Summer Pre-College Drama

The summer Pre-College Drama Program gives students the chance to participate in a professional training program with three options: acting, music theater and design/technical production. The program focuses on the exploration of a conservatory training program with emphasis on creativity, craft and discipline.


The summer Pre-College Drama curriculum focuses on process rather than results. Nevertheless, the culmination of the program is an audition or portfolio review. These events are mandatory for all students whether or not they plan to apply to Carnegie Mellon for admission. Summer Pre-College Drama courses include:

  • Acting
  • Audition
  • Dramatic Literature¬†
  • Voice and Speech
  • Singing
  • Movement
  • Styles
  • Ballet & Jazz
  • Production/Stage Management¬†
  • Basic Design
  • Drafting
  • Lighting Design¬†
  • Stagecraft
  • Technical Production
  • Sound Design
  • Scenic Engineering

The audition/portfolio reviews take place during the last two days of the program. Acting and music theater students will perform two contrasting, two-minute monologues. In addition, music theater students will participate in dance and vocal auditions. Design/Production students will experience portfolio reviews and interviews with faculty.

Every student will receive an evaluation of his or her coursework along with advice for future development in the profession.