Open Auditions for WNY Locals this May

Open Auditions for WNY Locals this May

Do you want to perform off-Broadway this summer? Are you from the Western New York area? We're hosting open auditions specifically for local high school and college students this May!

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in Auditions  

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Done Is Better Than Perfect

Done Is Better Than Perfect

You’ve spent weeks preparing your application (or, you know, an hour if you read our blog post on Five NTSA Applications That Can Be Completed in 60 Minutes or Less — we don’t judge!). You’ve rewatched your audition video or re-read your statement thousands of times. Not only that, you’ve shown it to your parents, your teachers, your classmates, and your dog (who didn’t offer any useful criticism). But you still can’t bring yourself to hit that submit button, and the clock’s ticking down the minutes until the application deadline.

Posted on Mar 04, 2018 in Auditions  

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Tips for Creating a Quick and Dirty Devised Monologue

Tips for Creating a Quick and Dirty Devised Monologue

If you’ve read our previous blog entries about creating a devised monologue, you might be wondering: “But how can I make one of these by myself in my bedroom with only my laptop?” We’ve received some fantastic audition videos for our devised production that have been filmed by students sitting at their desks, recording their monologue on their laptop webcam. Here’s what to remember if you’re going this route.

Posted on Mar 02, 2018 in Auditions  

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A Step-by-Step Guide to How to Prep Your Audition Song

A Step-by-Step Guide to How to Prep Your Audition Song

We’re coming down to the NTSA admissions deadline, and if you’re applying as a musical theatre actor, you might be wondering: “How do I get started?” Maybe you already have a song that you really like (check out our blog post on how to choose your audition song) but don’t know how to ensure that you’re delivering the best audition performance possible. We’ve created a step-by-step guide to how to prep your audition song, featuring “Candy Store” from Heathers.

Posted on Feb 27, 2018 in Auditions  

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Five Tips for What to Wear to an Audition

Five Tips for What to Wear to an Audition

One of the questions that we get asked most frequently is what to wear to an audition — mostly from students who are applying to BFA programs and performing arts high schools. Do you want to look professional? Or should you aim for comfort above everything else? We have all the answers you need to look your best on audition day!

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 in Auditions  

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Scholarships Available for Previous Jimmy (and Regional) Award Nominees

Scholarships Available for Previous Jimmy (and Regional) Award Nominees

If you were previously nominated for a Jimmy Award, then you can attend NTSA for free this summer! Thanks to a generous donor, we’re now able to offer full scholarships to any previous Jimmy nominees who are accepted to NTSA. We’ve never missed a Jimmy Awards ceremony (Marla Louissaint [NTSA ’14] nabbed her own statuette back in 2015!), and therefore we’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to all of the high school and college students who've represented their regions at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in Auditions  Financial Aid  

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Creating a Chair Duet for Your Devised Audition

Creating a Chair Duet for Your Devised Audition

If you’re auditioning for NTSA’s devised production, you might want to consider creating a chair duet. If you’re feeling nervous or uninspired, this will allow you to create work alongside one of your friends. It’s also as simple as stringing a few simple movements together. NOTE: NTSA does require something slightly different than Frantic Assembly’s exercise. While you can create a chair duet with a friend, you will need to add in a story.

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 in Auditions  

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Bad Case of Stage Fright?: Try a Duet (or Group) Video Audition

Bad Case of Stage Fright?: Try a Duet (or Group) Video Audition

Are you struggling to complete the video audition section of the NTSA application? You might want to consider doing a duet video audition.

What’s a duet video audition?

A duet video audition is exactly what it sounds like. You get together with your best friend (or even best friends — no more than four in an audition group please) and you record your video audition together.

Posted on Jan 29, 2018 in Auditions  

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Five NTSA Applications that Can Be Completed in 60 Minutes or Less

Five NTSA Applications that Can Be Completed in 60 Minutes or Less

You really want to audition for NTSA! But you’re in the middle of your high school musical, and you spent the past month studying for the SATs, and you just haven’t been able to get something together and . . . well, it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year. Not so fast! Today, we’re going through five NTSA applications that you can complete in 60 minutes or less. (We promise!) So if this school year has been too hard for words, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Posted on Jan 20, 2018 in Auditions  

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Putting Yourself Out There: Mere Exposure Effect and the Psychology of Auditions

Putting Yourself Out There: Mere Exposure Effect and the Psychology of Auditions

I’ve received so many emails from young actors asking if they should go to an audition. “I’m feeling a little bit sick,” they tell me. “I don’t know if this is the right song for me. I don’t know if I’m experienced enough to work at this theatre. I haven’t had a voice lesson in a few weeks. I’ve been using a pre-recorded track for this piece, and they have a live accompanist at the auditions. I just don’t think that I’m going to do well enough.”

