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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

TAPS is celebrating 10 years as a major and welcomes you to the party!

10th Anniversary

If you have to present yourself, this is for you!

Bring your lunch to Camino 131 on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Between 12:30 and 1:45

Topics enlighten job interviews, auditions, careers, teaching, networking, marketing and public speakin.

Join us for workshops, professional panels, discussions, presentations, showcases, and more.


Thursday, September 20          Tech Talks: Part 1: Stage Management     Professional Panel

Thursday, September 27          Venue Crawl: Walking the Boards                        Moving tour

The Studio Theatre, The Shiley Theatre,

Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, The Black Box

Tuesday, October 2                  The Art of the Audition: Part 1:Etiquette of the Audition          

                                                            Outreach, application, materials, dress, attitude, presence

Tuesday, October 9                  The Art of the Audition: Part 2: Type-Casting Yourself 

                                                            How to identify your “type” and how directors see you

Tuesday, October 16                The Art of the Audition: Part 3: Stage Presence & Anxiety       

                                                            Relaxation, preparation, coping

Tuesday, October 23                The Art of the Audition: Part 4: The business of the Business

                                                            Headshots, resumes, & bios, casting agents, unions

Tuesday, October 30                The Art of the Audition: Part 5: Say What? Monologue Selection

                                                            Do your homework, modern vs. classic, comedic vs. dramatic

Tuesday, November 6               The Art of the Audition: Part 6: Warming up to Cold Readings

                                                            Tips to being “spontaneously prepared”

Thursday, November 8             The Art of the Audition: Part 7: Ready, Set, Improv Auditions!

Friday, November 9                 Improv Nite: Fun in the Black Box             For Students AND Faculty

Tuesday, November 13             The Art of the Audition: Part 8: Ma, Me, Mi, Mo, Musical Auditions

Thursday, November 15           Next Step: Conversations with Alumni     Panel of USD Theatre Alumni

Thursday, November 15           Red Carpet Opening Night Pre-Show Reception: The Beaux Stratagem

Tuesday, November 20             The Art of the Audition: Part 9: Facing the On-camera Audition

Tuesday, November 27             The Art of the Auditin: Part 10: Getting the Part, Keeping the Network

                                                            How to turn gig to career

Check back for events happening in the spring!