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MARCH 17 & 18
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Saturday and Sunday



Heidi Griffiths, Manoel Felciano, Mary Irwin and Kate Wilson

You got a Call Back! And it’s tomorrow. And you just received the scene. What do you do?

Get the inspiration you need to take your work to the next level in those high-pressure situations and equip yourself with the tools to show yourself in the best possible light at your next classical audition. Work with vocal master Kate Wilson and actor extraordinaire Manoel Felciano  in the mornings to prepare your voice and body. Learn all the tricks to a good audition with great actors. And finally the workshop culminates in a mock audition and a valuable opportunity to meet and work with Public Theater casting director Heidi Griffiths



Essential Question:

How do you prepare scenes in a way that shows yourself in the best light to a casting director? What aspects of an actor’s preparation are most essential when there is limited time to prepare? How do you engage honestly in a scene with a reader who may not engage back?


Course Objectives:

  • Develop a technique for preparing sides

  • Explore how Shakespeare’s verse, text and rhetoric provide clues to how to deliver a scene

  • Learn how to create the true life of your character and his surroundings in an audition setting

  • Learn how to warm up your voice and body before delivering an audition


Enduring Understandings:

Shakespeare’s verse provides clues for how to develop a truthful character efficiently. Like any tool, it requires training to use it effectively. A flexible, confident voice and body are essential for effective presentation of a character in an audition. Auditions are, by their nature, artificial environments, creating a technique allows you to be committed, brave and truthful under these trying circumstances.


Schedule and Materials


Heidi Griffiths has worked for more than twenty-five years at The Public Theater in NYC, where she has cast over 250 productions Off-Broadway and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, including Shakespeare, new plays and musicals. She has also cast both plays and musicals on Broadway.

Manoel Felciano  Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Tony nomination) Amélie, Disaster!, Brooklyn, JCS, Cabaret. Off-Broadway: Changeling (Red Bull), Trumpery (Atlantic, David Esbjornson), Shockheaded Peter, Much Ado (NYSF). Regional: The Outsider (Papermill) Anastasia (Hartford), Robin Hood!, Twelfth Night (Old Globe), Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons (world premiere), Side Show (La Jolla) Exorcist with Brooke Shields (Geffen) Scorched, Tales of the City, Cleburne Park, Round & Round the Garden, Caucasian Chalk Circle, November, Jerry in Zoo Story Rock ’n’ Roll, (A.C.T.) Elektra with Olympia Dukakis (Getty Villa), Tateh in Ragtime (Kennedy Center), Three Sisters (Williamstown, Michael Greif) George in Sunday in the Park (dir. Jason Alexander). Workshops: Duncan Sheik, Elvis Costello. Film & TV: Uncertainty (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) Elementary, NCIS, Trauma, Life on Mars, The Unusuals, soaps. Concerts: Ragtime (Lincoln Center) The World of Nick Adams with Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn (SFSO)Faculty member: Columbia MFA Acting. Training: B.A. Yale, M.F.A. N.Y.U Tisch Grad Acting.

MARY IRWIN is a voice and text teacher and an actor. Mary served as Voice and Text Coach for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons, and has taught voice and Shakespeare workshops for Red Bull Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare Workout, Sarah Lawrence College, and Shakespeare Lives! at Shakespeare’s Globe. Other voice, text and/or dialect coaching includes productions at Palm Beach DramaWorks, Alabama

Kate Wilson (Dialect Coach): Broadway: Carousel, Lobby Hero, Children of a Lesser God, Parisian Woman, M. Butterfly, 1984, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Amelie, Sweat, Glass Menagerie, Front Page, Liasons Dangereuses, Fully Committed, Bright Star, The Crucible, Hughie, An American in Paris, Skylight, Fish in the Dark, The Audience, A View from the Bridge, Old Times, Elephant Man, Constellations, Real Thing, Violet, Rocky, Machinal. Film/TV: Lady Bird, Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, "Little Women", "Olive Kitteridge", Inside Llewyn Davis, Carol. Faculty: Juilliard.





12:00 - 2:00: Voice work with Kate Wilson

2:00 - 3:00: Meal Break

3:00 - 6:00: Audition work with Manoel Felciano



10:00 - 12:00: Open rehearsal space

12:00 - 2:00: Mary Irwin

2:00 - 3:00: Meal Break

3:00 - 6:00: Audition work with Heidi Griffiths


Sides will be provided two days before the class to best imitate a true Call Back experience. Knowing your given circumstances, who you are talking to, what your objective is, and your tactics to achieve that objective is suggested.


A hard copy of your sides. A journal is recommended to record notes and observations. Comfortable clothing that you can move and breathe freely in and a water bottle is strongly encouraged.


Contact Nathan Winkelstein with any questions.


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