UCBTLA Announces Maude Team Actor Auditions

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UCBTLA Announces Maude Team Actor Auditions

Postby lindsay » Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:43 pm

The UCB Theatre Los Angeles is excited to announce Maude Team Actor auditions!

Last month, we selected the writers for the Maude Teams. This month, we are completing the formation of the Maude Teams by selecting the actors. The actors are the primary cast for each Maude Night performance and work with the writers in much the same way the cast of Saturday Night Live work with the writers on that show - meaning show content will come from the writers as well as writers working with actors. A Director/Coach oversees the writing and production of the team and the monthly show. All members of the team are responsible for the monthly show.

If you're interested in auditioning to be an actor on a Maude Team, see the info below:

• Maude Teams perform two out of every three months.
• Maude Teams should be working both individually and as a team to create quality sketch comedy.
• Maude Night shows will consist of the BEST material created, as decided by the Director. Writers are NOT guaranteed their material will be performed. Actors are NOT guaranteed that they will be featured every month. These rules are made in an effort to emulate, on a much smaller, more supportive scale, the competitive and professional atmosphere of television shows like SNL and Late Night.
• The Actor Ensemble will be the primary cast for all shows. However, other actors can be added to this cast as the material dictates. All casting decisions will be approved by the team's Director.

• Maude Teams will meet at least once per week for Writers Room sessions and/or Rehearsals. Actors may not be needed at every meeting; however that should be at the discretion of the Director of the team since actors may be wanted for table reads, etc. (See "Responsibilities" below.) Actors should plan to be at EVERY meeting unless otherwise notified.
• Additional time may be required the week of the team's Maude Night performance.

ACTORS will be responsible for the following:
• Attend all meetings and rehearsals as required by the Director
• Learn all material in a timely and reasonable manner. Your job is to make this material as good as it can be and to give a polished, professional performance.
• You are encouraged to work with Writers on any ideas for characters, etc. that you may have. However, you should not be writing alone or with other actors for the shows.
• All members of the team are responsible for helping promote the show.
• Maude Team members will be expected to pay their directors for their time in weekly meetings/rehearsals (this should be handled in the same way (logistically and financially) that improv teams pay their coaches. As Actors, you may not be at every meeting, but you may be asked to pay your part of the director's fee for those meetings.

• You need to have successfully completed at least one (1) UCBT course -- improv or sketch.
• Current Maude Team Writers are eligible to audition, and MUST audition to be considered as a performer.
• Participation on a Maude Team should be your PRIORITY. If you are not able to commit at that level - DO NOT SUBMIT TO BE ON A MAUDE TEAM. To reiterate - we are interested in creating opportunities for actors who really want to perform comedy at a high level of quality and professionalism. If you are one of those people, we hope you'll submit.
• If you miss more than two (2) required meetings/rehearsals in a row, miss meetings/rehearsals on a regular basis, or fail to perform in a professional manner - you will be replaced on your team. Attendance and full participation are important, necessary, and required. Commitments at other theatres, at UCBT (including Harold Teams), or elsewhere, are NOT excuses for missing meetings, rehearsals, and/or shows.
• It is perfectly acceptable to be on both a Maude Team and a Harold Team - but you must be able to meet the commitments of both teams without conflict.
• If you are interested in being considered to be an ACTOR on a Maude Team, you should drop off a headshot and resume at the UCB Theatre Box Office (5919 Franklin Ave, 90028). There will be a box behind the front desk labeled "MAUDE NIGHT - ACTORS" to hold submissions. Make sure your headshot includes your name, phone, and email address. Be sure to include both professional acting experience as well as relevant live comedy and UCB Theatre experience on your resume.
• Selected Actors will be invited to audition based on their headshot/resume. Invited Auditions will be held on SATURDAY, JANUARY 23. If you are selected to audition, you will be notified by THURSDAY, JANUARY 21.
• Auditions will be three (3) minutes. In that time, you should show us your best characters, impressions, accents, skills, etc. It is completely up to you how you choose to impress us.
• The Headshot/Resume submission deadline is TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010, at 6pm.
• If you are not willing/able to comply with the above responsibilities - DO NOT SUBMIT TO BE ON A MAUDE TEAM.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or complaints - please email, call, or talk to Neil Campbell about them.

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