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See guidelines and additional information for College Auditions and Senior Scholarship Auditions below. For information regarding the International Thespian Excellence Awards please visit: https://thespys.secure-platform.com/a

 

College Audition Guidelines

Maryland Thespians is pleased to offer Thespians in their sophomore, junior or senior year with a forum at the Maryland Thespian Festival where students may audition for collegiate programs of study, summer programs, and additional scholarships. Additionally, representatives from colleges and universities are given the opportunity to meet with students who audition and/or interview during the festival independently.

Please note that College Auditions have moved to a digital process this year. You must register as either an in-person delegate of Festival or choose the Virtual Audition Package in order to participate in College Auditions. For questions please reach out to Chapter Director Sean Elias at selias@marylandthespians.org.


AUDITION / PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS
All students will submit a recorded audition or portfolio presentation for the panel of college and university representatives. This year we’re making it easier than ever. All those participating can do so in any category they would like utilizing the same requirements as the International Thespian Excellence Awards. You can review category-specific requirements here. If you would like to submit in a category not officially recognized by the International Thespian Excellence Awards, you may do so by simply following the requirements of the closest equivalent category recognized by the International Thespian Excellence Awards. For example, if you would like to present a portfolio in the category of Properties Design, which is not yet recognized by the International Thespian Excellence Awards, you may do so by following the same requirements as the nearest design category of your choosing.


ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All applicants will be required to submit the following additional materials during registration:

  1. A theatrical or professional résumé; and
  2. a headshot or photo of yourself.


SUBMISSION LOGISTICS
Once registered as either an in-person delegate or having chosen the virtual audition package, Students will complete a brief online application in OpenWater and upload their headshot, résumé, and video submission (see requirements below). The link to OpenWater will be provided in your registration confirmation email. For those who registered prior to January 23, 2022 and chose to participate in the Thespy program you have been email this link directly. Please remember that the deadline for video and material submissions is Sunday, February 6, 2022, 11:59 PM.


VIDEO SUBMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
The following guidelines are intended to help you present yourself in the most effective and professional manner. All students should try to adhere as closely as possible to the following recommendations.

  • Film in a location that is inside, quiet, has a neutral background, and that is well-lit.
  • Film full body (preferably head-to-toe, but at least head-to-knee).
  • Dress appropriately. Wear clothing that is simple and will allow for easy movement. Costumes are not permitted. Avoid bright colored and heavily patterned clothing options.
  • You may use a chair if needed. You may not use additional set pieces or props.
  • Slate as you would for a Thespy (Individual Event). Introduce yourself by name. For performance based auditions introduce the audition piece(s) by title of show followed by the author, lyricist, and/or composer.
  • For tech presentations introduce yourself by name then state what type of portfolio you will be presenting and the name of the production.
  • Performances must be shot in one single take. No professional editing/cutting.
  • Stay within time limit of your chosen category after the slate.

 

Senior Scholarship Audition Guidelines

Maryland Thespians is pleased to offer students in their senior year who hold at least a 3.0 GPA and declared a theatre major in college the opportunity to audition for senior scholarships. Your future takes center stage with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase your talents and help fund your college education.

For Festival 2022, the Senior Scholarship Auditions have gone virtual! You must register as either an in-person delegate of Festival or choose the Virtual Audition Package in order to participate in Senior Scholarship Auditions. For questions please reach out to Chapter Director Sean Elias at selias@marylandthespians.org.


AUDITION / PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS
All students will submit a recorded audition or portfolio presentation. This year we’re making it easier than ever. All those participating can do so in any category they would like utilizing the same requirements as the International Thespian Excellence Awards. You can review category-specific requirements here. If you would like to submit in a category not officially recognized by the International Thespian Excellence Awards, you may do so by simply following the requirements of the closest equivalent category recognized by the International Thespian Excellence Awards. For example, if you would like to present a portfolio in the category of Properties Design, which is not yet recognized by the International Thespian Excellence Awards, you may do so by following the same requirements as the nearest design category of your choosing.


INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS
After your audition or portfolio presentation, all students will be asked to complete a brief interview. You may answer these questions in written format or as part of your video submission. The interview questions are:

  1. Please give three specific examples of how you have served your school’s theatre program. Of these examples, which contribution are you most proud of and why?
  2. If you are an inducted member of a Thespian Troupe at your high school, explain how being an inducted Thespian has benefited you both as an artist and a student. If your school does not have a Thespian Troupe or you were not afforded this opportunity, how has being involved in your school’s performing arts program benefited you, both an artist and a student?
  3. Describe your reason for wanting to pursue the arts in college. Is there a defining moment or experience you can point to?
  4. After college, how do you hope to contribute to the professional performing arts community?


ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Prior to completing your in-person audition or portfolio presentation and interview, all applicants must submit the following materials during registration:

  1. a headshot or photo of yourself;
  2. a theatrical or professional résumé;
  3. an unofficial copy of your high school transcript; and
  4. a one-page recommendation from someone who has worked with you in some theatrical capacity. For example, this can be your Troupe Director, a director you’ve worked with either in school or out of school, or your performing arts teacher.


SUBMISSION LOGISTICS
Once registered as either an in-person delegate or having chosen the virtual audition package, Students will complete a brief online application in OpenWater and upload their headshot, résumé, transcripts, letter of recommendation, and video submission. The link to OpenWater will be provided in your registration confirmation email. For those who registered prior to January 23, 2022 and chose to participate in the Senior Scholarship Audition program you have been emailed this link directly. Please remember that the deadline for video and material submissions is Sunday, February 6, 2022, 11:59 PM.


VIDEO SUBMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
The following guidelines are intended to help you present yourself in the most effective and professional manner. All students should try to adhere as closely as possible to the following recommendations.

  • Film in a location that is inside, quiet, has a neutral background, and that is well-lit.
  • Film full body (preferably head-to-toe, but at least head-to-knee).
  • Dress appropriately. Wear clothing that is simple and will allow for easy movement. Costumes are not permitted. Avoid bright colored and heavily patterned clothing options.
  • You may use a chair if needed. You may not use additional set pieces or props.
  • Slate as you would for a Thespy (Individual Event). Introduce yourself by name. For performance based auditions introduce the audition piece(s) by title of show followed by the author, lyricist, and/or composer.
  • For tech presentations introduce yourself by name then state what type of portfolio you will be presenting and the name of the production.
  • Performances must be shot in one single take. No professional editing/cutting.
  • Stay within time limit of your chosen category after the slate.