UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions


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UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:57 am

MAUDE TEAM AUDITIONS FALL 2018

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 Hell’s Kitchen 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 (it’s a first draft, not perfect draft).

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.

The 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)

The writer is responsible for coordinating all necessary props, costumes and set pieces that their sketch requires. It is not mandatory to purchase props, there are facebook groups for borrowing props and miming props is also allowed.

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 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). I encourage this! In many sketch writing TV jobs, collaboration is a MUST and that goes beyond pitching alt lines in the writer's room.

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 3 pitches at each pitch meeting, with a strong emphasis on their own original characters. There is no guarantee that your pitches will be chosen. If a writer chooses your pitch, they may write it up themselves or invite you to collaborate. That is up to the writer. You must attend the pitch meeting to pitch (emailed pitches are not allowed).

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 show.

HOW TO SUBMIT

WRITER SUBMISSIONS:

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

1. A) Applied and approved for Advanced Study Writing Courses at The UCBT Training Center by October 1st, 2018

B) You must have taken a UCB class (improv, sketch, or character) in the last 2 years (completed by 10/1/18)

C) You must demonstrate your involvement with sketch comedy in the past year (October 2017-October 2018) (Running Show at UCBT or another 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)
Date your Advanced Study Writing application was approved
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)
A 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, 2018 - October 1, 2018*)
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.
Paperclip your Cover letter to the 3 sketches, blackout & pitch page.
Place in a closed 8x11 manilla envelope (clasp preferred, we’d like to reuse folders to avoid making waste). 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 Thursday, September 20th, 9am until Monday, October 1st, 5pm. At The UCB 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 hive 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:

You must have completed at least two of UCB’s core classes - Sketch, Improv, or Character (Improv 101, 201, Sketch 101, 201, Character 101, 201).

In addition, you must meet one of the following supplemental requirements:

Completion of one Multi-week UCB class (Not Workshop) in the last 2 years (between September 15th, 2016 and September 15th, 2018)
You are able to demonstrate your involvement in Sketch Comedy in the PAST YEAR (September 15th, 2017-September 15th, 2018).
You have ever been a performer on a Maude, Harold, Lloyd, Character or Digital team at UCBT in NY or LA

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/lqMa1J8DtvITAs5f2

IT WILL ASK FOR:

Name
Email Address
Link to Video submission (unlisted or public, no passwords. Youtube preferred)
Your completion of 2 UCB core classes
Your second eligibility qualification
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. The material can be written by you or someone else. Do what you think best shows that you would be a good Maude Actor. Do not submit the same submission video as a previous year. 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 14th, 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, October 3rd.

ACTOR FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS - October 20th and/or October 21st
Auditions will take place at the UCB Training Center.
October 20th - 1pm-7pm
October 21st - 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 10th and/or Sunday, November 11th
November 10th - TIME TBA
November 11th - 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 19th


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

Only answers from the Artistic Director or Artistic Assistant are official answers.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby julypost » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:47 pm

Does a DCM Characters Workshop taken in the last two years count as a class taken in the last two years? Thank you.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby Boostlav » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:02 pm

If granted a first round audition, will actors be able to choose an audition date (10/20 or 10/21)? Or will actors need to be available for both dates just in case?

Thanks!
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:15 pm

julypost wrote:Does a DCM Characters Workshop taken in the last two years count as a class taken in the last two years? Thank you.


Hi Julypost,

A Workshop is not the same as a Class, so the answer is no.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:20 pm

Boostlav wrote:If granted a first round audition, will actors be able to choose an audition date (10/20 or 10/21)? Or will actors need to be available for both dates just in case?

Thanks!


You should be available for both dates, if you get a callback and your availability is limited, there is a chance we will not be able to offer you a slot. This should not deter you from submitting. We'd rather you submit and not be available so you can gain experience via the audition process.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby snowmonk » Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:48 pm

Hi, all.

In regards to the writer requirements, if you've been approved for Advanced Study for sketch, are you approved forever or does it expire?

The main reason I ask is that I was approved more than two years ago and thought we were always approved, but I was recently unable to sign up for an Advanced Sketch Writing Class because it had been more than two years since I'd taken one.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby celluloidsimple » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:00 pm

I had a question and was wondering if you could help. I was curious about the requirements for writers regarding the following:

C) You must demonstrate your involvement with sketch comedy in the past year (October 2017-October 2018) (Running Show at UCBT or another 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.


I've been doing video sketch for quite a bit (I have the videos I can send with release dates. It stars some UCB talent if that helps). I used to have some stage shows but have taken the year to focus on filmmaking. I also have some commercial work I directed that has comedians that I can send as well. Finally, I did a bit show that was half written / half improv at UCB Hell's Kitchen. Are those things enough to count? I could get reference too if that works. Thank you for your help.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby angel123 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:21 pm

Hello!

I wanted to submit an audition tape to be an actor on Maude. In order to submit it says you must have 101 & 201 of Improv, sketch or character. If I’ve done all four levels of improv recently and I’m now currently enrolled in sketch 101, would I be allowed to submit a tape? I’m also planning on taking sketch 201 soon.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:21 pm

snowmonk wrote:Hi, all.

In regards to the writer requirements, if you've been approved for Advanced Study for sketch, are you approved forever or does it expire?

The main reason I ask is that I was approved more than two years ago and thought we were always approved, but I was recently unable to sign up for an Advanced Sketch Writing Class because it had been more than two years since I'd taken one.



For Maude writer Submission requirements it does not matter when you were approved for advanced study.
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Re: UCBTNY Announces Fall 2018 Maude Team Auditions

Postby SPO » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:26 pm

celluloidsimple wrote:I had a question and was wondering if you could help. I was curious about the requirements for writers regarding the following:

C) You must demonstrate your involvement with sketch comedy in the past year (October 2017-October 2018) (Running Show at UCBT or another 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.


I've been doing video sketch for quite a bit (I have the videos I can send with release dates. It stars some UCB talent if that helps). I used to have some stage shows but have taken the year to focus on filmmaking. I also have some commercial work I directed that has comedians that I can send as well. Finally, I did a bit show that was half written / half improv at UCB Hell's Kitchen. Are those things enough to count? I could get reference too if that works. Thank you for your help.


The answer is in the requirement "You must demonstrate your involvement with sketch comedy in the past year (October 2017-October 2018)" Supply sufficient proof of this and your packet will be read. Do to the high-volume of submissions, we are not able to individual pre-approve what is "proof' and what isn't.
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