What is this "interview" thing all about anyway?
First, please allow us to clarify: This isn't an "audition", per se. You'll prepare a monologue and must be off book as you present it, but that's where the similarities end. The reason we call it an interview is because it's more of a collaborative process; meant for you as much as it's meant for us. We invite everyone new to the studio to come in for an interview and this is the first step for anyone interested in studying with us.
Why do you interview?
The 20 minutes set aside for your interview are meant to give you an opportunity to check out the studio for yourself, meet some of our staff and discuss your goals in training with one of our instructors. You can ask questions about any of our classes and the studio in general. You will have already chosen and prepared a brief, one to two-minute monologue from a published play of your choice (not from a film or tv show). When you come in for your interview, you'll present your monologue on the Railtown stage. The instructor interviewing you will work on your monologue with you and talk with you about it and, while each instructor varies in their style, this will give you a clear sense of our overall philosophy and approach to The Work. A taste of what class is like. This also ensures that the right class is recommended to you. We know each of our students' abilities well, in part because of this process. New and longterm alike, each and every student has interviewed in the same way. This is without exception and regardless of experience and resume, even while a resume can sometimes help give us a sense of where you're at. The entire interview usually takes around 20 minutes.
Can I audit a class?
Our interview process is for anyone who would like to take part in a class, but as a general rule, we are not an open-for-all-to-audit sort of studio. We put a lot of respect into the space for our students to work, to fail, to discover and to make mistakes. The dynamic of that space changes when someone not in the class is simply there to watch or "see what it's like". Having said that, the instructor interviewing you might invite you to audit. But this depends on a variety of factors, is solely up to the instructor's discretion, and is by invitation only. An invitation to audit should not be expected and is not guaranteed.
The best way to audit the work at Railtown Actors Studio is to attend the Presentations put on by some classes at the end of each semester, which sell out every time. More information is available on our Presentations page.
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If you wish to come in for an interview, please email us at email@example.com. Interviews are scheduled every few weeks over one or two days. Times are subject to availability and the number of other interviews on those days. When a date and time are offered to you, we ask that you plan accordingly to avoid cancellation.
We look forward to hearing from you!