About Improv Auditions

GGG just had auditions for the first time ever on Sunday. Overall, it went really well. There were lots of talented girls and some good surprises.

Improv auditions are a really thing. When people are trying to do their best, show off their talents, and compete with their fellow players, you can get some really awful improv. So we tried to quickly do some ice breakers and set a comfortable environment for them to perform in. I also told them we were looking for ability to work together with fellow auditioners, so they would be aware of stepping on each other. Also, we added in solo work, so they had a time to shine on their own. I know I’ve been to auditions where I felt like the casting people never got to see what I was really capable of because of a) the terrible people I was auditioning with and b) the general panic of an audition. If I could find a way to enjoy auditions, I might give professional acting a shot. But the way the auditions are traditionally set up—the long waiting, the short audition time, the unresponsive/nonexistent audience—it’s really hard to put your best foot forward.

About Shana Merlin

Merlin Works is the brainchild of Shana Merlin: improviser, teacher, and performer. Since 1996, she’s been leading classes that stretch people’s imaginations, push them out of their comfort zones, and make them laugh out loud for hours at a time.

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