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Saturday, January 18, 2020
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Instructors: Andrew Wade and Kate Murray



Testing out a new piece? Have an old favorite that could use a fresh perspective? This class is perfect for audition prep for the Spring season or simply as a reinvigoration of your classical chops! Juilliard professor and top voice professional ANDREW WADE will work on freeing and warming up your voice and equipping you with the vocal tools you need to show yourself in the best possible light at your next classical audition. The class progresses to a mock audition and a valuable opportunity to meet and work with the Public Theater Casting Director KATE MURRAY.

Essential Question:

How do you prepare monologues 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 preparing for an audition? How do you vocally prepare yourself for a classical audition? How do you engage honestly with a monologue in a high-stress environment?


Course Objectives:
  • Develop a technique for preparing for auditions

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

  • Learn how to create the true life of your character and their 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. 


KATE MURRAY is a Casting Director at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Additional New York and regional credits include work with Arena Stage, Bedlam, Center Theatre Group, The Cherry Lane, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, LAByrinth, New Georges, Studio Theatre, and Two River Theater. Broadway credits include (as Casting Associate): The Crucible, A View From The Bridge, A Raisin In The Sun, A Delicate Balance

ANDREW WADE joined Royal Shakespeare Company in1987, as Voice Assistant to Cicely Berry and from 1990 to 2003 was Head of Voice. Since leaving RSC, Andrew has worked extensively in a freelance capacity leading workshops, master-classes and coaching productions. He is now Director of Voice & Speech, Public Theater, Adjunct Faculty at Juilliard and Director of Voice, HARRY POTTER and MATILDA USA tour. With Cicely Berry they recorded WORKING SHAKESPEARE, a series of workshops with leading American and British actors exploring practical approaches to Shakespeare's language. Andrew trained at Rose Bruford College and is a Fellow.



12:00 - 2:00: Voice Work with Andrew Wade

2:00 - 3:00: Meal Break

3:00 - 6:00: Audition work with Kate Murray


You should have a classical monologue prepared and fully memorized.



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.

Concerns? Questions?

Contact Nathan Winkelstein.

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