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ANNOUNCING: Summer 2018 Academy Auditions

PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:51 am
by kevhines
Announcing Summer 2018 auditions for The UCB Training Center’s new UCB Academy Program!
Please read this in its entirety. All pertinent information should be answered below, so read thoroughly before asking questions.

***NY Auditions will be held Thursday 7/26, Friday 7/27 and Sunday 7/29. There are no callbacks for these auditions, students will be selected from one round.***

***NY Signups will begin on Tuesday July 10th 6:00pm. See Below for more details on how to sign up***

***Only questions answered by the Academic Director, Training Center Manager or Registrars on boards.ucbcomedy.com will be considered official answers.***

What is UCB Academy?
https://ucbtrainingcenter.com/academy

Reminder - Academy Auditions happen three times a year
If you are participating in the Characters Welcome auditions on Aug 4 & 5, we recommend just focusing on those auditions. You can audition for the Academy in the Fall.
We have 3 auditions a year so you should never audition when it’s inconvenient for you. Just wait for the next one.

Reminder - Academy Enrollment is for 2 years
If you were added to the Academy this past spring you do not need to audition again until 2020.

WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?
***You must have availability during the following audition times to be considered. NO EXCEPTIONS.***


FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS
Thursday July 26, 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday July 27 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday July 29, 1:00pm - 5:30pm


We anticipate that a decision on acceptance to UCB Academy will be announced by Wednesday, August 1st.

We are planning to hold 3 auditions for UCB Academy every year. If you can’t make this audition or are unable to get an audition slot then plan to audition later this year.
The next audition is tentatively scheduled for October 2018.
Look for an announcement in the Fall.


WHERE ARE AUDITIONS?
Auditions will be held in the UCB Training Center
520 8th Avenue - 9th Floor


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any student that has passed Improv 401 with a (B) Pass or an (A) Superior Grade AND has completed a multi-week UCB improv course within the last two years (July 2016 - Present)
We do grant exceptions, so for example if you haven't taken a class in 3 years while but you have been rehearsing a lot and/or took your last class just over 2 years ago please ask for exception (see below)


ELIGIBILITY EXCEPTIONS
Exceptions will be granted to the above eligibility on a limited basis and are entirely at the discretion of the Academic Director.

Exceptions will be granted based on space available.
Here is the link to request an exception:
https://goo.gl/forms/j9genSWyhmwFJDh73

AUDITION SPECIFICS
-PLEASE ARRIVE THIRTY MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION TIME.

-DO NOT bring a headshot. You must have a recent and clear photo loaded into your student dashboard.

-Instructions on how to upload photo to dashboard:
https://tinyurl.com/dashboardphoto

This photo does not need to be a professional headshot, it simply needs to be a clear and accurate representation of yourself. You can load a selfie from your smartphone. Please do not ask for help on the day of your audition and instead, if you need help reach out the registrar (classes@ucbcomedy.com) well before the audition.

-There will be a room to warm-up with your audition group.

-On the day of the audition, improvisers will be seen every 25 minutes in groups of 8.

First round auditions will last about 20 minutes and follow this format:
-A suggestion.
-A short, true personal monologue off a suggestion
-Monologists are encouraged to tell stories from their adult life, rather than childhood anecdotes. Monologists will be asked to stop at 60 seconds.
-Four two person FIRST BEATS.
-Four SECOND BEATS. Second beats should be initiated by the improvisors who were in the first beat -- both improvisers from the first beat should step out for the second beat and either improviser can speak first.
-No groups games, but second beats should have an emphasis on “on-game” group support.
-We will edit all scenes.
-Because these sets are inspired by short monologues, some scenes will start with full premises and some will start with half ideas. Both are fine. Either can lead to strong, fun games.

Admission to UCB Academy is at the discretion of the UCB Training Center Academic Director who works in consultation with the UCB faculty to make admission decisions.


HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION
-Sign ups will go live on Monday July 10th (Tuesday) at 6:00pm
-Log in to dashboard.ucbcomedy.com and click on the “Auditions” tab in your top panel
-You will see two tabs, “My Auditions”, “Theatre Auditions”, and "Training Center auditions" - click on “Training Center Auditions”
-You will see a link for all current auditions. Click the corresponding link for the UCBNY ACADEMY AUDITIONS - July 2018.
-Once you click, you’ll see a list of all current available times to sign up for
-All times are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Please sign up quickly if you have a limited schedule! We will not be able to facilitate special requests.
-Once you click a time you will be scheduled for that slot. You will have up until July 25th, 5pm to schedule, cancel or change your slot.
-After the deadline, all changes will be closed and only your audition time will be visible to you in the “My Auditions” tab
-We cannot accommodate any swaps or changes after the deadline has passed.
-If you run into any problems or have questions, please email classes@ucbcomedy.com.
-If you are late to or miss your audition slot, you will NOT be rescheduled, and you will not be allowed to audition next round.
-If you cancel your audition once it is finalized, you will not be allowed to audition next round.
-If you need to cancel after the deadline has passed, email classes@ucbcomedy.com.