Announcing: 2018 UCBTLA Maude Team Submissions!


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Announcing: 2018 UCBTLA Maude Team Submissions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:54 pm

Submissions for the 2018 UCBTLA Maude Teams are officially open!

Please read this in its entirety. All pertinent information should be answered below, so read thoroughly before asking questions.

***If you are submitting to be a writer we want three sketches and five pitches. If you are submitting to be an actor we want a 2 minute video of your best characters.***

***Only questions answered by the Artistic Director or Artistic Assistant on boards.ucbcomedy.com will be considered official answers.***

***Please do not ask questions about eligibility or auditions on Facebook groups, via email, or to any UCB Theatre or Training Center employees.***

***Owing to the high volume of submissions we receive, we cannot offer individual feedback on submissions.***

***SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT EXCEPTION POLICY -- PLEASE READ***
If you do not fulfill the below requirements but you still wish to submit/audition, you may fill out the Exception Request Form (https://goo.gl/forms/hlb5xl6WAihTIE4C2). The deadline to fill out the Exception Request Form is 10:00am January 2, 2018. If you are granted an exception, you will be notified by January 5, 2018 and, at that point, you can fill out the relevant submission form(s). Requests for exceptions in any other form (via email, boards.ucbcomedy.com, in person, etc.) will not be accepted.

Please do not fill out the regular submission form(s) unless/until you've been granted an exception. Filling out those forms before you've been granted an exception will jeopardize your chances of being on UCB house teams in the future.

Submissions for Actors will be accepted until 11:59pm on Monday, January 8th, 2017.

Submissions for Writers will be accepted until 11:59pm on Monday, January 8th, 2017.

We cannot accept any submissions after the deadline, so spread the word that submissions are now open and good luck!

Beth Appel
Artistic Director
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Los Angeles

WHAT ARE MAUDE TEAMS?

Maude Teams are UCB’s house sketch comedy teams. They are formed and overseen by the Artistic Director. Maude Teams generally consist of six writers, six actors, and a director who oversees the writing and production of a monthly sketch show.

Maude Night is every Wednesday at 8:30pm at UCB Sunset. Maude shows are 25-30 minutes and consist of new material written specifically for Maude Night, or rewritten material that previously made its debut on Maude Night but has been revised since its original performance.

Maude Teams are formed at the discretion of the UCBTLA Artistic Director in consultation with the Maude Committee, a collection of experienced directors, coaches, teachers and performers who love sketch comedy.

IN SUBMITTING TO BE A MAUDE WRITER AND/OR ACTOR, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING UCB MAUDE TEAM EXPECTATIONS:

Maude Teams are expected to put up shows featuring polished, funny, UCB-style, game-based sketch comedy.

Maude Teams must be a priority for team members. This is demonstrated by attending rehearsals and performances. Team members with a pattern of poor attendance or lateness will be removed. Commitments with other UCB house teams (Harold/Characters Welcome) or at other theatres are NOT excuses for missing meetings, rehearsals, or shows.

Maude Teams generally meet twice a week for writers meetings and rehearsals. A typical Maude schedule looks like this: Pitch Meeting, 2 Writers Meetings, 1 Read Through, 3 Rehearsals, 1 Tech Rehearsal, The Show. Additional time may be required, this is up to the individual team.

Maude Teams perform once a month on Wednesday at 8:30pm in the UCB Sunset theater.

Maude tech rehearsals are always on the Wednesday of your show, between 3pm and 6pm, depending on when you are up on show night (the first team performing that night will have tech 3pm-4:30pm, the second team will have 4:30pm-6pm).

Maude Teams will be assigned a director by the UCBTLA Artistic Director. Directors will be periodically rotated to expose team members to a variety of viewpoints. Team input will be considered in director assignment. Maude Team members compensate the director a reasonable coaching fee. This fee is set by a discussion between the director and the team.

Team Members are responsible for promotion of the show. Think beyond Facebook posts.

Every Maude Team member is expected to boldly bring his or her unique voice and sense of humor to shows.

As a team member, you are expected to perform at a high level and demonstrate commitment to improving, but you are NOT expected to be perfect. Team members must show they are open to notes from their director and the Artistic Director and willing to work at implementing those notes.

Maude Team members are expected to continuously develop their comedic voice through opportunities at UCB, including, but not limited to, sketch shows, bit shows, Not Too Shabby, Spanks and stand-up. Team members are encouraged to find new ways to express their unique comedic voice.

