Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016


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Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby SPO » Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:37 pm

Maude Team Auditions Fall 2016

Please read all information carefully. Procedures and Maude policies have changed from previous auditions.

What is a Maude Team:
Maude Teams are house sketch teams formed by the UCBTNY. Maude Teams consist of 6 writers & 6 actors. Some teams may have a member that serves as both actor and writer. A Director, hired by the team, oversees the writing and production of the team’s monthly show.

Each Team will produce a monthly show that is a professionally performed review of the best material being created by the team each month.

The Show

Each Maude Team will create a monthly show.

Maude Night is Monday Nights, 9:30pm at the Chelsea Theatre.

Maude Night Shows are 25-30 minutes. Shows are not allowed to exceed 30 minutes.

Shows consist of new material written by the team specifically for Maude Night, or Rewritten Material that previously made its debut on Maude Night but has been revised since its original performance.

Maude Night will consist of the BEST material created. Writers are not guaranteed to have material performed. These rules are in place to emulate the competitive and professional atmosphere of television shows, while still holding onto a supportive and team-based process.

Teams will hire a Director (approved by the AD) to decide what material will be chosen. Directors, while hired by the team, function as the head writer and authority in rehearsals and should be treated as such. Directors are responsible for choosing the best sketches, even if that means not every writer has a sketch in the show. Directors are paid by the Maude Teams (part of monthly dues).



SCHEDULE

Maude Teams meet twice a week for writers meetings or actor rehearsals.

The following meetings are mandatory for every Maude Team
Pitch Meeting, 3 Writers Meetings, 1 Read Through/Actor Rehearsal, 2 Actor Rehearsals, 1 Tech Rehearsal, The Show.

Additional time may be required, this is up to the individual team.

Maude Shows are Mondays, 9:30pm

Since Maude Teams have to be available Mondays for shows, it is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED that Maude Teams make Mondays one of their Writers Meetings/Actor Rehearsal days. This will make your lives easier.

Maude Tech Rehearsals are generally scheduled Thursdays after Cage Match, and Sunday’s during the day (if available), or after Asssscat. Teams are allotted 2 hours (MAX) for Tech Rehearsal.

Late Night rehearsals (besides Techs) are strongly discouraged. Actors/Writers have a low level of energy and are not in peak condition late at night, so the work accomplished is sub par and this will affect the show.

WRITERS:

Writers must attend all Maude Team Meetings and rehearsals.

Writers must produce 1 new sketch every week.

Writers must rewrite sketches based on feedback from writers meetings.

Writers must provide feedback on other teammate’s material and be an active participant in the writer's room.

Writer will cast their sketch when it is approved by the director to be part of that month’s show.
(Director can overrule the casting decision)

Writer is responsible for coordinating all necessary props, costumes and set pieces that their sketch requires.

Material created by the writer belongs to them, even if they have accepted input from other writers, actors or the director.

Dual or Multi-authorship should only be addressed when more than one person actively created the idea or wrote/re-wrote the sketch. (e.g. if an actor creates a character and a sketch is written around that character).

If you miss too many meetings/rehearsals, the Artistic Director reserves the right to bench you or remove you from the team. You will be performing at the best comedy theatre in the world and we expect hard work and dedication.



ACTORS:

The following rehearsals/meetings are mandatory for the Actor to attend.
Pitch, Read Through/Actor Rehearsal, 2 Actor Rehearsals & Tech Rehearsal.

It is up to the individual team if Writers Meetings 1,2,3 are mandatory for the actor.

Actors should be prepared to attend the same amount of meetings as writers (all).

Actors must have a minimum of 1 character to pitch for themselves at each pitch meeting. There is no guarantee that your character will be chosen.

Actors will not pitch sketch ideas (premises). This is the writer’s job.

Actors will not pitch characters for other actors.

Actors must memorize lines in a timely manner. An Actor’s job is to give a polished professional performance.

Actors will work with writers on character ideas. You will not write alone or with other actors. We only encourage actor collaboration with writers.

If you miss too many meetings/rehearsals, the Artistic Director reserves the right to bench you or remove you from the team. You will be performing at the best comedy theatre in the world and we expect hard work and dedication.


Writers/Actors: (RARE)

Responsible for everything a writer or actor would be responsible for.

May cast themselves in their sketches, but they must be willing to accept guidance on casting from the Director.

Must consistently write material for other actors on the team, not just themselves.

ALL MEMBERS

Responsible for paying monthly dues on time. These dues cover the cost of room rentals and Directors fee. Failure to pay dues on time can result in removal from the team.

Responsible for the promotion of the shows.


HOW TO SUBMIT:

WRITER SUBMISSIONS:

Requirements:

1) Approved for Advanced Study Writing Courses at The UCBT Training Center by October 1st, 2016

AND

2) You must have taken a UCB class (improv or sketch) in the last year (completed by 10/1/16) or are able to demonstrate your involvement with sketch comedy in that time frame. (Running Show at UCBT or other theatre, indy sketch group, name and dates of any of these shows will help confirm).

