International Acting & Musical Theatre Auditions

Those applying for BA (Hons) Acting, MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio or MA Musical Theatre should submit a pre-screen recording in the first instance.

Your pre-screen must be a video file and must clearly show your performance without any obstruction.  

Recorded auditions should be submitted as an MP4 file.

Pre-Screen Acting Auditions 
Candidates applying for BA (Hons) Acting or MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio should prepare either: 

  • One modern/contemporary speeches (written after 1956) andone speech from the Elizabethan* / Jacobean period  
    or; 
  • Two contrasting modern/contemporary speeches (written after 1956), 

There is no specific advantage in choosing one option over the other; it is up to the individual candidate. 

The speeches should be taken from published plays and each speech must last no longer than two minutes. Candidates should not perform their own material. Candidates may use an extract from a film or television screenplay/script for one of their pieces – in which case they should be able to provide a transcript detailing exactly from where the extract was taken. 

*The following speeches should NOT be used at audition: 

  • Edmund (King Lear) A1 S2: Thou, nature, art my Goddess 
  • Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona) A2 S3: Nay, ‘twill be this hour 
  • Rosalind (As You Like It) A3 S5: And why, I pray you 
  • Phoebe (As You Like It) A3 S5: Think not I love him 
  • Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) A3 S2: Gallop apace, you fiery – footed steeds 

Please state the following on your recorded submission; 
Your name; the character's name; the title of the play and the playwright of the pieces you have chosen to present in your recording. 

Please submit your recording to the Admissions Department: admissions@rwcmd.ac.uk

Pre-screening notifications
You'll receive a pre-screening decision either inviting you for an in-person audition or notifying you that you won't be asked to audition in person. We aim to notify you of your decision within 3 weeks of the submission deadline.
 

Acting Auditions in Person 
Candidates invited to attend acting auditions in person should be prepared to repeat their original speeches from the pre-screen recording they submitted. Candidates should also prepare two new speeches, one of which should be modern/contemporary and one from the Shakespeare/Jacobean period (please refer to the requirements above).  

At an in person audition you should be prepared to present your speeches, re-work all or part of them if requested to do so, work on improvisation and previously unseen texts.   

Your auditions will be filmed as part of the selection process. The recordings taken at these auditions are solely used to assist in the decision process and are only viewed by staff responsible for application decisions. 

We will be happy to talk to you about the College and our courses and answer any questions you may have. 

Pre-Screen Musical Theatre Auditions 
Those applying for the MA Musical Theatre should prepare:

  • Two contrasting songs. One of the songs should be pre 1960 and the pieces must demonstrate different vocal qualities. Of these, one piece should demonstrate lyrical singing. The songs should be related to musical theatre. Candidates should not perform their own material. 

  • Two contrasting speeches; the pieces must contrast in style; you could select one piece from an Elizabethan or Jacobean play and another from a modern/contemporary (after 1956) play. The speeches should be taken from published plays and each speech must last no longer than two minutes. Candidates may use an extract from a film or television screenplay/script for their modern /contemporary piece – in which case they should be able to provide a transcript detailing exactly from where the extract was taken. Candidates should not perform their own material. 

Please state the following on your recorded submission; 
Your name; the character's name; the title of the song & musical / play and the composer / lyricist / playwright of the pieces you have chosen to present in your recording. 

Please submit your recording to the Admissions Department: admissions@rwcmd.ac.uk

Pre-screening notifications 
You'll receive a pre-screening decision either inviting you for an in-person audition or notifying you that you won't be asked to audition in person. We aim to notify you of your decision within 3 weeks of the submission deadline.   

Musical Theatre Auditions in Person 
Candidates invited to attend auditions in person should be prepared to repeat their original songs and speeches from the pre-screen recording they submitted. You should be prepared to sing unaccompanied. Please note that the panel may not choose to hear both pieces.

At an in person audition you should be prepared to present your songs and speeches, re-work all or part of them if requested to do so, work on improvisation and previously unseen texts.   

Your auditions will be filmed as part of the selection process. The recordings taken at these auditions are solely used to assist in the decision process and are only viewed by staff responsible for application decisions. 

We will be happy to talk to you about the College and our courses and answer any questions you may have. 

Advice for ALL Applicants 
The College places a high value on: 

  • The ability to 'inhabit' a character – to understand and reveal their complex psychology. 
  •  Generosity in working with others. 
  • Willingness to take risks, but to exercise some sophistication in their execution. 
  • Technical and expressive ability in voice, movement and singing. 
  • An active interest in, and knowledge of, theatre / musical theatre and related performing arts. 
  • Life experience – we encourage applicants from a wide age range. 

We also make the following specific recommendations: 

  • Make sure that you are secure in remembering the pieces you select. 
  • Avoid over-used speeches. If you have selected a piece from an audition book, the chances are that the panel may have seen the piece performed many times before. 
  • Avoid speeches by characters much older than yourself, unless the sentiments within it are universal. 
  • Avoid using an accent other than your own, unless you are absolutely secure in it. 
  • Avoid telephone speeches. 
  • Wear appropriate clothing which will allow you to move easily and comfortably. 
  • Do not use props. 
  • Enjoy the experience! 

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