I don't know if anyone actually reads this section of the posts (it seems to be pretty much in disuse
), but I just had to comment on the emerson auditions. I have honestly never had a better audition experience in my life! The auditioners (-ees?) were treated with such respect and cordiality! We were led with the help of several friendly students into a comfy classroom where another friendly student checked us in and took headshots. After several minutes the head of audition admissions came in and introduced himself, along with the two faculty members who would be seeing our auditions. Those two then led a discussion for about 45 minutes about the school and the audition process. They were so friendly and easygoing, all of us nervous students were very reassured. Then they took four volunteers (and gradually took more as the first finished) into the outside corridor and into two seperate rooms. For those of us who didn't volunteer first, the waiting room was quite pleasant. I talked for about two hours with eager friends from all over the country who were as enthusiastic about theater as I. Even the receptionist talked with us about her experiences so far at Emerson (she was a freshman)
When it came time for me to go into the room i was nervous of course, but the professor was so so friendly. We talked about my resume for a while, which led into some good discussions about my hobbies and personality. When i finally did my monologue, he seemed genuinly interested and had me do the last section over, but in a different way. He then thanked me warmly and wished me luck.
For anyone considering Emerson, make this your fist audition. The friendly and comforting atmosphere along with the great kids you'll meet makes for a rewarding and, yes, even FUN audition!!!