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Auditions  

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Sing-Along: Three Tips for the Assistant Music Director Application

Sing-Along: Three Tips for the Assistant Music Director Application

Nothing can make or break a musical like the music director. Every musical number hinges on her/his ability to interpret the script, teach the material, coach the performers, and manage the instrumentalists. Audiences come to a musical expecting to be blown away by gorgeous sweeping vocals. (There’s a reason why “Defying Gravity” is still going strong after over fifteen years.) If you’re considering a career in music direction, join NTSA’s team this summer as an assistant music director. Check out our top three tips for aspiring music directors and learn how to ace your application!

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Auditions  

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So You Think You Can Dance?: Three Tips for the Assistant Choreographer Application

So You Think You Can Dance?: Three Tips for the Assistant Choreographer Application

A fantastic choreographer can take a musical number from meh to OMG in just a few seconds. That’s why, at NTSA, we make sure that our assistant choreographers have extensive one-on-one mentoring and get tons of experience working with our ensembles. Here we have our top three tips for acing your assistant choreographer application. (Assistant Choreographers: You’re applying through the Director Track.) Dance on!

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 in Auditions  

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Pimp Your Prompt Book: Three Tips for Aspiring Stage Managers

Pimp Your Prompt Book: Three Tips for Aspiring Stage Managers

Over at NTSA, we love our stage managers (SMs). Armed with spike tape, pencils, and batteries, they keep all of our productions running smoothly. Our assistant stage managers (ASMs) frequently continue on with us to become SMs, and our SMs often branch out into other positions at NTSA like Company Manager, Production Manager, and even Co-Executive Director. Want to join the NTSA SM team? Here are some of our top tips on how to ace the application.

Posted on Dec 18, 2017 in Auditions  

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Three Reasons to Apply Early Decision

Three Reasons to Apply Early Decision

So you’re procrastinating. You see the NTSA Early Decision deadline approaching on your calendar and just shrug: Why do I need to apply early decision anyway? I’ll just get my application in by the regular decision deadline. Hold it right there. We’re here to give you three very good reasons why applying early decision is the way to go.

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in Auditions  

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How to Write Your Directorial Statement

How to Write Your Directorial Statement

One of NTSA's core beliefs is that high school and college students should be given the resources and support necessary to lead their own productions. This led us to create the NTSA Directors Program, which originally partnered with Carnegie Mellon's John Wells BFA Directing Program but, since 2015, has welcomed students from all educational institutions. Our Directors Program provides a clear pathway for students — taking them from first-time novices to full-fledged (and fully-paid) off-Broadway directors. If you’re interested in joining the NTSA Directors Program this summer, we have a few tips for writing your directorial statement.

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Auditions  

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Devised Monologue: Integrating Other Arts

Devised Monologue: Integrating Other Arts

Are you multi-talented? Like maybe you act, but you’re also an accomplished cellist? Or painter? Or folk singer? Or cheerleader? Or DJ? Or baton-spinning, fire-juggling, sword-swallowing figure skater? (If you’re the last one, you don’t even need to fill out the application. You’re accepted. Boom.) Devised theatre is the perfect art-form for integrating your other artistic talents into your performance work.

Posted on Nov 23, 2017 in Auditions  

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Devised Monologue

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Devised Monologue

If you’re an actor, you may be looking at our audition requirements and thinking: “What in the name of Stephen Sondheim is a devised monologue?” While devised theatre is incredibly popular in the United Kingdom, it hasn’t quite caught on in the United States the same way. So we’re here to give you a step-by-step process for how to create your devised monologue from the stimulus provided by NTSA.

