it if it is not good enough (but don't obsess about trying to get it perfect).
  • Post to YouTube or Vimeo.  Please don't email the video.  Make sure the YouTube video permissions are set to public or unlisted (not private).