PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE KENNEDY CENTER WEB SITE.
Dear Irene Ryan Candidates and Faculty Coaches
of Region I,
Congratulations to each of you for your excellence and commitment. The entire regional committee is looking forward to seeing you at the KCACTF Festival 47.
You must complete the online Irene Ryans Scene Selection Form no later than Tuesday, January 15, 2015.
Please be sure that you have all of the required information available prior to submitting your scene selections.
This includes the following:
- Your Coach/Mentor’s name & email address.
- Your Scene Partner’s Name.
- Whether you are sharing your Scene Partner and if so, the other Candidate’s name.
- The name of the hotel you are registered at for the Festival.
- Your Scene and Monologue information:
- Title of Play
- Translation by (if appropriate)
- Whether it is a musical piece (song title)
- Dramatic material written before the 20th century (eligible for Classical Acting Award)
- Publisher/Rights Information (KCACTF rules available at
Candidates MUST comply with the performance guidelines as outlined on the KCACTF website: http://www.kcactf.org. Please don't hesitate to contact me (contact information below) if you have any questions regarding the guidelines.
In part, our rules state: “Performers should seriously consider that when internal cuts and the realignment
of text are made to scenes or monologues, there is the risk of significantly altering the interpretation of the dramatic idea of the play and the author’s intent. Most authors would not support such an action, even for an audition. Both mentors and students are reminded that they assume the liability if the rights holders choose to formally complain about the way the material is used.”
To this end, there will be a box on the Ryan registration form that the students will be required to check to acknowledge that they are aware that they are liable if they violate copyright laws by making internal cuts to their scenes. In addition, they will check a box that they have read and agree to the rules and criteria for the Irene Ryan Scholarship. Thank you for your attention to this detail and for helping to make the students aware of the rules. The complete rules information can be found here: KCACTF.ORG_NATIONAL/Ryan_Rules.html
IRENE RYAN ACTING SCHOLARSHIP RULES/REGULATIONS
In an effort to model the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions after professional auditions, there will no longer be a "disqualification" at any level of the Irene Ryan auditions due to time. Time limits will be enforced, and are limited to 3 minutes at the preliminary audition, 5 minutes at the semi-final audition, and 6 minutes at the final round of auditions. Much like a professional audition, actors will be stopped at the time limit at all levels. There will be no warnings on time, such as hand raising, paddle waving, etc. There is no grace period at any level; nor any disqualification. Time management is a very important consideration in selecting material. While there is no longer any disqualification, actors are strongly encouraged to allow for room in their audition to fully develop the acting moments. It is a disadvantage to the actor to prepare an audition which requires the actor to rush to finish the material, or to risk having the most important moments go unseen, and is indicative of an unprofessional and ill-prepared audition. Time the performance carefully so that it is always within the required limits. The confidence, poise, and polish of outstanding auditions are the result of dedicated, concentrated rehearsal and astute coaching.
In the same manner, all musical accompaniment must now be live. No recorded accompaniment will be allowed. Remember, if a scene in the audition incorporates singing, the scene must be in dialogue or duet with the partner. The accompanist will not count as the partner (unless the accompanist performs as a character in the audition). KCACTF will provide an accompanist for your audition and you will have a short, designated rehearsal period together before each round. Avoid a cappella singing as it is not the standard of professional auditions and puts the actor at a disadvantage.
Thanks to all of the Region I students and coaches who make the Irene Ryan Scholarships such an exciting part of our Festival. We look forward to working with all of you in January.
Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Chair