Are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes of theatrical productions? Do you like supporting our fabulous HOOLIGANs in their out-of-the-box endeavors? Then mark your calendars for this Friday, November 20th at 6pm, as our Production Management department presents its first ever Texpo: a technical design exposition, on the HOOLIGAN Youtube Channel! But until then, we’ve reached out to some of the HOOLIGANs involved to get you the inside scoop on Texpo!
But first, what is Texpo?
Texpo is a new event hosted by our Production Management department! Through a series of workshops on all the things that happen behind the scenes of a show, participants prepare their own design (in any department, from lighting to costumes and beyond) that fit the theme of “Young, Dumb, and Broke” to be premiered at this exposition.
How did HOOLIGAN come up with the idea of Texpo?
"The Production Management department came up with the initial concept during a brainstorming session last spring when we were thinking of ideas for tech to get involved in theater virtually. We wanted to create an event where people of any experience level could create and showcase their technical designs, as well as learn new skills and try new things. This initial idea was then developed into Texpo over the summer through meetings with HOOLIGAN's executive producers and the Production Management department, and we are proud to present it this fall!" -Kate Logan (Production Manager), 3rd year Undeclared major
Now, let's get to know some of our participants and workshop leaders!
What was your experience in theater before being a part of Texpo?
"Theater has been a part of my life for a long time. I saw my first show (Grease!) when I was 4 and then I started to act when I was 8. It wasn’t until high school that I got into the technical side through lighting. During high school, I worked at a variety of theaters to build up my skills to get into UCLA. HOOLIGAN’s production of Spring Awakening was the first major show for which I ever designed the lighting"! -Malcom Wilson ("How to Present!" Workshop Leader), 3rd year Theater major
How did you come to the conclusion of your project?
"In my own Texpo project, I am proposing a stage adaptation of my favorite childhood movie, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper. I went through the process of finding a script, watching the movie, taking notes on the scenes and mood, and making Pinterest boards." -Lisa Imai (Participant and Workshop Leader), 3rd year Environmental Science Major
What was your favorite part of the experience?
"I've loved seeing everyone's creative and original ideas! Some of our participants have gone for some out-of-the-box concepts that I'm so excited for everyone to see. Everyone is working on something interesting, unique, and that they're passionate about!" -Kate Logan (Production Manager), 3rd year Undeclared major
We can't wait for you all to see our HOOLIGANs' unique designs, so make sure to check out their presentations this Friday! You won't want to miss it!
The hiring process can be daunting. What should you put in your application? What are we even looking for in an applicant? The simple answer: we want to learn about your unique character. We are looking for kind, gentle hearts who love the arts, and display a willingness to help in a team effort.
1. Maximize the information you can share with us
There is limited space to display all your talents and we can only read through so many applicants, so keep in mind what you wish to share with us. Be concise but still add all the relevant information to showcase your passions and skills. We really want to get to know you, so be passionate when you write.
Focus on being yourself and giving us real, genuine answers. HOOLIGAN is a family and we are looking for staff members that really want to be themselves here.
2. Read the directions carefully
Make sure you are applying to the right department, filling out every relevant section, and submitting your supplemental documents on time. The easier you make HR’s job in reviewing your application, the more enjoyable it will be for us. We don’t want to penalize you for logistical issues, so email email@example.com any relevant questions.
Also, prepare yourself by looking over your application as well as the department information packet. You should familiarize yourself with the departments that you are applying for, it will help a lot!
3. Take advantage of the interview
As a theater company, we are looking for unique personalities. This means that you don’t have to be outspoken or extremely eloquent in speech, but rather, show off your own individual character. We are looking for kind, hard working people above all else.
Have your resume handy (or at least a list of past professional experiences) because you might be asked about your past experiences! Be on time to your interview--or, even better, be a few minutes early. It will make a good impression not only with us, but also with future employers.
Don’t be nervous! The interviewers are students too and we are here to give you a comfortable experience in applying to staff.
4. Other Tips
Write your application responses in a separate document before putting it in the Google Form. That way you can do it in more than one sitting and have the ability to revise your answers.
Be open to other departments that you may have not initially considered. HOOLIGAN has many departments, and based on your skills and personality, we might see you as a better fit for another department.
If you do not get hired, do not be discouraged! Many of our staff members applied multiple times before they were hired because we want to put everyone where they can most succeed.
Missed our auditions workshop? Never fear, this guide will get you ready for auditions this weekend!
Auditions can be scary, especially if it’s your first time. You may feel intimidated, but remember that we at HOOLIGAN Theatre Company all want you to succeed. We want you to feel comfortable during your audition so that you can perform at your very best. It can be hard, but once you adopt the mindset we are rooting for you, you’ve already won half the battle!
