Portfolio Requirements

Digital submission of a portfolio is required as part of the application. 

Requirements below include specific examples for each concentration. Portfolios may include but are not limited to the following:

Costume Design, Costume Technology

Renderings or costume sketches, photographs or slides of produced costumes, millinery, accessories, demonstrations of patterning, tailoring skills, figure-drawing, work in watercolors, acrylic, ink, etc. If you have any questions regarding your portfolio content please contact either Bill Brewer or Pamela Knourek, Costumes program co-directors.


Applicants for the Lighting program are pre-screened.  Faculty offers or declines interviews based on the submitted application and required materials.  The portfolio should consist of exactly five images of things created or built by the applicant, or something they find inspiring. A brief paragraph explaining why the image was chosen must be included below the image. Each image and description should have its own page.If invited to interview, applicants will be required to upload an additional Interview Portfolio prior to meeting with Faculty. This second portfolio may include examples of original artwork, technical work, photography, lighting designs, visual art, writings, electronic projects, coding projects, etc. The Interview Portfolio will be reviewed and discussed during the interview.

Scene Design

Sketchbooks and preliminary sketches (Faculty is interested in your process), renderings, models or photographs of models, drawings, photographs of realized designs and their related materials-drafting, paint elevations, prop drawings and other non-theatrical artwork demonstrating your visual expression and the exploration of ideas. Artwork can include painting, drawing, illustration, sculpture and fine crafts.

Scene Painting

Sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, production shots of your work, renderings, sculpture, designs, paint elevations, drafting, examples of soft good skills and other non-theatrical artwork.

Scenic Technology

Drafting plates, technical drawings, production photographs, and close up construction detail photographs (inā€progress or finished work) to show examples of the quality of your personal craftsmanship. All close up construction detail photos should be under work light, if possible. Photographs may be of sets, props, other types of fabrication projects in and outside of school. Please also include any documentation supporting your project planning, budgeting, and organizational skills. Examples of this can include material break outs for purchasing, schedules for completing the fabrication, and labor assignments.

Sound Design

System design draftings, photos, audio examples used in productions, any documentation supporting script analysis and sound design for productions. Examples of any creative work.

Stage Management

Examples of work to consider including: script pages with notated cues from called show(s), blocking notes, paperwork showcasing organizational and communication skills, a few production photos that offer a sense of the scale of the show worked on, and/or examples of other technical theatre experience you may have.  The portfolio is an opportunity to introduce yourself to Faculty, so also consider including examples of outside interests or hobbies.

Stage Properties

Sketchbooks, drafting, prop drawings, examples of your painting, scene painting, renderings or designs, woodworking skills or construction, metalworking, mold making, sculpture, soft good skills (sewing or upholstery), as well as items you have built: furniture, masks, puppets, costumes, craft pieces and examples of craftsmanship.

Wig & Makeup Design

Images of realized makeups and hair styling, on yourself or on models. Wig work, including own-hair, and styled, altered, or constructed wigs/hairpieces. Prosthetic/FX work, including 2D, 3D, moulage, sculpting, mold-making, and any realized looks/characters. Any design work, including sketches, renderings, and realized production images. Any examples of creativity and craftsmanship, such as drawing, painting, costuming, props, and ceramics. This pre-screen portfolio will be uploaded with your application.