April 22 & 23

Schedule of Events

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Q&A with James Seol & Emily Swallow
Moderated by VTF Artistic Director Jenny Wales
Monday, April 22
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Helms Theatre
Space is limited – reserve your seat here!


Workshop: Self-Tape Audition Technique
Monday, April 22
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Drama Building, 115B/C
Students can sign up for an individual slot here but are encouraged to attend the full workshop as an observer. Note- After signing up through the form, participants will be provided a selection of TV and Film sides, from which they can choose one script to prepare for the workshop. 

Slots are currently full for the Self-Tape Audition Technique Workshop. As slots open up, they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Sign up for the waitlist here. 

Workshop: Acting the Song 
Tuesday, April 23
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Drama Building, 115B/C
Students can sign up for an individual slot here but are encouraged to attend the full workshop as an observer. Note- Participants should prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song of their choosing and include their song selection when signing up. An accompanist will be provided. 

Lunch with Artists
Tuesday, April 23
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Drama Lobby
RSVP here! Notes: RSVPs are suggested, but drop-ins are welcome!

About the Artists



James Seol. TV/Film: Problemista (A24), The Flight Attendant (HBO Max); Living with Yourself (Netflix); Insomnia (Webseries). International: The Great Gatsby (Hong Kong Ballet). Broadway: Come from Away (Schoenfeld Theater); A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (Todd Haimes Theater). Off-Broadway: [Veil Widow Conspiracy], Henry VI (National Asian-American Theatre Company); American Morning (Prospect Theater Company); KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective, Lucille Lortel Award Nomination); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova). Regional Theater: Exotic Deadly or the MSG Play (Old Globe); Half the Sky (5th Avenue Theatre); The Great Leap (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination); Vietgone (ACT); The Four Immigrants, Tokyo Fish Story (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Musicals and Paper Mill Playhouse); Zombie: the American (Woolly Mammoth); Hamlet (Hartford Stage); Timon of Athens (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Education: Juilliard, University of Virginia.


Emily Swallow is one of the stars of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series, THE MANDALORIAN and THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT as ‘The Armorer.’ Swallow is often remembered for playing fan favorite character, ‘Amara,’ in The CW’s SUPERNATURAL, for which she returned for the long running series’ final season. Additionally, she was a series regular on CBS’ THE MENTALIST as well as on David E. Kelley’s TNT series MONDAY MORNINGS. She has also recurred on CBS’ SEAL TEAM, ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, and played opposite Matt LeBlanc in his sitcom, MAN WITH A PLAN. Most recently on stage, Swallow starred as King Lear’s daughter ‘Goneril’ opposite Joe Morton who played the titular character in The Wallis Annenberg Center production of KING LEAR. Additionally, she starred opposite Tom Hanks in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles production of HENRY IV followed immediately by CRY IT OUT at the Echo Theater Co. (Ovation Award 2019). Other theater highlights include world premieres of Donald Margulies’ THE COUNTRY HOUSE at the Geffen Playhouse (Ovation Award 2014) and opposite Oscar and Tony Award Winner Mark Rylance in NICE FISH at the Guthrie Theatre. Emily just finished shooting the dark comedy Forelock, set for release in 2025. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from UVa and an MFA in Acting from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

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