Entering Professional Theatre
Chapter 4: Certification
By John Bent Jr. (MSW)
Sound Walking in the European Theatre
The North American Sound Walkers Association has a sister organisation across the pond. The European Union of Audio Striders (or E.U.A.S.) has been in existence for over 40 years, and although Sound Walking was invented in North America, the european theatre is where the standards were created. The Prague institute of Sound Walking has had a certification program in place for many years.
European Sound Walker
The N.A.S.W.A. has adopted many of the european techniques in it’s certification program which is in 2 parts. The written exam, and the practical experience portion.
Both of these parts are available as a correspondence course, or can be taken in person at the Apogee Sound Walking Institute in south-western Greenland.
Teacher and Student at the Apogee Sound Walking
Institute in South Western Greenland
The next section is the written exam which can be completed and forwarded to the NASWA at your convenience. Use the previous chapters as reference and remember, there are no right or wrong answers, but if you get more than 5 wrong, you fail.
Upon completing the written exam, a certain number of hours of practical experience must be obtained before you are handed your walking papers.
A student gets 6 wrong on the written exam while
another student tries to cop a feel.
Question 1: Who is the Godfather of Sound Walking.
Question 2: Who is the Godfather of Soul.
Question 4: Is it acceptable on an autumn day?
Question 5: Where did you get those darling shoes?
Question 6: How many shiny beads did you pay for them?
Question 7: Draw a new Sound walking Step of your own creation. Be creative. No wait…… don’t be creative. Be a walker.
Question 8: Where do babies come from?
Question 9: Billy starts a sound walking session at 7:12am and walks for 3 hours 9 minutes in front of a speaker outputting an spl of 92db of brown noise. If Billy was 18 feet 4 inches from the cabinet, what kind of shoes was he wearing?
Question 10: True or False?
Question 11: What does this mean?
Question 12: What is proper Sound Walking Attire?
The following questions come to us from the EUAS certification exam.
Question 13: Pouvez-vous me donner des directions à la Bibliothèque ?
Question 14: Puis-je toucher vos seins ?
Question 15: Hou la, ces promeneurs Nord-américains sont vraiment stupides. Je veux dire que vous pouvez les insulter tout le jour et ils vous regardent juste fixement avec ce coup d’oeil muet dans leurs yeux, Je veux dire qu’ils sont presque aussi stupides que le droit Allemands ?
Question 16: Was ist los?
Question 17: Who is this?
Question 18: When Jack Apogee was paid for a walking session in the 50s he was paid 2 shiny beads. Accounting for inflation, what should he be paid today? Why are today’s walkers not paid that much?
Question 19: Without looking, How many fingers are on your left hand?
Questions 20: What is the atomic weight of a breakfast sausage from the Lincoln Center?
Remember, 5 wrong constitutes a failure and you will not get your walking papers.
If you do fail, don’t despair. You might be qualified for employment in a job that requires less brain power like a car salesman or a politician.
The next chapter will deal with the practical portion of certification.
An alternative to Sound Walking.