Applying to east 15

Preparing for auditions

Preparing For Auditions

What to prepare...

Due to current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all new 2021 applicants will be asked to submit an online audition.

For more information about how to submit an online audition, please see our guide below.

Living History Project
Living History Project
MA Acting
MA Acting

Audition Preparation

Undergraduate

Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, East 15 is currently accepting online auditions only for all applicants.

Your video can be recorded using a smartphone camera (i.e. iPhone, Android etc.), you do not need a professional grade camera for this.

  1. Once you have submitted your UCAS application form, we will email you with instructions about how to submit your online audition. 
  2. There will be a short form to complete and you will need to supply a link to your online audition. You can do this by uploading a video to YouTube, Vimeo or an alternative digital platform.
  3. You will also need to supply a headshot - this can be taken on iPhone, Android etc. - it does not need to be a professional photograph. 
  4. You will be required to pay an audition fee or submit a successful Audition Fee Waiver. Details regarding our Undergraduate Audition Fee Waiver Scheme can be found here. Please note, the audition fee applies to anyone submitting an online audition. 

Please read all of the following information carefully. 

Information for all applicants:

All online audition materials must be performed in English.

At the beginning of your audition video, please take no more than 3 minutes to tell us the following:

  • Your name, age, and where you are from (i.e. I live in Birmingham). 
  • Looking directly into the camera, and without referring to any notes or script, tell us why you want to study the course you have applied for and why at East 15.
  • Tell us information about your audition pieces - the name of the character you are playing, the play from which the speech comes and the author of the play. 

After this you will need to include the following:

  • A speech by Shakespeare or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright lasting no more than 90 seconds.
  • A speech from a contemporary (post-1990) stage play lasting no more than 90 seconds.

Further information:

For certain courses an additional piece is required. These are listed below.

  • BA Acting & Community Theatre - a third speech from a published play or a piece you have devised or written yourself, lasting no more than two minutes. 
  • BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre - a third piece, lasting no more than three minutes, that is something you have created (be it a piece of writing, music, dance, poetry, film or visual art).
  • BA Acting & Stage Combat and BA Physical Theatre - a short physical piece that shows your movement skills. This can be a dance, circus skill, mime, fight scene, martial art, gymnastics or anything else that shows us your skills.
  • BA Acting, BA Acting (International) and Cert HE do not need to provide a 3rd speech as you would if you were auditioning in person. 

Tips for self-taping: 

  • Your video can be recorded using a smartphone camera (i.e. iPhone, Android etc.), you do not need a professional grade camera.
  • Deliver your speech straight to the camera, addressing the lens as the person you are talking to (or the audience, if it is a soliloquy).
  • Set the camera up so that the image clearly shows your head, shoulders and the top half of your torso. For those required to submit a short physical piece, please adjust this to full length. 
  • Ensure that the main source of light is behind the camera, not behind you.
  • Leave a brief pause between the end of your first speech and the beginning of your second.

We recommend that you upload the video material referred to above to either YouTube, Vimeo. 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. Instructions for uploading your file to a digital platform can be viewed here.

Courses that require an interview

BA Stage & Production Management

You will be asked to take part in an interview via telephone, Skype, Zoom (or similar) where we will discuss your interests in the theatre, relevant experience and reasons for applying. You should prepare (where possible and relevant) a portfolio of your work, demonstrating any previous experience in Technical Theatre. You must be successful at interview for your application to be progressed.

Students who are interested in BA Stage & Production Management and would like to find out more information before applying should email for further information regarding Online Open Day opportunities. 

BA Creative Producing (Theatre & Short Film)

You will be invited to take part in an interview via telephone, Skype, Zoom (or similar) where we will ask about your interests in the Creative Industries, relevant experience and reasons for applying. You must be successful at interview to gain entry onto the course.

Postgraduate

Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, East 15 is currently accepting online auditions only for all applicants.

Your video can be recorded using a smartphone camera (i.e. iPhone, Android etc.), you do not need a professional grade camera for this.

Please note that all applicants will need to submit an application form (launching for 2021 entry soon) on which you can add a link to your online auditionYou can do this by uploading a video to YouTube, Vimeo or an alternative digital platform.

You will also need to submit a headshot - this can be taken on iPhone, Android or similar - it does not need to be a professional headshot. 

Applicants submitting an online audition will also be required to pay an audition fee. Details of this can be found on the application form. 

Please read all of the following information carefully. 

Information for all applicants:

All online audition materials must be performed in English.

At the beginning of your audition video, please take no more than 90 seconds to tell us the following:

  • Your name, age, and where you are from (i.e. I live in Birmingham). 
  • Looking directly into the camera, and without referring to any notes or script, tell us about something that has inspired you recently - this can be a performance or a piece of work (in any medium) or an experience that you have had.  The choice is up to you and we cannot provide further advice on this.
  • Tell us information about your audition pieces - the name of the character you are playing, the play from which the speech comes and the author of the play. 

After this you will need to include the following:

  • A speech by Shakespeare or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright lasting no more than 90 seconds.
  • A speech from a contemporary (post-1990) stage play lasting no more than 90 seconds.

Tips for self-taping: 

  • Your video can be recorded using a smartphone camera (i.e. iPhone, Android etc.), you do not need a professional grade camera.
  • Deliver your speech straight to the camera, addressing the lens as the person you are talking to (or the audience, if it is a soliloquy).
  • Set the camera up so that the image clearly shows your head, shoulders and the top half of your torso. For those required to submit a short physical piece, please adjust this to full length. 
  • Ensure that the main source of light is behind the camera, not behind you.
  • Leave a brief pause between the end of your first speech and the beginning of your second.

We recommend that you upload the video material referred to above to either YouTube or Vimeo. 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. Instructions for uploading your file to a digital platform can be viewed here.

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MA/MFA Theatre Directing

The only masters courses that do not require an audition are MA and MFA Theatre Directing.

You are assessed on the basis of your written application, although you may also be called for an interview by telephone or Skype.

Overseas

Please see the relevant Undergraduate or Postgraduate information above.

BA Stage & Production Management
I've had the opportunity to work on over 10 shows a year so there are always new opportunities to learn and improve your skills, and not just stage management skills but we also cover lighting, sound, costume and construction in our show roles which makes us much more rounded and employable in the industry.
Jack Popay BA Stage & Production management graduate