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2020 Acting

Acting students study character development, motivation, and analysis of intentions and objectives. The daily schedule may include voice and/or movement class. Students rehearse and perform an ensemble workshop production. Applicants should be aware that classes are on a collegiate level and may contain mature subject matter. Up to 18 students are accepted.

Requirements for Applicants

1. Complete an online application and schedule your audition no later than noon the weekday before your desired audition date. See dates in right side bar or view full audition schedule here. Audition spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.

2. Bring a government-issued I.D. or birth certificate to your audition for age verification purposes.

3. Read below guidelines and tips to prepare for your audition.

4. Arrive at your audition at least 15 minutes early to check in. Present two contrasting monologues. You will have a TOTAL of two (2) minutes to complete both monologues, including any break in between.

Audition Guidelines

  • Monologues must be memorized.
  • A chair is provided. No costumes or props allowed.
  • At least one monologue must be from a contemporary play (20th century – present).
  • Monologues are limited to one character each and should be delivered in the applicant’s natural voice (i.e. no character accents).
  • Monologues should be suitable to applicant’s own age and range of experience. We strongly encourage you to perform monologues by characters whose ages fall between preteen and very early 20s. If you select a monologue that is not suitable to your age, it could damage the believability of your piece, which is a criterion used in scoring your performance.
  • You will have a TOTAL of two (2) minutes to complete both monologues, including any break in between. The two monologues do NOT have to be of equal length. For example, one monologue could last 1.5 minutes, and the other monologue could last 30 seconds. Please practice timing your monologues to make sure you don’t run over the 2-minute mark.
  • Monologues must be from published plays. Make sure you know the title of the play(s), playwright(s), and names of the characters you’ll be playing. At your audition, you will be asked for this information.
  • Monologues from a monologue book, monologues published on the internet, and monologues written for film or TV are NOT recommended.
  • Monologues written by D. M. Larson are NOT advisable.  Likewise, monologues from the following plays are historically overdone at OSAI auditions, and applicants are strongly discouraged from performing them: CSI Neverland, Our Town, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
  • If you have questions about the appropriateness of your selected monologues, please call the OAI office at 405.605.7500.

Audition Tips

  • Choose a piece that means something to you or one that is relatable to you.
  • Select a piece that can be active, meaning your character wants something from someone. (Pieces that simply tell a story are generally not active.) Read the entire play from which you are performing. This way, you know the events leading up to the monologue and will have a better understanding of what you’re saying and why you’re saying it.
  • Note moments in the monologue where something changes, such as a new idea or shift in mood. You should try and determine why these “beat changes” are happening.
  • Rehearse your monologue out loud. A friend or family member can help you memorize by following along with the script while you recite it.
  • Engage your body and voice so you are expressing what your character is doing and feeling. Do not sit through your entire monologue. Your pace should be appropriate to the piece. Speak clearly and at a volume at which you can be heard.
  • During your monologues, find a focal point behind the judges; don't make eye contact with the judges while you're performing.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the judges. The judges should feel like your audience, not like part of your scene.
  • Make a good first impression by wearing clothing appropriate for an audition.

    – DO: Comfortable, neutral clothing is recommended. Applicants should wear a simple, solid-colored shirt, jeans, pants, or a long skirt, and flats or sneakers.

    – DON'T: Bulky coats, high heels, or other clothing that inhibits your movement are strongly discouraged. Clothing that is graphic, shredded, torn, too revealing, or too tight distracts from your performance. Examples of inappropriate audition clothing include crop tops, ripped jeans, shirts with characters/logos/words, and short shorts/skirts.

What to Expect at Your Audition

  • Because OSAI is an educational program, not a casting call, this audition will be different from other audition experiences you may have had.
  • There will be three judges and a facilitator in the room. Before you begin, you will state the titles of the two monologues you will be performing in order. Then you will begin your monologues.
  • As soon as you start your first monologue, the facilitator will begin timing, and you will have a total of two minutes to complete both monologues. The monologues don’t need to be the same length, but you’ll want to take full advantage of the two minutes by showing as much range as possible during that time. Once you finish your first monologue, make a brief transition (e.g. turn, bow head, move chair), then go right into your second monologue. Keep in mind that the timer is still going during this transition, so make it quick! If you should go over the two-minute mark, the facilitator will stop you, but you won’t be penalized.
  • After you have completed your monologues, one of the judges will give you a direction (an adjustment to make to one of the monologues). You will then perform a 20- to 30-second excerpt from that monologue again, incorporating the instruction given to you by the judge. You will not receive feedback from the judges after this; they will likely say “Thank you,” then you are free to leave.

Judging Criteria

• Characterization – 30%
• Vocal Quality – 15%
• Physicality – 15%
• Professionalism – 20%
• Potential – 20%

Read general information about our adjudication procedures here.

Download the Conflict of Interest form acting adjudicators sign.

Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute acting program is generously provided, in part, by the Sarkeys Foundation Theater Endowment Fund.