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2021 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. Create an account and complete an online application. (If you have applied to OSAI before, you can log in to an existing account.)

2. Read the requirements and tips below to prepare your audition.

3. Create a single, unedited video recording of two contrasting monologues, no more than two minutes total. Video uploads are limited to 1 GB.

4. Log back in to your online account to upload your audition video by no later than noon on Friday, March 19.

Begin an application or log in here

Monologue Selection

  • Select two contrasting monologues to perform on video, no more than two minutes in total length. The two monologues do NOT have to be of equal length. For example, one monologue could be 90 seconds, and the other monologue could be 30 seconds.
  • At least one monologue must be from a contemporary play (20th century – present).
  • Examples of contrasting monologues: one classical + one contemporary OR one comedic + one dramatic.
  • Monologues are limited to one character each and should be delivered in your natural voice (i.e. no character accents).
  • Select active monologues (i.e. your characters want something from someone). Try to avoid monologues that simply tell a story.
  • Choose monologues that mean something to you or are relatable to you. Monologues should be suitable to your own age and range of experience. You are strongly encouraged to choose 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.
  • Monologues must be from published plays. 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 during 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.

Video Recording Requirements

  • Monologues must be memorized.
  • A chair is acceptable, but no other costumes or props are allowed.
  • DO NOT SLATE or give any other identifying information on the video recording. Before you begin the first monologue, you should state the monologues you will be performing, in order.  This should include the titles of the play(s) which the monologues are from, the playwright(s), and the names of the characters you will be playing.
  • The final audition recording CANNOT be edited; the brief introduction of the monologues, first monologue, and second monologue must all be performed in a single take. The introduction should take no more than 20 seconds, and total length of both monologues should be no more than two minutes. Please practice timing and recording your monologues to make sure they can be performed within two minutes.
  • It is recommended that the monologues be performed from contrasting perspectives, i.e. one wide shot (ankles up) so judges can better assess body movements + one close up so judges can better assess facial expressions.
  • While performing, find a focal point behind the camera so the judges can see your face, but don't look directly into the camera. Consider placing a friend or family member behind the camera, so you can speak directly to them. Or imagine the character to whom you are speaking is seated right behind the camera and use something specific to mark that place for yourself (e.g. a teddy bear or something on a shelf). This can help you keep your focal point consistent.
  • Wear clothing appropriate for an audition.
    • Comfortable, neutral clothing is recommended: a simple, solid-colored shirt, jeans, pants, or a long skirt, and flats or sneakers.
    • 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
  • Once you are ready to submit your recorded audition, do not worry about your file name. The OSAI application portal will automatically rename the file for you.
  • Upload your audition video no later than noon on Friday, March 19.
  • Please note: If you do not have access to adequate technology for recording or uploading your audition, please contact oai@oaiquartz.org or 405.605.7500 for assistance.


  • 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.
  • Rehearse your monologue out loud. A friend or family member can help you memorize by following along with the script while you recite 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.
  • Engage your body and voice so you are expressing what your character is doing and feeling. Your pace should be appropriate to the piece. Speak clearly and at a volume at which you can be heard.
  • In addition to overhead lighting, move a couple of lamps to eye level if possible (behind the camera). Position them so that they light your face well and don't cause too much shadow. This will help to counteract the shadows from the overhead light source.
  • Busy backgrounds can detract from your performance, so choose a location where the background is as plain as possible. Remove pictures or posters if necessary. Look closely at what’s in the camera frame to be sure there’s nothing there that you don’t want the judges to see.
  • Create test recordings to evaluate all elements of your audition (focal point, lighting, close up vs. wide shot, etc). Be sure to record your speaking voice so you can test the audio. Watch the recording and make adjustments if necessary. Do this as many times as you want until you feel confident about your set up. But remember that the final audition recording you submit cannot be edited; both monologues must be performed in a single take and no more than two minutes (not including the brief introduction of the monologues).

Judging Criteria

Please note: Acting judges must see you in order to score your audition, but they will have no other identifying information about you.
Characterization – 30%
To what extent does the applicant connect emotionally with the character in a believable manner and have clear objectives and choices?
Vocal Quality – 15%
To what extent does the applicant demonstrate facility with projection, articulation, and vocal variety?
Physicality – 15%
To what extent is the applicant's body and movement integrated into the characterization in a believable and expressive manner, with clear staging and purpose?
Professionalism – 20%
To what extent does the applicant appear prepared for the audition and follow requirements?
Potential – 20%
To what extent does the applicant show artistic potential and confidence?
Download the Conflict of Interest form that acting adjudicators sign.
Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute acting program is generously provided, in part, by the Sarkeys Foundation Theater Endowment Fund.