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UGA Frequently asked 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 throughout the region.   

2. Who can participate in the UGAs?

DIRECTORS - GVPTA Theatre Company members can send up to two directors. Directors should be planning to cast for a production in the next year.

PERFORMERS - All GVPTA Individual members are eligible to apply to audition at the UGAs. Note: Application to audition does not guarantee invitation to audition.

Note: Full member CAEA, 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 2019-2020 GVPTA membership fee is paid.

For renewing members, login to the GVPTA website and renew from your account profile page.

For new members, sign-up here (review all the membership benefits here.)

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

If you want to attend the UGAs in 2020, 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 submit each year. There are different directors present each year, and actors' skills and experience change from year to year.

If you successfully qualified in 2017 or later year, you sign up directly for the UGAs, and there is no need to attend the Qualifiers.

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

PERFORMERS - All current GVPTA Individual Members and Full CAEA, UBCP or ACTRA Members can attend the Qualifiers and UGAs for no additional cost.  

DIRECTORS - Current GVPTA Theatre Company members may send up to two directors to the UGAs at no cost.

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 15-30 theatre directors in attendance (attendance at each audition time slot will fluctuate depending on each director's availability).

 

QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO PERFORMERS

1) Do I have to attend the Qualifiers?

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

3) After the Qualifiers, 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?

Yes. There are only two exceptions:

• If you’re currently a FULL Member of CAEA, UBCP or ACTRA Full Membership
• If you successfully qualified for the UGAs in 2017, 2018, or 2019.

Everyone else must attend the 2020 Qualifiers in order to be considered for the UGAs.

 

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

Links to the Qualifier registration form, or UGA application forms can be found through the UGA main page.

 

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

You’ll receive an email from the UGA Producer within one week after the Qualifiers that informs you whether you have been invited to attend the UGAs or not. If invited, the date and time you’ve been assigned will also be provided.

 

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 and 30 seconds for your audition. During the UGAs, you'll have a maximum of 4 minutes.

The time limit is strictly enforced. Keep in mind that this particular guideline aspires to fulfill several goals: keeping the auditions 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 will introduce yourself and the pieces you will be auditioning with, and then start your audition. The timer will start once you've finished your introduction. Please keep your introduction (your name and audition piece) 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" are not allowed. If your audition is not memorized, your audition slot will be cancelled.

 

6) Will I get a callback from any of the directors?
Callbacks are at the discretion of each attending producing company, all of whom will have been provided your resume. 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 to the UGAs. And independent directors who are GVPTA Individual Members may also attend. The exact number of attending directors in any year varies between 15 and 30+. (We cannot guarantee a specific company or number of directors in attendance within each audition time slot. Numbers will fluctuate depending on each director's availability). 

 

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

No. Each attending director will receive a digital copy 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?

Singers may choose to sing 32 bars from a song within their allotted audition time slot. Limited time slots with an accompanist is provided and can be requested during the application process. If you do not have a time slot with an accompanist, or if you prefer, you may sing acapella or with your own acoustic instrument (that does not require set up). Singing auditions must be accompanied by a monologue.


Learn more at gvpta.ca/unified-general-audition

 

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





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