Should I Audition?
An audition and interview are not required for admission to study in the Department. However, students with strong skills are encouraged to audition/interview. A good audition will improve your chances of being admitted to the College, and an audition and interview is required for applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards.
Prospective students are encouraged to combine their audition and interview with a campus visit and the opportunity to observe or take classes in the department.
Audition/Interviews in theatre are held on campus from September through February. West Coast auditions will be held in January in Los Angeles — dates to be announced. Students who plan to apply early decision should complete their auditions and interviews by Dec. 15.
Students who live more than 200 miles from Allentown may submit a videotape audition, have a telephone interview, or (for design applicants) submit a portfolio by mail. Please contact Theatre Director Charles Richter for details and deadlines.
For a spirited look at auditioning, read this article from Stage Directions (October 2009), featuring Professor Charles Richter.
Audition/Interview Requirements by Concentration
Acting and Musical Theatre
For the acting audition, two contrasting monologues totaling not more than four minutes in length are required. It is recommended that no accents be used and characters chosen should be in the actor's age range.
Students with an interest in musical theatre performance may also sing one song selected from the musical theatre repertoire in addition to the monologues. Students with classical voice training have the option to sing an additional art song or aria. A song is not required for the audition. Students with an interest in musical theatre performance who have strong dance skills may also schedule a dance audition on the same day as the acting audition.
Auditions are held on campus, Monday through Friday. 2016-17 dates are: Sept. 5 through Dec. 2, 2016 (except Oct. 3, 10, 12 and Nov. 23-27), and Jan. 23 through March 3, 2017. Please note that we do not do auditions on weekends.
Program director Charles Richter will hold scholarship auditions for theatre students in Los Angeles in January, 2017. Dates and locations to be announced. Auditioners must register in advance.
To schedule an audition via e-mail, send three possible dates in order of preference to Charles Richter (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your e-mail please specify what time you can arrive on campus and whether you plan to do a vocal or dance audition. We will send you an audition date confirmation by return e-mail. For more information or to schedule an audition via phone you can call Charles Richter at 484-664-3330.
Directing & Stage Management
An interview is required. Students may bring prompt books from productions they have directed or stage managed. Two letters from theatre teachers or theatre professionals attesting to the quality of the student's talent and work habits are also required. Directing students are strongly encouraged to present an acting audition in addition to the interview.
Interviews are held on campus, Monday through Friday. 2016-17 dates are: Sept. 5 through Dec. 2, 2016 (except Oct. 3, 10, 12 and Nov. 23-27), and Jan. 23 through March 3, 2017. Please note that we do not meet with prospective students on weekends.
To schedule a directing interview, send three possible dates in order of preference to Charles Richter (email@example.com). In your e-mail please specify what time you can arrive. We will send you an interview date confirmation by return e-mail. For more information or to schedule an interview via phone you can call Charles Richter at 484-664-3330.
To schedule a stage management interview, contact Curtis Dretsch, Director of Design and Technical Theatre, at 484-664-3739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre Design & Technology
Scenic design, lighting design, and costume design students need to schedule an interview and are encouraged to bring a portfolio. The portfolio can be an informal collection of the student's work including (but not limited to) drawings from art classes, photos of work presented on stage, and other materials that show visual artistic ability and imagination. To schedule an interview/portfolio review or for more information, contact Curtis Dretsch, Director of Design and Technical Theatre, at 484-664-3739 or email@example.com.
Applicants may submit a sample of their dramatic writing to Charles Richter, Department of Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104-5586. Professor Richter will contact the applicant to arrange an interview after reviewing the work. Contact Professor Richter at 484-664-3330 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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