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BFA Acting Class of 2024: Preparation, Prescreens, Auditions, Questions and Support

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  • LamaDramaLamaDrama 46 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Tenacious C. Thanks so much for the update. BAL to your fabulous kid. And a cocktail for you!
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  • MTmom2017MTmom2017 534 replies2 threads Member
    For those of you at Unifieds, just a head's up that the Women's March is today. 2 years ago my D had a Fordham audition in the morning and Marymount Manhattan at 12:30. We did not take the Women's March into account, and took an Uber. The quick trip turned into almost an hour. We barely made it on time. If you have to travel anywhere close to the route, take the subway! It's really not hard if you're not used to it - there are plenty of apps to help, but we just use Google Maps. It's what my daughter who lives there now uses. Sadly, she didn't live there then & we didn't know!

    Break legs to everyone auditioning this weekend!
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  • ThespianMiteraThespianMitera 22 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Thanks for this advice, which I sorely wish I'd seen this morning! We had the EXACT same experience traveling from the Minnesota audition to MMC. We made it on time, but it wasn't pretty.
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  • meohmyohmeohmyoh 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @yourmomma @NYDreammom In regard to the DePaul auditions, do you know how long of a monologue they do in person? It was one minute for the prescreen, but is it 90 seconds in person? And are the strict about the time? TIA
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  • NYDreammomNYDreammom 401 replies0 threads Member
    @meohmyoh The in-person monologue had to be one of the prescreen monologues- at least last year was the case, you can check the website for the audition instructions. So my D chose to do her contemporary for the audition, therefore same length as the prescreen.
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  • meohmyohmeohmyoh 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @NYDreammom Thank you. That seems so short for on campus. Good to know.
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  • NYDreammomNYDreammom 401 replies0 threads Member
    @meohmyoh The monologue is only one part of the audition- they have movement, and the biggest component is the scene work where they rehearse and then present. Compared to other 10-minute auditions DePaul takes their time to see various aspects of all candidates. BAL!
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  • meohmyohmeohmyoh 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @NYDreammom Thank you. My son missed the conference call, but it doesn't seem like there is anything he can prepare for anyway.
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  • NYDreammomNYDreammom 401 replies0 threads Member
    @meohmyoh Yes, just the monologue. The scene work is assigned. Being himself is all he needs. We had no idea what to expect last year and it turned out to be my D’s favorite audition. They do the monologue in front of everyone else but have the movement first as a warm up.
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 301 replies2 threads Member
    Just checked the DePaul audition information. Your monologue for the callback audition has to be one of the monologues on your prescreen.
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 301 replies2 threads Member
    Chicago Unifieds are just around the corner (just over a week away) and I was wondering about walking to locations at different hotels. I found this comment on the MT thread in response to a question about walking from the Palmer House to Joffrey. If anyone else has any input it would be appreciated. Any safety tips when walking or taking a taxi or uber?

    from LadyMjolnir - Pretty much everything in Chicago is walkable, and thankfully the weather is looking pretty good (there have been years with pure ice and six-foot snowdrifts! egad) but it is advisable to wear your dance clothes under heavy layers and boots, or carry them separately and change at the venue--There are bathrooms everywhere so quick changes are easy to do.
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  • NYDreammomNYDreammom 401 replies0 threads Member
    We live in Chicago and yes, walkable especially in the Loop. I would use public transportation whenever possible if you have to go further vs Lyft (better in Chicago than Uber) as there is a lot of traffic all the time, again, especially in the Loop. Palmer to Joffrey is less than 10 min walk. And yes, Chicago is safe, we’ve never had issues. As in any big city be aware of your surroundings.
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  • MTmom2017MTmom2017 534 replies2 threads Member
    Year before last we used Lyft to get back & forth to the Hyatt (we stayed at Palmer House) where D had several auditions because it was very cold. It was very inexpensive because it wasn't far. We were able to walk to the Marriott where she had 1 audition.
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 301 replies2 threads Member
    edited January 26
    I've heard that the Palmer House will have a list of the schools at their hotel and the room number(s) they are in. Does anyone know if any of the other hotels provide a list of colleges that are at their hotel for Chicago unifieds?
    edited January 26
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  • jacobhendricksonjacobhendrickson 22 replies13 threads Junior Member
    Hey all, question for you guys. For those of you who auditioned for UNCSA, what type of questions did you get asked in the room? Thanks!
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  • TenaciousCTenaciousC 89 replies1 threads Junior Member
    At UNCSA my kid was asked "Why do you want to come to this school?" and "Where do you feel you need to grow as an artist?"

    There's a pretty thorough review on the BFA Acting Audition Experiences thread.
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  • BFAMom2024BFAMom2024 34 replies0 threads Junior Member
    For those who are interested in UNCSA, Backstage (on Facebook) interviewed Scott Zigler, School of Drama Dean. He answers questions and talks a little bit about the auditions and program at UNCSA.

    I tried to attach the link, but CC wouldn't accept it.
    To watch, go to the Backstage page on Facebook (picture is a lowercase b with a red star), and you should find it there under videos. The interview was on January 16
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  • minnmtmomminnmtmom 4 replies0 threads New Member
    edited January 27

    Thanks everyone!
    edited January 27
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 301 replies2 threads Member
    Any suggestions for places to eat while in Chicago for unified auditions?
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  • czgatorczgator 13 replies0 threads New Member
    @anastasiasmom Goddess and the Baker has great breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks and beautiful desserts. It is just steps from the Palmer House
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