Auditioning on Video
How to do a professional self–taped audition for stage roles. More and more, directors and casting directors require actors to send videos of their monologues rather than auditioning in person, and this reliance on technology comes with special challenges. First of all, how do you even do it? (Is recording on a cellphone okay? How close should the camera be? Do you need special lighting?) And maybe more important, what makes a self–taped audition really good? This course is taught by two specialists: one to help you master the production issues, and one to help with your acting and make sure your videos are showing it off to best advantage.
Tonya Beckman has appeared locally as an actor at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford's Theatre, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Theater J, Taffety Punk, Olney Theatre, Mosaic Theatre Co., Constellation Theatre Co., and the Kennedy Center, among others. Regional credits include Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Center Stage, Fulton Theatre, Purple Rose Theatre Company, CATCo, Human Race Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Door Shakespeare. She has taught at American University, Shepherd University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, The Theatre Lab, The Actors' Center, as a teaching artist for a variety of theatre companies, and is on the faculty at George Washington University. Local dialect coaching credits include productions for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Lean and Hungry Theatre, Longacre Lea, The Theatre Lab, and Constellation Theatre. She is a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company.
John Judy is a DC area actor-writer-director who has performed on stages here as well as in Los Angeles and Chicago. His more notable credits include House of Cards, Homicide: Life on the Street and writing and performing in over 150 original sketch shows at the IO West Theatre in Hollywood. In DC John has taught at Imagination Stage (formerly BAPA), the Rockville Jewish Community Center and the Smithsonian Associates Summer Program. John's most recent projects include HBO's Veep, National Geographic Channel's Killing Kennedy, Lovely Molly, a supernatural thriller from the creators of The Blair Witch Project, and the on-going role of the Detective in Murder Mystery USA's touring company.