OR

3) If you have ever been a writer on a Maude, Digital or Beta Team at UCB in NY or LA, you are eligible to submit as a Writer.

If you are not willing to comply with the Maude Team Writer’s responsibilities, Do Not Submit.

Maude Team members are expected to make Maude a priority, committing 100 percent to all requirements.

Commitments with other UCBT house teams (Harold/Lloyd/Characters/Digital/Tour Co) or at other theatres are NOT excuses for missing meetings/rehearsals or shows.

If you miss too many rehearsals, the Artistic Director reserves the right to bench or remove you from the team. You will be writing for the best comedy theatre in the world and we expect hard work and dedication.

If you have too many commitments in life and your conflicts will cause your team to meet late at night to accommodate you, you should reconsider before making a commitment to Maude.

Late Night rehearsals are strongly discouraged. Actors/Writers/Directors have a low level of energy and are not in peak condition, so the work accomplished is sub par.


SUBMISSION:

This year’s writer submission will be a BLIND PROCESS

Writer submissions will consist of:
Cover Page that lists the following.
Name
Email address
UCBT Sketch Classes (Teacher/Level)
List proof of being involved in sketch comedy the past year (if you have not taken a UCB class in the past year)
Names of Sketches in the order they appear in the packet
One Paragraph: Why you want to be on a Maude Team
One Sentence: What your career goal is as a writer (outside of UCBT).

Submit the following Sketches (Your name should not be listed on these)
One (1) Character-based sketch
One (1) Topical Sketch (Relevant between Sept. 1, 2016 - October 1, 2016*)
One (1) A sketch of your choice
One (1) A Blackout sketch.
Grand Total: 3 Sketches & 1 Blackout
If you do not know what a blackout sketch is, look it up! Sometimes we have to figure out life on our own. All Sketches should be for STAGE. Do not submit video scripts.
*You probably should not write your sketch on October 1st.
Your Name Should NOT be listed on these sketches
Individual Sketches can not exceed 4 pages. So your packet should be 13 pages or less.

If your packet is longer than 13 pages, it will not considered. No exceptions.

Staple the 3 sketches & Blackout together.
Paper clip your Cover letter to the 3 sketches and blackout
Place in a sealed 8x11 manilla envelope. Do not write your name on the envelope.
Submissions must be dropped off at the UCBT Training Center, 520 8th Avenue, 9th floor. There will be a box at the Reception Desk labeled “Maude Night Writer Submissions”

Your name should only be listed on the Cover Page, NOWHERE ELSE. If you put your name anywhere on your sketches, you will be disqualified.

Submissions will be accepted from Thursday, September 22nd, 9am until Saturday, October 1st, 1pm. At UCBT Training Center

Submissions will not be accepted after October 1st, 1pm. No exceptions will be made.

BLIND PROCESS:
The blind submission process allows the writing submission reviewers to make an unbiased decision on the work submitted. Omitting your name from the sketches allows this to happen.

Once all submissions have been reviewed by the Artistic Director and a committee of Sketch Teachers and trusted UCBT Community members, the Artistic Director will consult teacher recommendations. The Artistic Director values teachers thoughts on sketch students since they have had personal experience and interaction with them in the classroom.

All final decisions are made by the Artistic Director.


ACTOR SUBMISSIONS:

REQUIREMENTS:

1) Completion of at least two UCB core classes -- Sketch, Improv or Character.
(Improv 101, 201, Sketch 101, 201, Character 101, 201)

AND

2) Have completed one UCB class (Not Workshop) in the last year (between September 15th, 2015 and September 15th, 2016) OR are able to demonstrate your involvement in Sketch Comedy in that time frame.

OR

If you have ever been a performer on a Maude, Harold, Lloyd, Character or Digital (Beta) team at UCBT in NY or LA, you are eligible to submit.

If you are not willing to comply with the Maude Team Actor’s responsibilities, Do Not Submit.

Maude Team members are expected to make Maude a priority, committing 100 percent to all requirements.

Commitments with other UCBT house teams (Harold/Lloyd/Characters/Digital) or at other theatres are NOT excuses for missing meetings/rehearsals or shows.

If you miss too many rehearsals, the Artistic Director reserves the right to bench you or remove you from the team. You will be performing at the best comedy theatre in the world and we expect hard work and dedication.

If you have too many commitments in life and your conflicts will cause your team to meet late at night to accommodate you, you should reconsider before making a commitment to Maude.

Late Night rehearsals are strongly discouraged. Actors/Writers have a low level of energy and are not in peak condition, so the work accomplished is sub par.