Writers are not guaranteed to have a sketch in every show and actors are not guaranteed to be featured every month. On months where actors and writers are “light,” they are expected to support their team in any way that they can.

WRITER EXPECTATIONS

Writers must attend all Maude Team meetings, rehearsals, and shows.

Writers must produce a minimum of one new sketch every week.

Writers must rewrite sketches based on feedback from writers meetings.

Writers must provide constructive feedback on other teammates' material and be an active participant in the writers' room.

Writers are the “producer” of their sketch, and 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).

ACTOR EXPECTATIONS

The following are mandatory for actors to attend: Pitch Meeting, Read Through, Rehearsals, Tech Rehearsal, Show.

It is up to the individual team if Writers Meetings are mandatory for the actor, so actors should be prepared to attend the same amount of meetings as writers (all).

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

Actors must memorize lines no later than the second rehearsal. An actor’s job is to give a polished professional performance, which is impossible to do if you are memorizing lines the day of the show.

Actors will work with writers on character ideas. Actors will not write alone or with other actors.

If you agree with these expectations, read on!

HOW TO SUBMIT

NOTE: You may submit to be a Maude writer and also audition to be a Maude actor. Submitting as a writer does not disqualify you from auditioning as an actor, or vice-versa. Nor does it gain you any advantage in either aspect. Please note that writers and actors will be evaluated separately, and that no writer/performer hybrid positions are guaranteed.

CURRENT MAUDE WRITERS AND ACTORS: If you are currently a writer, you are welcome to audition to be an actor. The same goes for actors who wish to submit as a writer.

Writer Requirements:

1) Approved for Advanced Study Sketch Writing before January 8th, 2018.

AND

2) Have taken a multi-week class at UCB (includes sketch, improv, storytelling or character) that had one or more sessions between January 1st, 2017 and January 8th, 2018 OR wrote a Spank show at UCB that "got a run" between Jan 2017-Jan 2018 OR have been on a sketch team that has won Sketch Showdown between Jan 2017-Jan 2018.

All current and former members of Harold, Maude, Characters Welcome, Digital, and Beta Teams at UCBTLA or UCBTNY are eligible to submit as a writer or as an actor.

If you are unable or unwilling to adhere to the UCB Maude Team Expectations as outlined above, do not submit.

WRITER SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Packet Content
Submit the following Sketches:

Two (2) Sketches of your choice
One (1) Topical sketch (relevant between Dec. 8, 2017 - Jan. 8, 2018).
Five (5) pitches for new sketches that have not been written or produced. Pitches should be less than 50 words each and all be contained on one page.

***ALL SKETCHES MUST BE NO LONGER THAN FOUR PAGES IN STANDARD SCRIPT FORMATTING.

***Please note that we cannot consider material you have co-written -- include only sketches you've written solo.

STEP ONE:
Email your packet to lamaude@ucbcomedy.com by 11:59pm on Monday, January 8th, 2018 formatted as follows:


Subject line:
WRITER 2018- LAST NAME, FIRST NAME (EX: WRITER 2018 - ROMAINE, REBECCA)

Body of Email:
-Sketch of Choice 1: Title
-Sketch of Choice 2: Title
-Topical Sketch: Title

Attach to email:

PDF version of writer packet with file named in this way:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME2018.PDF (EX: ROMAINE_REBECCA2018.PDF)

A single PDF should contain all sketches and pitches. DO NOT SEND FINAL DRAFT OR OTHER TYPES OF FILES.

STEP TWO:
Fill out this form by 11:59pm on Monday, January 8th, 2018: https://goo.gl/forms/OxezGtN9hZoGpGVv2

Late submissions will not be accepted. Submitting late due to technical problems is not an excuse.

Have answers to the following questions ready and fill out the Google Form below.

-Name
-Email
-Phone Number
-Answers to eligibility criteria.
-A link to Professional Resume
-A link to a recent photo of yourself
-Optional: A link to a video/project/essay you wrote on.
-In 50 words or less, why do you want to be on a UCB Maude team?
-What is the funniest sketch you've seen in the last year?
-Optional: Reference


Actor Requirements:

1) Must have completed at least two multi-week UCB classes (includes sketch, improv, storytelling or character) before January 8th, 2018.

