Auditions

We hold auditions for our full-time courses between November and June. The majority of our auditions are held in London, with some regional auditions for our BA Acting course. This gives you a chance to meet current students and to experience ArtsEd’s uniquely warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Auditions are generally held on Tuesdays or Thursdays. When you apply online, you can specify the date on which you would like to audition and we will do our best to accommodate your request. If we offer you a date, please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances, such as illness or an exam commitment.

BA/Level 6 Diploma - Acting
London November 2019 - April 2020
Dublin Wednesday 18 December 2019, 10am
Manchester Saturday 8 February 2020, 10am

First Audition

At ArtsEd, we believe that you cannot truly see a person’s potential from a two-minute monologue, which is why we make our audition process a full-day experience. You will have an opportunity to see the school in action and to ask current students any questions you might have.

For the audition, you must prepare two monologues, each lasting no longer than two minutes:

  • one monologue from a contemporary play written after 1980
  • one monologue from a classical play (preferably Shakespeare)

In addition to performing these pieces, you will participate in workshops in three disciplines: voice, movement and acting, held by tutors who teach on the course. It is important that you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

The final element of the audition day is an informal interview with a member of the teaching staff.

Regional auditions follow the same format, giving you an authentic insight into the course and life at ArtsEd.

All BA (Hons) and Diploma candidates will also be considered for the full-time Foundation Course during their audition day.

Recall

Approximately one week after the audition, you will be notified of the outcome of your audition day.

If you are offered a recall, you will be expected to present the same two monologues and a short duologue scene, which will be provided in advance. The duologue scene will be performed on camera and direction will be given. All recalls take place at ArtsEd in London.

A great way to get a feel for the training at ArtsEd is to watch some of our showreels or come along and see a production.

You may find the information in our Auditions Policy helpful.

BA/Level 6 Diploma - Musical Theatre
London November 2019 - April 2020
Dublin Wednesday 18 December 2019, 10am

At ArtsEd, we believe that you cannot truly see a person’s potential from a three-minute monologue or an extract from a song, which is why you will spend a few hours with us during your audition process. While you’re here, you will have the opportunity to see the school in action and to ask current students any questions you might have.

There are two stages to the audition for our BA/Diploma Musical Theatre. In Stage One, you will be assessed on your dancing and singing. If you are invited to stay for Stage Two auditions (held on the same day), you will have your acting skills assessed.

All BA (Hons) and Diploma candidates will also be considered for the full-time Foundation Course during their audition day.

Stage One

Dance

You will take part in a jazz class led by a senior member of ArtsEd and overseen by the Head of Dance or the Director of Musical Theatre.

Don’t worry if you haven’t danced before; all movements will be explained and demonstrated on the day. You will find it helpful to familiarise yourself in advance with basic dance terminology, such as plié and jeté, and to prepare yourself with daily stretches.

It is important to dress appropriately in fitted dance/sports attire with either soft jazz shoes, foot thongs or bare feet. ALL jewellery must be removed.

During this stage of the audition, we will be looking for the following:

  • how well you apply the techniques you are taught to the choreography
  • how well you learn, listen and respond to instructions
  • your acting through dance, i.e. the characterisation, expressiveness and creativity you bring to the routine

Singing

You need to prepare two musical theatre songs in full for the audition. For Stage One, you need to prepare a section from both songs, each lasting no longer than one minute.

  • Song One must be a ‘legit’ ballad, written no later than 1965 (e.g. ‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel)
  • Song Two must provide a contrast and be something you enjoy singing

Sheet music in the right key must be brought for both songs.

We want to hear YOUR voice, so please avoid songs which demand an extreme ‘character’ voice, e.g. ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ (Guys and Dolls) or ‘My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada’ (Avenue Q).

Stage Two

Around a quarter of auditionees will be invited to stay for Stage Two auditions.

Singing

You will be asked to perform your two prepared songs in full.

