Congratulations Ryan nominees and partners! You have earned the opportunity to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. The menu below contains all the info you’ll need to know before we welcome you to the 2020 Region II Festival at The University of Maryland, College Park, MD – January 14-18, 2020.
INFORMATION FOR IRENE RYAN SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS!
Here we have more specific information the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, including self-nomination process. Irene Ryan Registration will begin on October 19th, 2020.
IRENE RYAN REGISTRATION
If a student has been nominated for the Irene Ryan Auditions from an associate or participating production in the spring or fall of 2020, Irene Ryan Registration is now open. Deadline for Irene Ryan Registration will be December 18th, 2020 (11:59 PM).
Registration for Irene Ryan Auditions is located HERE. As part of the registration process, IR participants will submit videos of their monologues. Videos are submitted through Submittable.com. During the process, Submittable will require a simple account creation if one does not already exist.
NOTE: This registration is only for the auditions. Irene Ryan participants will also need to register for the festival. Festival registration will open on or around October 19th, 2020.
The format/rules for this year’s auditions will be slightly different. Participants will be preparing 2 contrasting monologues (90 seconds max for each monologue), and semi-finalists will also be participating in a “warm” read component. For those who are selected for the final round, their monologues will be performed live, over Zoom.
NEW THIS YEAR!
IRENE RYAN SELF NOMINATION
Students may self-nominate this year! Unlike those who were nominated from associate and participating productions, self-nominations will be pre-screened for inclusion in the festival.
A student who wishes to self-nominate for Irene Ryans can do so NOW by going HERE. Self-nominees are also asked to submit two monologues (90 second max for each). Videos are submitted through Submittable.com. In the process, Submittable will require a simple account creation if one does not already exist.
Students must self-nominate by December 18, 2020 (11:59 PM).
Self-nominated videos will be reviewed by a selection team of regional faculty. Self-nominees who are selected for the Irene Ryans will be notified by January 4, 2021.
All students who participate in the Irene Ryan Scholarship auditions must also register for the festival.
AUDITION RECORDING RULES
- We will NOT be accepting singing performances for this year’s Irene Ryan Auditions. If you would like to audition with a song, please consider participating in the Musical Theatre Intensive Auditions. Information on MTI auditions coming soon.
- Monologues must be filmed from a stationary camera. No reframing of video (no camera movements, pans, tilts, or zooms).
- Slate your monologues with your name, title of plays, and playwrights. DO NOT SLATE WITH THE NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL.
- Each monologue submission should be no longer than 90 seconds. Your time does not include slating the piece or ending with a “thank you.”
- Monologues must be submitted in MP4, MOV or AVI format
- Monologues must be submitted by December 18th, 2020.
AUDITION RECORDING RECOMMENDATIONS
- You are not being assessed on your video technology or filming techniques. Selectors for the auditions will be instructed to disregard video/audio quality as a determining factor.
- Think about framing. How is best to frame your piece? i.e. Headshot, waist-up, full-body. This will be your choice based off the needs of the performance. AGAIN – no camera moves. All monologue should be filmed from a fixed position with no pans, tilts, movements, or zooming.
- Think about lighting. Lighting should be general without lighting changes. Make certain that light reveals your form appropriately. Natural light is often favorable. Back/side light helps to reveal forms. Dramatic lighting choices will not be considered by the selectors. This audition is to focus solely on your acting – not technical elements.
- It is recommended that you limit prop usage and use generic furniture. This is an audition, not a play performance. Again, technical choices will be disregarded.
- Your monologues should be contrasting. Consider contrasting styles (serious, comic, contemporary, classical), but also consider contrasting physicalization that requires contrasting video framing (i.e. full-body movement vs. shoulders/head frame that would restrict movement).
- It is recommended that you place your camera at eye-level of the performer.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
KCACTF Region II Registration (for the festival)
Performance Rights for IRENE RYAN Audition Material
Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition Registration Form (NOT SELF-NOMINATION)
SELF-NOMINATIONS for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions
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