The only masters courses that do not require audition are MA and MFA Theatre Directing. All applicants to all other courses are expected to audition in person or, for overseas applicants only, submit online materials.
Audition days and interviews take place at our Loughton campus between December and May. The audition day starts with a general address to all applicants after which you will be allocated to a group and directed to a room for your first audition piece. You will then be asked to perform your audition speeches in front of your group and at least one East 15 tutor.
During your audition, you may receive direction and suggestions on your performance so you should listen closely to what you are being asked to do. Please note that, through our suggestions, we are offering feedback on the work that we have seen. We do not give feedback after the event, but if you listen attentively you will gain insight and feedback during the sessions.
Our audition process is very thorough, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your full potential. The audition lasts from four to six hours and includes opportunities to ask questions and engage with staff and current students.
Candidates for acting courses must prepare two contrasting speeches from (1 speech from each category):
- a Shakespearean or Jacobean play, lasting no more than one and a half minutes
- a contemporary (post 1970) play lasting no more than one and a half minutes
Please ensure that your audition speeches are no longer than one and a half minutes as this enables us to have time to work with you individually on your audition pieces.
Before selecting your pieces for audition, read the whole play and be ready to talk about the characters and the action. You may be asked to improvise or translate the classical text into modern language. We may ask you to approach the play in a variety of new ways. Do not select roles too old/young for you. Nor should you do any piece which requires an accomplished accent unlike your own.
MA/MFA Theatre Directing
You are assessed on the basis of your written application, although you may also be called for an interview in person, by telephone or Skype.
We also audition and interview internationally in around 10 countries each year, find out the dates, venues and availability of our auditions page.
If you live outside the UK, and cannot attend a UK or overseas audition, you may submit an online audition via YouTube, Vimeo or an alternative digital platform.
Please note that all applicants will need to submit a direct application form on which they can request their choice of audition country from the available list or add in their link for an online audition.
Applicants submitting an online audition will also need to pay the £55 audition fee
All online audition materials must be performed in English and include the following:
- One speech from a Shakespearean or Jacobean play lasting not more than one and a half minutes
- One speech from a contemporary (post 1970) play lasting no more than one and a half minutes
- The applicant looking directly at the camera and, without notes or a script, talking about themselves, their family, their school, their life and why they want to enter theatre, film, TV or radio
We recommend that you upload the video material referred to above to either YouTube, Vimeo or file sharing sites such as Dropbox. You will need to provide the web address (URL) for this material within the online application form so should have this ready before submitting the form.