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National Unified Auditions

SCHEDULING A NATIONAL UNIFIED AUDITION

Please read all information on this page carefully before scheduling an audition

  • Point Park University participates in the National Unified Theatre Auditions in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Locations and dates are listed below.
  • Each college or university that participates in the National Unified Auditions has different audition requirements.
  • Audition appointments for each university or school are scheduled independent of each other.
  • Students need to separately schedule their audition appointments directly with each school for which they want to audition.
  • The daily audition schedule below lists the times allocated for auditions for each concentration.

2016-2017 National Unified Auditions Dates

City

Audition dates

Audition location


New York City     

 

   


Jan. 21-22, 2017   


    

Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave.
New York, New York 10018    

The New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave. & 34th St.
New York, NY 10001


Chicago

Feb. 6-9, 2017
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Los Angeles

Feb. 11-12, 2017
Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Online registration coming soon. Please check back shortly. 


National Unified Auditions Schedule and Guidelines

Schedule

  • Please make careful note of the times allotted for your preferred concentration.
  • All time individual audition appointments are in five minute increments. We ask that you be available ten minutes prior to and ten minutes after the audition to allow for registration and any overflow.
  • Musical theatre and acting auditions will be held throughout the day at all Unified locations. The auditions typically run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students must select a five minute time slot for the audition. 
  • There are two dance calls on each day at the Unified auditions. They are held at 1 to 2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Musical theatre students are required to attend at least one dance call session. The dance call does not have to be on the same day as the audition. When checking in to the musical theatre audition for Point Park at the Unified, please indicate the dance call session you will attend. 

What to Bring to Your Audition

  • Performance / training resume
  • Head shot (should not exceed 8x10 in size)

Do NOT send these materials prior to your audition. Any materials submitted to Point Park University are NON-RETURNABLE.

Acting Audition Guidelines

All candidates must come prepared with the following:

  • Applicants are asked to present two contrasting, one-minute, memorized monologues from works of established playwrights, including at least one contemporary selection.

In order to have the most successful audition possible, please read and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Monologues must be from published plays written for theatre.
  • You should have read the entire play and have a thorough understanding of the character you are playing.
  • Choose a character that is close to your age range.
  • The monologue should be realistic (no dialects and/or character voices).
  • Monologue should not exceed one-minute in length.
  • Be prepared to perform an additional monologue if asked.
  • Monologues must be fully memorized.
  • Original material is not accepted.

We are interested in observing your talent and preparation, including thoughtful choices that demonstrate your understanding of the character's dramatic action.

Acting Audition Attire

  • Please dress in clothing that promotes a feeling of confidence and allows movement.

Be prepared, but also remember to have fun. We want to see YOU!

Musical Theatre Audition Guidelines

All candidates must come prepared with the following:

  • Two contrasting songs: a ballad (16-bar cut with a sustained legato line) and an up-tempo (32-bar cut which should show a contrast to the ballad in style, rhythm and vocal technique, i.e., legit/belt).
  • At least one selection should be from the pre-1980s Broadway repertoire.
  • A Contemporary monologue — no longer than one-minute in length — that must be chosen from a published play by an established playwright.
  • All musical theatre candidates will participate in a dance call.

In order to have the most successful audition possible, please read and adhere to the following guidelines:

SONGS

  • Candidates must provide the accompanist with sheet music in the proper key with full accompaniment. Music must be placed in a binder. 
  • Music should be appropriately marked, i.e., where you are starting/ending and the name of the song should be at the top. Please check that the base line of the piano part is included.
  • Accompanists will not transpose, no lead sheets, no a cappella singing
  • Occasionally, the panel may ask to hear you sing an additional selection. Please bring your audition book of songs with you.
  • All selections must be fully memorized.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monologues must be from a published (contemporary) play written for the theatre. 
  • You should have read the entire play and have a thorough understanding of the character you are playing.
  • Choose a character that is close to your age range. 
  • The monologue should be realistic (no dialects and/or character voices).
  • Monologue should not exceed one-minute in length.
  • Be prepared to perform an additional contemporary monologue if asked.
  • Monologues must be fully memorized.
  • Original material is not accepted.

DANCE CALL

  • Dance calls will be held from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. at the Unified Auditions.

We do not take pre-registration for the dance calls. A sign-up sheet will be available at our registration table, candidates should see the representative at the table to sign up for a dance call. Candidates may complete the dance call and audition on different days.

Musical Theatre Audition Attire

  • Dance Call: wear appropriate dance attire. No bulky or loose-fitting clothing.
    • Female: Leotard and tights (you may wear dance shorts or a dance skirt). Jazz shoes or character shoes.
    • Male: Jazz pants. Form-fitting, solid color T-shirt. Jazz shoes.

Be prepared, but also remember to have fun. We want to see YOU!

Artistic Decisions

Acceptance into the Department of Theatre is based on talent and potential as demonstrated in the audition/interview. Applicants must be artistically admitted into the theatre program AND academically admitted into the University. Applicants WILL NOT receive their artistic decision until they have received an academic decision from the Office of Admission.

Applicants who audition by March 10, 2017 and have been academically admitted to the University will receive their artistic admission decision and artistic achievement award by March 14, 2017. 

Candidates will be notified both by email and letter of the admission decision. We are not permitted to disclose audition results over the phone or by email. 

Questions? Contact Us

If you have questions, please read our Theatre Department FAQs or our National Unified Auditions FAQs. You can also contact the Conservatory of Performing Arts at (412) 392-3451 or via e-mail at Conservatory@pointpark.edu. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern standard time.