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 audition, which is the main basis for admission. 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, filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. Do not upload continuous videos.

There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, 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.
  • Your monologues should portray characters that fall in your natural age range (teens and 20s).

Pre-screen notifications:

Pre-screens are viewed as they are received. You should receive a pre-screening notification within three 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.

Once audition scheduling opens on November 4, auditions fill on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available to invited Carnegie Mellon applicants who have successfully completed the pre-screen stage. We encourage students to apply and then initiate a pre-screening as soon as possible after September 1 and no later than the December 1 deadline. Due to COVID-19, all auditions will be virtual for the 2020-2021 admission season.


Directing 

Applicants to the School of Drama's Directing major must fulfill two distinctive requirements, an audition and interview, which constitute 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 interview.

Application Requirements

Audition:

  • Submit one monologue video. Be prepared to perform the monologue during your interview if asked.
  • 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 from which the monologue is excerpted 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

Additional Materials:

  • Submit a resume. 
  • Submit headshot or recent photograph.
  • Submit 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
  • Submit evidence of your creative life (portfolio) including:
    • Scripts you have written
    • Production photographs from shows that you have directed
    • Examples of creative writing
    • Creative expression including: photography, painting, drawing, etc.

Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be virtual for the 2020-2021 admission season. The interview will assess your drive, maturity, vision, and aptitude for Directing.


Drama Design/Production

Pre-screens are required for Design/Production applicants.  Early Decision applicants must complete this pre-screening process by the November 1 deadline in order to be considered for an interview, which is the main basis for admission. Regular Decision applicants must complete this pre-screening process by the December 1 deadline in order to be considered for an interview, which is the main basis for admission. Applicants to Design and Production Technology and Management options should 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 the pre-screen application for consideration for an interview.
 
 
Portfolio 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

Pre-screen notifications:

Early Decision applicants will receive a decision regarding their pre-screen by Wednesday, November 4. Invited applicants will be able to schedule their online interview (the main basis for admission) for November at that time.

Regular Decision applicants will receive a decision regarding their pre-screen by Friday, December 18. Invited applicants will be able to schedule their online interview (the main basis for admission) for January or February at that time. 

Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be virtual for the 2020-2021 admission season. 

 

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 interview. 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 following documents, including cover letter, letter of interest and writing samples, should be submitted as PDFs to drama-relations@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.


Music Theater

Carnegie Mellon University is a participant in the 2020-2021 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 audition, which is the main basis for admission. 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, filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. Do not upload continuous videos.

There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, 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.

Please note we do not accept the Dance or WildCard videos from the Common Pre-screen.

Monologues

(2020-2021 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.
  • Your monologues should portray characters that fall in your natural age range (teens and 20s).

Songs

(2020-2021 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 are received. You should receive a pre-screening notification within three weeks of your submission, either inviting you to register for an audition or notifying you that you won't be asked to audition.

Once audition scheduling opens on November 4, auditions fill on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available to invited Carnegie Mellon applicants who have successfully completed the pre-screen stage. We encourage students to apply and then initiate a pre-screening as soon as possible after September 1 and no later than the December 1 deadline. Due to COVID-19, all auditions will be virtual for the 2020-2021 admission season.