Student Resources

Student Resources

Interested in Bishop’s Drama?

Interested in Bishop’s Drama?  Our Department is happy to answer your questions. Student representatives Rachel McNamara and Mouadh Merai (BUDD reps for the 2018-2019 academic year) can be reached at budd@ubishops.ca. Department Chairperson George Rideout will tell you what you’d like to know about life and learning at Bishop’s University Drama.

Rachel McNamara and Mouadh Merai, BUDD reps for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Rachel McNamara and Mouadh Merai.

Audition Speeches

A few simple Do’s and Don’ts of auditioning:

Do: …select a speech by a character who is close to your own age

Do: …read the whole play from which the speech has been taken

Do: …wear neutral clothing (no T-shirts with slogans or splashy graphics ) that allows freedom of movement

Don’t: …go over the stated time limit. (3 min. usually means 3 min.)

Don’t: …direct your speech to the auditioner if you are doing a stage audition

The speeches below are suitable for younger actors (ages 18-28)

Classical Greek – Women

  1. Andromache from Andromache by Euripedes 1
  2. Andromache from Andromache by Euripedes 2
  3. Hermione from Andromache by Euripedes 1
  4. Hermione from Andromache by Euripedes 2
  5. Cassandra from Agamemnon by Aeschylus
  6. Electra from The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus

Classical Greek -Men

  1. Oedipus from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  2. Haimon from Antigone by Sophocles
  3. Jason from Medea by Euripides

Shakespeare – Women

  1. As You Like It —Phebe—Act 3, sc.5, lines 8-26
  2. As You Like It —Rosalind —Act 3, sc.5. lines 34-63
  3. Twelfth Night — Viola—Act 2, sc.2, lines 18-42
  4. Romeo & Juliet — Juliet—Act 3, sc. 2, lines 1-33
  5. The Winter’s Tale — Hermione —Act 3, sc.2, lines 23-54
  6. Henry IV, pt.1—Lady Percy — Act 2, sc.3, lines 40-67
  7. Two Gentlemen of Verona—Julia—Act 1, sc.2, lines 104-129
  8. Two Gentlemen of Verona—Silvia—Act 4, sc.3, lines 11-36
  9. Henry VI, pt. 1 —Joan la Pucelle —Act 1, sc. 2, lines 72-92

Shakespeare – Men

  1. Romeo & Juliet—Romeo—Act 2, sc. 2, lines 1-25
  2. Romeo & Juliet—Romeo—Act 5, sc. 3, lines 88-120
  3. Hamlet—Hamlet—Act 2, sc.2, lines 575-610
  4. Hamlet—Hamlet —Act 3, sc.1lines 55-88
  5. Hamlet—Hamlet—Act 3, sc.3, lines 73-96
  6. Henry IV, pt.1—Hotspur—Act 1, sc.3, lines 29-69
  7. Henry IV, pt.1—Prince Hal—Act 3, sc.2, lines 129-153
  8. Richard III—Richard (Gloucester)—Act 1, sc.1, lines 1-31
  9. King Lear—Edmund—Act 1, sc.2, lines 1-22
  10. Othello—Iago—Act 2, sc. 3, lines 342-368

Modern – Women

  1. Julie…from Miss Julie
  2. Joan…from St. Joan
  3. Babe…from Crimes of the Heart
  4. Pony…from White Biting Dog Canadian play
  5. Arlie…from Getting Out
  6. Dull Gret…from Top Girls
  7. Constance…from Goodnight Desdemona Canadian play
  8. Carol…from Oleanna
  9. Katie…from Little Sister Canadian play
  10. Estelle…from Cocktails at Pam’s Canadian play
  11. Annette…from Texas Boy Canadian play
  12. Theresa…from The Crackwalker Canadian play
  13. Agnes…from Marion Bridge Canadian play

Modern – Men

  1. Lopakhin…from The Cherry Orchard
  2. Edmund…from Long Day’s Journey into Night
  3. Tom…from The Glass Menagerie
  4. Tom…from The Glass Menagerie
  5. Biff…from Death of a Salesman
  6. Bishop…from Billy Bishop Goes to War Canadian play
  7. Vince…from Buried Child
  8. Cape…from White Biting Dog Canadian play
  9. Cole…from Keely and Du