ITA Mock Audition Clinic
Saturday, January 27 from 10 am – 1 pm
For actors wondering if they have what it takes to go pro, this is the chance to find out! Corn Stock Theatre has been selected as the next site for the Illinois Theatre Association’s Mock Audition Clinic. This clinic gives actors insider information about what to expect at the ITA’s Statewide Non-Equity Professional Auditions in February 2018 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and how to best prepare for professional auditions in general.
The ITA’s Statewide Auditions (commonly referred to in the industry as “the ITA’s”) provide more than 300 actors an opportunity to audition in front of a theatre full of casting representatives from throughout the state and beyond. Actors of all ages and types will be hand selected from a pool of about 500 applicants.
ITA Executive Director Aimee-Lynn Newlan explains that “the clinics give actors insight into how applications are chosen, what to expect on the day of auditions, and how to make the most of their 90 seconds on stage.” Newlan encourages all actors, even those not attending the ITA’s to take part in this clinic. “It’s a valuable learning opportunity for all!”
This year’s Mock Audition Clinic will also include a discussion on headshot/resume submissions. A select number of actors will be chosen to perform their audition pieces in front of the audience, and be given feedback by the facilitators.
Newlan explains that the event is a great opportunity for local actors. “It’s free for all members of the ITA and Corn Stock Theatre Members, and only $10 for everyone else. I encourage anyone serious about acting to join us on this afternoon.”
The ITA Mock Audition Clinic at Corn Stock Theatre (1700 N. Park Rd., Peoria) will be held from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
Participants must register in advance for the Mock Audition Clinic by the ITA’s website at www.illinoistheatre.org and clicking on the Auditions tab.
About the Illinois Theatre Association
Founded in 1972 and celebrating its 40th consecutive season, the mission of the Illinois Theatre Association is to advocate quality theatre in Illinois through
1) Encouragement and facilitation of closer and better communication amongst all theatrical divisions — professional theater, university/college theater, secondary school theater, community theater, theatre for young audiences, and creative drama — in Illinois;
2) Provision of public information about the extent and variety of theatre in Illinois;
3) Cooperation with state and federal agencies, and with regional and national theatre organizations in promoting recognition and development of theatre programs at all levels;
4) Maintenance and improvement of theatre production, teaching, and research at all levels;
5) Affirmation of the value of theatre in the lives of individuals.
For more information about the Illinois Theatre Association, contact ITA Executive Director Aimee-Lynn Newlan at 312-265-5922 or visit www.illinoistheatre.org
As the former Assistant to the Producer at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre, Aimee-Lynn’s extensive involvement in the professional world of theater began with working on the Chicago and national touring production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award winning Angels in America, Parts I and II; Forever Plaid; I Hate Hamlet; Family Secrets; The Who’s Tommy; and Smokey Joe’s Cafe, which went on to Broadway. While pursuing a professional acting career Aimee-Lynn appeared in numerous Chicagoland productions, and eventually landed a full-time position with Chicago’s award-winning Imagination Theater (IT) where she served for 10 consecutive seasons as a full-time Ensemble Member/Arts Educator, and quickly moved up the ranks to serve as Artistic, then Executive Director. As an Arts Administrator, Aimee-Lynn is the recipient of the Non-Profit Financial Center’s “ORBA AWARD” for Excellence in Non-Profit Fiscal Management, and the Arts & Business Council’s “ABBY AWARD” for Excellence in Non-Profit Management. Aimee-Lynn’s work with Imagination Theater also earned her an “Award of Excellence” from the Illinois Theatre Association. Other recognition with IT includes “One of Illinois Finest” by the Illinois Arts Council, and Chicago’s Very Own by WGN (Channel 9). Aimee-Lynn is currently a teaching artist, and also serves as the Executive Director for the Illinois Theatre Association. She recently opened up her own acting studio, Theatrically Inclined, a Studio for Creativity, in Bloomingdale, IL, and has privately coached many actors in the Chicago area.