A DAY-LONG EVENT TO HELP YOU NAIL YOUR NEXT AUDITION
Coaching will be provides by professional directors and acting coaches like Tony Estrella (Artistic Director of The Gamm Theatre) and Michael Bobbitt (Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre).
9:30 am to 10:00 am: Check-in
10:00 am to 11:00 am: A panel discussion with two audition coaches about the ins and outs of a successful audition. Topics will include: choosing material, knowing your "type," how to slate, and more!
11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Coaches will work with individual actors in front of the group to showcase key audition techniques. Actors should come prepared with a memorized contemporary monologue.
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: LUNCH. You may go out for a quick bite or pack a lunch and bring it with you. We encourage you to use this time as a networking opportunity to get to know your fellow actors and StageSource staff.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Actors will choose one of two groups - either Auditioning for Musical Theatre OR Auditioning for Classical/Shakespearean Theatre. You will choose your area of focus when registering and should come prepared with either a short musical audition piece, or a classical monologue.
**For this workshop, there are no specific time limits on material but we do ask that you keep your selection short (1-2 minutes) so that there is ample time for coaching.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: A panel discussion with our two afternoon coaches. You are invited to bring your headshot and resume for review and discussion.
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TONY ESTRELLA (Contemporary Coach) is the Artistic Director of The Gamm Theatre. Tony has been an actor, director, writer and producer with The Gamm for more than 20 years. Since his first show with the company (Antony & Cleopatra) in 1996, he has appeared in or directed over 70 productions. His favorite roles include Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, Hamlet in Hamlet, Moe Axelrod in Awake and Sing, Valere in La Bete, Flote in Red Noses, Katurian in The Pillowman, Teach in American Buffalo, and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. Directorial highlights include True West, Festen, Sara Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, A Streetcar Named Desire, the U.S. premiere of Howard Brenton’s Paul, John Logan’s Red, and the U.S. premiere of Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch. Tony has also written several works for The Gamm stage including adaptations of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler, and Barry Unsworth’s acclaimed novel Morality Play. His film credits include appearances in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and he just finished filming The Good House, which will be released in 2020. He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the Claiborne Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. Tony is a longtime member of the theater faculty at his alma mater, University of Rhode Island.
SUMMER L. WILLIAMS (Contemporary Coach) is a Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Company One Theatre in Boston, and award-winning director. Her most recent directing credits include School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Miss You Like Hell by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown with Company One Theatre and OBERON at American Repertory Theater, the World Premiere of Leftovers by Josh Wilder with Company One Theatre, Wig Out! by Tarell Alvin McCraney with Company One and OBERON at A.R.T.; Smart People at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY and Geva Theater in Rochester, NY; Barbecue at Lyric Stage Company of Boston—Winner of the 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director; Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. at Company One Theatre; Bootycandy at SpeakEasy Stage Company; An Octoroon and Colossal with Company One Theatre—Winner of the 2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for both productions. Regional credits: Intimate Apparel at Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Shiv as a part of The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy; Shelter of Last Resort by Miranda Craigwell as a part of XX PlayLab 2014; the New England Premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero Of Namibia, Formerly Known As Southwest Africa From The German Sudwestafrika Between The Years 1884-1915; Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On; Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston; The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet as part of The Brother/Sister Plays (2012 Elliot Norton Award nominated for Outstanding Production and winner of the 2012 IRNE Award for Best Play); Neighbors, Grimm; The Good Negro; Voyeurs De Venus (Winner of 2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); The Bluest Eye (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award nominated); The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot; Spell #7 (IRNE nominated); Jesus Hopped The A Train (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Best Fringe Production); and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (IRNE nominated).
CHRISTINE HAMEL (Shakespeare Coach) is an actor, voice & text coach, director, and writer; and she currently serves as Head of the BFA Acting Program at Boston University School of Theatre where she is an Assistant Professor of Voice & Acting. Relating to her research interest in the embodied voice and its social, political, and ethical aspects, Christine founded the Femina Shakes initiative at Boston University, which commits to feminist retellings of Shakespeare and invites actors to play within a wide range of gender identities unconstrained by the limitations of conventional gender narratives, and for which she has directed Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and Richard III. Christine’s work as a voice and dialect coach is known extensively in the region and beyond, having worked with Actors’ Shakespeare Project (most recently on the world premiere of Migdalia Cruz’ translation of Macbeth), Huntington Theatre Company, Potomac Theatre Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, and many others. Christine is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, holds a Teacher Training Certificate in the Michael Chekhov acting technique, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. BA, Williams College, MFA, Boston University.
MICHAEL J. BOBBITT (Musical Theater Coach) is the Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre, as well as an arts leader, director, choreographer, and playwright. He served as Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland since 2007, where he led the organization to be a respected theatre/training company in the DC region, as well as a nationally influential professional Theatre for Young Audiences. He led a merger with Musical Theater Center, increased the organizational budget and audience, commissioned new works by noted playwrights, transferred two shows to Off-Broadway, built an academy, and earned dozens of Helen Hayes Award Nominations including eight wins.
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