Location and What to Bring

Gustavus/Guthrie Theater Audition Boot Camp


Gustavus/Guthrie Theater Audition Boot Camp is located on the beautiful campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, located in St. Peter, Minn., 65 miles southwest of the Twin Cities on Highway 169. We offer a free shuttle to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

The camp offers a carefully supervised introduction to college life. Students live in college residence halls, eat in the nationally ranked campus-dining center, and attend sessions in college buildings. Students will utilize the Gustavus library, an excellent and extensive resource for researching public address speeches and interpretation events. The structure, opportunities, and adult supervision available at Gustavus make it a first choice for concerned parents.

What to Bring

Thank you for enrolling in the Gustavus/Guthrie Theater Audition Boot Camp. I look forward to meeting and working with you this summer. This letter contains information regarding check-in procedures and other logistic procedures to help you prepare for the Audition Boot Camp.

For directions to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus please, check our website. If you are using a GPS enter the following address: 800 W. College Avenue, St. Peter, MN. 56082. Please, enter campus via College Avenue where you will find signs clearly indicating the direction to the Jackson Campus Center. You will find parking lots located directly in front of the Jackson Campus Center. Please report to the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center to obtain your room key, housing assignment, and other camp materials. Once you have checked in, a Camp faculty member will escort you to your dormitory. Here is a detail schedule for your arrival day, Sunday July 07:

  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Check-in – Jackson Campus Center (Lower level)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Orientation and Campus Tour – 219 Shaefer Fine Arts Center
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:30 pm. Acting Class

A detailed schedule for the rest of the week will be distributed during orientation, where you’ll meet the rest of the faculty.

In order to maximize the learning experience you should bring at least one memorized and prepared monologue, which you’ll present during the first acting class on Sunday. The choice of monologue is entirely up to you; however, it must be from a play (avoid using movie or TV scripts.) The purpose of this exercise is for the faculty to identify your strengths and areas that we’ll need to focus to help you become a better performer. On Monday you will select a second monologue on campus from our library and together with the faculty we’ll work step by step in the process of creating a strong audition piece, which you’ll present at the end of the camp, before your departure on Saturday July 13 at 2:00 pm in the Black Box Theatre at the Shaefer Fine Arts Center on campus. This performance is open to the public, and you’ll be able to reserve up to four seats for your family and friends at check-in.

All classes, workshops and coachings require clothes that will allow you to move freely. Please, avoid jeans, skirts, high heels, or anything tight that may restrict your movement. The classes and workshops involve a great deal of physical activity and most of the work in the studios is performed barefoot. The academic buildings are air-conditioned during the summer and can be a bit chilly at times. Please, plan accordingly.

It is not required to bring a laptop since you’ll have access to computer labs on campus, including a computer lab in the Department of Theater and Dance’s Student Lounge. However, having a laptop may provide you with more flexibility, in which case you will have access to our wireless network.

Here is a list of things you may want to bring with you:

  • Alarm clock
  • USB stick/jump drive
  • Pillow
  • Blanket (Sheets will be provided)
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Cash for snacks or a trip to the Gustavus Bookstore and the Guthrie’s Gift Shop.
  • Highlighter
  • Notebook and writing utensils
  • Desk lamp
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Fan

One of the highlights of the Camp is the day at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. A detailed schedule of the classes and workshops at the Guthrie is up on the camp’s website. In addition to classes and workshops you’ll attend a performance of CLYBOURNE PARK, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Bruce Norris’ satiric comedy deals with race and class in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white neighborhood in Chicago, and in Act Two takes us to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two generations tiptoe through social politics, pitting race against real estate. The New York Times hailed it “ferociously smart” and Variety raved, “Yes, it’s dangerous and provocative, but pulverizingly funny to boot!” Please, find attach introductory guide to the production.

Additionally, we have assigned a staff member to take high quality pictures for the week. We will load roughly 500 pictures onto a 4GB flash drive for you to take home at the conclusion of the institute. The cost is $20. You will also have the opportunity to purchase an institute photo featuring all staff and students. These photos will not be on the flash drive. The cost per photo is $5.

If you have not done so, the medical and release forms need to be completed and presented at the time of registration. Failure to complete these forms will result in your not being able to partake in the camp and loss of $100 down payment. You can download the forms via our website — www.gustavus.edu/camps/theater.

You will also need to pay the remaining balance on your tuition for camp at registration.

Finally, while we will have fun dedicating an entire week to making theater, our goal is for you to leave the Gustavus/Guthrie Audition Boot Camp with a better understanding of the theatre process—both at the college and professional levels—and with two monologues ready for auditions. This is an intensive hands-on theater Boot Camp, a positive attitude and willingness to explore and experiment are key to your success. Please, come prepared to work diligently in order to maximize the opportunities afforded to you throughout the week.

Needed at the time of registration:

  • final payment (you may use a credit card but there will be a $20.00 processing fee.)
  • medical and release forms
  • order for flash drive with camp photos - $20
  • order for camp group photo - $5 each
  • number of tickets needed (up to 4) for the final monologue performance

Should you have any questions please, do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Best wishes,

Henry MacCarthy, Ph.D.
Gustavus/Guthrie Audition Boot Camp, Director.
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance
Gustavus Adolphus College
326 Shaefer Fine Arts Center
St. Peter, MN 56082