Audition Information

Audition Information

The most fun I’ve ever had at an audition!

— Alum

Trying out for our audition-only ensembles is fun and painless, we promise! Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions.

  • January 18th, 11:00 am — 12:00 pm
    • POSTPONED due to inclement weather. We’ll see you at the February audition!
  • February 15th, 11:00 am — 12:00 pm
  • March 28th, 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Audition Fee: $20

The audition will take place at the Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center – lower level by Lord & Taylor.  Please dress in clothes that will allow you to comfortably move, plus bring a water bottle.  You must prepare one of the three assigned monologues.

  • January 19th, 10:00 am — 11:30 am
  • February 16th, 10:30 am — 12:00 pm
  • March 28th, 4:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Audition Fee: $20

The audition will take place at the Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center – lower level by Lord & Taylor.  Please dress in clothes that will allow you to comfortably move, plus bring a water bottle.  You must prepare one of the three assigned monologues.

  • Interested in Shakespeare Ensemble as well as Thespian Ensemble [Bards]?  Attend the Shakespeare audition (see below for details) and be considered for both programs.  You’ll be prompted to indicate your Thespian Ensemble session preference during registration.  Make sure only to select this option if Shakespeare Ensemble is your first choice.
  • January 19th, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • February 16th, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • March 28th, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm

Audition Fee: $20

The audition will take place at the Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center – lower level by Lord & Taylor.  Please dress in clothes that will allow you to comfortably move, plus bring a water bottle.  You must prepare one of the three assigned monologues.

  • Interested in Shakespeare Troupe as well as Shakespeare Ensemble?  Attend the Troupe audition (see below for details) and be considered for both programs.  You’ll be prompted to indicate your Shakespeare Ensemble session preference during registration.  Make sure only to select this option if Shakespeare Troupe is your first choice.
  • January 20th, 10:00 am — 3:00 pm
  • February 17th, 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

Audition Fee: $60

PLEASE NOTE:  Shakespeare Troupe auditions are binding. This means that you agree to come to camp if accepted. Before auditioning, please read our Troupe Policies for info about commitments and electronics on tour.

The audition will take place at the Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center – lower level by Lord & Taylor.  Please prepare a Shakespearean monologue of your choice (min. 14 lines).  Wear comfortable clothes so you can move around.  Auditions will include some improvisational games as well as cold readings from the play.  Please familiarize yourself with the plot and characters.  Bring a bagged lunch!

Monologues:

Currently in grades 3-8?  No, you do not have to audition.  You can register right now for Acting Samplers, Mythology Ensemble [Athenians], or Thespian Ensemble [Jesters]!

Currently in 9-12 grades?  Yes, you must audition.   All of our high school programs are by audition only.

No, sorry.  While we understand that it can be hard to plan your summer, it’s impossible for us to cast actors who might not accept the parts.  By coming to the audition, you’re making a commitment to the show and to the other ensemble members. Our auditions are binding.

Nope.  You’ll be in the audition room the whole time.  We’re equally interested in how you play with others (and with whom you play particularly well) as we are in your monologue.  Additionally, we will be playing improvisational games.  So plan to spend the whole time with us!

Yes. We select new actors each year. Usually, this means returning members will be re-accepted, but not always. Plus, for casting purposes, it’s important for us to see how you’ve grown or changed over the year: the audition isn’t just to determine if we’ll use you, but also how.

We accept actors into the auditioned programs by considering the needs of the individuals and the needs of the play.  We have to cast the plays with actors who are right for the roles.  We also have to find roles that will challenge the individual actors, and sometimes we don’t take a brilliant actor because they stand to get a better part in a non-auditioned program. We also select people based on how they work in the group and what kind of energy they bring in.  

You will perform the monologue that you memorized, but that is just one section of the auditions.  You will be given lots of opportunities to display your skills through improvisation, readings from scripts, and group discussions.  The audition is an opportunity for the director to get to know you and to see how you work and play with other potential members of the ensemble.  It is also an opportunity for you to get to know your potential castmates. You will have your best audition if you relax, have fun, and connect with your fellow performers!  We have been told that our auditions are significantly more fun than the average audition.  We plan to keep it that way. 

Yes you can!  You can’t be cast in both, as they overlap.  But, this will allow you to be cast in the show that will give you the most challenging role.  Here’s how it works:

  • Figure out which program you’d prefer, since we will take that into consideration.  We genuinely care about what you’re interested in learning, particularly since the disciplines are so different.  
  • Audition for both in January. If you specify a preference, then the director of that ensemble has first dibs on you if they think you would do well in their play. If you have no preference, the staff will discuss how they would potentially use you in either production, and accept you into the program with the greatest challenge for you as an actor (meaning the largest substantial role).

The notification goes out within two weeks of the audition.  Students are accepted, declined, or called back.

Actors are called back so that the director can see how the actor plays with other auditionees. (For example, if we’re considering you for the role of Romeo, but no Juliets audition this round, you’ll need to read together at the next round of auditions.  The same is true of comedy duos.)  If called back, then you will not be charged another audition fee.

The auditioned programs are intended for actors who are more self-directed and looking to work at a faster pace.