SUBMISSION:
If you are interested in being considered to be an Actor on a Maude Team you should FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM https://goo.gl/forms/7uHHqANQrXMHDphc2

IT WILL ASK FOR:

Name
Email Address
Link to Video submission (unlisted or public)
How you are eligible to submit
To prove eligibility if necessary
One Paragraph: Why you want to be on a Maude Team
One Sentence: What is your career goal outside of UCBT
Link to Headshot
Link to Resume
Video Submission should be 2-3 Minutes (no longer) and contain footage that shows off your skills. It can be a reel, a sketch video, webcam monologue or character performance. The video does not have to be professionally edited, bells and whistles not necessary. Material can be written by you or someone else. Do what you think best shows that you would be a good Maude Actor. Videos longer than 3 minutes will not be watched and will disqualify you from consideration.

Actor Submissions are being accepted until Thursday, September 15th, 10pm EDT.

Late Submissions will not be accepted.
Give yourself time to edit and upload videos and deal with technical problems.
Submitting Late due to technical problems is not an excuse.
Any submissions received after the deadline will be denied.

ACTORS CHOSEN FOR FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS -
Will be notified by Tuesday, September 27th

ACTOR FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS - October 14th, 15th & 16th
Auditions will take place at the UCBT Training Center.
October 14th - 3pm-7pm
October 15th - 1pm-5pm
October 16th - 12pm-4pm
(times are subject to change)

These auditions will consist of a 3 minute live performance that showcases your comedic acting skills to the Artistic Director and audition committee.

ACTOR CALLBACKS - Friday November 4th and/or Saturday November 5th
November 4th TIME TBA
November 5th TIME TBA
Actors will be assigned 2 scenes that they will prepare and perform with another actor in the callback pool.


HOW TO SUBMIT ACTOR/WRITER
If you want to be considered for an Actor/Writer position, please make note of this on your writer submission cover page and actor submission.


MAUDE TEAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED By Friday, November 18th

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

Only answers from the Artistic Director Shannon O'Neill or Artistic Assistant Bridget Holmes are official answers.
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby louiearonowitz » Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:33 pm

Hi,

I have a question about writer submissions. If one hypothetically wanted to have a musical theater type element in a sketch, should they include a recording of the piece with the packet to give you a better idea of what it will be, as opposed to just lyrics on the page; as in, can I put a CD in with the packet, or is that a no-no?

Thanks so much!
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby SPO » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:19 pm

louiearonowitz wrote:Hi,

I have a question about writer submissions. If one hypothetically wanted to have a musical theater type element in a sketch, should they include a recording of the piece with the packet to give you a better idea of what it will be, as opposed to just lyrics on the page; as in, can I put a CD in with the packet, or is that a no-no?

Thanks so much!


Hi Louie,

Great Question! And the answer is, don't include a CD or anything else beyond the sketches. The packets are read by several people, and access to a CD player or ability to play a file or click a link while they are reading the packets are very unlikely.

Good Luck!
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby SPO » Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:20 pm

anamaria wrote:Hi Todd,
I was reading a Bob Odenkirk interview where he said "Sketch comedy is having a heyday now which is great. But it will end"
What do you personally think the next big 'thing' in comedy will be??


Hi anamaria,

I think you wanted to post this in another thread? If not, I'll start shouting Todd and tell the first Todd that responds to answer you. :)
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby amandacorday » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:38 pm

Hi Shannon and Bridget,

Will we receive an email or some type of confirmation that our submission was received?

Thanks!

-Amanda
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby SPO » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:28 pm

amandacorday wrote:Hi Shannon and Bridget,

Will we receive an email or some type of confirmation that our submission was received?

Thanks!

-Amanda


We do not send confirmations for submissions received.
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby DCPG696 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:24 pm

Hey Shannon and Bridget!

I am currently in my second core class, but will be finished with it by the first round of actor auditions. Is that acceptable for an actor submission?
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby SPO » Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:41 pm

DCPG696 wrote:Hey Shannon and Bridget!

I am currently in my second core class, but will be finished with it by the first round of actor auditions. Is that acceptable for an actor submission?


You are not eligible.

You have to have completed the 2 core classes by September 15th, when the submissions are due.
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby iamnotlukesand » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:14 pm

Hello!

If I were to apply as a Actor/Writer would my Actor application be due Sept 15th with a note on the cover page that I'd like to be an Actor/Writer, and then my writer application would be due October 1st?

Thanks very much!
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Re: Maude Team Auditions - Fall 2016

Postby SPO » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:17 pm

iamnotlukesand wrote:Hello!

If I were to apply as a Actor/Writer would my Actor application be due Sept 15th with a note on the cover page that I'd like to be an Actor/Writer, and then my writer application would be due October 1st?

Thanks very much!
Luke


Correct.

I'd suggest that on your cover letter you let me know if you are also open to being just a writer or just an actor.
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