AND

2) Have taken a multi-week class at UCB (includes sketch, improv, storytelling or character) that had one or more sessions between January 1st, 2017 and January 8th, 2018 OR performed in a Spank show at UCB that "got a run" from Jan 2017-Jan 2018 OR have been on a sketch team that has won Sketch Showdown between Jan 2017-Jan 2018.

All current and former members of Harold, Maude, Characters Welcome, Digital, and Beta Teams at UCBTLA or UCBTNY are eligible to submit as a writer or as an actor.

If you are unable or unwilling to adhere to the UCB Maude Team Expectations as outlined above, do not submit.

ACTOR SUBMISSION PROCESS:

The 2018 Maude actor auditions will consist of three rounds:
Round One-- Video audition of your material.
Round Two-- Solo live audition of your material.
Round Three-- Callback where you will perform two sketches we assign.

ROUND ONE: VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

Content Details:

Please show us your best characters and impressions, along with any other skills you'd like to show off (ie-- singing, physical comedy, popping and locking, etc).

Show us your range, show us what you think is funny and what makes you unique! We want to see characters that could be showcased on Maude Night... don't just read a phone book in a variety of accents (unless it’s super funny).

Technical Details:

Your video should consist of a single shot, two minutes in length. Videos with cuts or edits will not be considered. Likewise, videos longer than two minutes will automatically be discounted.

You are welcome to use a lower title to name your characters or you can announce your characters within your tape, or do neither!

Have this info ready before you fill out the Google Form below:

-Name
-Email
-Phone Number
-Answers to eligibility questions.
-Link to Video Audition
-Optional: Link to a video sketch or reel
-Link to Headshot
-In less than 50 words, why do you want to be on a UCB Maude team?
-What is the funniest sketch you've seen in the last year?
-Optional: Reference
-Your availability for live auditions on the weekends of February 2nd and February 9th.

Fill out this form by 11:59pm on Monday, January 8th, 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/1fvQk9o56VFA1Fnl2

Late submissions will not be accepted. Submitting late due to technical problems is not an excuse.

ROUND TWO: LIVE AUDITIONS

Actors chosen for live auditions will be notified at least a week before their live audition.

Live auditions will take place February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the Inner Sanctum @ UCBSunset (5419 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90027)

These auditions will consist of a 3 minute live performance for the Artistic Director and Maude Committee. The live audition should showcases your comedic acting skills. While in the video auditions we want to see RANGE, in the Live Auditions we will want to see DEPTH. We ask for two or three characters in your allotted time.

ROUND THREE: CALLBACKS

Callbacks will take place February 9th and 10th at the Inner Sanctum @ UCBSunset (5419 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90027)

Actors will be assigned two sketches that they will prepare and perform with another actor who has received a callback. You are expected to show us that you can make funny comedic choices that showcase the game of the sketch. Costumes are welcome, but not required.

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions, please ask in this forum. Only answers from the Artistic Director or Artistic Assistant should be considered “official” answers!
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Re: Announcing: 2018 UCBTLA Maude Team Submissions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:10 pm

Hi! Questions asked in other threads will not be answered.
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Re: Announcing: 2018 UCBTLA Maude Team Submissions!

Postby abc123 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:18 pm

Where the post says "Approved for Advanced Study Sketch Writing before January 8th, 2018," do approvals for advanced study sketch expire if we haven't taken a sketch class in the past two years? I fulfill the other requirement.

Thanks!
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Re: Announcing: 2018 UCBTLA Maude Team Submissions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:28 pm

abc123 wrote:Where the post says "Approved for Advanced Study Sketch Writing before January 8th, 2018," do approvals for advanced study sketch expire if we haven't taken a sketch class in the past two years? I fulfill the other requirement.

Thanks!

ANSWER: Please email lindsay@ucbcomedy.com to check your Advanced Study status.
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Re: Announcing: 2018 UCBTLA Maude Team Submissions!

Postby Geoff Ross » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:17 pm

On the save the date notice it said Characters Welcome members were eligible to submit as writers or as actors. On this post it does not. Are Characters Welcome members no longer eligible?
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Re: Announcing: 2018 UCBTLA Maude Team Submissions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:30 pm

Geoff Ross wrote:On the save the date notice it said Characters Welcome members were eligible to submit as writers or as actors. On this post it does not. Are Characters Welcome members no longer eligible?

ANSWER: Characters Welcome members ARE eligible to submit. Original post has been corrected to reflect this.
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