Introduction to the Theater (5 of 5): The Audition

Lesson Title: Introduction to the Theater (5 of 5): The Audition
Academic Standards: TH:Cr3.1.HSI,TH:Pr4.1.HSII, TH:Pr5.1.HSI, TH:Pr6.1.HSI, TH:Re8.1.HSI
Content Creator: Mr. Michael Dzbenski
Level: High School
Duration: 25-35 min
  /  Introduction to the Theater (5 of 5): The Audition



  • Students will demonstrate the mechanics of an audition
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the process of selecting and cutting (if necessary) a monologue
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to apply basic acting techniques to their monologues and evaluate each other's performances


The lesson allows students to practice auditioning for a theatrical production. They will demonstrate their understanding by choosing an appropriate monologue, performing it for the class, and evaluating the performances of others.


  1. Review Class Objectives
  2. Types of Auditions
    1. Open
    2. Closed
    3. Prepared (Textual Tryout)
    4. Cold Reading
    5. Improvisational
  3. The Monologue
    1. Choosing and Cutting
    2. Character Analysis
    3. Acting Method
    4. Character Analysis
  4. The Audition
    1. Walk in the Room
    2. Introduction
    3. Slate
    4. "Fourth Wall"
  5. Mock Auditions
    1. Critiques/Evaluation
  6. Headshots and Resumes (Quick)
  7. Wrap it Up!
  8. VictoryXR Survey

Demonstratives & Media

Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos
3D objects

Suggested Ancillary Support

Discussion/Vocabulary Open - For professional nonunion actors and student actors Closed - For professional union actors and special circumstances Prepared - Rehearsed material, memorized lines Textual Tryout - Material specifically from the play (Scene or Monologue) Cold Reading - Unfamiliar material, may or may not have director interpretation Improvisational - Improvise around assigned character or situation Monologues - Male/Female, Comedy/Drama, 30sec-1 min, should "fit" Slate - Your introduction (Do's and Don'ts)


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