Short Courses for Adults

Masterclass: In Person Auditions

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    age 18+

  • Date

    Sunday 3rd November 2024

  • Tuition

    One day Masterclass 10:00 – 17:00

  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost


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Join us for an intensive 7-hour masterclass with the esteemed Director of Drama, Ali de Souza, at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. This masterclass is designed to equip actors with the skills and confidence needed to excel in in-person auditions.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. Through expert guidance, practical exercises, and personalised feedback, you will learn to deliver compelling and memorable audition performances.


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Course Highlights

>Expert instruction from Ali de Souza, Director of Drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

>Comprehensive understanding of the audition process.

>Techniques for preparing and delivering standout audition performances.

>Practical exercises to enhance presence, confidence, and adaptability.

>Personalised feedback to refine and improve your audition skills.



Welcome and course introduction

Overview of the audition process for drama school and professional auditions.

Setting goals for the masterclass.


Preparing for Auditions

Techniques for script analysis and character preparation.

Understanding the importance of first impressions.

Tips for effective physical and vocal warm-ups.


Audition Techniques

Strategies for managing nerves and staying focused.

How to handle cold readings and quick script adjustments.

Exercises for building presence and confidence.


Practical Exercises

Practical audition exercises with peer feedback.

Role-playing different audition scenarios.

Developing adaptability and spontaneity in auditions.


Scene Work and Performance

Participants perform prepared audition pieces.

Immediate feedback from Ali de Souza on performance, technique, and delivery.

Tips for enhancing emotional connection and authenticity.


Advanced Techniques

Mastering sight-reading and handling unexpected changes.

The role of body language and non-verbal communication.


Q&A and Final Insights

Open floor Q&A session.

Recap of key points and takeaways from the masterclass.

Final tips for ongoing improvement and preparation for future auditions

Smiling headshot of Ali de Souza wearing glasses and a white shirt.

Your tutor

Previously Ali de Souza was Associate Head of Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Programme Leader for the BA Acting and Performance course at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. He has taught Shakespeare, screen acting and professional practice for actors since 2009. 

A particular focus for Ali has been developing inclusive curricula and advocating for safe practices in areas such as intimacy choreography, understanding boundaries, and the embedding of mental wellbeing into creative practice.

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