The Complete Professional Audition

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The Complete Professional Audition

A Commonsense Guide to Auditioning for Plays and Musicals

By Daren Cohen; Michael Perilstein; Jason Robert Brown (Foreword by)

Back Stage Books, Paperback, 9780823076833, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2005


In the United States, there are 300,000 actors; 100,000 hold union cards. There are 184 college theater programs and 108 performing-arts high schools. There are 578 acting schools and coaches in New York City and Los Angeles alone. The Complete Professional Audition is the one book all of those actors need-because before actors can act, they have to pass the audition! Here's practical, hand-holding advice for choosing material, rehearsing, warming up, staying calm, standing out in a crowd, understanding casting, avoiding pitfalls, following up, getting the right headshot and resume, and accepting an offer. There's even a section on handling rejection-not that The Complete Professional Audition user is ever going to need that, of course. Ultra-useful appendices of recommended songs and monologues (yes!) make this the complete guide for everyone with an audition coming up.

• Designed for both play and musical auditions

• There are 300,000 actors and acting students in the US-and all of them want an edge at the audition

• Through his workshops and seminars, author Darren Cohen knows exactly what actors need to pass an audition and get that part

• Practical, down-to-earth ideas that work

About the Author
Darren Cohen is a top theater conductor, musical director, voice coach, and pianist. He conducts workshops and seminars on auditioning around the country. A faculty member at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, he lives in New York.

Michael Perilstein is an actor and educator. He is on the faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He lives in New Jersey.

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