Acting

For Stage Two, you must also prepare and learn two monologues:

  • Monologue One: A Shakespeare speech, chosen from the list supplied once your audition date is confirmed
  • Monologue Two: A contemporary monologue by a British playwright written after 1990 (you will be expected to have read the play fully and to perform the monologue within the context of the piece)

Please use your natural accent regardless of the setting of the play.

Please choose material that you can relate to and that you find exciting.

Your Acting audition will be preceded by a short group workshop that will be similar to an actual ArtsEd BA class.

Interview

Each Stage Two candidate will have an interview with senior tutors.

Physical Check

You will also have a physical check for which you will need to wear shorts.

We aim to finish Stage Two by 5:30pm, but please be prepared to stay later if necessary.

You may find the information in our Auditions Policy helpful.

MA - Acting
London December 2019 - May 2020

At ArtsEd, we believe that you cannot truly see a person’s potential from a three-minute monologue or an extract from a song, which is why we make your audition process a full-day experience. You will have the opportunity to see the school in action, and to ask current students any questions you might have.

For the MA Acting auditions, you must prepare two monologues, each lasting no longer than two minutes:

  • one monologue from a classical play written before 1900
  • one contrasting monologue from a modern play written after 1980

You will be assessed on how well you understand the text, how clearly and fluently you perform, how connected you are, and how well you use vocal and physical skills.

If you have any problems with dyslexia or visual impairment, please inform an Audition Assistant on the day.

In addition to performing these pieces, candidates will participate in class work consisting of movement, voice and games with the course tutors, so please bring clothing suitable for floor exercises.

Full-time Foundation - Acting
London November 2019 - April 2020

Everyone who auditions for the BA (Hons) and Diploma Acting will also be considered for the full-time Foundation Course during their audition day.

We also hold auditions exclusively for the Foundation Course. For these, all candidates must prepare the following:

  • one monologue from a modern play written after 1980 (two minutes max.)
  • no more than ten lines from a Shakespeare play of your choosing

In addition to performing these pieces, candidates will participate in a workshop consisting of games and improvisations run by an Acting tutor. It is important that you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

You will also be asked to talk about why you are interested in drama school training.

In any one year, you may apply for both the BA Acting and the Foundation Course. However, if unsuccessful, you may not re-audition for either course until the next academic year.

Full-time Foundation - Musical Theatre
London January - April 2020

The audition process for our Musical Theatre Foundation Course is the same as for the BA/Diploma course. See above.

Everyone who auditions for the BA (Hons) and Diploma Acting will also be considered for the full-time Foundation Course during their audition day.

Part-time Foundation - Acting
London April - July 2020

All candidates must prepare the following:

  • one contemporary monologue from the last 40 years (two minutes max.)
  • one classical monologue (e.g. Shakespeare) (two minutes max.)

In addition to performing these pieces, candidates will participate in a workshop consisting of games and improvisations run by an Acting tutor. It is important that you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

Part-time Foundation - Musical Theatre
London March - June 2020

All candidates must prepare the following:

  • two songs of your choice (one song from a show, one modern song)
  • one monologue of your choice (two minutes max.)

In addition to performing these pieces, you will take part in a dance workshop during which you will be taught a routine. It is important that you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

Students from Outside the UK

The school welcomes applications from eligible candidates across the globe. The working language of the training is English, so you must be able to show evidence at the audition of an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Accessibility

Although our building is fully accessible for public performances, at present many of the teaching areas are not easily accessible for disabled users. We are taking active steps to improve this with our new build, which you can learn more about here. If you are a disabled applicant and are successful at audition, we will do our best to meet your access requirements and, before offering you a place, we will discuss how we might best support you during your training. After discussion, if the school regretfully feels it cannot provide adequate support and therefore is unable to offer you a place, we will explain why and advise you on alternative opportunities.

ArtsEd Audition Fee Waiver Scheme

Audition Fee £45 / €60 (non-refundable)

ArtsEd is dedicated to widening participation within the arts and has set up an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme as a means of encouraging applications from talented candidates who are deterred from applying by financial barriers.

If you would like to talk about your eligibility for a waiver, please get in touch with David Bumpstead at dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk. Waivers are only available to UK residents.