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Required by ACTING, MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE, and DIRECTING nominees.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

 

You will submit ONE VIDEO LINK that includes all of the material you want to show us.

IMPORTANT: Put your strongest piece first.

If you are also submitting a design porfolio, that will be a separate link. Go to our design portfolios page for details.

Theater performance videos should be similar to a video that you would submit for a college or professional audition. 

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.​ Pick pieces that resonate with you.

FOR ALL PERFORMERS

  • Please submit two (2) contrasting pieces. You might think that this means one comedic and one dramatic. It can, but it can also be a contrast in tone, style, subject and delivery. If you need guidance on how to choose contrasting pieces, check out this article from the Acting Coach of Scotland.

  • Each piece should be approximately one (1) minute each.

  • Both pieces should be submitted on one (1) video. You will only have space to submit one link.

NOTE: You will not be disqualified if your pieces are longer than required, so don't worry about being EXACT.... HOWEVER, concise is best.

  • Please "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 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.

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FOR MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE

  • We want to only see ONE SONG.  Your second piece should showcase acting, dancing or both. We don't expect you to be a triple threat, but you should be able to show us more than just the ability to sing.

  • When you perform in musical theater, you also must be a great actor and often, also a great performer.  We want to see the totality of your range.

FOR DIRECTING

  • The video should showcase no more than FIVE (5) MINUTES OF A PERFORMANCE directed by the student. ​​

TIPS

  • Simple videos that allow us to see and hear your work are fine. They do not need to be professionally filmed, but they should provide a clear picture and audio.   

  • ​​We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to shoot your video, at the very least, from the waist up. Full length is preferred.  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. That said, we understand that it may be difficult to find an ideal space to film your work and want to reassure you that where you film your pieces will have no bearing on our selection process.​

  • 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.

VIDEO FORMAT

 

ALL LINKS MUST BE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC. 

** 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: 

 

Vimeo - or - YouTube - or - Google Drive

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.

SAMPLE VIDEOS for

HOW TO FRAME Your Performance

 

Below are strong examples of how you frame your performances on your videos (Minimum waist up, neutral background.) 

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