14 years ago
All universities look for good grades in high school, most like to see you take the SAT or ACT test. All require you take a Math and English exam that is rough and if you don't make the grade you don't get in, which means brush up on Algebra, Geometry and trig. Know your English Grammar and Composition.
They'd like to see some high school drama but it isn't alwasy required they are NOT conservatories where you may have to audtion (a few might require a monologue).
You will have to take pre-requisites such as dance or pantomime and history of the theater.
After that the department expects you to live, breath and eat theater for your stay. You try out for a position (even props) on every production they do. Make friends with the staff (they all direct).
Anyone who is directed, does a bit of directed action, talks, sings, dances on camera that is USED in a filmed production that is picked up by or done by a SAG signatory (studio or TV Network) becomes SAG eligible for usually a period of one year.
The Admissions is a $2,000 fee in one payment, certified check or money order. You have to do this to do any speaking roles or directed routines again of the company gets fined.
Once in SAG you can't do any non-union work without permission from SAG or you get fined and suspended.
SAG dues are about $300 a year in quarterly payments plus a percentage of your income over a certain amount.
ONCE you are SAG eligible you can get a SAG agent with somewhat ease, but you have to buy your card if you get a part through them.
SAG also covers extra work and the first 12 extras have to be SAG after they they can be non union
SAG, I am told, also cross lines with EQuity (live stage) and AFTRA and you can audition for those parts and buy those cards (at additional fees).
The only requirement for foreingers is you have to have a visa that lets you work. If you can't work legally you can't even audtiion for a real part. A student visa will not cover this. But you might get the studio to sponsor you for a work visa.