In the fall of 2020, I began one of my most demanding graduate career courses, Audition Techniques. We explored Michael Shurtleff's book, Auditions, to learn about his auditioning techniques. I found early on in this journey that I lacked a consistent approach to auditions. This thesis represents the process of auditioning and will serve as a tool for actors transitioning from the educational theater, seeking to improve confidence in auditioning. In a regional theater audition for the Orlando Shakes, I will evaluate my ability to apply techniques learned in educational theater training, such as Shurtleff's 12 guideposts and ways to approach Shakespeare's text. I will document my audition process for the open call and callbacks of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. I am searching for ways to personalize my characters by implementing Shurtleff's 12 guideposts and techniques to approach Shakespeare, such as paraphrasing, defining, scanning, playing actions, and grammatical breath. This study concluded that the method mentioned above empowered me as an actor and strengthened the way I prepared for auditions.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Johnson, Jessica T., "An Actor Auditions" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 514.