Auditions & Interviews for Courses
All UC Berkeley students are invited to audition for TDPS acting and dance courses. If a disability-related accommodation is needed for a class audition, please contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at least one week prior to the start of the semester.
For students in DSP, please contact your DSP specialist well in advance of the audition so there is time for the accommodation process and notify the department to make arrangements. Please ask DSP to also send disability accommodation notices for auditions to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at least one week prior to the start of the semester.
Acting Courses Requiring An Audition
- Theater 10 — Fundamentals of Acting I
- Theater 109 — Fundamentals of Acting II
- Theater 110A — Intermediate Acting: Scene Study & Style
- Theater 110B — Intermediate Acting: Shakespeare
- Theater 111 — Advanced Acting Studio
Notes on Acting Course Auditions
- Acting students will not be able to enroll in these courses before the beginning of the semester. Instead, starting two weeks before classes begin, students will sign up via the TDPS Callboard for auditions which will be held at the beginning of the semester.
- Theater 109 requires at least one semester of college-level acting training (or equivalent experience) and each subsequent course in the series requires an additional semester of college-level training or experience. If you don’t know which acting level is appropriate, sign up for more than one audition.
- After the auditions, class lists will be posted on the TDPS Callboard. If you are accepted into the course, the instructor will give you the Permission Number needed for enrollment and you must then add the course. No one will be considered for these courses without an audition.
- For the audition, please prepare a one-minute speech from a play, film script, or a selection of prose. Memorization of the piece is strongly encouraged for Theater 10 and is required for all other classes.
- Auditions are not required for dance classes for Spring 2021. Students are expected to self-enroll in these classes based on their training/preparedness level.
- Students enrolling in Theater 141 are expected to have at least one full year or two semesters of beginning level modern/contemporary dance technique, Africana dance technique, or equivalent experience. They should have a basic understanding of getting into and out of the floor and be comfortable with improvisation and open to exploring their bodies through movement research.
- Students enrolling in Theater 142 are expected to have at least two full years or four semesters of modern/contemporary dance technique, Africana dance technique, or equivalent experience. They should be able to get into and out of the floor with ease and understand the mechanics of inversions. They should be comfortable utilizing modern dance terminology and forms. And, they should understand that their dancing bodies are an interrelated mix of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual ways of knowing the world.
- Please contact the instructor of the course directly with questions or clarifications.
Theater Courses Requiring An Interview
- Theater 112: Voice & Speech
- Theater 162: Fundamentals of Stage Directing
- Theater 163: Stage Directing
Notes on Theater Course Interviews
- All interested students must be interviewed by the instructor during the first week of the semester for admission into the course.
- Be prepared to talk about your interest in the course and any relevant experience.
- Interview sign-up forms will be available on the TDPS Callboard at least two weeks in advance.
- Admitted students will be given the Permission Numbers needed for enrollment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fundamentals of Acting Auditions ( Theater 10 / 109 )
How long should my monologue be?
One minute maximum. Be sure to time your piece—if you go over during the audition, you will be asked to stop.
Does it need to be memorized?
You have a much better chance of getting into a Theater 10 class if you memorize the selection. Memorization is required for Theater 109.
Any tips for selecting my monologue?
- Look for a speech from a play. Passages from other forms of literature, including poems, are not as strong.
- It is probably best for beginners to stick to contemporary pieces—generally pieces written after 1940.
- Avoid accents.
- Choose something you can relate to—probably in your general age range.
What are your tips for performing the monologue?
- Remember to breathe.
- Speak loudly and clearly enough for us to hear you.
- Imagine whomever you are speaking to is standing or sitting in front of you and speak to that imaginary person.
Any other ideas for how I can increase my chances of admittance into the course?
- Write your email address and name on the audition form legibly.
- You have a much better chance of getting into a class if you can indicate on the forms that you are available for more than one section.
If I have not yet taken Theater 10, can I audition for Theater 109 instead?
If you are trying to skip 10 and go into 109, you should have at least one semester of college-level acting training or equivalent acting experience. Your monologue will have to reveal that training and experience to help you gain access to the class. It is recommended that you do the entire acting sequence in order once you arrive at UC Berkeley as a freshman.
Intermediate/Advanced Acting Auditions (Theater 110A, 110B, 111)
When is each course taught?
110A is taught in fall. 110B is taught in spring.
What should I prepare for my 110A audition?
If you have taken 10 or 109, you may use your contemporary monologues from those classes. You need not use heightened language or classical monologues.
If you are trying to skip 10 or 109 and go into 110A in the fall, you should have at least two semesters of college-level acting training or equivalent acting experience. Your monologue will have to reveal that training and experience to help you gain access to the class.
What about requirements for 110B auditions?
If you are trying to skip 10 or 109 or 110A and go into 110B in the spring, you should have at least three semesters of college-level acting training and voice training or equivalent acting experience. Your monologue will have to reveal that training and experience to help you gain access to the class.
What if I am trying to skip 110B and go into 111?
If you are trying to skip 110B and go into 111, you should have a 60-90 second Shakespeare piece as well as your contemporary 60-second piece.
What if I am a transfer student?
Transfer students are encouraged to begin their training at the appropriate level based on their studies in Junior College. It is recommended that you do the entire acting sequence in order once you arrive at UCB as a Junior unless you have had two or more semesters of college-level acting training in your Junior College, or equivalent acting experience.
What is the ratio of people who audition and people who are admitted?
It varies greatly from semester to semester. Often many more students audition than we have space for, so placing everyone is not assured.
What if I don’t get in? Where do I go from there?
- Due to the large number of students who audition, it is not possible to get individual feedback from instructors holding the auditions. We strongly encourage you to try again the next semester.
- Don’t think of this as a wasted semester of training. Get involved in other TDPS classes that have a performance component. Audition for a TDPS Workshop or Main Stage production. Contact the film department for student film opportunities, or audition for an on-campus production sponsored by one of many student-run performance groups.
- If you would like to gain more experience off the UC Berkeley campus, organizations like Theater Bay Area offer audition preparation workshops, and many schools around the Bay Area offer theater classes one can sign up for. For an extensive list, please see the undergraduate advisor in 15 Dwinelle Hall.