Deadline:  Online Applications must be submitted no later than December 14, 2018


Once an audition date and time is assigned, supplemental forms may be required from individual departments.  These forms will be e-mailed with your audition date and time assignment.  Please make sure your email address is complete and correct on your application.  All communication will be done electronically.

Theatre & Film Department- choose from one of the following

1. Acting

2. Film

3. Production/Design Theatre 

ACTING AUDITION:  Applicants should prepare two memorized, contrasting monologues no more than 90 seconds each (total time 3 minutes). Please select from a published play, NOT a poem or short story. Please DO NOT choose anything by Shakespeare. Contrast in the monologues can be demonstrated through the type of character or the material chosen such as serious/comedic, contemporary/classic, urban/rural, etc.

Applicants should find characters close to their own age and try to become familiar with the whole play from which the selection is taken. Do not use foreign dialects. Do not use props or wear costumes. For help locating material, browse our website or email the department chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adjudicators may interview applicants.  Applicants who pass the first round of auditions MAY be invited to attend a round of callback auditions where they will participate in improvisations and theatre games.  

FAQ:  Acting Auditions


Thank you for your interest in auditioning for GSA Film! We welcome students of all interests, ethnicities, gender identities, and experience levels. Each student interested in auditioning for the GSA Film track must, in addition to filling out all other required GSA paperwork and prerequisites, create a totally original short film to showcase their abilities and artistic potential. This short will be viewed at an in-person audition, where you will also be asked questions and have the opportunity to talk about your vision.

Film requirements:

  • 5 minutes or less, including credits
  • Your film must be inspired by a story, book, piece of art or music, or major theme/idea, which you should bring in and discuss at the audition
  • Your film can be any genre.
    (comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, coming of age, crime/mystery, documentary, etc)
  • Your film must have characters and tell a story.
  • Your film must have at least five different camera angles to help tell the story
    (example: over-the-shoulder, wide, closeup, aerial, medium, etc. -- see definitions below).
  • Your film should have some movement to help tell the story
    (dollying, pan, tracking shot--see definitions below)

What to avoid in your film:

  • Your film should not be a music video.
  • Your film should not be simply a montage, or slideshow of images/short videos.
  • Please avoid animation-only films. It may contain some animation but must also have filmed narrative.
  • Avoid just making a film of yourself talking to the camera or other similar vlog-style work. We’re training students to become filmmakers, not Youtube personalities.

Definitions & Overall Advice 

  • You do not have to shoot your film on expensive equipment. (Even Steven Soderbergh released a major motion picture in 2017 shot on a cell phone.) The most important thing is to capture your vision and creativity as a filmmaker and storyteller. If you have some experience editing, It can be edited on anything from iMovie to professional software like Premiere. If you don’t know how to edit, shoot your film in the sequence you want to tell the story--make sure each individual part is exactly what you want before you shoot the next part.
  • Your film can be provided as a Youtube or Vimeo link, or as a downloadable link via Google Drive/Dropbox/etc -- but we also recommend bringing a copy with you to your audition on a flash drive in MP4 or MOV format.
  • At auditions, be prepared to talk about why you are interested in becoming a better filmmaker, and what some of your inspirations are.

 Types of Camera Shots and Angles

  • Establishing Shot: Usually the first shot of a scene, this is used to establish the location and environment. It can also be used to illustrate the mood of the setting and give the audience visual clues regarding the time (night/day, year).
  • Medium Shot: Shows part of the subject in more detail. For a person, a medium shot typically frames them from about waist up. This is one of the most common shots seen in films, as it focuses on a character (or characters) in a scene while still showing some environment. 
  • Close-Up: Fills the screen with part of the subject, such as a person’s head/face. Framed this tightly, the emotions and reaction of a character dominate the scene.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Shot: A shot commonly used in a scene between two characters having a conversation. The subject is shot from behind the shoulder of another, framing the subject anywhere from a Medium to Close-Up.
  • Tracking Shot: Any shot where the camera moves alongside the subject it is recording. This shot often sets the scene and our character’s place in it. This can also serve as an Establishing Shot and is commonly associated with a Long Shot.
  • Pan: camera movement in which the camera scans the space or changes focus from one subject matter to another by pivoting in a single direction (left, right, up or down) in a scene.
  • High Angle (Bird’s Eye View): Subject is framed from above eye level. This can have the effect of making the subject seem vulnerable, weak, or frightened. 
  • Low Angle (Worm's Eye View): Subject is framed from below eye level. This can have the effect of making the subject look powerful, heroic, or dangerous. Film Terms and Techniques
  • Blocking:The arrangement of actors and props before the camera. Blocking also includes how the actors move around the set during the scene.

  • Lighting: The amount of light, the specific areas that are illuminated, the shadows, and the quality of light asin soft or harsh. The lighting can contribute to perception, meaning, and mood.

  • Cut: The point where one shot ends and the next begins. The cut is made by the film editor at the post-production stage of a film. The cut most commonly marks a rapid transition between one time and space and another, but depending on the nature of the cut it will have different meanings. 

  • Color Grading: The process of altering and enhancing the color in a video or film in post-production.

  • Composition: The arrangement of elements in a shot in relation to the frame of the image.

  • Rule of Thirds/ Nine Square Grid: A concept in film production of how a shot should be composed, in which the frame is divided into into nine imaginary sections. This creates reference points which act as guides for framing the image and gives cues as to where the actor should be placed with-in the frame.

  • Depth of Field: The range of distances from the camera within which the subject is in focus when a given lens or aperture is used. Shallow depth of field is used primarily to isolate the subject from its environment, so only the subject appears in focus. Contrastingly, a deep depth of field is used to keep everything in the scene visible and sharp.

  • Montage:"A single pictorial composition made by juxtaposing or superimposing many pictures or designs." In filmmaking, a montage is an editing technique in which shots are juxtaposed in an often fast-paced fashion that compresses time and conveys a lot of information in a relatively short period.


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Complete a Design/Tech Worksheet

Applicants must complete the design/tech worksheet and bring it with them to the audition/interview along with samples of their work such as sketches, painting, models, etc. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their interests and experiences as they relate to various aspects of technical theatre such as backstage crew, set construction, stage lighting,sound or stage management.


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