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This informal workshop will guide students through what to expect at Stanford auditions, teach skills for preparing audition sides and monologues, and talk through what we’ll be looking for this coming 2019/20 season. No previous experience or preparation necessary!

Meet TAPS faculty including Artistic Director Michael Rau, Artist-in-Residence and Acting Concentration Advisor Amy Freed, Voice/Acting Lecturer Stephanie Hunt, and Movement Lecturer Matt Chapman.




MICHAEL RAU, Assistant Professor in Performance-making; TAPS Artistic Driector; Theater-Making Concentration Advisor. Michael Rau is a live performance director specializing in new plays, opera, and digital media projects. He has worked internationally in Germany, Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He has created work in New York City at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, PS122, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, 59E59, 3LD, and Dixon Place. Regionally, his work as been seen at the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland OH, and the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. He has developed new plays at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Lark and the Kennedy Center. Michael Rau is a recipient of fellowships from the Likhachev Foundation, the Kennedy Center, and the National New Play Network. He has been a resident artist at the Orchard Project, E|MERGE, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Rau is a Forward/Story fellow and a speaker at Books in Browsers, StoryCode, and RailsConf2016. He has been an associate director for Anne Bogart, Les Waters, Robert Woodruff, and Ivo Van Hove. He is a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University.

Amy Freed

AMY FREED, Artist-in-Residence in Playwriting; Acting Concentration Advisor. Amy Freed is the author of Shrew!The Monster BuilderRestoration ComedyThe Beard of AvonFreedomland,Safe in HellThe Psychic Life of SavagesYou, Nero and other plays. She ‘s a recipient of the Charles McArthur Playwriting Award (D.C.) The New York Arts Club’s Joseph Kesserling Award, a several-times winner of the LA Critic’s Circle Award, the Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award and is a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her work has been seen at South Coast Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Yale Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, Playwright’s Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage and other theaters around the country. She has held playwriting residencies at South Coast Rep, the Arena Stage, and San Diego’s Old Globe. She is currently working on a commission for South Coast Rep.

Freed received a BFA in theater from Southern Methodist University, and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. She has taught acting and directed for ACT’s MFA program. She’s also taught playwriting at San Francisco State and for the MFA playwriting program of UCSD.

STEPHANIE HUNT, Lecturer in Voice and Acting. Stephanie is an actor, director, and teacher of voice and acting. As a core member of the Bay Area theatre company, Word for Word, Stephanie has acted in numerous productions, including Tobias Wolff’s Sanity, Colm Tóibín’s Silence, Upton Sinclair’s Oil! and Susan Glaspell’s A Jury of her Peers. For Word for Word, she directed the productions of Bullet in the Brain and Lady’s Dream by Tobias Wolff, and All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones, which played at the Z Space before touring France. She has acted with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Campo Santo, Aurora Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare, the One Act Theater, and in New York at La Mama. For two years with Pulp Playhouse, Stephanie performed late-night comedy improv with O-Lan Jones and Mike McShane at the Eureka Theater. She has taught voice at ACT in the Summer Training Congress, and at the University of San Francisco, Chabot College, and Sonoma State University. She has directed a number of university productions, most recently at USF, where she directed Twelfth Night, and adapted and directed Alice Munro’s The View from Castle Rock. Her training includes an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater and certification as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. Stephanie is committed to creating and teaching ensemble-based theater with a focus on heightened language.

MATT CHAPMAN, Lecturer in Movement. Matt Chapman is a performer, director, and teacher of physical theatre, movement, and clown. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Brooklyn’s Under the Table, collaborating on each of the company’s 12 works produced since its founding in 2001. Based in Oakland, CA, Matt began working with TAPS as a lecturer in Winter 2017.

In recent years, Matt has worked on the Faculties of several programs at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and spent several years on the Faculty at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA; he currently continues his work with the school as Director of Admissions and Recruiting.

Matt has taught Clown at Marymount Manhattan College and Manhattanville College in New York, and has taught workshops at such places as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, NYU, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, Towson, the University of Iowa, James Madison University, University of North Dakota, NYC’s People’s Improv Theatre, and the Brooklyn Arts eXchange.

He works abroad regularly as well; his workshops, directing, and performances have included South Africa, Denmark, Colombia, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, and England. Matt has held several Clown intensives in collaboration with Suzanne Bakker in Amsterdam and taught annually in Mexico City at UNAM’s Festival Nacional de Teatro Universitario.

He has collaborated with NYC’s Eavesdrop; Durban, South Africa’s African Dream Circus; Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkor; Denmark’s Filuren and Jomfru Ane Teatret; Blue Lake’s Dell’Arte Company; Philadelphia’s Hotel Obligado; and Arcata, CA’s Pequeño Teatro DanceTheatre, and worked as Movement Consultant for Stanford’s The Good Person of Szechwan, directed by Mina Morita.

Matt works with Clowns Without Borders, writes music for and plays guitar in the Oakland punk band The Big Forgive, and is a graduate of Dell’Arte International and the University of Kansas. He was a recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Future Leaders program.


Event Details

Date: September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium
Address: PIGOTT THEATER 551 Jane Stanford Way