I think out of all of my auditions, I was least concerned about the one for UHouston. Not that I wouldn't consider this school -- quite the contrary. But the panel of four to whom I gave my pieces was very specific about the age of their candidates -- unfortunately, it seemed that I was too young to even consider. Though the audition went well (partly because I felt no pressure due to the aforementioned age "requirement") I was not even going to e-mail them a response to clog up their inboxes. But lo and behold, this appeared in my own inbox just a day or two later:
I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how impressed I was with your audition in NYC this week. You combined guts with good humor, charm with strength. You also implemented notes quickly and with good personal connection--that LIE OF THE MIND selection went up like a Saturn rocket. All of these are qualities we're looking to build on to train the our next ensemble to become leading artists for regional theatre, strong television and feature film.
While we still have several days in Chicago (Feb 3-6) and Houston (Feb 23) to see more candidates, both James Black (Associate Artistic Director of the Alley Theatre) and I wanted to make sure you knew we were strongly interested in working with you in the future. I hope you'll get in touch with us--zap back with questions, keep us updated on the programs you're considering, etc.--in the coming weeks.
Again, congrats on your work. I hope your trip back to the Palouse was uneventful. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jack Young. Head, Graduate Acting & Directing UHouston MFA classical training for the new millennium
Wow. Apparently my pessimism about this whole MFA thing is just a form of self-protection.
I had no idea that James Black was from the Alley and not just UHouston. The Alley is somewhere I could work someday as a professional artist. I am so privileged. I feel so lucky to have been able to travel to