Required by ACTING and MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE nominees.
Theater performance videos should be similar to a video that you would submit for a college or professional audition.
Please submit two (2) contrasting pieces (monologues or songs) which represent your primary specialty (i.e. the specialty in which you were nominated.)
Each piece should be approximately one (1) minute each.
Both pieces should be submitted on one (1) video.
The video with BOTH pieces should be a total of two (2) minutes. NOTE: You will not be disqualified if your video is longer than two minutes, so don't worry about being EXACT in hitting the two minute mark. HOWEVER, because the judges may be viewing over 100 videos, it is likely they will stop watching after two minutes.
For ACTING: Your video may include monologues, scenes, or a combination. If you include a scene, it should be OBVIOUS who you are in the scene.
For MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE: Your video should demonstrate your ability to sing AND act. If you choose to do a song and a monologue, you should put the song FIRST in the video. If you are also a dancer, you may showcase this ability as well as well, but dancing is not required.
We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to create a video that shows your body at minimum from the waist up, and if possible showing your whole body from head to toe. Why? Because, you act with your whole body, not just your face. We are considering your work as a stage performer, not a film performer. As a stage performer, we see all of you.
We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to record your video in a neural space if possible. The fewer distractions in the background, the more we are able to focus on you and your performances.
We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE submitting clips from a live performance (a show with an audience). These videos you usually too far away with poor sound. Plus, the audience reactions can be distracting.
Don't forget to "slate" your work (introduce yourself and each piece that you will be performing). This can be done verbally and/or with titles on the video.
For DIRECTING (as an optional secondary video): The video should showcase no more than FIVE (5) MINUTES OF A PERFORMANCE directed by the student. You will only submit samples of directing as a SEONDARY VIDEO.
We are not looking for perfection but we are looking for artistry. If you are nominated, we assume you are talented. Use this opportunity to show us what you are trying to explore/create/convey as an artist.
The online application has space for two (2) additional links for videos to showcase your talents BEYOND your primary specialty.
You should NOT use these links to submit additional videos of your primary specialty.
** No passwords/privacy settings. **
When we click on the link to your video, it should open directly without needing a password nor a special video player.
We suggest uploading videos to
then, provide the link to the uploaded video in the online application.
Do not assume that viewers will have a specialized video player if one is needed for your video.
Remember, you want the video to be EASY to view. If the judges have trouble seeing your work, they will not take the time to figure it out and will move on without evaluating you.
Don't worry about having high production values. Simple videos that allow us to see your work are fine.
Videos should frame you, at the very least, from the waist up. Full length is preferred. Remember, you perform with your whole body, not just your face. You are a stage performer, not a film performer. As a stage performer, we see all of you.
Videos should be shot in a neutral environment. Also, please make sure that the sound and picture is clear.
Below are strong examples of how you frame your performances on your videos (Minimum waist up, neutral background.)