Theatre Audition Requirements

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The audition is comprised of three parts: a monologue(s) audition, a “cold-read” of a scene with a current Academy student, and an interview with our faculty.

Applicants must:

Incoming Freshmen or Sophomores:

  • Perform one contemporary (after 1900) monologue,* one to two minutes in length. Please choose an approved monologue from the Academy list of plays (see below).
  • Perform one Shakespearean sonnet (performance ready)
  • Read from a scene with a current Academy student.**

Incoming Juniors:

  • Perform one contemporary (after 1900) monologue* totaling one to two minutes. We suggest - but do not limit you to - one chosen from the Academy list of approved plays.
  • Perform one Shakespearean monologue* totaling two minutes.
  • Read from a scene with a current Academy student.**

Additional Requirements:

  • Provide a headshot and resume listing relevant experience (i.e. Roles in school and community theatre productions, On-camera work, theatre or acting classes, special skills)
  • Participate in an interview with the Theatre Department Chair and other faculty. Possible interview questions may include:

Why do you want to study Theatre?

Why do you want to attend The Academy?

Name an actor whose work you admire and tell us what it is about their work that impresses you.

*All monologues MUST be from a scripted play. No internet monologues, no original work, no poetry will be accepted. Applicants must read the entire play from which the piece has been selected. Be prepared to have the monologue(s) work-shopped by an Academy faculty member.

** Scenes are selected from two plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. See the additional “ Cold-Read Scenes ” document for the text.

Academy List of Approved Plays:

Brighton Beach Memoirs Neil Simon

The Crucible Arthur Miller

The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams

Our Town Thornton Wilder

A Raisin In The Sun Lorraine Hansberry

Fences August Wilson

Academy List of Approved Shakespeare Monologues:

As You Like It William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night William Shakespeare