Not much happening this week but there is an interesting discussion happening over at Women Improviser’s Trust about Harold Auditions.
Essentially the argument is that the start cold, walk in the room get on stage style of audition is crap for a group of people who are supposed to collaborate and engage with one another.
The suggestion to fix this is one you’ll often find less established theaters here in Chicago doing. I’ve seen it at PH and CIC auditions several times. A member of the ensemble comes in and warms up with the audition group and lets them get through a few scenes before they go in front of auditors.
The argument going the opposite way is that an improviser’s job is to make the other person look good and you should be able to do that regardless. Moreover, the difficulty of doing that with someone you have never played with before really filters out the wheat from the chaff. It is a harder, shittier audition. That’s precisely the point.
Let me know what you think!