Audition Power - The Basics
Getting the Part: Monologues & Cold Reading
|January 21st - March 11th
|10:00am - 12:00pm
Each and every actor embarking on a career in the performing arts will
need to master the art of cold reading, and monologue
presentation. Virtually every audition you go to will require one
or the other, and often times both! This workshop is designed
develop both of these essential skills so that you have an edge over
the competition on every audition.
You go out on an audition and have been given almost no information
about what you'll be reading. Someone puts a brand new script in
your hand and tells you that you have only minutes to prepare.
This is the infamous, nerve-racking Cold Reading audition, many an
actor's worst nightmare! But it doesn't have to be!
Mastering cold reading just takes some technique, a little know-how,
and practice under the guidance of a skilled instructor.
Master important cold reading skills, including
-How to quickly break
down and understand a new script
-Making decisions on the
and objectives to deepen your character
-Creating a relationship
with your audition partner
-Committing to the part
The ability to cold read new scripts is an ABSOLUTE MUST for any
serious actor. It not only sets you apart from the competition,
but also increases your chances of giving a standout audition.
If you aren't required to do a cold reading at your audition, you'll
need to be prepared to deliver a dynamic monologue. Not just any
monologue, but one that you've polished and perfected, which showcases
the best of your acting abilities. It's vital that an actor knows
a diverse selection of monologues which he or she can be ready to
perform at the drop of a hat.
in this workshop will work on two
contrasting contemporary of classical pieces. You can show up
with monologue pieces of your own which you would like to work on and
perfect, or you can choose to have the instructor
pick audition pieces that sell you best as an actor based on your
character type, age range and branding.
Any actor who takes this workshop will have a huge advantage in their
career, and are much more likely to win any audition they go on!
To ensure the health and safety of our students during the Covid-19
pandemic, space in this program is limited right now to no more than
six participants. Make the decision to be serious
about your career and book a spot for yourself before the workshop is
Edward Dennis Fogell -
training from such renowned institutions and acting coaches as Ted Liss School of Drama/Chicago, Victory Gardens/Chicago, CES/Los
Angeles, Michael Shurtleff/New
York, Geoffrey Conners and David Perry, Royal Academy of Dramatic
arts/London, to name a few. Ed recently completed co-staring in "Word Alive" with Matthew McConhaughey, Reese Witherspoon
and Tom Selleck plus he has
been cast as a series regular in a new Netflix
series to be shot here in Chicago later this year.
Some past television credits include the NBC soap opera "Generations", "Lady Blue", "Crime Stories",
and "Unsolved Mysteries." He
recreated the historic 40s-50s mob figure "Willie Bioff" in "The Projection Racket" for the BBC. Feature film credits also
include "Time Was," the Chicago International Film Festival, Silver
Hugo Award & LA Telly Award winner "It Takes A Lot Of Light To Make
A City," the Chicago
International Film Festival, Silver Award winning "Last Days In
Chicago," the indie gem "Sitting
On The Fence," Co-Starred
in the action feature thriller, "Dead
Air," plus countless stage productions including "Lt. Weinberg" in "A Few Good Men."
Some of you out there in the industrial, audio/visual markets probably
already know Ed, or at least have seen his rugged exterior in many
corporate, training films & commercials for the Motorola Corps, Sears, RCA, National Safety
Council, and national spots for Carnival
Cruise Lines, Kellogg & Miller's Lite Beer, to name
Ed has directed numerous
theatre productions, features & made-for-television films,
including,"Paradise Lost, Paradise Found". "In The Air Tonight" and
"Detective Story", produced, directed and performed in many musical
variety shows through out the United States, which includes the "Arie
Crown theatre," "The Park West" and "Civic Opera House" here in Chicago
and on the international set, musical show revue in Hawaii, Japan,
Korea and the Republic of China. Helped co-found the "Screen Actors
Academy" in La Jolla, CA. Ed frequently serves as a judge and Chairman
of the judges in the "Miss Teenage Illinois," "Miss Illinois" and "Mrs.
Illinois" beauty pageants.
Finally we would also
like to mention that Mr. Fogell is on the board of directors at
Complete Video & Film Productions as well as president of Worldwide
Entertainment. Ed possesses a refreshingly honest, no nonsense approach
to the method, coupled with an unequaled passionate affection for the
actors he coaches and commitment to helping them fulfill their dreams.