In the first part of the examination, candidates should recite three passages of their choice, one of them from the classical literature by Heinrich von Kleist,* one from the modern literature of the 20th or 21st century and one of the candidate’s choice.
The second part of the examination may already test the candidate’s ability to work on a role. If the candidate passes the first two parts of the examination, an invitation to the final round is possible. Here physical and vocal skills as well as improvisation and partner acting will be tested in various modules. In addition, each candidate will be expected to study a new role independently from a selection of texts.
The examination may extend over more than a week. The content of the examination in each subsection is designed to demonstrate particularly imaginative performing ability, versatility and authenticity in voice, body, and gestural expression.
*An author has been specified to facilitate comparability
The entrance examination evaluates artistic aptitude for the acting profession. Candidates are expressly advised to imagine the external appearance of the figure and the spatial situation of the scene when preparing their roles. A costume concept is expressly not expected, so it only makes sense for candidates to procure historical costumes or to realize their own ideas for costumes if this helps them on stage. Candidates are definitely not advised to play all figures in their everyday clothes.
Candidates are fundamentally advised to present as wide a range of characters as possible in order to demonstrate their own spectrum as performers. The easiest way to go about this is to start with a character that corresponds with the candidate's own “type,” to which he or she has direct access or for which he or she might be cast. After that candidates should approach a character that they might never have thought of playing but which requires and reveals other acting potential. The publications of the Deutsche Theaterverlag and other publishers, such as, for example, Vorsprechen (Auditioning), can help the candidate choose roles. The way the roles in these publications are grouped illustrates the vast number of possibilities very compactly. Candidates auditioning will naturally be expected to have read the whole play so that they can set the scene they are playing in a wider context.