Professional Preparation and Auditioning Technique

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
22 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

In this module you will be presented with a programme of workshops and master classes led by directors, actors and casting professionals as well as the Head of Course. You will explore various process of setting-up theatre companies, fund raising and marketing.  You will learn a variety of audition methods and styles such as screen test, reading to camera, workshops and ensemble selection processes. 

You will develop the advanced performance skills necessary to engage with your audiences, towards the specific task of gaining employment. The topics of starting, funding and marketing a company will also be addressed.  You will learn the principals of operating as an independent business as an individual and as a member of a collective.

Students will also work on a film project, which may produce material that students can use for self-promotion and showcase actor skills.

You will be given guidance and opportunities to develop your CV, presentation and writing skills for employment, and you will prepare and perform a showcase event for an audience of industry guests.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To consolidate learned performance vocabulary and put it into practice

  • To further develop students’ performing skills

  • To develop students’ understanding of their industry

  • To provide a professional preparation to meet real and current industry needs

  • To provide students with a platform to make professional contacts

  • To provide the tools to take command of your career.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Expansion of acting skill

  2. Skills integration into the audition process and in seeking employment

  3. Entrepreneurial skills as a performance industry practitioner

  4. Creativity and confidence in the audition process and other performer selection processes

  5. Flexibility & response to change

  6. Understanding of industry possibilities and the obstacles

  7. The ability to apply critical self-assessment to develop and improve career opportunities

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Students work with tutors in group classes, workshops and master classes
  • Independent study and research
  • Learning also takes place in through verbal formative feedback and assessment in group and individual discussion on performances
  • Students receive a written summative assessment and tutor comments at the end of the module
  • A showcase performance is given to an invited audience of industry professionals, e.g. directors, casting directors, agents, normally in a professional London theatre venue. The showcase is intended to provide students with opportunities to make professional connections that will enhance their careers as artists and performers.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

Additional coursework information

  • Continuous assessment through a combination of practical exercises, written assignments and holistic observation of class work and performances.
  • The assessment criteria for this module are the extent to which students can demonstrate advanced understanding of the module Learning Outcomes.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Uri Roodner, email: uroodn@essex.ac.uk.
East 15 Teaching Staff



External examiner

Ms Isobel Beatrice Pemberton
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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