Abstract

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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Graduation Date

2021

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Boyd, Belinda

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

Theatre

Degree Program

Theatre; Acting

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008485; DP0024161

URL

https://purls.library.ucf.edu/go/DP0024161

Language

English

Release Date

May 2021

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

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Acting Commons

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