Admissions
Undergraduate Requirements

How To Apply

Please visit http://www.commonapp.org after August 1 and submit the Common Application online. You can then use your Application ID to submit pre-screening materials or register for your portfolio review through our Acceptd site.

Pre-Screens are required for Acting and Acting/Music Theater. You must complete this pre-screening process in order to be invited to audition. You will receive a decision within two weeks of submission. There are a limited number of spaces available for both on- and off-campus auditions, so it is recommended that you pre-screen early to secure the audition date of your choice.


EARLY DECISION APPLICATION DEADLINE
The Early Decision application deadline for the School of Drama is November 1. Early Decision is only available for the Design and Production Technology and Management options. Portfolio review appointments should also be made by November 1, and will take place on campus in November.

Early Decision is not available for Directing,Dramaturgy, Acting or Music Theater. There are auditions available for Acting and Music Theater in November, under the Regular Decision application plan. Students will need to apply to the university and register for an audition by November 1 in order to attend a November audition. All decision notifications are released under Regular Decision, between March 15-April 15.

REGULAR DECISION APPLICATION DEADLINE
The Regular Decision application deadline for the School of Drama is December 1, though we encourage students to apply earlier in order to secure an audition or portfolio review appointment before December 1.

TRANSFER STUDENTS
Transfer applicants follow the same procedures as freshmen applicants. Transfer students in Acting and Music Theater are classified as freshmen in the program.

Scheduling Your Audition or Portfolio Review


Registration for audition and portfolio review dates and appointment times will be available Sept. 14 through our Acceptd portal. We honor these appointments on a first-come, first-serve basis, for Carnegie Mellon applicants only.


» Visit our Acceptd site

» 2018-2019 Audition & Portfolio Review Dates & Cities (PDF)

» Audition Locations and Daily Schedule

Please note: In order to schedule your audition or portfolio review YOU MUST complete your Common Application by December 1. No late applications will be accepted. We cannot accomodate walk-in auditions/interviews.

Schedule A Tour

Tours are by appointment only and are conducted by School of Drama students under the advisement of School of Drama staff members. Tours typically last 60-90 minutes. Tour groups should meet at the top of the stairs on the second floor of the Purnell Center for the Arts Lobby. Tours are only offered on weekdays. No weekend tours are available.

Schedule Your Tour

Preparing for Your Undergraduate Audition or Portfolio Review

Acting

Applicants to the School of Drama's Acting Option must fulfill the pre-screen, then the audition requirement, which is the main basis for admission to the program.

All applicants interested in auditioning for both the Music Theater and Acting Options should submit a pre-screen for the Music Theater Option. This one pre-screen will be sufficient to address the needs and requirements of both programs.

PRE-SCREEN GUIDELINES:
• Starting Sept.1, visit our Acceptd to upload the following:
• Resume including any training and experience in theater, film, music and dance as well as academic achievements, work experience and community service.
• Headshot
• TWO short, contrasting monologues from plays.
• The monologues should be selected from one contemporary piece and one classical piece (pre-1900).
• Should portray characters that fall in your natural age range (teens and 20s).
• The monologues should be no longer than 90 seconds each.
• One should be shot in close-up (head and shoulders) and another showing your full body.

AUDITION GUIDELINES:
• Perform two, contrasting monologues
• One classical monologue from a play written before 1900 with an emphasis on heightened language
• One contemporary piece written in the 20th or 21st century
• Each monologue should be only one minute
• Each monologue should be within your natural age range
• Be sure to read the entire play the monologue is excerpted from so you are able to demonstrate an understanding of the character and situation
• You may use hand props, but not costumes
• Be prepared to perform a third monologue if asked
• Bring a resume and headshot or recent photograph to leave at the audition

Download an Acting Admissions checklist

Music Theater

Applicants to the School of Drama Music Theater Option must fulfill the audition requirement, which is the main basis for admission to the program.

All applicants interested in auditioning for both the Music Theater and Acting Options should submit a pre-screen for the Music Theater Option. This one pre-screen will be sufficient to address the needs and requirements of both programs.

PRE-SCREEN GUIDELINES:
• Starting Sept.1, visit our Acceptd to upload the following:
• Resume including any training and experience in theater, film, music and dance as well as academic achievements, work experience and community service.
• Headshot
• TWO short, contrasting monologues from plays.
• The monologues should be selected from one contemporary piece and one classical piece (pre-1900).
• Should portray characters that fall in your natural age range (teens and 20s).
• The monologues should be no longer than 90 seconds each.
• One should be shot in close-up (head and shoulders) and another showing your full body.
• TWO 32-bar musical theater songs (~60 seconds each).
• One up-tempo and one-ballad.
• Sing with recorded or with live accompaniment, not a cappella.
• One should be shot in close-up (head and shoulders) and another showing your full body.

AUDITION GUIDELINES
• Perform two, contrasting monologues
• One classical monologue from a play written before 1900 with an emphasis on heightened language
• One contemporary piece written in the 20th or 21st century
• Each monologue should be only one minute
• Each monologue should be within your natural age range
• Be sure to read the entire play the monologue is excerpted from so you are able to demonstrate an understanding of the character and situation
• You may use hand props, but not costumes
• Be prepared to perform a third monologue if asked
• Bring a resume and headshot or recent photograph to leave at the audition

In addition to the aforementioned monologue requirements, you must perform two contrasting songs approximately one minute in length:
• One ballad
• One up tempo song
• Bring your own music(an accompanist will be provided)

Please Note: There is no longer a dance component of the audition so it is not necessary to bring dance clothes. Every accepted Music Theater student will have a dance skills assessment at the beginning of their first semester and will be placed at the appropriate level in classes. Please see the Office of Admissions' FAQ for more information about this change.

Download a Music Theater Admissions checklist

Design and Production Technology and Management

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.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.

The portfolio review will also include a short interview, where we will get a sense of your drive, aptitude for design and fit for this rigorous program.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW GUIDELINES
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

Download a Design/Production Admissions checklist

Dramaturgy

Applicants to the School of Drama Dramaturgy Option must show that they have significant research and writing skills, as well as the drive, aptitude for research and imaginative writing, and potential to develop in this rigorous program. Dramaturgy applicants do not need to schedule an audition or portfolio review, but must include the following with 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 undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu:

• 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 undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu.

The John Wells Directing Program

Applicants to the School of Drama Undergraduate John Wells Directing Program must fulfill two distinctive requirements, an audition and an interview. These requirements are the main basis for admission.

AUDITION GUIDELINES
• 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 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
• Bring a resume and headshot or recent photograph to leave at the audition

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 have written
• Production photographs from shows that you have directed
• Examples of creative writing
• Creative expression including: photography, painting, drawing, etc.
The interview will assess your drive, maturity, vision and aptitude for Directing.

Download a Directing Admissions checklist