In 2005, after many years of private vocal coachings, as well as teaching over a hundred musical theatre audition classes, I decided to write the ultimate book on auditioning. Back Stage Books was eager to publish it, and after a record-breaking book signing at the Drama Book Shop, and the 'Forward' written by Jason Robert Brown, I am proud to say that university theatre programs and high schools all around the country use my book as their primary source, when teaching auditioning.
In the United States, there are 300,000 actors; 100,000 hold union cards. There are 184 college theater programs and 108 performing-arts high schools. There are 578 acting schools and coaches in New York City and Los Angeles alone. The Complete Professional Audition is the one book all of those actors need-because before actors can act, they have to pass the audition! Here's practical, hand-holding advice for choosing material, rehearsing, warming up, staying calm, standing out in a crowd, understanding casting, avoiding pitfalls, following up, getting the right headshot and resume, and accepting an offer. There's even a section on handling rejection-not that The Complete Professional Audition user is ever going to need that, of course. Ultra-useful appendices of recommended songs and monologues (yes!) make this the complete guide for everyone with an audition coming up. I hope you will find my book useful.
"A Must for anyone pursuing a professional career in the theatre....indispensable."
Marissa Jaret Winoker (Tony Award Winning Actress for Hairspray)
"Finally, an intelligent and accurate handbook for the musical theatre performer. Read every word and you will be 100 miles ahead of all your competition."
Mark Simon, casting director
"...everyone of those thousands of people could have benefitted from at least one of the succinctly written and well-considered piece of advice that Darren offers in these pages."
Jason Robert Brown, (Tony Award Winning Composer/Lyricist)