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by Karen Kohlhaas

 

 

Material
√   You have the type and length of material needed
√   You have material that you think is well-written and that you enjoy

 

Entrance
√   You have a confident, positive entrance & introduction and seem happy to be there
√   You have a clean transition from your introduction to beginning the piece

 

Directing Choices
√   You have identified a clear beginning, middle, climax, and end
√   You have clear staging that tells your story
√   You consistently perform your monologue at a comfortable distance from your auditors
√   Your monologue is physically specific and fun to perform
√   There is variety - the monologue doesn't stay on the same mood/tone

 

Acting Choices
√   You know exactly what your character wants from those he is speaking to
√   You have a simple, clear acting objective that you believe in and care about

 

Performance
√   You know your monologue and staging so well that you are free to play
√   Your voice is supported and expressive throughout
√   Every word is clearly articulated and easy to understand
√   You are easily seen throughout the monologue
√   You know your lines and staging cold - you can do them no matter what
√   It is clear what you want from the person/people you are talking to
√   You are pursuing your acting objective fully throughout the monologue
√   Your whole body is engaged in your performance
√   You have a strong, clear ending to your monologue
√   You have a clean transition to your 'thank you'

 

Exit
√   You have a confident, positive exit from your audition, OR
√   You are prepared to stay and chat if your auditors ask you to

 

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Karen Kohlhaas is a New York based theater director and filmmaker, a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, and a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School. She teaches private monologue, directing, and “Fearless Cold Reading & Audition Technique” classes in New York and other cities. She is the author of How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors, and The Monologue Audition Teacher's Manual, and is the director/writer/producer of The Monologue Audition Video (DVD), a 120-minute instructional DVD for actors, or anyone who wants to improve at public speaking and giving presentations, available at www.monologueaudition.com.

 

Copyright 2009 by Karen Kohlhaas
Individuals have permission to duplicate this article if done so in its entirety.

 

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