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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Thank you for your interest in applying to the LACHSA Theatre Department!  Please review the following requirements for applying to our department.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The requirements below are subject to change.

  • All auditions, callbacks and/or portfolio reviews will be done in person unless otherwise noted and are subject to change for health and/or safety guidelines. 

IMPORTANT DATES

January 13, 2023:

  • Online Application Submission Due Date

  • Theatre Monologue(s) Pre-Screen Video Due Date

February 18, 2023:

  • Callbacks

March 10, 2023:

  • Decision Letters Emailed

OVERVIEW   |  APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE

Start preparing your two contrasting monologues. Fully complete and submit the LACHSA online application by Friday, January 13, 2023.

STEP TWO

Record videos of you performing your two contrasting monologues following the guidelines below. Submit your video recordings by Friday, January 13, 2023. 

STEP THREE

A limited number of applicants will be invited to a live callback audition at LACHSA on February 18, 2023. If granted a callback, see requirements below.

Please allow ample time to submit your online application and upload any required materials. Late or incomplete online applications will not be considered. The time and scheduling of auditions and callbacks is determined by the department and requests for specific audition times or dates cannot be accommodated. All auditions and/or callbacks will be held in person unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE - Interviews and callbacks are granted only if all general requirements for attending LACHSA have been met.

AUDITIONS

OVERVIEW

PRE-SCREEN VIDEOS   |   MONOLOGUES

WHAT TO PERFORM

  • Two (2) monologue selections

  • Each applicant will perform two (2) contrasting monologues that are no more than 2 mins in length (each).

  • Each applicant will perform a comedic monologue  AND a  dramatic monologue.

  • Monologues will come from published or unpublished work; such as a play, or from film or television scripts. 

  • If you choose to perform original, unpublished work as one of your monologue choices, you must bring a copy of the monologue to your callback or live audition

HOW TO PERFORM

  • Students must wear all black clothing.

  • Please, no logos on clothing.

  • Please, no jewelry of any kind.

  • Student's hair must be tied back out of the face.

  • Your face and body should be clearly seen. No one else should be in the video.

  • State your name, then title & author of the piece at the beginning of each monologue.

  • No props or sounds should be in your video.

HOW TO RECORD AND UPLOAD

  • Smartphone videos are preferred.

  • Camera must be in a fixed position. 

  • Record each monologue in a single take from start to finish. 

  • Shoot in a well-lit, indoor location in the spirit of a recital or audition.

  • Do not edit monologues/videos together.

  • Each monologue will be recorded separately and uploaded to a file-sharing platform (ie. Vimeo, YouTube)

  • A link to submit your videos will be sent to applicants after November 1, 2023.

VIDEO DISCLAIMER: Applicants MAY NOT submit professional video recordings. Smart phone videos are preferred. Professional recordings will be disqualified - professional editing of any type is strictly prohibited and will disqualify your application.

CALLBACKS

MONOLOGUES

WHAT TO BRING

  • Students must wear all black, no logos.

  • Wear sweats or pants in which you can move freely.

  • Appropriate footwear - no flip flops, sandals or bare feet. Soft soled shoes are best.

  • No jewelry of any kind, no exceptions.

  • No costumes or props.

  • No theatrical make-up.

  • Hair pulled or tied back and completely out of your face for all students.

  • A bottle of water in a plastic container.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Students should arrive 10-15 minutes early before their callback audition time and wait quietly after checking in.

  • In the callback audition, you will be asked to state your name, the title and author of your two monologues as well as the name of the character.

  • Students will perform the same two monologues they did in their pre-screen videos.

  • Following your audition, all applicants will participate in a brief interview with the adjudicators.

PREPARING FOR THE PRE-SCREEN VIDEOS & CALLBACK AUDITION:

  1. You are required to perform TWO contrasting monologues; one Comedic & one Dramatic

  2. Monologues will come from published or unpublished work; such as a play, or from film or television scripts. If you choose to perform original, unpublished work as one of your monologue choices, you must bring a copy of the monologue to your audition.

  3. Each monologue must be no longer than 2 minutes in length.

  4. Choose monologues featuring a character close to your actual age. Characters should be as natural, real, and as close to you in real life.

  5. Students do not have to play "gender specific" roles. There are some universally powerful monologues that play well for male, female and non-binary.

  6. During the call back audition, some applicants may be asked to do a cold reading or improvisation. Some applicants may be given directions and asked to repeat all or part of their monologue, incorporating those directions. No home preparation is required for this part of the audition.

  7. Following your callback audition, all applicants will participate in a brief interview with the adjudicators.

 

TECHNICAL THEATRE

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The LACHSA Technical Theatre Track is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of stagecraft and the requisite skills necessary to successfully pursue a career in technical theatre. The program centers on six areas of concentration: lighting, sound, scenery, costumes, props and stage management. Curricular sequencing for the program spans three years with students advancing each year in their knowledge and technical capabilities.

IMPORTANT DATES

January 13, 2023:

  • Online Application Submission Due Date

February 25, 2023:

  • Interview

March 10, 2023:

  • Decision Letters Emailed

TECHNICAL THEATRE   |  APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE

Fully complete and submit the LACHSA online application by Friday, January 13, 2023.

STEP TWO

Come to a live interview on Saturday, February 25, 2023. 

The LACHSA Theatre Department is an intense four-year program and is recommended for entry at the ninth grade (First Year level). However, consideration will be given to incoming tenth grade students who can demonstrate exceptional potential and first year equivalent training. Training may come from another arts high school, comparable institution or theatre training non-profit agency. If accepted, a 10th grader would begin his/her studies at the Second Year level of training. Grade-level reciprocation with schools in the Arts Schools Network is available by audition.

LACHSA Theatre looks for a student who has the potential for success in the department. This may not be the student with the most training, but the student who demonstrates a passion for performing and wants to study all aspects of theatre. The student should have a trainable voice and body, and an imagination that can make an emotional connection to characters. The student must be mature enough to handle the rigors of both the arts and academics and possess a capacity for sustained focus and concentration. The student should display a strong commitment to pursue a career in theatre or the theatrical arts.