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REACH FOR THE STARS WITH THE YOUNG COMPANY ACTORS

 

 

Missed a chance to join us at SRT’s The Young Company? 

Fret not; for the first time, we are re-opening auditions for our second semester of 2020!  

The Young Company Actors (TYC) 

Are you passionate about theatre? Want to develop your skills? Are you ready to step into the spotlight?  

Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)’s The Young Company is a holistic acting programme for youths aged between 16 – 25, that will equip you with the skills and techniques you need to shine onstage as well as in your future career of choice. The programme has a rich 20-year history and was the first youth theatre programme to be established in Singapore. We are thrilled to have supported the careers of many wonderful creatives, including: Julie Wee, Brenden Fernandez, Amanda Tee, Rebecca Spykerman, Rishi Budhrani, Bright Ong, and Vanessa Vanderstraaten.  

Why should you join us in Semester 2? 

Carrying on this stellar tradition, Semester 2 (July to October 2020) will comprise of a weekly series of exciting masterclasses, led by award-winning industry stalwart Daniel Jenkins, with guest facilitator Sharda Harrison. They include opportunities to improve yourself as a theatre-maker with professional mentorship and intensive workshops in: 

  • Physicality in acting 

  • Stanislavsky’s renowned system of techniques for actors 

  • Deconstructive analysis and performance of contemporary monologues  

Click here for the course overview for Semester 2. 

Watch the videos below to find out more about the curriculum, and what they are looking forward to teaching during the masterclasses. 

 

Additionally, you will be able to expand your network in the industry through: 

  • Honing your skills alongside an incredibly diverse ensemble of fellow actors-in-training  

  • Making lifelong friendships and collaborations with individuals as passionate as you are  

  • Having opportunities to meet and work with international directors 

  • Exclusive access to our main stage productions, and the creative teams behind them 

Some recent feedback from current and previous TYC members include describing the programme as “training I couldn’t find anywhere else in Singapore”, having “taught me to appreciate many things about acting that I have never noticed before”, "educational and insightful”, and members have “never felt so safe to mess up, to learn, and to grow in my pursuit of the craft”. 

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please read on for more details on how you can apply!  

Please note:  

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this round of auditions will be conducted online. 

In the event that physical sessions for Semester 2 remain restricted due to current circuit breaker measures, content will be executed online via Zoom conferencing instead. 

If successful, you will be joining the current group of actors-in-training for the second semester only. There are options to continue with the programme in 2021 if you are interested in doing so. 

The fee for one semester is $500 (SGD).  

Term dates for Semester 2: 4th July – 17th October 2020 (16 Saturdays) 

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR AUDITIONS HAS CLOSED

Submission deadline: 5pm, Friday, 12th June 2020 
Fee: Free to audition (practice your audition skills and receive professional feedback!)
Age: 16 – 25 years

What to prepare for the audition:

Video recordings of you performing: 

  • One Contemporary monologue   

  • One Classic monologue  

  • One song from a musical of your choice* 

*Singing with a minus 1 backing track or acapella is acceptable. Each monologue and song should not exceed 2 minutes in length.  

Things to note:

Although your audition may not be conducted physically in person, being fully prepared is still important; lines should be memorised, and an understanding of the whole play is required. The usage of props, additional sound effects, and professional video equipment / editing, is not essential. 

Finally, please dress appropriately, and record your audition self-tapes in front of a clear, appropriate background. The audition is not just a chance to show us your talent, but to demonstrate professionalism as well.  

Step 1: Prepare your speeches and song for audition. 

Step 2: Complete the online form here and upload your self-tapes there, naming them accordingly: [(FULL NAME) - contemporary monologue / classic monologue / song title - TYC 2020 Audition.mp4]

Please ensure that your videos are titled correctly, and recorded in the MP4 file format. 

Step 3: Submit the form, and voila!  

Shortlisted applicants will be notified with further details by mid-June 2020; due to the volume of applications, we are unable to offer feedback for unsuccessful individuals. 

Should you encounter any difficulties in submitting the form, or uploading your self-tapes, please get in contact with SRT at rebecca@srt.com.sg. Please do not submit your application via email; any applications received via email without prior agreement will not be considered.  

Deadline: 5pm, Friday, 12th June 2020 

For more information please email learning@srt.com.sg


More about the The Young Company Actors: 

The programme is designed by theatre veteran Daniel Jenkins, and features guest teachers who specialise in fields such as Improvisation, Voice Acting, Devising, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre and the Stanislavsky System. It is an annual actor training programme over 2 semesters. After a year of training, progression routes are available to join the programme for a second year, depending on student conduct and availability. Each year participants will work towards semester showcases, and in their second year, will have an opportunity to perform on stage at KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. Company members will receive mentorship by established theatre practitioners, learn audition techniques and develop a range of monologues to use in different audition situations. Throughout the year there are opportunities to attend masterclasses and workshops by local and international practitioners at no extra cost, and complimentary tickets to SRT’s productions.  

 

    

 

“Although I may not pursue a career in acting, my time with The Young Company has given me experience working in professional environments with people who are deeply committed to their work. This has given me a sense of the skills I will need in future as well as what I will be looking for in my future career.”

— Celine Ng, Class of 2016

“Everything at Julius Caesar (2018) was an eye-opener. It is my first ever professional production. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by professional actors, see how they prepare themselves and do their homework for the roles. I’m amazed by how the actors rework the scene again and again when it gets old and repetitive, how they strive to find new meaning in the scene and recreate their art. It was truly inspiring to see veterans dedicated to their art.”

— Marius Wong, Class of 2019

“Being involved in Julius Caesar (2018) has opened my eyes to how much work goes into what you see onstage. It’s been such an incredible opportunity to learn from everyone, to see how a professional production is run and to work with a director like Guy Unsworth.”

— Kiara Nicole Pillai, Class of 2019

 


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