Drama audition and portfolio requirements

Acting

Acting applicants should come prepared for a full-body movement warm-up. Please bring suitable, loose-fitting warm-up clothing and comfortable footwear.

  • Prepare and memorize two contrasting two-minute monologues from modern plays (one comedy and one drama) by characters reasonably close to your own age. You may be asked to make adjustments and/or perform an improvisation during the audition.
  • Submit (1) a current resume listing all productions in which you have been involved, and when and where produced; (2) a brief statement describing why you are choosing a career in acting; and (3) a photograph of yourself alone. This does not have to be a professional head shot.

Musical theater

  • Acting: prepare and memorize a two-minute monologue from a modern play (comedy or drama) by a character fairly close to your own age. This should not be taken from a musical.
  • Voice: prepare and memorize two songs from musicals of contrasting styles, moods, and time periods (a ballad and an up-tempo number). Neither song should exceed 90 seconds. Be prepared to sing one of these songs. The second will be heard if needed. You may bring your own accompanist, but an accompanist is provided. You must bring your sheet music in a binder so that the pages may be turned easily (a small, hard-back three-ring binder works best) and in the key in which you will sing it.
  • Dance: all musical theater applicants are required to participate in a dance audition. If you are auditioning in person, you will be asked to learn a short dance combination to be performed in small groups. Students will be evaluated to assess level of achievement, aptitude for dance study, and potential for success in a demanding training program for musical theater triple-threats (students equally proficient in acting, singing, and dance). Students should be fit, demonstrating the physical facility to participate fully in rigorous studio work. Prior dance training, while desirable, is not always required for acceptance. Enthusiasm and obvious potential may, on occasion, substitute for prior training. Candidates should dress in basic dancewear or rehearsal attire—clothing that allows freedom of movement. Women should wear leotards and tights. Men should wear jazz pants or tights and a T-shirt. Jazz shoes are recommended for both men and women. No bulky or oversized sweatpants or sweatshirts are permitted.
  • Submit (1) a current resume listing all productions in which you have been involved, and when and where produced; (2) a brief statement describing why you are choosing a career in musical theater; and (3) a photograph of yourself alone. This does not have to be a professional head shot.

Theater design and technology

  • Present about 12 items of work in different art media and techniques. Not all samples of your work must pertain to the theater; however, if you have photographs of work done on actual productions, please include them.
  • The materials you submit should demonstrate a variety of skills including: use of composition and design elements, including color; line drawing; drafting or mechanical drawing, if applicable to your area of interest; photography; and ceramics or crafts (3D work)
  • Suggested materials for a design area of interest also include: scenic (painting, drawing, model building, scale sketches/drafting; other work demonstrating associate skills); costume (painting, life drawing, costume construction and knowledge); and lighting (annotated photos discussing light sources and atmosphere, photos of productions, plots and paperwork if available).
  • Suggested materials for a technology area of interest also include: evidence of your thought process for technical or management solutions; drafting, drawing, or CAD; paperwork used or generated for a specific project; and photos of work both finished and in process.
  • Applicants must also submit (1) a current resume listing all productions in which you have been involved, your role in the production, and when and where produced; and (2) a brief statement describing why you are choosing a career in theater design and technology, including your area of interest (set, costume, or lighting).

Stage management

  • Your portfolio should consist of samples of stage management production materials such as a complete production book, running notes, or other materials that show evidence of organizational skills and stage management abilities, as well as photos of past productions if possible.
  • Also submit (1) a current resume listing all productions in which you have been involved, and when and where produced; (2) a brief statement describing why you are choosing a career in stage management; and (3) letters of reference from directors, theater teachers, or technical directors with whom you have worked.