Audition Requirements

School of Drama undergraduate auditions for the 2021-22 academic year have moved online and will be conducted live, virtually. After submitting your application and application fee, you will receive an invitation to choose one of the available virtual audition dates. Taped auditions will not be accepted. We do not offer pre-screen auditions. Please prepare the following for your Acting or Directing audition:

Professional Actor Training Program

  • You will prepare and perform three monologues: one classical (preferably Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries), and two contrasting monologues from contemporary plays (anything from the 20th century and beyond).
    • Each monologue should stand on its own.
    • Do not use accents, dialects or stylized characters.
    • Choose audition pieces from published plays. Read the complete play.
    • Do not use generic monologue books as a source of material.
  • You will prepare and perform 16 bars of a song without accompaniment.
    • The audition song should come from any published musical. 
    • You may use a pitch pipe if desired or an app for a pitch pipe.
  • The three monologues and song must not exceed a total of six minutes.
  • You should be prepared for a short interview following the audition.
  • We do not offer pre-screen auditions.

Directing

Admission is limited to three students per year, and is at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Drama.

  • Your audition consists of one contemporary monologue and one classical monologue for a duration total of four minutes.
  • You will be interviewed by Drama faculty.
  • We do not offer pre-screen auditions.
  • Additional application materials include:
    • A short, one-page essay detailing why you wish to pursue a directing degree
    • A short, one-page essay detailing your approach to the production of a Shakespeare play
    • For directing applicants, we would be interested in seeing one of your personal references relate to your leadership experience
    • If available, please bring any portfolio materials with you on the audition date: production books and photographs from any plays in which you’ve worked as a director or assistant director