Theatre Arts Auditions
Students who are interested in majoring in theatre arts are asked to audition for admittance to the program. Although not currently required at the application stage, it is highly encouraged to connect you with faculty and act as your submission for the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship. More information about this additional funding opportunity and the timeline is available at salve.edu/artsscholar.
We offer two concentrations for students who are serious about a career in theatre: acting and technical theatre. If you want to build skills in theatre arts along with other areas of interest, we encourage a double major in theatre arts and another program of study. The skills gained in theatre are so unique and beneficial that any student can find additional strength with a double major in theatre arts. While some popular double majors include marketing, creative writing, psychology and social work, any program of study will be made richer with a theatre background.
Audition Requirements for Acting Concentration
At Salve Regina, we understand that not everyone begins their experience with the same pre-college training. Some students have received lessons, classes or performance opportunities that equip them with specialized preparation and knowledge of monologue selection and the audition process. Others have not had extensive training or the chance to perform often, or are relatively new to theatre as an activity and/or interest. We do not believe that any given path is an indication of talent or potential, but that training is what best equips students to succeed. We ask that you prepare your audition to the best of your ability and knowledge that you have acquired thus far.
- Prepare two contrasting monologues, to be performed in three minutes or under. Contrasting monologues may be comedic and dramatic, classical and contemporary, or realistic and presentational. Monologues should be memorized.
- Prepare one monologue, to be performed in under two minutes, that shows off your awareness of monologue performance. The monologue may be in any style, but should be from a published playscript. Monologue should be memorized.
- Prepare to come in and work with the program coordinator on a monologue available at the time of the audition. This will be considered a cold reading (you will not have seen it ahead of time), but the program coordinator will work with you to achieve a level of comfortability which also shows capability.
Students who have a headshot and resume should bring them to the audition. An audition form will also be supplied. Auditions are held in the Antone Academic Center’s Megley Theatre (or virtually as needed or preferred). A chair will be available for use should you need it. Each audition will be 15 minutes long. You will present your monologue(s) and then work with the program coordinator on various additional ways of performing the monologue(s).
We understand that auditioning brings out nerves that are difficult to control. We seek to help students show their best, display their range of abilities and demonstrate their energetic willingness to take direction and play. All of these are essential to the growth of an actor, so we are not interested solely on what you display in your monologue presentation. We seek to make this often-unnerving experience a comfortable environment in which we get to know you and see you at your most confident acting self.
Audition Requirements for Technical Theatre Concentration
Students who are interested in pursuing the technical theatre concentration are asked to present a portfolio for their audition. The portfolio may be a hard bound or digital copy. A computer and display screen will be available for student use. We understand that not every student has had technical training or a plethora of experience in high school, but we would like to know what you have done and what interests you as you think about theatre tech.
Student portfolios should include the following:
- A resume listing any and all technical jobs or services in any theatrical event. This may include design, stage crew, sound or light board operation, painting, box office, house management, technical assistantships and more.
- Images of any design work you have done (costumes, set, prop-building, lighting, hair, makeup). This may include drawings, photographs of final production designs or digital images. (Any work found to be plagiarized will result in an automatic non-acceptance into the program.)
- Three images or film clips of professional theatrical design you personally find appealing and an explanation of why (the explanation will be verbal). Students who already know which technical area they would like to focus on should choose three images/clips from different theatrical productions within the same tech area. For example, those interested in lighting should have three different aesthetically-appealing images of lighting design. Those who do not yet know what area they would like to focus on should choose three images/clips of three different types of technical design. For example, one image of costume design, one of set design, one of sound design.
Auditions are held in the Antone Academic Center's Megley Theatre (or virtually as needed or preferred). An audition form will be supplied at the time of the audition. Each audition will be 15 minutes long, and you will use that time to discuss your technical interests with both the program coordinator and technical director. Portfolio presentations should be 5-10 minutes and the remaining time will be devoted to conversation with the student.
Please direct any questions to Tara Brooke Watkins, assistant professor and program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.