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Preparing for Your Undergraduate Audition or Portfolio Review

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Acting

Applicants to the School of Drama's Acting Option must fulfill the audition requirement, which is the main basis for admission to the program.

All applicants interested in auditioning for both the Music Theatre and Acting Options should sign-up for the Music Theatre Option. This one audition will be sufficient to address the needs and requirements of both programs.

Audition Guidelines:

  • Perform two contrasting monologues:
    • One classical monologue from a play written before 1900 with an emphasis on language
    • One contemporary piece written in the 20th or 21st century
  • Each monologue should be only one and half minutes
  • Each monologue should be within your natural age range
  • Be sure you to read the entire play containing the monologue so that you can demonstrate an understanding of the character and situation
  • You may use hand props, but not costumes
  • Be prepared to perform a third monologue if asked
  • Bring a resume and recent photograph to leave at the audition

Music Theatre

Applicants to the School of Drama Music Theatre Option must fulfill the audition requirement, which is the main basis for admission to the program.
All applicants interested in auditioning for both the Music Theatre and Acting Options should sign-up for the Music Theatre Option. This one audition will be sufficient to address the needs and requirements of both programs.

Audition Guidelines

  • Perform two contrasting songs (the cuts should be approximately 32 bars):
    • One ballad
    • One up tempo song
  • Bring your own music (an accompanist will be provided)
  • Perform two contrasting monologues (see the Acting section for guidelines)
  • Please Note: There is no longer a dance portion of the auditions so it is not necessary to bring dance clothes. Every accepted student at the beginning of the fall semester will be evaluated on their dance skills by the dance faculty and will be placed at the appropriate level in classes. Please see our FAQ for more information about this change.

Drama Design

Applicants to the School of Drama Design Option must demonstrate a basic proficiency in drawing, painting and design via a portfolio review. The portfolio should include about 15 items of work in several arts mediums and a variety of techniques. Samples of work need not all pertain to theatre. The portfolio review will also include a short interview, where faculty members will assess your drive, aptitude for designs, and potential to learn and develop in this rigorous program.

Portfolio Review Guidelines

  • Provide examples of:
    • Use of color
    • Line drawing
    • Drafting
    • Mechanical Drawing
  • Provide two letters of recommendation* from sources capable of describing your work and evaluating your professional promise.
    • Ask those who write letters of recommendation for you to send them directly to the address below by December 1

Office of Admission - Drama Design/PTM
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

*Please do not send any materials directly to the School of Drama

Dramaturgy

Applicants to the School of Drama Dramaturgy Option must show that they have significant research and writing skills, as well as the drive, aptitude for research and imaginative writing, and potential to develop in this rigorous program. Dramaturgy applicants do not need to schedule an audition or portfolio review, but must include the following with their application:

  • Resume and/or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement describing your theatre experience and ambitions in theatre
  • Two letters of recommendation from sources familiar with your research and writing skills
  • Two writing samples of at least 1,000 words each (APA or MLA citation please)
  • There is no in-person interview required. The Option Coordinator for Dramaturgy may contact applicants via phone or email to obtain further information if needed.

Production Technology and Management

Applicants to the School of Drama Production Technology and Management Option should already have practical experience in theatre, as well as some background in mathematics and physics, and organization and management or both. Applicants must demonstrate basic proficiency in project planning and execution by submitting a portfolio for review.

Portfolio Review Guidelines

  • Provide 15 examples of work including:
    • Evidence of your thought process for technical or management solutions
    • Drafting, drawing or CAD
    • Paperwork developed for schedules, reports, budgets, estimates, etc.
    • Photos of work both finished and in process
  • Not all samples have to pertain directly to theatre
  • Include a resume and/or curriculum vitae
  • The portfolio review will also include a short interview, where the faculty will get a sense of your drive, aptitude for production technology and management and potential to learn and develop in this rigorous program.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation* from sources capable of describing your work and evaluating your professional promise to be sent directly to the address below by December 1

Office of Admission - Drama Design/PTM
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

*Please do not send any materials directly to the School of Drama

The John Wells Directing Program

Applicants to the School of Drama John Wells Directing Program Undergraduate Option must fulfill two distinctive requirements, an audition and an interview. These requirements are the main basis for admission.

Audition Guidelines

  • Perform one monologue
    • Either a classical monologue from a play written before 1900 with an emphasis on language or a contemporary piece written in the 20th or 21st century
  • The monologue should be no longer than one minute
  • The monologue should be within your natural age range
  • Be sure to read the entire play containing the monologue so that you can demonstrate an understanding of the character and situation
  • You may use hand props, but not costumes
  • Be prepared to perform a second monologue if asked
  • Bring a resume and recent photograph to leave at the audition
  • Bring a statement that:
    • Describes why you are pursuing this line of study
    • Explains your choice of monologue
    • Includes a critical analysis of the play
  • Bring evidence of your creative life including:
    • Scripts you have written
    • Production photograph from show that you have directed
    • Examples of creative writing
    • Creative expression including: photography, painting, drawing, etc.
  • The interview will assess of your drive, maturity, vision and aptitude for Directing.

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