Chicago Storefront Audition Workshops
Tune up your audition and callback skills
Get multiple perspectives and feedback on your work
See what the director sees by sitting in on the process
Learn about the “Chicago storefront” audition style!
Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Pros invite you to take part in our 2013 Storefront Audition Workshops. This comprehensive 3 day workshop will give you the full storefront audition experience without the pressure of a real make it or break it audition. Learn what things you can do inside and outside the audition room that can get you cast. SLT’s ensemble of artists, along with freelance guest directors/casting directors will advise you how to get in the door, sharpen your general audition monologues, and help you make strong choices in your cold reading callbacks. Choose which day is most appealing to you, or enroll in all three!
The Art of the Submission will take place at the Stage Left office at 1541 W Belmont.
The rest of the workshop will take place at ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W Belmont.
To register, email headshot, resume, cover letter, and which days you plan on attending by September 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have time restrictions for the Saturday monologue clinic please note in your email. Audit prices are for non- participants who would like to watch and learn. Audit prices cannot be bundled for discounts.
The Art of the Submission (Stand alone price $40.00)
Friday, September 20, 7-10pm
Learn how to market yourself with everything from your headshot to social media during this round table discussion and private analysis of your headshot, resume and cover letter.
Monologue Madness (Stand alone price $50.00. Audit only price $20.00)
Saturday, September 21, 10am-5pm available, Min. 1-hr commitment
Fine-tune your audition monologues to help land that coveted callback. Go through a mock audition and receive feedback and coaching on your work. Just come in for your session or be “a fly on the wall” and add to your learning experience by observing other audition sessions.
Callback Clinic (Stand alone price $80.00. Audit only price $20.00)
Sunday, September 22, 10am-5pm
Learn some of the reasons you may or may not get the job during our mock cold-reading callbacks in a head to head audition experience that also gives participants the chance to see inside the casting process.
SAVE MONEY WITH MULTIPLE DAY PRICING
Friday and Saturday………………………………$75
(The Art of Submission and Monologue Madness)
Friday and Sunday………………………………. $100
(The Art of Submission and Callback Clinic)
Saturday and Sunday……………………………..$110
(Monologue Madness and Callback Clinic)
Stage Left Theatre Staff will include:
Vance Smith is the Artistic Director at Stage Left Theatre, where he has directed Pygmalion, Farragut North, and Kingsville. As an actor he has worked with Steppenwolf, Timeline, Lifeline, Mary Arrchie, Remy Bumppo, Hypocrites and many others.
Greg Werstler is an ensemble member at Stage Left and the director of creative sales for ComedySportz Chicago. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Mia Mccullough’s Impenetrable for Stage Left. Other projects for Stage Left include After Ashley and various Leapfest plays. He has also directed for Eclipse, ComedySportz, Theatre Hikes, Dolphinback and Lakeforest College.
Drew Martin has worked for over 25 years in Chicago theatre as a director and producer, specializing in new works. Most recently, he directed The Fisherman on SLT’s mainstage. A Jeff Award-winning director himself, his shows have been nominated eleven times, winning six Jeff Awards for actors’ performances. He is a past Artistic Director of Stage Left and current Casting Director.
Katie Horwitz has assistant directed Farragut North, Warped and The Fisherman for SLT and directed The Liar Paradox by Kristin Idaszak (LeapFest 10). She has also directed two successful Bikini Shakespeare shows: Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest, and has directed in a number of 10 minute play festivals. Other companies she has assistant directed for include Two Pence Shakespeare, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Indiana Repertory Theatre.
Guest Directors/ Panelists will include:
Megan Shuchman serves as Education Manager for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. As a director and dramaturge, she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, American Theatre Company, 16th Street Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, and Theatre Seven of Chicago and she is a proud company member of 2nd Story. Most recently, Megan directed Our City, Ourselves, an original piece on youth violence created with members of the A Red Orchid youth ensemble. Up next, she will direct Philip Dawkins’ ‘Miss Marx or the extraordinary side effects of living’ at Strawdog.
Hillary Clemens is the Casting Director for The Gift Theatre Company, as well as a Jeff-nominated actor and headshot photographer. Her Chicago acting credits include work with The Gift, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf, Court Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Lookingglass, Lifeline, and Apple Tree, and she has worked regionally with American Players Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, ACT Seattle, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and The School at Steppenwolf, and a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Jess Fike is the executive producer at BAM Studios and works in freelance casting for theater and film. She also worked as a stage manager for 10 years.