The Self-Tape Audition
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 the trend is likely to continue, even after the era of COVID. 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.
Online Class: Our March/April 2021 classes will take place entirely online via Zoom. Classes require live participation at the scheduled times using your own device. Zoom is most effective when used on a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Students using a cellphone to access class are likely to experience reduced functionality that may limit their ability to participate fully in class. Please review the technical requirements necessary to take part in an online class before enrolling. If these requirements pose any difficulties for you, please let us know.
Financial Aid: In an effort to make more classes financially accessible to students during the COVID-19 crisis, we are offering more financial aid than ever. If attending our courses at this time at full price would be difficult for you, please apply for assistance. Early Spring 2021 financial aid applications are due by February 22, 2021.
No class Sat Apr 3 (Easter)
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.
Tonya Beckman has appeared 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 (Helen Hayes Lead Actress nomination), the Kennedy Center, Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Center Stage, Fulton Theatre, and Totem Pole Playhouse. 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, Rep Stage, Lean and Hungry Theatre, Longacre Lea, The Theatre Lab, and Constellation Theatre. She is a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company.