Applying to east 15

Preparing for auditions

Preparing for Auditions

What to prepare...

Audition days and interviews generally take place at the campus where your first choice course is based and run from December through to May.
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

Audition Speeches

Undergraduate

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. Some students may be re-called after lunch for a further audition or workshop if the tutors require more information in order to make their decision.

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.

Candidates for all acting courses (this does not apply to BA Stage & Production Management or BA Creative Producing) must prepare two contrasting speeches from the following categories (1 speech from each):

  • a Shakespearean or Jacobean play, lasting no more than one and a half minutes
  • a contemporary (post 1970) play lasting no more than two minutes

Some of our courses also have additional audition/interview requirements. Please check the below list and ensure you have prepped for all of your course choices.

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 that are too old for you or perform a piece which requires an accomplished accent unlike your own.

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BA Acting
BA Acting (International)
BA Acting & Community Theatre 
Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts

Please prepare a third speech from a published play, lasting no more than two minutes, that contrasts well with the contemporary (post 1970) speech. Applicants may also be asked to take part in a group activity.

BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre

Please prepare a third piece, lasting no more than two minutes, that is preferably something you have created (be it a piece of writing, music or visual art). If you require any AV equipment or props for your piece, you must bring these with you and be able to set it up and dismantle them quickly. Applicants may also be asked to take part in a group activity.

BA Acting & Stage Combat

You may be invited to take part in a physical session, during which we will be able to better assess your physical aptitude as performer. Please ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear.

BA Physical Theatre 

Please prepare a third piece of self-devised physical theatre, that you feel demonstrates your skills in this area, lasting no more than two minutes. If you require any audio equipment or props for your piece, you must bring these with you and be able to set up and dismantle them quickly. Applicants may also take part in a group physical activity.

BA World Performance

You may be asked to participate in a group activity and discussion group at audition.

BA Stage & Production Management

You will be asked to attend an interview, where we will discuss your interests in the theatre, relevant experience and reasons for applying. You should bring with you (where possible) 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 and Production Management and would like to find out more information before applying should email for further information regarding Open Day opportunities. 

BA Creative Producing (Theatre & Short Film)

You will be invited to attend an interview 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

The only masters courses that do not require an 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 for our Masters courses 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 the following categories (1 speech from each):

  • 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 or perform a 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.

Online

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 two 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.
  • Undergraduate only - if applicable for the courses you are applying for, a further speech as per the instructions listed in the 'undergraduate' section on this page. 

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.

Overseas

We audition and interview internationally in around 10 countries each year, find out the dates, venues and availability here