Auditioning with Confidence – In Person


with Ruth O’Dowd CDG

Saturday 21st August

1 – 4pm

Location: Wildcard Studios

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Auditioning with Confidence

with Ruth O’Dowd CDG

This workshop will explore what draws us to a piece of writing, and how this can be applied in
a practical way, to make a positive impact in the audition room and beyond.
It will provide an opportunity to explore a piece you have always felt drawn to, but were
unsure of how to approach, especially if this was due to your ‘typical casting’.
There will be scope for group discussion around auditioning and the barriers performers face,
alongside the opportunity to explore what makes us invest in a piece, feel that excitement
about bringing it to life, and how to apply this methodology more generally in your practices
and preparation.
Please bring a piece roughly 90 seconds in length from something you have seen or read that
has had a visceral, lasting impact on you, and where possible something outside the remit of
what is considered your ‘typical casting’.
We are open to exploring forms outside the traditional monologue, bearing in mind the format
of a relaxed group discussion.


When: Saturday 21st August

Time: 1 – 4pm

Where: Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton Street, W1K 6TG


About Ruth:

Originally from Sligo on the West Coast of Ireland, Ruth began her career at the Pavilion
Theatre in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. On moving to London, Ruth worked at the Bush
and National Theatres.
Ruth currently works with Nanw Rowlands on projects for TV and Film. Recent projects
include ‘The Weekend Away’(Netflix), ‘The Colour Room’(Sky) and ‘The
Fabelmans’(Amblin Entertainment). Other recent work includes ‘Harm'(Bush
Theatre/BBC), ‘The Dinner After'(NFTS). Ruth has worked with Lucy Rands CDG on the
feature ‘Benediction’(BBC Films) and animated series for Aardman and Netflix. Ruth has
also worked with Shaheen Baig Casting on projects including ‘The Swimmers’(Working
Title), ‘Ali & Ava’(BBC Films), ‘Hanna’(Amazon Studios) and ‘The Third Day’(HBO).
Ruth has cast extensively for stage and was Resident Casting Director at the Unicorn
Theatre. Ruth has also worked with Anne McNulty CDG for the Michael Grandage
Company, Almeida Theatre, Manchester International Festival, Ambassador Theatre
Group and Sonia Friedman Productions.
Ruth is a mentor to the National Youth Theatre Rep Company, and also mentors on the
Roundhouse Creative Leadership Programme.


At Wildcard we believe everyone should have the chance to be creative. We want all our courses to be as open and inclusive as possible to anyone that wants to take part. We are aware that the cost of workshops and regular training is a key barrier in our industry for many people.

With this in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 free places on each course.

If you are interested, please fill in this form where you can tell us a bit about yourself and let us know which course you are interested in:


Bursary places will be offered out no later than 2 weeks before the course begins.

For further enquiries please email emily@wildcardtheatre.co.uk