Here are some suggestions that have helped us all when choosing a piece to perform:
- Go to The Drama Bookshop or Samuel French – both are GREAT PLACES to find acting books, plays, etc. Plan to spend some time there and just browse.
- Check out the Weekly Bulletin to see a list of all pieces performed in class. Make a note of the writers that you enjoyed. Check out some of their work. There may be a role that speaks to you in one of their plays!
- Find a Reference Guide to scenes and monologues—we recommend "The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook" By Ed Hooks. It has summaries of countless plays and lists the scenes and monologues within each one, with character descriptions! When you're starting out, please just make sure the piece you pick is by an author listed on the syllabus.
- Meet as many people in class as possible and get a feel for who you may want to work with. Ask some people in class if they would like to work with you and if they have an idea of the material they would like to work on.