Thinking about auditioning for Theatre?

An audition or portfolio review is not required to study theatre at Muhlenberg — but an audition can be a great way for us to get to know you and for you to get to know the theatre program.

Students with strong skills are encouraged to audition/interview. A good audition could improve your chances of being admitted to the College, and an audition and interview are required for applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards. Talent scholarships are awarded based on the quality of your audition. Students do not have to major in theatre to be considered for an award.

In past years we have encouraged prospective students who live within 200 miles of the college to do an on-campus audition or portfolio review. Our ability to host in-person auditions and tours has been limited due to the covid-19 pandemic; however, we are currently reviewing our plans for the 2021-21 academic year, and we anticipate being able to resume in-person auditions this fall. Virtual options will also still be available.

For students interested in acting:

You can send your video audition materials to theatredance@muhlenberg.edu. It is best to submit your audition materials via Youtube or Vimeo. Please be sure we can access your video materials. In addition to the audition video, please fill out and submit this audition form, as well as a headshot (any recent photo will do) and a resume of your performance training and experience.

Submit all materials to the email address above. After we receive your materials, we will contact you to set up an interview. As part of the interview process, we will be able to answer any questions you have about the program.

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 (32 bars) selected from the musical theatre repertoire in addition to the monologues. Students with classical voice training have the option to sing an additional 32-bar section of an art song or aria. A song is not required for the audition.

For students interested in directing

A zoom directing interview is required. Contact us at theatredance@muhlenberg.edu to set up an interview appointment. After scheduling the interview, candidates should submit a resume of their theatre experience, an audition form, and any portfolio materials (prompt books, production photos, programs etc.) they would like. In addition, two letters from theatre teachers or theatre professionals attesting to the quality of the student's talent and work ethic are required. The letters can be submitted directly to the email address above.

Directing applicants also have the option to submit an acting audition in addition to the interview. See above for acting audition information. The acting audition material should be submitted before the scheduled directing interview.

For students interested in stage management or design and technology

A zoom interview is required. Contact Professor Rebecca Lustig at rebeccalustig@muhlenberg.edu to set up a portfolio review/ interview appointment. After scheduling the interview, candidates should submit a portfolio at least one week before the interview date.

For stage management students, the portfolio can consist of promptbooks and examples of stage management paperwork (call sheets, performance reports, cue sheets etc.) For design and technology students, 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, light plots, costume renderings or other materials that show visual artistic ability and imagination.

In addition, two letters from theatre teachers or theatre professionals attesting to the quality of the student's talent and work ethic are required. The letters can be submitted directly to Professor Dretsch at the email address above.

For students interested in playwriting

Applicants may submit a sample (between five and ten pages) of their dramatic writing via email to theatredance@muhlenberg,edu. We will contact the applicant to arrange an interview after reviewing the work.

If you have any questions about the audition/interview process, please don't hesitate to contact us at theatredance@muhlenberg.edu for more information.


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