Posted on Nov 21, 2017 in Auditions  

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Our Five Favorite Audition Songs For Male-Identifying People

Our Five Favorite Audition Songs For Male-Identifying People

Tired of belting out "This Is the Moment" for the nineteenth audition in a row? As we've previously mentioned, we don't have a Do Not Sing List at NTSA, but we understand if you're getting tired of the worn-out staples in your repertoire. So we’ve come up with a list of the five songs that we wish we heard more often in auditions. Sing on!

Posted on Nov 11, 2017 in Auditions  

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Our Five Favorite Audition Songs For Female-Identifying People

Our Five Favorite Audition Songs For Female-Identifying People

You’re sitting in the hallway outside of the audition room and all of a sudden, you hear it. The BFA candidate inside . . . is singing your audition song. While it’s not the worst thing that could happen, you worry about the judging panel comparing you to Whatsername. So we’ve come up with a list of the five songs that we wish we heard more often in auditions. Sing on!

Posted on Nov 08, 2017 in Auditions  

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Four Tips for Picking the Right Pop-Rock Audition Song

Four Tips for Picking the Right Pop-Rock Audition Song

You’ve spent years perfecting your “legit” tunes. Anything Goes? Try anything got it covered. But then you read those dreaded words on the audition notice: pop-rock song. The good news is that finding a pop-rock song is easy. They’re all over the radio after all. It’s picking the RIGHT pop-rock audition song that’s the hard part.

Posted on Nov 06, 2017 in Auditions  

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Renderings, Scale Models, and Light Plots, Oh My!: Four Tips for the Designer Application

Renderings, Scale Models, and Light Plots, Oh My!: Four Tips for the Designer Application

Are you the next Donyale Werle, Kevin Adams, or Darron L. West? (If you know who all of those artists are, we’re definitely speaking the same language!) If you want to design with NTSA this summer, check out our top four tips for completing the designer application below!

Posted on Nov 04, 2017 in Auditions  

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Mood Boards 101

Mood Boards 101

If you’re applying to be an Assistant Designer at NTSA, you may have noticed that your application requires a mood board. Today, we’re going to take you step-by-step through how to create a mood board for a hypothetical production.

Posted on Oct 31, 2017 in Auditions  

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Six Tips for Filming Your Video Audition

Six Tips for Filming Your Video Audition

After countless school plays, you feel like you’ve got this auditioning thing down. But then you read the NTSA application: VIDEO audition? What does that even mean?! Today, we’re sharing our top tips for making the most out of your video audition.

Posted on Oct 27, 2017 in Auditions  

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Three Kinds of Facebook Photos That Can Double as Headshots

Three Kinds of Facebook Photos That Can Double as Headshots

Think you need to spend a small fortune getting your headshot professionally taken for your NTSA application? Your perfect headshot might already be waiting for you in your Facebook account. You might not even have to take out your iPhone!

Posted on Oct 25, 2017 in Auditions  

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Writing Your Resume in Four Easy Steps

Writing Your Resume in Four Easy Steps

When you start filling out your NTSA application, one of the first questions asks you to upload your resume. “Wait a second!” you might be thinking, “I don’t have a resume!” You might not have one right now  — but you can create one in ten minutes or less using these simple steps.

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in Auditions  

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Five Websites for Getting Your Perfect Accompaniment Track

Five Websites for Getting Your Perfect Accompaniment Track

Maybe you have an accompanist at your high school — a music director, a vocal instructor, or just a friend who happens to be good on the piano. For the rest of us, when audition time rolls around, we need to find a pre-recorded accompaniment track. But where do you even start looking? Over at NTSA, we gathered up a list of the five best websites for finding accompaniment tracks (or having them custom-created for you).

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Auditions  

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Choosing Your Audition Song

Choosing Your Audition Song

Ready to get started on your NTSA audition video but don't know where to start? Katherine Steele's Theatre Thursdays on YouTube has some excellent advice! (And we have a few extra tips to help you make the most out of your NTSA audition video!)

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in Auditions  

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Are You The Ideal NTSA Applicant? Five Ways To Know

Are You The Ideal NTSA Applicant? Five Ways To Know

Unlike many summer theatre programs, NTSA is selective — meaning that we only accept students based on the application materials that they submit via our website. So how do you know if you have what it takes to make the cut? Here we have five ways to know if YOU are the ideal NTSA applicant.

Posted on Oct 05, 2017 in Auditions  

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