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Unified General Auditions

Each spring, the GVPTA holds Unified General Auditions (UGAs), which is an opportunity for local theatre performers to be seen by theatre directors from throughout the region. The 2018 Qualifiers are scheduled for March 7 and 8, 2018, and the UGAs will take place on April 4 and 5, 2018.

The UGAs are held and managed on the principle of diversity. We invite performers from all backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexual orientation, class, mental and physical ability.

REGISTRATION OPEN

UGA Qualifiers Deadline: February 16, 2018.
UGAs for Pre-Qualified and Full Union Performers Deadline: March 13, 2018
UGA Directors Deadline: March 27, 2018
 
Performers and Directors, see more information below for registration and notification details.

UGA questions can be directed to UGA Producer, Emily Neumann at uga@gvpta.ca.

Performer Eligibility

PERFORMER ELIGIBILITY
You will belong to one of the following categories:

  • 1) Full Union Members
    • If you are a current union member of CAEA, UBCP, or ACTRA, you may directly register to attend the UGAs. (UGA Registration is Closed.).
    • If you are not a full member of one of the three identified actor unions, you must first register as a GVPTA member.
  • 2) Pre-Qualified Performers
    • If you attended or passed the qualifying round for either the 2016 or 2017 UGAs, and you are a current GVPTA individual member, you may directly register to attend the UGAs. (UGA Registration is Closed.).
  • 3) All Other Performers
    • Must be a current GVPTA individual member, and audition at the 2018 UGA Qualifiers in front of a panel of directors. This panel will select performers to move on to attend the UGAs.
      • Click here to register for the Qualifiers. (Qualifier Registration is Closed.)
      • If you are not a GVPTA member, click here for details.

Performers - UGA Qualifier Information

PERFORMERS - UGA QUALIFIER INFORMATION (March 7 and 8, 2018)
  • Qualifier Registration (You will be asked for the following):
    • 1) General Details
      • Your full name, email address, and phone number.
    • 2) Headshot: We will accept ONE headshot in PDF format.
      • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Headshot.pdf)
      • Please ensure the headshot looks like you.
    • 3) Theatrical Resume: Will will accept ONE resume in PDF format.
      • Resume is ideally one page, but can be a maximum of two pages.
      • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Resume.pdf)
      • Recommendations:
        • Put your theatre credits at the top of the resume.
        • Ensure your name and contact information are included.
        • Search "Sample Theatre Resume" online for some clear examples of formatting.
    • 4) Audition Type: Your interest in a monologue and/or singing audition.
    • 5) Schedule: Your preference for audition date/time (March 7 and 8, 2018)
      • Note: Monologues and singing auditions are held separately and will require two different time slots. Singing Qualifiers are only held during the afternoon of the second day (March 8)

    For the Qualifier Audition, you will

    • 1) (For monologues) Be provided a maximum of two minutes for your monologue audition.
      • We recommend two contrasting one-minute monologues, but you may choose to do one two-minute monologue. You will be cut off at your 2 minute mark.
      • Monologues must be from a published playwright/script, and they must be memorized.
    • 2) (For singing) Be provided a maximum of two minutes for your singing audition.
      • We recommend choosing two songs (one ballad; one up-tempo) that show your range.
      • Please bring your sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist, with clearly marked start and end points.
    • 3) Feedback: Receive some feedback from the panel about your audition and/or materials (headshot and resume) you had submitted.
    • 4) Notification: Be notified in about a week whether you have been invited to attend and audition at the UGAs.

Performers - UGA Information

PERFORMERS - UGA INFORMATION (April 4 and 5, 2018)

  • UGA Registration (You will be asked for the following)
    • 1) General Details
      • Your full name, email address, and phone number.
    • 2) Headshot: We will accept ONE headshot in PDF format.
      • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Headshot.pdf)
      • Please ensure the headshot looks like you.
    • 3) Theatrical Resume: Will will accept ONE resume in PDF format.
      • Resume is ideally one page, but can be a maximum of two pages.
      • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Resume.pdf)
      • Recommendations:
        • Put your theatre credits at the top of the resume.
        • Ensure your name and contact information are included.
    • 4) Audition Type: Your interest in a monologue and/or singing audition.
    • 5) Schedule: Your preference for audition date/time (April 4 and 5, 2018)
      • Note: Monologues and singing auditions are held separately and will require two different time slots. Singing Auditions are only held during the afternoon of the second day (April 5)

    On the day of the Unified General Audition, you will

    • 1) (For monologues) Be provided a maximum of three minutes and thirty seconds for your monologue audition.
      • We recommend two contrasting 90 second monologues.
      • You will be cut off at your three minutes and thirty second mark.
      • Monologues must be from a published playwright/script, and they must be memorized.
    • 2) (For singing) Be provided a maximum of three minutes for your singing audition.
      • We recommend choosing two songs (one ballad; one up-tempo) that show your range.
      • Please bring your sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist, with clearly marked start and end points.
    • Each director will receive a copy of all performer headshots and resumes, so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a specific callback at a later date.

Directors

DIRECTORS - UGA INFORMATION (April 4 and 5, 2018)

Who can attend the UGAs as a director?

  • GVPTA Company Members are invited to attend with up to two directors or casting representatives. (If you are unsure about your company's membership status, email membership@gvpta.ca)
  • Independent Directors not affiliated with a GVPTA Company Member may attend if: space is available; they have a track record of directing or producing shows; and are casting for a upcoming show. Approval will be at the discretion of the GVPTA team. A $50 fee will be charged.
How do I register for the UGAs?

What kind of performers will be auditioning during the UGAs?

  • Performers who you will see at the UGAs will fall under two different categories:
    • 1) Full Equity, UBCP, or ACTRA Members are invited to audition.
    • 2) All other performers would have been approved by a panel of local theatre directors during the 2016, 2017 or 2018 UGA Qualifiers.
  • For reference: during the 2017 UGAs, there were 93 monologue auditions and 25 singing auditions, with 100 performers. 28 performers were full union (CAEA, UBCP, or ACTRA) status members. That being said the number of auditioning performers can fluctuate each year.

What can I expect as an attending director?

  • Each director who attends the UGAs will receive a digital PDF binder with headshots and resumes for all auditioning performers. The GVPTA is not a producing theatre company and will not hold callbacks, so directors are invited to contact performers at a later date if they wish to see them again.
  • The number of auditioning performers will determine how long each day runs. Directors will receive a break for lunch and a couple coffee breaks. The GVPTA will provide coffee and light snacks at the beginning of the day. Details will be sent to you when your registration is confirmed.

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.

 

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) strives to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.

At GVPTA, we acknowledge that our organization is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.