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Casting Policies & FAQ

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Conservatory Audition Questions –

Do I need any experience to audition for the conservatory?
Experience is nice but not necessary to audition for the acting conservatory.

Monologues -
Monologues should be no longer than 90 seconds in length.

What are two contrasting monologues?
One comic and one dramatic - or one classic and one contemporary.
It is the actor’s discretion how they choose to “contrast”.

Music -
How Long?
16 to 32 bars.

What is 16 to 32 bars?
This is about 30 to 60 seconds of a song.

Can I sing from something other than a musical?
Yes. Songs from musicals are the most common, but it is up to the actor’s discretion.

Do I need to bring sheet music
Unless otherwise specified.

"Please bring a picture and resume." What does that mean?
A picture for an acting audition is traditionally an 8" x 10" head and shoulder full face photograph.
An acting resume traditionally has the actor's name, phone number, and email address. It also lists previous theatre training and experience.

If I can’t make it to a location to audition can I submit a video?

Please make sure the video is current and consists of two contrasting monologues and 16 to 32 bars of any song.

Please do not use video of you performing in a show unless otherwise specified.

Email your video links to

How old do I need to be?
You need to have a high school diploma or be 18 years old to attend the conservatory.
We are a conservatory and have students of all ages and education levels.
We have students right out of strong high school programs and students with their bachelor's degree.
Our youngest students are 18 and we have had students in their 40’s as well.

How long is the program?
Two years.
(See Conservatory pages on our website to fully answer these questions)

When does it begin?
We usually begin the third week in August.

How do I apply?
Please refer to our How to Apply on the Conservatory page on our website for a list of what you need to apply.

Are there Callbacks?
We hold Callbacks for the Conservatory in March.

How many students do you accept every year?
We accept approximately 30 students a year.

How many students audition?
Over 500 students audition depending on the year.
PCPA invites 60 to 70 students to callbacks.

For more information:
Drama: Professional Acting is one of the career technical education programs at Allan Hancock College within Allan Hancock College within the department of Fine Arts. It resides in the Arts, Media and Entertainment industry sector.

Casting Office
Phone: (805) 922-6966 ext. 4119

Roger DeLaurier, Conservatory Director of Actor Training
PCPA Drama: Professional Acting
Phone: (805) 928-7731 ext. 4116
Business Office
805 928-7731
Box Office
805 922-8313

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