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UGAs - Information for performers

There are two parts to the GVPTA 2017 Unified General Auditions: Qualifiers on February 15 and 16, and the UGAs on March 21 and 22. This web page provides information and resources for performers about how to apply for, and then prepare for, both.


PART 1: UGA QUALIFIERS* (February 15 and 16, 2017)

To participate in the UGAs, non-union performers and performers who have not qualified for the UGAs in previous years, must first attend the UGA Qualifiers.

Note: The registration deadline for the Qualifiers has passed. If you're a Full member Equity, UBCP or ACTRA member OR if you've successfully qualified for the UGAs in previous years, you can register for the UGAs now. The deadline is March 1. But spaces are limited, so do it now!


*Full Member EQUITY, UBCP & ACTRA members, and performers who qualified for the UGAs in previous years, do not need to participate in the 2017 Qualifiers. They can apply to go directly to the UGAs. (You’ll still have to follow Steps 2 & 3 below.)


If you successfully qualified in a previous year: If you want to attend the UGAs in March, you still need to sign up. Every year is a new sign-up if you want to attend. You follow the steps below, but when you fill out the online form, you will answer “YES” to the question, “Have you successfully qualified for the UGAs in the past?”


HOW TO APPLY/REGISTER/SIGN UP FOR UGAs:

STEP 1. Ensure your GVPTA membership is up-to-date (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017)

If you need to renew your membership or sign up for the first time, you can do so at:

gvpta.ca/membership

Questions about your membership? Email us: membership@gvpta.ca


Note: Full Member EQUITY, UBCP & ACTRA members do not need to be current GVPTA members to attend the UGAs. Continue with #2 below.


STEP 2. Confirm you are available on March 21 and/or 22 (UGAs).


STEP 3. Register online HERE

Here’s what you’ll need:

     Your acting resume and headshot (file names must include your full name)

     Your full name, email address, and phone number

     Your interest in attending a musical audition time slot as well, if applicable

     Your preference(s) for audition date and time (Note that musical auditions are in the afternoon on the second day only)

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 1 (UGAs, for those who don't require the Qualifiers)


HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE QUALIFIERS on February 21/22:
Read below and then check out our
UGA Frequently Asked Questions for tips.


• You’ll have a total of
two (2) minutes for your audition, not including your introduction; you are given exactly five (5) minutes total from entrance to exit. We strongly recommend presenting two contrasting monologues, both within the two-minute total time allotted. A chair will be provided in the space.

• Your audition must be memorized. Scripts or "cheat sheets" will not be allowed.

• Singers who also opt for a musical audition will have two minutes for this musical portion on the afternoon of February 16. An accompanist is provided at the audition; you need to 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.


PART 2: UGAs (March 21 and 22, 2017)

If you want to attend the UGAs in March, you still need to sign up. Every year is a new sign-up if you want to attend. You'll follow the three steps above.


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 register - see Step 3 above.)


The format for the UGAs will be similar to the Qualifiers, except you’ll have a maximum of three (3) minutes to audition in front of all participating casting directors (musical audition portion remains at 2 minutes). Each director will receive a binder or PDF containing a headshot and resume for each attending performer, so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a specific callback at a later date.


HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE UGAs:
Read below and then check out our
UGA Frequently Asked Questions for tips.


• You’ll have a total of
three (3) minutes for your audition, not including your introduction. We strongly recommend presenting two contrasting monologues, both within the three-minute total time allotted. A chair will be provided in the space.

• Your audition must be memorized. Scripts or "cheat sheets" will not be allowed. 

• Singers who also opt for a musical audition will have two minutes for this musical portion in the afternoon on March 22. An accompanist is provided at the audition; you need to 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.

 


For answers to frequently asked questions about the UGAs, check out our UGAs FAQs page.


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