Audition Preparation

By Richie Uminski

Unit Objective:

Students will demonstrate their understanding of auditioning techniques by performing contrasting monologues in a mock audition setting and participating in cold reading mock auditions.


2014 National Core Arts Theatre Standards:



b. Synthesize ideas from research, script analysis, and context to create a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant in a drama/theatre work.



b. Shape character choices using given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.



a. Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.



a. Develop detailed supporting evidence and criteria to reinforce artistic choices, when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.



a. Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.


1994 National Theatre Standards:

Content Standard 7: Analyzing, Critiquing, and constructing meaning from informal and formal theater, film, television, and electronic media.

Content Standard 2: Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.


Class Level:



Prior Experience:

Students will know basic acting techniques such as vocal variation, physicality, character background, etc. and be able to create these on their own with some guidance.


Lesson Objectives:

Lesson #1: Strong Monologues

Lesson Objective: Students will acquire the skills to find monologues that best highlight their skill by discussion, journal writing and participation in an activity.


Lesson #2: What Would You Look For?

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to identify the expectations of college auditions by viewing auditions from the perspective of the auditioner and using this information to justify their monologue choices.


Lesson #3: Building a Performing Resume

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to construct an effective theatre resume by participating in creating a resume as a class and individually.


Lesson #4: Mono Rehearsal – Contrasting Feelings

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to apply different acting techniques to their contrasting monologues through practicing and peer evaluations.


Lesson #5: Being You

Objective: Students will be able to identify how to present themselves in an audition process through participating in a mock interview and presenting an honest slate.


Lesson #6: Work Day

Objective: Students will be able to improve their monologues through completing multiple workshops and working together with their other classmates.


Lesson #7: Mock Auditions

Objective: Students will show their ability to perform an audition piece through participation in a mock audition.


Lesson #8: Callbacks, Recap and Review

Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to do cold readings by participating in a cold reading session.


Audition Preparation Unit of Lessons.Richie Uminski