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Frequently Asked Questions about the UGAs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

1. What are the UGAs?

The UGAs (or Unified General Auditions) are general auditions that the GVPTA holds each spring in Metro Vancouver. They are an opportunity for local theatre actors to be seen by casting directors from through the region and sometimes nationally or internationally.   

2. Who can participate in the UGAs?

All GVPTA members are entitled to attend the UGAs: theatre companies can send up to two directors, and individuals can attend either as a performer or independent casting director. Directors should be planning to cast for a production in the next year.

Note: Full member Equity, UBCP and ACTRA performers are not required to be a GVPTA member or attend the Qualifiers. (Union members must identify their union status when applying directly for the UGAs, and will be asked to present their membership card before auditioning.)

 

3. How do I become a GVPTA member or renew my GVPTA membership?

The first step in applying to attend the UGAs is to ensure your 2016-2017 GVPTA membership fee is paid.

Go to gvpta.ca/membership and either click on Log-in (returning) or Sign-up (new)

 

4. I successfully qualified last year. Do I need to sign up again this year?

If you want to attend the UGAs in March 2017, yes, you need to sign up for them. Every year is a new sign-up if you want to attend. You are welcome and encouraged to attend each year. There are always new directors present each year, and actors' skills and experience change from year to year. It's always a good idea to get in front of directors in this city whenever you can. The UGAs offer you this opportunity every year.

If you successfully qualified in a past year, you sign up directly for the UGAs in March, and ignore everything about the Qualifiers. (Note that our sign-up form is the same for both the Qualifiers and the UGAs, but it will walk you through the correct sign-up you need, based on your answers like, 'did you qualify in the past?')


5. Does it cost anything to participate in the UGAs?

Performers: All current GVPTA Individual Members and union actors with Equity, UBCP or ACTRA Full Membership can attend the Qualifiers and UGAs for no additional cost.  

Directors: Attending as a director who is currently a GVPTA Individual Member or a director representing a GVPTA Member Company has no cost. Check out this web page for directors for more information. 

 

6. How many people participate in the UGAs?

It depends on the year. We’ve had between 50 and 130 performers attend in any year, and on average around 35 theatre companies attend each year.

 

QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO PERFORMERS

1) Do I have to attend the Qualifiers on February 15 or 16?

2) How do I register for the Qualifiers in February  or the UGAs in March?

3) After the Qualifiers in February, how will I know if I qualified for the UGAs?

4) How long is my audition and does the time limit include my introduction?

5) Can I bring a copy of my monologue(s) into the audition?

6) Will I get a callback from any of the directors?

7) Who will I be auditioning for?

8) Do I need to bring in copies of my headshot and resume?

9) I'm a singer. Is there a musical audition?

 

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1) Do I have to attend the Qualifiers on February 15 or 16?

Yes. There are only two exceptions:

• If you’re currently a union actor with Equity, UBCP or ACTRA Full Membership
• If you successfully qualified for the UGAs in a previous year

Everyone else must attend the Qualifiers on February 15 or 16.

 

2) How do I register for the Qualifiers in February or the UGAs in March?

There are three steps you must take to register.

The first step is ensuring your 2016-2017 GVPTA membership is current (i.e., you've paid since September 1, 2016). The only performers who do not need to be GVPTA members to attend the UGAs are union actors with Equity, UBCP or ACTRA Full Membership.

You must follow the three steps on this web page to register. 

 

3) After the Qualifiers in February, how will I know if I qualified for the UGAs?

By March 3, you’ll receive an email that tells you if you’re invited to attend the UGAs, along with the date and time you’ve been assigned. (Because union actors don’t need to attend the Qualifiers, they will sign up for the UGAs when they initially apply.)

 

4) How long is my audition and does the time limit include my introduction?

During the Qualifiers, you'll have a maximum of 2 minutes for your audition. During the UGAs, you'll have a maximum of 3 minutes. If you opt for a musical audition, that will be an additional 2 minutes.

The time limit is strictly enforced. The timekeeper will call "Time" at the mark. If that happens, do not continue. Instead, simply stop where you are, say "Thank you," and exit. Going over the set time limit means you'll have to re-qualify to participate in the next UGA. Keep in mind that this particular guideline aspires to fulfill several goals: keeping the UGA running on time, helping you to select and edit your piece well, and showing directors that you can follow directions.

The time limits do not include your introductions. You'll be escorted into the theatre by the stage manager to the auditioning area. There you will introduce yourself and your monologue, and then start your audition. The stage manager will start the timer once you've finished your introduction. Please keep your introduction to approximately 10 seconds.

 

5) Can I bring a copy of my monologue(s) into the audition?
Your audition must be memorized. Scripts or "cheat sheets" will not be allowed. If your audition is not memorized, you will be asked to stop. If that happens, please do not continue. Instead, simply stop where you are, say "Thank you," and exit.

 

6) Will I get a callback from any of the directors?
Callbacks are at the discretion of each attending producing organization, all of whom will be given your contact information. The GVPTA is not a producing organization, and will not hold any callback auditions or be a liaison for any of our member companies in organizing their respective callbacks.

 

7) Who will I be auditioning for?

All GVPTA Member Companies are invited to send up to two representatives (Artistic, Producing or Casting Directors) to the UGAs. And independent directors who are GVPTA Individual Members may also attend. In all cases, directors in attendance must have a project planned for the coming year. The exact number of attending companies in any year varies, but you can expect between 30 and 40 casting directors to be there. 

 

8) Do I need to bring in copies of my headshot and resume?

No. Each attending director will receive a binder of all performers' headshots and resumes. Performers will submit their resume and headshot by email when they apply. 

 

9) I'm a singer. Is there a musical audition?

Yes. When you apply to attend the Qualifiers (or UGAs, if you aren't required to attend the Qualifiers), you can indicate that you'd like to attend the musical audition portion, instead of, or in addition to, the acting audition. The musical auditions happen in the afternoon on the second day. The musical audition is two minutes in both the Qualifiers and UGAs (not including your introduction). An accompanist is provided at the audition; you just need bring your sheet music in the appropriate key, with your start and stop points clearly marked. We strongly recommend presenting two contrasting songs, approximately 16-32 bars each, as long as they do not exceed two minutes in total.


Web pages with more details about the UGAs and how to apply to attend:

General information: gvpta.ca/unified-general-auditions

Steps to apply and other information specific for performers: gvpta.ca/uga-for-actors

More information for casting directors: gvpta.ca/uga-for-directors

 

If you have a question we haven't answered here please email uga@gvpta.ca.



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