Auditions. Part 2: The Actor

Welcome back to another exciting academic year! Many departments across the country are gearing up for auditions for their fall productions, and some of those shows may include intimacy and/or sexual violence. We at Theatrical Intimacy Education wanted to offer some tips and tricks to help your auditions for shows with intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence run a little more smoothly. In this two-part blog series, we will be offering guidelines for directors and actors. This week, we are focusing on actors.

The audition flyer has been posted. Time to prepare material and wow the director with your skills. Check out the flyer and see if moments of intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence are listed. If not, send the director an email and see if there are any moments of that nature in the show. If you don’t feel comfortable emailing in advance, you can always ask at the audition. In the mean time, try to get your hands on a copy of the script so you can read it in advance and know what roles might require intimacy, nudity, or sexual violence.

To thine own self

Before you get to the audition, know your non-negotiables. What are the things that you are not willing to do? Are they in this play? If so, think about whether or not you really want to audition for the play. And be honest with yourself.

If you are in a program where you are required to audition, make sure to make your boundaries known when the opportunity arises. You are allowed to have boundaries when it comes to your artistic work. If you aren’t sure about your comfort level regarding a specific moment of intimacy, it’s better to indicate that you would like to discuss that moment should you be cast. Be honest and open about what you are and are not comfortable with.

If you know that the content of the show may be too much for you, it’s absolutely okay to opt out of auditioning. There will always be another show.

If you have questions about how to navigate auditions as an actor, feel free to send us an email. We are happy to consult with you (or your class!) via Skype.

We will be back soon with more exciting updates, but for now, break legs at auditions! We’re always just an email away.