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2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby MikeStill » Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:28 am

I’m excited to announce submissions for the 2015 UCB Theatre-LA Maude Teams!

Maude Night at UCB is THE premiere sketch comedy development program. It is where promising sketch comedy writers develop their unique voices and where comedic actors go from being good to being goddamned unbelievable.

I have been lucky enough to be involved on Maude Teams as an actor, as a director on both coasts, and now as UCB LA’s Artistic Director. But I watch Maude Night as a fan; it’s the best sketch comedy in Los Angeles.

Read all information carefully, as procedures and Maude policies have changed from previous auditions.

Owing to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot offer individual feedback on submissions.

If you have questions please post them in the “2015 UCB LA Maude Night Submissions” thread on the UCBComedy Forums (boards.ucbcomedy.com) so we can answer all questions in one place. Do not ask UCB staff members questions regarding auditions/submissions.

Submissions for Writers and Actors will be accepted until 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015.

We cannot accept any submissions after the deadline, so spread the word to friends that submissions are now open.

Remember that we want you to do well. We love sketch comedy and are always excited to find new voices! Don’t try to showcase something that you think “UCB will like,” but you don’t find funny. You should be showcasing your best work, the things that make YOU laugh.

Good luck!

Mike Still
Artistic Director
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Los Angeles.

What is a Maude Team?

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 and six actors. A Maude Team Director, assigned by the Artistic Director, oversees the writing and production of a monthly sketch show.

THE SHOW

Each Maude Team creates a monthly sketch comedy show.

Maude Night is every Wednesday, 8:30pm at the UCB Theatre Sunset.

The goal of Maude Night is to replicate the competitive and professional atmosphere of a television writers room, while at the same time fostering a supportive, team-based environment that encourages members to create comedy at their highest potential. As such, Maude Night will consist of the best material created each month--writers are not guaranteed to have material performed in every show.

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. For first year Maude Teams, one sketch a month must be a revised sketch that has done well in previous shows.

The Artistic Director will assign a Director who functions as the head writer and authority in rehearsals and should be treated as such. Directors are responsible for creating the monthly line up of 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). To ensure that teams are exposed to different perspectives on sketch comedy, new teams will have at least two directors in their first year.

SCHEDULE

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

The following meetings are recommended for every Maude Team:
Pitch Meeting/2 Writers Meeting, 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 Tech tech rehearsals are always on the Wednesday of your show, between 12pm – 3pm, depending on when you are up on show night (first performing that night will have tech 12-1:30p, second will have 1:30-3p)

Late night rehearsals are strongly discouraged.

Maude rehearsal should not be “fit in” around your other obligations--it should be a centerpiece of your schedule and a high priority for team members.

TEAM MEMBERS EXPECTATIONS

Maude Team members are expected to make Maude a priority, committing one-hundred percent to all requirements.

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

It is perfectly acceptable to be on both a Maude Team and a Harold Team - but you must be able to meet the commitments of both teams without conflict.

Team Members are responsible for paying monthly dues on time. These dues generally cover the Director's fee. All team members, writers and actors, pay the same monthly dues. Failure to pay dues on time can result in removal from the team.

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

While Maude Night should be your major sketch comedy priority, we expect you to develop your voice and skills by remaining active in the UCB community at large, whether through “bit shows,” “workshop” shows like Not Too Shabby, creating Spanks, etc.

If you miss more than two meetings/rehearsals, the Artistic Director reserves the right to 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 EXPECTATIONS

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

Writer will cast their sketch in collaboration with their Director.

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).


ACTORS EXPECTATIONS

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

It is up to the individual team if Writers Meetings 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 must memorize lines as soon as a final draft is ready. 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 are not guaranteed that they will be featured every month, but remember that a skilled comedic actor can kill with small roles. On months where you are “light,” you are expected to support your team in any way that you can.

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


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 a 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. If there are enough qualified candidates who submit as writers and actors, we may create a team of Writer-Actors. This is by no means guaranteed, only if there are enough folks who GOT THE GOODS.

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) You must have completed UCB Sketch 201 by January 15, 2015 or are currently taking a UCB Sketch 201 that had it's first class in 2014.

AND

2) You must have taken a UCB class within the last year or are able to demonstrate your involvement in sketch comedy in that timeframe.

Also, if you have ever been on a Maude, Harold, or Digital (Beta) Team at UCB in Los Angeles or New York you are eligible to submit.

If you are unable or unwilling to adhere to the Maude Writer expectations as outlined in the above section, do not submit.

Submit the following Sketches:
One (1) Sketch of your choice
One (1) Character-based sketch
One (1) Topical sketch (relevant between Dec. 7, 2014 - Jan. 6, 2015)
One (1) Blackout sketch.

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

WRITER SUBMISSION PROCESS: TWO STEPS

STEP ONE:
Email your packet to lamaude@ucbcomedy.com by 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 as follows:

Subject line:
WRITER - Last Name, First Name (EX: WRITER - ASSANTE, ARMAND)

Body of Email:
-Sketch of Choice: Title
-Character Sketch: Title
-Topical Sketch: Title
-Blackout Sketch: Title

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

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.PDF EX: ASSANTE_ARMAND.PDF.

