UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions


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UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:59 pm

***WRITER SUBMISSION START DATE HAS CHANGED TO FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd***

MAUDE TEAM AUDITIONS FALL 2017

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 5 writers & 6 actors. Some teams may have a member that serves as both actor and writer (This is rare). 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.

MAUDE TEAM PURPOSE: An opportunity to hone your skills as actors and writers. Writers participate in a simulation of a professional writers room. Taking notes from fellow writers and writing for the various voices on the team. Actors work with new scripts each month that are both written for them as well as challenge their range as a performer. While writers and actors have separate responsibilities it is important to work as a team (Collaboration!) to put on the best show possible.

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 20-30 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 Sundays 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. You must attend the pitch meeting to pitch a character (emailed pitches are not allowed).

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 promotion of the show.

HOW TO SUBMIT

WRITER SUBMISSIONS:

Requirements: You must meet either 1 (in entirety) or 2 to apply.

1. A) Approved for Advanced Study Writing Courses at The UCBT Training Center by October 1st, 2017

B) You must have taken a UCB class (improv or sketch) in the last 2 years (completed by 10/1/17) as well as demonstrate your involvement with sketch comedy in the past year (October 2016-October 2017) (Running Show at UCBT or other theatre, indie sketch group, name and dates of any of these shows will help confirm. Failure to provide sufficient proof will result in your packet not being read. The Artistic Director is a very good bullshit detector.

OR

2. If you have ever been a writer on a Maude, Digital or Beta Team or performer on Characters Welcome at UCBT 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/TourCo) 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
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)
Recognizable photo of yourself embedded in the cover letter at the bottom of the page. (do not attach a photo)

Submit the following Sketches (Your name should not be listed on these)
One (1) Character based sketch (Not a monologue)
One (1) Topical Sketch (Relevant between Sept. 1, 2017 - October 1, 2017*)
One (1) A sketch of your choice
One (1) A Blackout sketch.
Five (5) pitches for new sketches that have not been written or produced. Pitches should be less than 50 words and all be contained on one page.
Grand Total: 3 Sketches & 1 Blackout, 5 pitches (on 1 page)
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

Sketches should not exceed FOUR pages and need to be in standard script formatting. Do not submit co-written sketches. Solo written only.

If your packet is longer than 15 pages, it will not considered. No exceptions.

Staple the 3 sketches, blackout, and pitch page together. Order of Sketches and blackout do not matter, the Pitch Page should be last.
Paper clip your Cover letter to the 3 sketches, blackout & pitch page.
Place in a sealed 8x11 manilla envelope. Do not write your name on the envelope.

Submissions must be dropped off at the UCB 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 ***(DATE CHANGE)*** FRIDAY, September 22nd, 9AM until Sunday, October 1st, 5pm. At UCBT Training Center

Submissions will not be accepted after October 1st, 5pm. No exceptions will be made. Do not email asking for exceptions, it will only make the Mama Bear upset.

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 also 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:

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

B) Have completed one Multi-week UCB class (Not Workshop) in the last 2 years (between September 15th, 2015 and September 15th, 2017) OR are able to demonstrate your involvement in Sketch Comedy in the PAST YEAR (September 15th, 2016-September 15th, 2017).

OR

2. If you have ever been a performer on a Maude, Harold, Lloyd, Character or Digital 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/TourCo) 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 or copy and paste this link https://goo.gl/forms/bORrkVQXYczz8Nnp2

IT WILL ASK FOR:

Name
Email Address
Link to Video submission (unlisted or public, no passwords. Youtube preferred)
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 consist of 3-5 characters performed by you. The video does not have to be professionally edited, bells and whistles are not necessary. The Characters performed can be in front of an audience, or just for this submission. 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. If your video is 3:01 - it won’t be watched! This is a lesson in following directions!

Actor Submissions will be accepted until Friday, September 15th, 5 PM 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 Wednesday, September 27th

ACTOR FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS - October 14th, 15th
Auditions will take place at the UCB Training Center.
October 14th - 1pm-7pm
October 15th - 1pm-7pm
(Date & 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 - Saturday, November 4th and/or Sunday 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.
(Dates are subject to change)


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 Monday, November 20th


If you have any questions, please reread this post and search for your answer. If you do not see it, post below and we’ll be happy to answer them. DO NOT EMAIL THE UCBTNY ARTISTIC DEPARTMENT.


Only answers from the Artistic Director Shannon O’Neill or Artistic Assistant Bridget Holmes are official answers.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby derbypie » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:03 pm

Are clips from film projects accepted as part of the video submission or should they all be the straight to camera style if they are not live performances?
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby cwatkins » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:35 pm

Do UCB sketch classes meet your standards of involvement with sketch comedy if taken within the last year? Specifically Sketch 301 and its final show?

Thanks!
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:40 pm

derbypie wrote:Are clips from film projects accepted as part of the video submission or should they all be the straight to camera style if they are not live performances?


Straight to the camera character reel style, or live solo character performance.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:47 pm

cwatkins wrote:Do UCB sketch classes meet your standards of involvement with sketch comedy if taken within the last year? Specifically Sketch 301 and its final show?

Thanks!


Just so I can be as clear as possible with my answer, are you referring to submitting as a Writer or Actor?
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby Trabe » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:49 pm

Seeking clarification on the following:

"Video Submission should be 2-3 Minutes (no longer) and consist of 3-5 characters performed by you."

Is the 5-character maximum more of a suggestion or a strict limit? If the video is under 3 minutes, is it okay to pack in some extra characters?

Thanks.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby cwatkins » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:18 am

SPO wrote:
cwatkins wrote:Do UCB sketch classes meet your standards of involvement with sketch comedy if taken within the last year? Specifically Sketch 301 and its final show?

Thanks!


Just so I can be as clear as possible with my answer, are you referring to submitting as a Writer or Actor?



Submitting as a Writer. Thanks!
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:43 am

Trabe wrote:Seeking clarification on the following:

"Video Submission should be 2-3 Minutes (no longer) and consist of 3-5 characters performed by you."

Is the 5-character maximum more of a suggestion or a strict limit? If the video is under 3 minutes, is it okay to pack in some extra characters?

Thanks.


Minimum 3 Characters, Maximum 5 Characters.

Video should be 2-3 minutes. So, yes it can be under 3 minutes, but more than 2.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:51 am

cwatkins wrote:
SPO wrote:
cwatkins wrote:Do UCB sketch classes meet your standards of involvement with sketch comedy if taken within the last year? Specifically Sketch 301 and its final show?

Thanks!


Just so I can be as clear as possible with my answer, are you referring to submitting as a Writer or Actor?



Submitting as a Writer. Thanks!


A UCB Sketch Class meets the first part of the B) requirement. Involvement in sketch is the second part of the B) requirement. So you have to have been active in sketch comedy (practicing what you learned in class) outside of class in the past year.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2017 Maude Team Auditions

Postby beepbopboop » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:52 pm

For a writer submission:

After seeing that the character-based sketch has been clarified as not a monologue, I’m wondering if the sketch of your choice choice can be a character monologue. Or is a character monologue not considered a sketch / not wanted for any of this?
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