Learn to Approach Audition Season Like a Pro

Hello all you YATC blog readers! My name is Sam McHale and I am the company manager of the Young Americans’ Theatre Company.  This position was added back into the company this year. As the company manager I am in charge of the internal duties of the company. I am in charge of making sure people are doing the things they are supposed to be doing, pitching in to do any tasks that people aren’t able to do, assembling the tech team, and I am also in charge of the internal business operations of the company. Even more exciting than that, I am directing for YATC this summer. I am going to be directing Punk Rock by Simon Stephens, which is going to be the first show of YATC’s 9th season.

Coming up in less than a week are auditions, which is very exciting! If you have not yet signed up for an audition slot please visit the getting involved tab of our website. This is going to be my second year directing for YATC and I am super excited, especially for auditions. It is amazing to be able to sit behind that table and view all the talented people that want to get involved in the company.

I am also here to offer some helpful advice for all of you who are auditioning. The first thing you should know is that we really want to see your acting ability in your monologue. I know that one minute isn’t very much time but seeing you make big choices with your work is going to be much more helpful to us behind the table than seeing you play the character in a very neutral way.

The second thing you should know is that all of the directors watching you are around the same age as you. We are teenagers! So if you are nervous coming into the audition, let that nervousness drive and energize you, although you have no reason to be nervous! All of the directors are very friendly and want to see you succeed.

The third thing you should know is that we really want to see who you are and what you are like to work with. Don’t be surprised if one of the directors asks you to try stuff during your audition and callbacks. While we are your peers we are also professionals who want to produce high quality shows and we want to work with people who feel the same way and who understand what it means to be in a professional environment.

I am very excited for this whole process to begin and I hope that all of you reading this decide to audition.

Good luck to you all. May Bowie be with you. The Young Americans Theatre Company.