Admittedly, creating a film about theater tryouts wasn’t a huge stretch for the minds behind the short film Tryouts. “I’m an unabashed theater geek,” said director Lauren Ciaravalli, “and it’s just such a funny crazy world that it just felt like such a rich setting.”
Virtually the whole team behind Tryouts is made up of students at New York University, many of whom are constantly in the world of auditions. “It’s par for the course,” said lead actress Sarah Jes Austel. The relationships were true to life to, with actress Jordan McDonough playing Austel’s best friend, a role she is familiar with in the real world.
Tryouts premiered at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival. Listen to our conversation with the team, recorded in partnership with WSRQ.