A Class Act NY
Jessica Rofe, artistic dir.
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A Class Act NY
Jessica Rofe, artistic dir.
Seeking participants for a pre-professional summer program (ages 12-18). Artistic Director states: "A Class Act NY’s Pre-Professional Program is for a select group of young artists who are ready for the challenge of growing their theatre performance skills and are looking forward to exploring more advanced work. This by audition only program offers the exciting opportunity to major in one of two specialized programs: Musical Theatre Performance or Straight Acting Performance. At the end of the week, participants make their Off-Broadway Debut in a Final Performance at an exciting, state-of-the-art Theatre in Manhattan for friends, family and industry guests. The performance is designed to showcase the skills and challenging material students have mastered throughout the week. On Wednesday, participants also see a Broadway Matinee and have a “Talk Back” with actors after the show! Pre-Professional Program faculty include Broadway Theatre Actors and Industry Professionals interested in sharing their methods and insights with those seeking to expand their craft and explore their creative expression. A combination of classroom work and individualized private instruction will provide participants with a unique week-long experience. Mornings are structured around advanced group instruction and challenging workshops taught by Broadway Actors. The morning curriculum includes: The Teachings of Uta Hagen, Ann Bogart’s Viewpoints, Scene Study, Improvisation, Voice Instruction, Text Analysis, Character Development, Movement, Monologue Work, Stage Combat, Scene Work with Partners, Afternoons are planned around the student’s major and are tailored to their individual talents. The afternoon curriculum includes: Musical Theatre Performance Major - Private Voice Lessons, Musical Theatre Audition Technique, Dance Workshop, Group Rehearsal for the Final Showcase; Straight Acting Performance Major - Private Acting Lessons, Straight Acting Audition Technique, Monologue and Scene Workshops, Group Rehearsal for the Final Showcase. This camp ends in a Final Showcase for industry professionals, including talent representatives and casting professionals."
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Program takes place Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Ripley-Grier Studios in NYC.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
No pay. $850 fee required, which includes three complimentary seats to the final showcase, a ticket to a Broadway matinee and talk back, and A Class Act NY camp t-shirt.
Audition Submission Instructions
Pre-Professional Program auditions for Musical Theatre majors require a self-taped video submission of a 32-bar cut from a musical theatre song.
Pre-Professional Program auditions for Straight Acting majors require a self-taped video submission of two contrasting one-minute monologues from published plays. Nothing classical please.
How to Self-Tape for Pre-Professional Program Auditions
Please follow these instructions carefully for a great self-taped audition.
Stand in front of a solid color wall, with nothing behind you that is a distraction.
Make sure there is good lighting so that we can see you clearly.
The camera must be steady, not shaky. Use a tripod.
No hats, sunglasses, gum or props.
No sitting or leaning, standing only.
You should be the only person on camera.
Actors should hold on camera for 5-10 seconds a sheet of paper with their name and age.
Make sure we can read your sign on camera - get a close-up.
Speak the slate at the same time you are holding it.
You may look into the camera for the slate.
Frame to a head and shoulders shot.
Your eye focus should be slightly above the camera.
If someone reading lines with you, make sure they are off-camera and have your focus on the reader who should be standing beside the camera. Do not look into the camera.
Always have your material memorized. Understand the character, make bold choices and take risks with your taping. These tips will help you stand out as an actor.
Submitting your audition:
Your slate and performance must be contained in a single video link.
Send your audition to A Class Act NY via an unlisted YouTube link. (see instructions below)
An unlisted video is a type of private video that can only be viewed by people you choose. An unlisted video will not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces, such as your channel, search results, or homepage.
Uploading an unlisted video:
Create or sign into your YouTube account.
Click on the arrow next to the ‘Upload’ button at the top of the page.
Upload the video.
As it is uploading, choose the setting 'unlisted'. Do not chose 'public' or 'private'.
After selecting ‘unlisted’ make sure to click the ‘save changes’ button at the bottom of the page.
Sending an unlisted video to A Class Act NY:
To share an unlisted video, email firstname.lastname@example.org the URL for the video. (example: http://youtu.be/FdtSWTFz28)
The subject line of the email must contain your name, pre-professional program and musical theatre major or straight acting major.