By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer
Alexandria Glotfelty is a Senior Theatre Major at West Liberty University
Q: When/How did you decide to do theatre?
A: I took my first theatre class in my first year of high school. I took this class originally because I cannot draw, and did not want to take an art class. Ever since that year I have loved theatre and my passion for it grew.
Q: How many collegiate/professional productions have you been in and what has been your favorite production?
A: I have been in six collegiate productions at West Liberty, which include A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare as Helena, The Diary of Anne Frank by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, and She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen as Agnes amongst a few others.
I have enjoyed all the roles I have been in, but my favorite would have to be Midsummer’s, because that was the first show that I really got to explore my goofy side with her character.
Q: What is your dream role and what are some of your acting goals for the future?
A: My dream role, as of right now, would be Violet or Beverly Weston in August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. My future goals after learning at West Liberty, are to go to Graduate school and keep working on my craft as an actor and continue learning.
Q: How do you approach auditions, and do you still get nervous?
A: For auditions, I’m the type of person to practice in some form everyday; whether it be working on my voice, stretching, going trough my over all objective, goals, and tactics for the piece, and blocking the piece itself and determining underlying thoughts. Yes, I do still get nervous. Its always hard in any career to put yourself out there, but I will say I do not get as nervous as I used to due to getting the opportunities at West Liberty to audition for theatre conventions, competitions, and auditioning classes. The nerves never go away.
Q: What schools did you audition for in Chicago? (Also what were the exact dates)
A: In Chicago I auditioned for URTA: University Resident Theatre Auditions. These auditions gave you a chance to be viewed by gradate schools and theatre companies some of which included University of Arizona, California institute of the arts, California state Fullerton, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, Florida State, and University of South Carolina amongst many others.
Q: What was the process like?
A: The process started with orientation where they went over how the day would go about and let the actors view and walk around in the audition space. Once it came close to your audition time, the stage manager would call your name, let you know how many people were in front of you, and ask you to be ‘on deck’, line up behind the person in front of you so that you could be ready to go in.
The stage manager then would signal you to go into the space, introduce yourself, and perform your pieces. You had only two minutes to perform your audition, and they would call time on you if you went over, ending your audition. Once your audition was over, you were free to do what you wanted, but had to be back for your call back sheet. (The list of companies and graduate schools that were interested in your audition piece and wanted to keep in contact with you).
On that call back sheet would be interview times set up that afternoon with graduate schools. There was also a section where if a school or company could not interview you, but wanted you to still contact them with a resume and head shot, you were able to do so.
Q: How do you deal with being declined a role and what advice would you like to give your fellow students?
A: Any decline to do anything you are passionate about is hard to hear and process. I take time to let myself be upset by it, but after that I focus on what I can do better next time. I practice my auditioning skills, work on scenes with fellow actors, and perform these scenes and audition pieces for faculty members to get notes and advice on how to do better and what to work on.
Never stop working for what you want. Even when you are denied a role, a job position, never let being told no destroy your passion and determination for your dreams. Fight for it, if you do that, doors full of opportunities will open up for you!
Photo Credit: West Liberty University Department of Theater