Audition in North America

The audition process in North America

​​​​If you live in the UK or EU, a different audition process will apply. 

Your audition in North America will consist of a performance and a short interview. Your performance criteria will be depend on which course you’ve applied for.

You’ll need to prepare three monologues. These can be from any three different plays, although at least one must be from an Elizabethan or Jacobean text. They can be written for any gender and each one must last no longer than three minutes.   

You’ll need to prepare three monologues. These can be from any three different plays, although at least two must be from an Elizabethan or Jacobean text. They can be written for any gender and each one must last no longer than three minutes. 

Your monologues can be any pieces, but if you need some ideas, take a look here for a selection of classical monologues, as well as links to some more contemporary pieces. 

Here are some things to take note of: 

  • We’ll let you know the date of your audition about two to three weeks prior to the date, but it may be shorter notice, so make sure you’re prepared.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early as your audition slot will start on time. Overall, the process should last no longer than 30 minutes.
  • While you have been asked to prepare three monologues the panel may decide that they only want to see two and focus any redirection on those.
  • Be prepared to receive some direction from the panel on one or more of your pieces.
  • You won’t be able to use any props, so don’t choose a monologue which is reliant on any.
  • You can edit your monologue, but make sure it makes sense as a stand-alone speech. For example, if you are combining two short pieces to lengthen your monologue, make sure that it flows well.
  • Dress comfortably in clothes in which you can move easily.
  • We want to see your own creativity and interpretation of the text, so don’t rely on others to show you how to do it.
  • If you’ve applied for more than one course, you’ll only have to do one audition process.

Audition dates and locations

New York
17-21 Jan
17-22 Feb

Toronto
25 Jan

Chicago
27-28 Jan
5-6 Feb

Denver
30 Jan

Los Angeles
1-2, 8-9 Feb

San Francisco
11 Feb

Seattle
14 Feb

Audition process FAQs

We’ll send out confirmation of your audition date and time two to three weeks beforehand, but it could be less notice so be prepared. Please make every effort to attend the audition date you are offered, as auditions held outside of London are on the advertised dates only – you can find the venues and dates on this page. 

LAMDA training is rigorous and intensive, so as well as acting ability, you’ll need to have a dedicated attitude and a limitless imagination. We also believe in the art of collaboration, so you’ll need to have a willingness to work in a group and the capability to be adaptive and receptive. Each course page has a detailed description of the different criteria.  

We welcome applications from everybody passionate about refining their acting talents and shaping the dramatic arts world, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or if you have any disabilities.  

Please let us know in advance if you need any adjustments or special requirements made to your audition due to a disability.  If you have a disability that is not visible, for example dyslexia or epilepsy, please let the LAMDA Registrar know so that we can make sure any facilities are available for you if appropriate. Any information you give us won’t affect your application and will remain confidential. We’ll only let other staff members know with your permission. 

Your speech should be a monologue from a play of your choice. This can be any piece, but if you need some ideas, take a look here for a selection of classical monologues, as well as links to some more contemporary pieces. 

The panel for first round auditions in North America normally consists of two people, of whom one will be the Head of the Drama School. When you have completed your audition pieces, there will be a short interview.  

You’lll receive your result within a maximum of four weeks. This will be either: 

  • A notification of a recall either in London or via self-tape (at LAMDA’s discretion) Full details on what to expect for the recall audition will be sent to you.
  • A notification of an unsuccessful audition.  
  • A notification of consideration for a different course.  

There are only a very limited number of places available at LAMDA. If you’re not offered a place straight away, you may be placed on a waiting list. This means if someone who was offered a place does not accept their place for whatever reason, it may become available to you. The waitlist will be in operation until the August prior to the start of the course.  

At the moment, due to the number of auditions that take place, we do not offer feedback on first round auditions. You may be able to receive feedback on you recall audition if you submit a request within two weeks of receiving your result.

The audition procedures are intended to be fair and transparent. When you apply for a place at LAMDA, your entry is on the understanding that there is an acceptance of the professional judgement of the panel. The only grounds for an appeal are if you feel that your audition was not judged fairly and can clearly demonstrate the reasons why this was the case.  

All appeals must be made in writing within two weeks of the audition date, not the result.  

The full policy and procedures for appeals and complaints to do with admissions is available here

We record all recall auditions and in some instances may record your first-round audition (this will be made clear on the audition day). This is to help the panel make their decisions and to ensure standards and consistency are maintained.    

All recordings will be subject to GDPR guidelines and will be deleted once a final decision has been made regarding an applicant's result.