Becoming a Simulated Client

Becoming a Simulated Client


Like the wide range of characters we portray, our simulated client ensemble is wonderfully diverse including individuals from all differentwalks of life.

While some performance experience can be an initial advantage, previous stage time is not a requirement to become a SC. In fact, many of our most advanced role-players had no former theatrical training, but have become remarkably proficient improvisers through the on the job training we provide.

What we're looking for… Successful SC's are A) cooperative, B) dependable, C) willing to accept andincorporate direction, D) capable of providing objective and constructive feedback, and E) committed to growth—for themselves, the Clinical Communication Program, and our students.

Interested? If so, applying is fast and easy! Simply click to download and complete the Simulated Client Audition Form.Once completed, submit the form via one of the methods indicated on pg. 3 of the application document and you're done:-) All applicants will be contacted to confirm receipt of their submission and interviews will be offered depending on the current needs of the program.

Simulation seen from adjacent observation room

Simulated Client (SC) Brian Gromoff engaged in a roleplay with
a student while other learners observe the interview from behind
a one-way mirror.

Have additional questions?
Don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

Daniel L. Haley, MFA
Simulated Client Coordinator

Office: (509) 335-8233

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do SCs do?

    • In short SCs serve two unique and integral functions.
      • Number one is the authentic portrayal of a character during role-plays with students/learners. To adequately prepare SCs receive written materials outlining both the character they are to assume and his/her presenting predicament/challenge around which the role-played interview will unfold.
      • The second function of a SC is to provide students/learners constructive feedback regarding their communication efforts within the mock interview.
  • Who would I be working with?

    • In addition to collaborating with their fellow role-players, SCs work closely with the SC Coordinator, Daniel Haley. An actor and director by trade, Daniel has worked professionally on both coasts for such companies as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mill Mountain Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and the Idaho Repertory Theatre. Daniel's training—including a BFA in acting, MFA in directing, and wide range of firsthand simulated client experience—helps ensure a work environment that is both constructive and collaborative.
  • How are SCs compensated?

    • We like to think SCs receive two specific forms of compensation for their time and efforts. The first is monetary. SCs are paid an hourly rate of $17.50 for all formal rehearsal and in-class simulation time. The second form of compensation, perhaps more of a fringe benefit, is the thorough improvisation/acting training SCs acquire by way of their involvement in the program.
  • What is the time commitment?

    • While SC work for the CCP never equates to full-time employment the amount of time required is nevertheless quite variable. The two main determining factors are the number of CCP projects in a given semester and each individual SCs availability. With the help of the Simulated Client Coordinator, SCs are able to identify and participate at a level that comfortably suits their availability.
  • What do veteran SCs like about the program and why do they continue to participate?

    • "I enjoy the challenge of live improvisation… and knowing that I'm contributing to the development of new veterinarians." ~Longtime SC Scott Campbell
    • Veteran SC Erica Alessio admits she "always wanted to act and is now fulfilling that dream." Erica also appreciates, "Getting paid!"
    • "Because of the positive people and work environment. This is my 'FUN' job!" ~Part-time SC and full-time WSU student Kristen Wedam
    • Longtime SC Dominic Alessio insists, "Preparation for these sessions keeps one emotionally and mentally sharp!"

SC Ensemble (Fall 2014)

A portion of our SC ensemble pose with some of their favorite "plush pals."

Facility tours and simulation observation opportunities
are available by appointment. Interested? Email:

Simulated Client Coordinator—Daniel L. Haley, MFA