Acting

Pre-screens are required for Acting applicants. You must complete this pre-screening process by the December 1 deadline in order to be considered for an in-person audition. If you apply to Music Theater (noted as "Acting/Music Theater" on the pre-screening form), you'll automatically be considered for Acting. Please do not submit a separate pre-screen audition for Acting if you're applying to Music Theater. 

 

Acting Audition Guidelines

Pre-screenings can be submitted to getacceptd.com/cmudrama between September 1 and December 1.

Upload the following pre-screen materials:

  • Resume including any training and experience in theater, film, music and dance as well as academic achievements, work experience and community service.
  • Headshot
  • Each piece requested below should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Monologues

  • Two, 60-90 second monologues.
  • One contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • One classical (written pre-1900); Classical monologue should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • Should portray characters that fall in your natural age range (teens and 20s).

Pre-screen notifications:

Pre-screens are viewed as they're received. You'll receive a pre-screening notification within two weeks of your submission, either inviting you to register for an in-person audition or notifying you that you won't be asked to audition in person.

Auditions and portfolio reviews fill on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available to Carnegie Mellon applicants. We encourage students to apply and then initiate a pre-screening as soon as possible after September 1, as some cities and dates fill early in the fall, and no later than the December 1 deadline.


Directing 

Applicants to the School of Drama's Directing major must fulfill two distinctive requirements, an in-person audition and interview, which are the main basis for admission.

 

Directing Audition Guidelines

Visit getacceptd.com/cmudrama between September 1 and December 1 to submit your registration form and register for an in-person audition/interview.

In-person audition/interview requirements:

  • Perform one monologue
    • Either a classical monologue from a play written before 1900 with an emphasis on heightened 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 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 headshot to leave with the audition team
  • 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 from which the monologue is excerpted
  • Bring evidence of your creative life, including:
    • Scripts you've written
    • Production photos from shows that you've directed
    • Examples of creative writing
    • Creative expression, including: photography, painting, drawing, etc.
  • The interview will assess your drive, maturity, vision and aptitude for Directing

Drama Design/Production

Applicants to the School of Drama's Design and Production Technology and Management options must fulfill an in-person interview and portfolio review , which is the main basis for admission. Applicants are expected to bring portfolios with them to the in-person review. Applicants to Design and Production Technology and Management options must have some practical experience in theater and be able to demonstrate basic proficiency in design, project planning and execution by submitting a portfolio for review.

 

Drama Design/Production Portfolio Review Guidelines
Visit getacceptd.com/cmudrama between September 1 and December 1 to submit your registration form and register for an in-person interview and portfolio review.
 
Applicants are expected to bring portfolios with them to the in-person review and interview, where we'll get a sense of your drive, aptitude for design and fit for this rigorous program.
 
In-person portfolio review requirements:
 
The portfolio should include about 15 items of work in several media and techniques as well as a resume or CV. Not all samples of work have to pertain to theater.
 
Provide 15 examples of work which could include:
  • Use of color, line drawing, painting
  • Drafting, mechanical drawing
  • Photography, including photographs of your productions
  • Models, costume pieces, masks
  • Sculpture or installation art
  • Sound cues or recordings containing original recordings or music (no more than five and no more than one minute in length each)
  • Video or media files containing original work (no more than five and no more than two minutes in length each)
  • Plots, ground plans, elevations and other production paperwork you may have produced for a show
  • Paperwork developed for schedules, reports, budgets, estimates, etc.
  • Photos of work both finished and in process
 

Dramaturgy 

The dramaturgy program provides a rigorous academic and artistic training sequence, emphasizing criticism, history and practical skills. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the necessary research and writing skills to succeed in this environment.

 

Dramaturgy Admission Requirements

Dramaturgy applicants don't need to schedule an audition or portfolio review. Instead, dramaturgy applicants must submit the following required documents as part of their application. We prefer that teacher recommendations and resumes be submitted through the Common Application. The cover letter, letter of interest and writing samples should be submitted as pdfs to admission@andrew.cmu.edu by December 1:

  • Cover page with your name, birthdate, address and in large, bold letters "Dramaturgy Applicant."*
  • Letter describing your theater experience and ambitions in theater.*
  • Two samples of original argumentative writing of approximately 1,000 words each (applicants should submit writing that demonstrates an ability to use evidence to support a thesis: e.g. an analysis of a work of literature or art, or of an event in history - these can be papers written for a high school course).*
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation from sources familiar with your research and writing skills.
  • There is no in-person interview required, but the Option Coordinator may contact applicants via phone or email to obtain further information after January 15.

*These documents (containing your name and Application ID number, and saved as pdfs) should be emailed to admission@andrew.cmu.edu.


Music Theater

Carnegie Mellon University is a participant in the 2019-2020 Music Theater Common Pre-Screen. Pre-screens are required for all Music Theater applicants. You must complete this pre-screening process in order to be considered for an in-person audition. All applicants interested in being considered for both Music Theater and Acting should sign-up for only the "Acting/Music Theater" option on the pre-screening form. 

 

Music Theater Audition Guidelines

Pre-screenings can be submitted to getacceptd.com/cmudrama between September 1 and December 1.

Upload the following pre-screen materials:

  • Resume including any training and experience in theater, film, music and dance as well as academic achievements, work experience and community service.
  • Headshot
  • Each piece requested below should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Monologues

(2019-2020 Music Theater Common Pre-Screen Option B)

  • Two, 60-90 second monologues.
  • One contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • One classical (written pre-1900); Classical monologue should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • Should portray characters that fall in your natural age range (teens and 20s).

Songs

(2019-2020 Music Theater Common Pre-Screen Option A)

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be up-tempo.
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot, which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up-tempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
  • Sing with recorded or with live accompaniment, not a cappella.

Pre-screening notifications:

Pre-screens are viewed as they're received. You'll receive a pre-screening notification within two weeks of your submission, either inviting you to register for an in-person audition or notifying you that you won't be asked to audition in person.

Auditions and portfolio reviews fill on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available to Carnegie Mellon applicants. We encourage students to apply and then initiate a pre-screening as soon as possible after September 1, as some cities and dates fill early in the fall, and no later than the December 1 deadline.