We are all college students just like you, so don’t be intimidated. Once you’ve relaxed your nerves, we can work on other preparatory steps that will set you up for success. Below are some amazing tips from our wonderful Education department.
1. Picking Audition Material
Did you know? HOOLIGAN has a whole library of audition resources, including both songs and monologues. But if you can’t find something that you like, a quick google search never hurt anybody. Read or sing the material out loud and make sure to choose material that is appropriate for your age, style, and true to your character. Try to avoid well known songs and monologues. We always prefer a piece that you are most familiar with and will play to your strengths.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
Don’t just go through the words without truly internalizing their meanings. For songs, be cautious of your vowel placement and the positioning of your tongue, larynx, and soft palate. Make sure it feels right to you and watch how your body responds. For monologues, annotate the piece of creative writing for its emotional context and depth, and consider researching the show to understand how the piece fits into the larger creative context. Knowing the context of a song can be very helpful in correctly portraying the character’s emotions, too. Most importantly, in both cases, deliver the piece with passion and let the emotions do the talking. Don’t rely solely on the words.
3. Recording Your Audition
Shoot horizontally from the waist up. Have a place to focus your eyes, whether it be the camera, or a spot on the wall. Don’t be afraid to use props or dress up to feel good. Stand firm and don’t sway back and forth. Have good natural lighting and take advantage of multiple takes. Leave silence before and after the performance for editing. Finally, you can upload your masterpiece to Google Drive!
4. Live Zoom Auditions
Doing an audition over Zoom can feel strange. Maggie, our head of casting, has some tips for you:
“My advice for zoom auditions would be to try and test out the audio beforehand to make sure we can hear you, as well as making sure not to rush through the monologue since audio can sometimes get delayed. Overall though just have fun and try to show your personality as best as possible, and don’t stress too much!”
Your audition starts the moment you walk into the room or the video starts, so make sure to smile, be cheerful, and show us your personality. Don’t talk poorly of yourself, and try to stay positive. Testing out your equipment beforehand can save you a lot of stress, but if something does go wrong during your audition, just try and work through it as best as possible. Oftentimes one’s demeanor and attitude can make all the difference.
Remember, just keep breathing. This is your time to shine, and we are all rooting for you!
We can't wait to begin the academic year with you!
On top of our existing opportunities (visit our Off-Mainstage Shows page to learn about One Acts Festival!) we have some new and exciting events to share with you!
Our annual Showcase: HOOLIGANs at Home is taking place during Fall Quarter this year! This is building off of our successful first online showcase last Spring. All performers (new and seasoned!) looking to practice their singing and dancing skills are welcome! Both director applications and audition sign-ups are currently open. Director interviews commence Week 1 (October 5th - 9th). Auditions forms (NOW EXTENDED!) close Week 3 (October 23rd). You'll find all the sign-up forms on our Off-Mainstage Shows page.
For the first time ever, our Production Management department is hosting the Texpo: a workshop series for all things theatre design and technology. Participants can hone new or existing skills in Scenic Design, Costuming, Lighting, and much more. Learn more about this exciting event on our Creative & Tech page!
Learn about these and all our Fall, Season 16 opportunities at our Fall Kickoff Event on Friday, October 2nd. Our Kickoff is also the perfect opportunity for curious Bruins and prospective HOOLIGANs to learn more about HTC. Stay tuned on our Instagram (@hooligantheatre) for information on how to join in. We can't wait to meet you and answer all your questions!
Finally, the HOOLIGAN IT Department is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our new website! We've been working all summer to create a website that is fun, informative, and accessible to all UCLA students and potential HOOLIGANS. We can't wait for you to see it!
Even though we're all social distancing, that doesn't mean HOOLIGAN hasn't been up to anything! On the contrary, we have a lot of new updates...
First, we'd like to thank everyone who made our After HTC: A Career Panel Series of BIPOC AlumnIGANs for BIPOC HOOLIGANs possible this past week (especially Ari Garcia!). Previous BIPOC members of HOOLIGAN discussed their experiences in advancing their careers and gave insightful advice to BIPOC members of the UCLA theatre community. We've learned so much from our inspiring alumni, and we can't wait to see what happens next in their careers!
Second, HOOLIGAN's annual One Act Festival is still on for Fall... Zoom edition! If you're interested in writing an original piece, then click here! If you're interested in directing, click here! And if you're interested in acting, then stay tuned for future updates! Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Third, HOOLIGAN is teaming up with up with other UCLA student theatre organizations to put on Power of the Voice: A Collection of Performance Pieces and Voter Education! The purpose is to spread information about how to register to vote and where to find information on ballot measures and candidates. We’ll also be discussing the importance of voting, especially considering the number of voices that have been historically excluded from the the political process. So make sure to mark your calendars for September 15th, because you won't want to miss this exciting virtual artist showcase!