Suggestions for a Great Audition

Auditioning for a role can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, with these tips and lots of practice, you can give an outstanding audition and can give you an opportunity to do what you love…perform.

Cripple of Inishmaan Production PhotoBEFORE THE AUDITION

  • Be sure to have a pen/pencil to fill out information sheets, etc.
  • Have at least 2 copies of your headshot and current resume stapled together. You will probably only need one, but sometimes they’ll ask for a second, especially if you’re being seen by a panel.
  • Read the script. At UW-L, most auditions are cold readings which means you need nothing prepared. However, the director does expect you to be familiar with the storyline and characters.
  • Have a copy of your schedule so that you can complete the “time conflict” form. This will include your classes, work or special events that may interfere with the rehearsal/production process.


  • Arrive early so that you have ample time to complete paperwork, review sides, etc. Sign in immediately.
  • Be prepared. An actor should always have a number of monologues ready. If you are given the sides in advance, be extremely familiar with them.
  • Dress appropriately. Clothes should be clean and presentable. You should also be able to move freely especially if the audition includes a dance routine.
  • As you enter the audition room, introduce yourself and present your headshots/resume. Make eye contact.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself on a personal and professional level. Be able to speak on your career aspirations, previous work experience, etc.
  • Immediately following your audition, thank the casting director and leave the room quietly.


  • Be positive and friendly.
  • Listen. Never interrupt the director.
  • Be engaged. Have questions or comments about the material if asked.
  • Be fearless. An audition is not a moment to ask permission. Don’t apologize for yourself or make excuses. If you mess up a line in your monologue, keep going.
  • Be polite. Do not linger after your audition.
  • Watch what you say and who you say it to.
  • Be aware of your posture. Body language reveals a great deal about what we think and feel. Stand up straight, shoulders back and be confident.