The 2016 Unified Auditions will take place on Monday September 19 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. In order to participate in the auditions, you must be an individual member of the South Florida Theatre League in good standing.
Michael Leeds’ Audition Workshop will be on the Monday before the auditions on September 12.
Here are our Unified Auditions FAQ
What are Unified Auditions?
Unified Auditions are a collective audition process where you can audition for multiple South Florida Theatre League Member Companies. Our auditions allow you to be seen by many small companies that don’t get to FPTAs.
All of our member theatres will receive a flash drive with the headshots and resumes of all the audition participants.
Great! How can I sign up?
If you’re a theatre league member in good standing, please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
– Your Headshot
– Your Resume
– Basic contact information, including a cell phone number that you can be reached at on the day of auditions
– if you plan to sing or not
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR FULL NAME IS IN THE FILE NAME OF YOUR HEADSHOT AND RESUME!
On your computer your resume the only file that says “Acting Resume,” but we’re receiving files from every audition participant, so please make life simplier and put your name in the file name.
Wait? Why am I sending this email to a gmail address and not to email@example.com?
Two years ago, we had a lot of issues with bouncing emails. We’re trying to correct for this earlier by having a Unified Auditions specific email.
I emailed my information. Now what?
We will email you back with a timeslot and further instructions. The email is normally checked once every buisness day until we get closer to the auditions, when it will be checked more frequently.
Where are the auditions?
We are pleased to announce that the auditions and the workshops will be at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Abdo New River Room.
How do I get to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts?
Take 95 to Broward Blvd. (Exit 27)
Head East on Broward Blvd
Turn Right onto SW 5th Ave
You can park in the Arts and Sciences Parking Garage and Walk Across the Street to the Broward Center
There will be signage and if you have problems during the day of the auditions, there will be someone at the South Florida Theatre League number to take your calls.
For more detailed directions and information on parking, visit http://browardcenter.org/visit/getting-here
What do I need to prepare?
Prepare a 60-second monologue of your choice. Your 60 seconds will begin with the first word out of your mouth following the announcement of your name and number if you choose to introduce your name and number. You will be asked to stop your audition promptly after 60 seconds – NO EXCEPTIONS.
You will have the option to sing 16 bars of a song of your choice following your monologue. An accompanist will be provided. No taped accompaniment. Please have clear copies of published vocal selection music in plastic sheets in a binder or secured on cardboard or taped together. Your music must be in the key you sing and clearly marked as to dynamics, tempos, articulation, repeats, and endings. DO NOT arrive with no music, ask the accompanist, “Do you know…?”, give arrangements that exist in your head and not on paper, give last minute instructions, or have unwritten transpositions. DO briefly explain your needs to the accompanist upon entering the audition holding area before your monologue.
I’m not singing 16 bars, may I have additional time for a contrasting monologue?
No. Because we want to be able to see as many auditioners as possible, we have to keep to strict time constraints. Because we ran ahead of schedule last year, we’re shortening the amount of time between participants, which means we need to keep to the length requirements.
What Theatre Companies are Participating?
RSVPs are still coming in from theatre companies, so this list is subject to change.
Actors With a Clue
Area Stage Company
Chicken Coop Theatre
Fantasy Theatre Factory
Ground Up & Rising
Lost Girls Theatre
Mad Cat Theatre
Miami New Drama
Miramar Cultural Center
New City Players
Outre Theatre Company
The Project [theatre] Showtime Performing Arts Theatre
I want to volunteer for the auditions! What can I do?
Thanks for asking! We need at least five volunteers. We need people to do timekeeping, working the registration table, and to help shepherd actors from the holding area and the theatre. Dinner will be provided. So if you’re interested in earning our undying gratitude, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHAEL LEEDS’ AUDITION WORKSHOP
What can I do to make my audition even better?
The South Florida Theatre League wants you to have the best audition you can possibly have – so we’re hosting a workshop the week before with Michael Leeds on Monday September 12. The workshop will be split into two sessions — acting and musical theatre. The Musical Theatre Workshop will be from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and the Acting Workshop from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The accompanist is Caryl Fantel. In the Workshops, Michael will work in-depth with each actor on their audition material.
For the Acting Workshop, please bring in two contrasting monologues. For the Musical Theatre Workshop please bring in the sheet music for either two contrasting songs or a song and a 16 bar selection.
Please note that this is more material than you’ll be able to use at the Unified Auditions, which is limited to one monologe and one 16 bar selection.
Who is Michael Leeds?
MICHAEL LEEDS (Director) Broadway: Swinging On A Star (Tony Award nomination Best Musical). Off-Broadway: Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – The Songs of Allan Sherman (Drama Desk Award nomination Best Director/Best Choreographer), Showing Off (starring Donna Murphy), Carmelina and 70, Girls, 70 (starring Jane Powell & Charlotte Rae.) Regional/International credits include the European premiere of Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time (Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Award), A Little Night Music (Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica Von Stade) and Marc Blitzstein’s Regina (Florida Grand Opera starring Lauren Flanigan.) Film credits include choreographing End of Summer (starring Jacqueline Bisset & Peter Weller), co-writing The Simian Line (starring William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave & Tyne Daly) and The Last Film Festival (starring Dennis Hopper & Jacqueline Bisset.) His plays include The First Step; Who Killed Joan Crawford and The Gift. Michael co-wrote the book, music and lyrics for Mating Habits of the Urban Mammal performed at Broward Stage Door Theatre. Works showcased in South Florida include The First Step and Last Call (Empire Stage Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy and Chapter Two (Plaza Theatre) and numerous productions for Broward Stage Door Theatre including A Little Night Music, (Carbonell nomination Best Musical), The Glass Menagerie; Mack And Mabe (Carbonell Award Best Musical) Lend Me A Tenor; My Fair Lady and The Light In The Piazza (Carbonell nomination Best Musical and a Silver Palm Award for Direction.) As Associate Artistic Director of Island City Stage, Michael has directed The Twentieth Century Way (Carbonell nomination Best Ensemble,) Body Awareness, Have I Got A Girl For You! (World Premiere) and The Timekeepers (six Carbonell Awards including Best Director and Best Production of a Play). In addition to directing and writing, Michael teaches a weekly adult acting class (www.LeedsWorkshop.com)
How do I sign up?
Email me at email@example.com. Please let me know if you want to attend the acting session, the musical theatre session or both.
How much does the workshop cost?
It costs $20 per workshop or $30 for both workshops. When you sign up, Andie Arthur will contact you with details on payment.
We are starting to charge for the workshops this year because we want to increase our capacity for additional workshops throughout the year. The League’s education committee made the decision after conducting a survey of the membership who said that they would be willing to pay a small fee for educational workshops.
Where is the workshop?
We’re planning on holding the workshop at the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the exact same space that the Unified Auditions will be held.
Thanks again to everyone for being so lovely and patient in waiting for this announcement.