Audition Requirements

All applicants to the School of Drama must audition and interview in person. Taped auditions cannot 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.


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