What is the "interview" about?
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 a collaborative process, meant for you as much as it's meant for us. We invite everyone new to Railtown to come in for an interview and this is the first step for anyone interested in studying with us.
Why do you interview?
The half hour set aside for your interview is meant to give you the 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'll have already chosen and fully prepared a brief, one to two-minute monologue of your choice from a published play: not from a film or tv show, not a poem, nor something you've written yourself. When you come in for your interview, you'll present your monologue on the Railtown stage. The instructor interviewing you will work your monologue with you and, while each instructor varies in their style, this will give you a clear sense of our overall philosophy and approach to The Work. This is dedicated time to give you a sample 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.
Can I audit a class?
Our interview process is for anyone who would like to take part in a class as a student, but our classes are not open to outside auditors. 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, suss out an instructor or "see what it's like". This is what the interview is for. Having said that, the instructor interviewing you might invite you to audit one of their classes. This is by invitation only, is solely up to the instructor's discretion, and depends on a variety of factors. An invitation to audit is not guaranteed and should not be expected.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews are scheduled every few weeks and are subject to availability. 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!