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

STEP TWO:

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

-Name
-Email
-Phone Number
-Your UCB Training Center class experience across all subjects. Class/Teacher/Date.
-A link to Professional Resume
-In less than 100 words explain your experience with sketch comedy.
-Optional: Two links to videos/projects/essays you wrote on.
-In 50 words or less, why do you want to be on a UCB Maude team?
-In 50 words or less, what is your career goal outside of UCB?
-Briefly, what is the hardest you've ever laughed while watching a sketch?

Fill out this form by 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PBQ4bw ... 4/viewform


ACTOR REQUIREMENTS:

We are interested in actors who are actively involved in creating comedy.

To be considered for an actor on a Maude Team:

1) You must have completed at least two UCB classes--Sketch, Improv or Character--at any point.

AND

2) Have enrolled in one UCB class within the last year OR are able to demonstrate your involvement in sketch comedy in that timeframe.

Also, if you have ever been on a Maude, Harold, or Digital (Beta) Team at UCB in Los Angeles or New York you are eligible to submit.

If you are not willing to comply with the Maude Team Actor’s responsibilities, do not submit.


ACTOR SUBMISSION PROCESS:

The 2015 Maude actor auditions will consist of three rounds:
1) Video audition of your material.
2) Solo live audition of your material.
3) Callback where you will perform a scene we assign with another person.

ROUND ONE: Video Submissions

Your video should consist of a single shot between two (2) and three (3) minutes in length.

Videos with cuts or edits will not be considered. Likewise, videos longer than three minutes will automatically be discounted.

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

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).

Show us your RANGE.

You are welcome to use a lower titler 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
-Class experience at UCB.
-Link to Video Audition
-Link to two other sketches/reel (optional)
-Link to Headshot
-Link to Acting Resume
-100 words or less description of your previous sketch comedy experience
-In less than 50 words, what is your career goal outside of UCB?
-In less than 50 words, why do you want to be on a UCB Maude team?
-Briefly, what is the hardest you've ever laughed while watching a sketch?

Fill out this form by 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CrB-Lb ... w/viewform

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Give yourself time to edit and upload videos and deal with technical problems, as submitting late due to technical problems is not an excuse.

ROUND TWO: LIVE AUDITIONS

Actors chosen for live auditions will be notified by Monday, January 12th

ACTOR LIVE AUDITIONS - January 15th and 16th
Auditions will take place at the UCB-LA Training Center (5419 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90027)

Thursday, January 15th – 5pm – 11p
Friday, January 16th – 5pm – 11p

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

While in the video auditions we want to see RANGE, in the Live Auditions we will want to see DEPTH. We ask for no more than two or three characters in your allotted time.

ROUND THREE: CALLBACKS

ACTOR CALLBACKS – Sunday, January 18th
Auditions will take place at the UCB-LA Training Center (5419 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90027)

Sunday, January 18th TIME TBD

This is the only day we will be having callbacks.

Actors will be assigned 2 scenes that they will prepare and perform with another actor in the callback pool. You are not expected to have your callback scene memorized, but you should show us that you can make funny comedic choices that showcase the game of the scene.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING IN THIS SUBMISSION INFO DUMP, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND ASK IN THIS FORUM.

NOW GO FORTH AND MAKE COMEDY!
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby bsounalath » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:06 am

What's a blackout sketch? It wasn't covered in either of my sketch classes at UCB. Thanks!
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby stindavison » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:42 pm

Hi Mike,

Is there anyway that we can be considered as a writer if we are currently in a sketch 201 class that ends a week or two after the January 15th date?


Thanks,
Austin
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby MikeStill » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:46 pm

Blackout sketches are short sketches, often one page or less, that usually have one joke, hit it, and get outta there. It's a realm of puns, sight gags, cultural references, quick observational comedy - often, a blackout is born when you can't craft a fully-fleshed out game but there's still something that makes you laugh.
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby Jcdenton202000 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:23 pm

I'd like to submit to Maude but I haven't taken a sketch class with UCB within the last year. I have, however, done my own sketch comedy webseries so I was curious if I would still be eligible. Thanks.
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby MikeStill » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:22 pm

Hey Austin, we are revising the requirements so that you are eligible to submit for a writer if you have finished 201 or "Currently in a 201 that started (had it's first class) in 2014."

Jcdenton202000: Sorry, you must have taken Sketch 201 to submit as a Maude writer.
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby jess » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:52 pm

For packets, can sketches be video sketches (in addition to the type of sketch required)? ie. a topical video sketch
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby Jcdenton202000 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:42 pm

MikeStill, I've taken Sketch 201 already. I just haven't taken it in the last year. I took in 2013. According to the guidelines it says:

2) Have enrolled in one UCB class within the last year OR are able to demonstrate your involvement in sketch comedy in that timeframe.

Does having your own comedic troupe and/or webseries within the last year constitute involvement in sketch comedy in that timeframe?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby lindseymbarrow » Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:16 pm

Mike,
99 % of my characters are wacky guys with boners. This is a GREAT reveal in video format, but I'm not sure it will translate to stage. My question is, if we make it past the first round of auditions, should we anticipate doing different characters from our videos, on stage? Or, is this process to anticipate how these same characters read on stage?
Thanks!
-LB

ps - NO ONE BETTER TAKE MY WACKY GUYS WITH BONERS CHARACTERS
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Re: 2015 Maude Team Submissions - Los Angeles

Postby captainjapan » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:56 pm

Hi,

How long is one expected to commit to a Maude team? For example, should I still submit if immigration is forcing me to leave the country at the end of March?

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