Is Drama your passion? Do you find yourself re-enacting skits from SNL in your basement? In the Acting/Improv specialty, you and your peers will work with professional artists to form an ensemble that will explore theatrical performance technique, process, and staging at the professional level. You will learn various traditions of improvisation and theater from slapstick comedy to monologue and scene work. By the end of this jam-packed week, your ensemble will be ready to show off the incredible improvisational and acting talents in front of your peers at the Final JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® Showcase.

Introducing our 2019 Acting|Improv AIR – Scotty Watson

Scotty Watson is an alumnus of The Second City Canadian National Touring Company & taught Improv & Advanced Sketch Writing for The Second City NYC.  He has created successful improvisational theater programs for theater companies and schools around the world.  His students perform in theater, on television, and in feature films and include an Academy Award winner.

Scotty directs comedies for the theater. He recently worked with the Emmy award-winning showrunner of M*A*S*H*, Cheers & Frasier.  He has performed as an actor Off-Broadway, on television, and in feature films. Most recently he had a popular series of TV commercials for the New York market.

Scotty’s book, Scotty Watson’s Improv Tips, is available on Amazon.

Audition Requirements – Acting/Improv 2019

What are we looking for?

  • A passion for acting
  • A strong desire to focus on growth and improvement of acting skills
  • A willingness to take positive risks onstage
  • An ability to be a trusted member of a company or a team
  • Participation in school/community/professional theatre training programs is a bonus

In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit a video sample of your work. Please record a video of yourself performing a monologue no more than 90 seconds in length, contemporary or classical. The monologue must be from a play, not a film and not self-written. Be sure to state the name of the piece prior to the performance. We will look for preparedness and some evidence of character choices.

Once you have recorded the video, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into your audition form.

Please answer the following questions in the text boxes provided on the application.

  1. Tell us briefly about your experiences in acting/improv at school, home, or in workshops/classes.
  2. Tell us briefly about your passion and desire for acting/improv and your process.
  3. Why do you want to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®?
  4. Tell us about the piece you chose and why you chose it.
  5. Anything else you would like us to know about you and your acting/improv skills?
  6. Please provide the link to your video audition.

* For basic instructions to upload a video to YouTube, please click here