Preparing for an Audition

The audition process can be the most intimidating process for a performer. Even the most seasoned actors dread auditions. We are here to help you become more successful with your auditions. We may not get you the part, but if you follow our recommendations, you’ll feel more prepared in auditioning for your next show.

To start off, we highly recommend reading “Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part” by Michael Shurtleff. Mr. Shurtleff was the major casting director for producer David Merrick. During the casting process he would bring in to audition for the play’s director such new names as Elliott Gould, Barbra Streisand, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler and Jerry Orbach. He also worked with Bob Fosse on Pippin and Chicago, and Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar. Among the many Broadway productions on which he acted as casting director were 1776, The Apple Tree, and the original production of Chicago. He also acted as casting director on films, notably The Graduate and The Sound of Music.

Absolutely indispensable to any aspiring or even mildly ambitious actor. There is no book of which I am aware that gives such first-rate, clear-cut, no-nonsense advice.”
– Bob Fosse