Becoming a Simulated Client

Becoming a Simulated Client


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

While some performance experience can be an initial advantage, previous acting experience is NOT a requirement to become a SC. In fact, many of our most advanced role-players arrived with zero theatrical training and 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 and incorporate 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 the Simulated Client Audition Form. Once completed, submit the form via one of the methods indicated on pg. 3 of the 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.


Watch the video to learn what simulated clients do and why they love it! 

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why do veteran SCs enjoy the program and 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!"
SCs pose with their plush pals
Yakima Valley College
  • What do SCs do?

    • In short SCs serve two unique and integral functions:
      1. 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.
        • SCs have the opportunity to play many different types of characters. "It allows me to portray all those things that I normally am not." ~SC Frankie Yockey
      2. When the role-play is complete SCs provide students/learners objective, constructive feedback with regards to their communication efforts throughout the encounter.
  • Why record the role-play?

    • All simulations are video/audio recorded so learners may review their work, thus continuing the learning potential of the encounter.
    • SCs are required to give permission to be recorded, but worry not because recordings are strictly for educational purposes only so there's no chance (or concern) of becoming a YouTube sensation.
  • 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, more of a fringe benefit, is the thorough improvisation/acting training SCs acquire by way of their involvement in the program.
Video recording
Simulation at Communication Laboratory
  • 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 at any given time 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.
  • Will I have time to prepare?

    • SCs receive all scenario materials an average of one-week in advance of rehearsal/training so they have ample time to memorize the case details and prepare themselves.
  • Who would I be working with?

    Simulated Client Coordinator
    • 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.