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Announcing UCBTNY's Characters Welcome Auditions March 2019!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:35 pm
by MichaelHartney

Characters Welcome is UCBTNY’s official Character Team.

Auditions for the next cycle will be held Friday & Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd (times TBA).


Directors: Eric Feurer & Sarah Smallwood Parsons
Rehearsals: 1st Monday of the month 7-10pm, Thursdays 7-10pm (mandatory)
Show: Last Thursday of the Month, 7:30pm UCB Hell’s Kitchen
Team Size: about 10 members Term Length: 7 Months (6 original shows, 1 best-of)

Character team members develop a 2-4 minute character piece to be showcased at the monthly show. The directors will decide which pieces are chosen, and will also perform and oversee the hosting of each show.


Prerequisites are as follows - read carefully, they are complicated due to the writing & performing nature of the team.

Completion of Character 101 class at UCB Training Center by March 15th, 2019


Completion of Improv 401 or higher between March 2017 and March 15th, 2019 AND Completion of a core Sketch Class between March 2017 and March 15th, 2019


Are a current member of Characters Welcome and have only been on for one cycle


Are a current performer on a UCB House Team and have completed a UCB sketch class


Are a current writer on a UCB House Team and have completed Improv 401


Were a performer on a house team (Harold/Lloyd/Weekend/Characters/Maude) in the past 2 years and have completed a sketch class at UCB


Were a writer on a house team in the past 2 years and have completed Improv 401

If you auditioned in August 2018, you WILL be allowed to audition. In the past, people could only audition every other cycle. We are changing that!


Auditions will be held Friday & Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd (times TBA)
Auditions will be 3 minutes long (max).
Auditions must consist of a minimum of 3 characters. You may also do impressions as long as you also do two original characters. Impressions are not a requirement of Characters Welcome and you should only do them in the audition if you can actually do them.

If you meet at least one of the pre-reqs, and you are interested in auditioning for Characters Welcome, you must submit through this google form.

Characters Welcome Interest Form
If hyperlink does not work, please copy and paste:

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 8th, 5pm EDT

Once we see the amount of interest we have, we will contact everyone about audition slots.

Please do not submit to audition if you are not available March 22nd and 23rd and/or are unable to attend scheduled mandatory rehearsals.

The Characters Welcome Team for the next cycle will be announced by Friday, March 29th and the first pitch meeting will be Monday, April 1st to prepare for the April 25th show.

*All dates are subject to change*


You can only be part of the Characters Welcome team for 2 consecutive cycles. Once you complete 2 cycles, you have to take one cycle off before auditioning again.

If you have any questions, please post below and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Only answers from myself or Artistic Assistant Bridget Holmes are official answers.