Behind the Audition Room Door: Casting Intern

November 8, 2010 in Blog by Elizabeth-Mork

Life for the interns continues to be fascinating, challenging, and surprising.  Continuing with our intern interview installments, Willy and I had the opportunity to talk with the Goodman’s current casting intern, Aleshia.  We learn what life is like behind the audition door concerning her: Most Memorable Moment, Greatest Challenge, Greatest Accomplishment, New Skills, Chicago Life, Goals, and Favorite Play.

Audition soon to be in progress!

Casting Intern, Aleshia, prepping for a round of auditions

EACE: So what has been your most memorable moment at the Goodman?

My most memorable moment, I would have to say was the opening of Candide.  Going for that experience and especially watching the show. I didn’t get to see the previews, so actually seeing the show for the first time and how Mary Zimmerman put it together was really amazing.  And then, to go to Petterino’s after has been the most memorable moment, thus far.

What has been your greatest challenge?

That’s a very good question.  The greatest challenge thus far has been to take in as much as I can, and learn as much as I can while I’m here, because I know that although it is five months, it’s going very quickly. I really have tried to ask as many questions as I can, which has been kind of difficult because, at the same time, you don’t want to be overbearing to your mentors.
Also, communicating between the agents and the actors.  That can be a little challenging sometimes.  Making sure that you’re delivering the right information to them, especially with the terminology that we have – whether it’s to check someone’s technical availability, their interest and availability – just making sure that all of their information is correct so that it’s clear for people that I’m trying to contact.

What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

Being in the rooms for the auditions – I think trying to make sure that the auditions run efficiently, all while being respectful of everyone’s time.  Also making sure that the directors, the actors that come in, and the casting directors are all comfortable with the situations that are happening.  So, I think in that regard, I’m pretty happy.

What new skills have you acquired?

Limelight.  Limelight is such an interesting software.  It compiles a lot of information that you need in a short space.  Learning about limelight has definitely been a big advantage for me.

Chicago living.  What are some pros and cons of the city that you’ve experienced?

Pro is the amount of theatre opportunities that are here.  Con, is that I’m so far away from home.  But specific to Chicago.  When I first got here, the city was a little overwhelming.  But, I’ve began to embrace it now.  Just how large it is.  Especially because I’m from North Carolina so transportation for me was by car all the time.  So, coming here and learning the transit system was a little taxing at first.  I got lost a couple times.

Could you tell us about your short and long term goals for your career?

My short term goal coming in here, was to, repeat what I said before, but just to be a sponge.  Soaking up as much as I can is my short term goal.  Also learning how the actor, casting director, director relationship operates while I’m here, so that I can then go out for my long term goal of being a professional actor and building that career for myself.

What is a favorite play you’ve seen since you moved to Chicago?

I’m going to have to give you the cheesy answer. I’m going to have to stick with the Goodman.  I’ve seen first preview of The Seagull.  The energy of the show- it’s just a really strong ensemble.  Being in the audience before, for preshow, was very interesting.  Listening to some of the audience members, kind of talk about looking in the program and not really being all that satisfied with the information in the program and wondering who was in the show, and the little chatty stuff that goes on before the show was interesting from an audience perspective, just listening to other audience members.