Distance Auditions & Interviews

Auditioning during a scheduled remote audition day is preferred, unless unique circumstances or your time zone prevent you from participating. In the event that you can’t make it to one of our audition dates, you can request an exception from the Office of Admissions. In that instance, you can submit a video recording of your audition. If your request is approved, follow the specific audition and interview submission instructions for your program listed below. Recorded auditions should be submitted via the GetAcceptd online submission platform.

Overview & Format

The Ira Brind School School of Theater Arts audition consists of two steps.

  1. Step one: Every prospective student auditioning or interviewing for a Brind School program must upload materials in advance via GetAcceptd. (Requirements for uploading materials are included below.) 
  2. Step two: Participate in the virtual audition day you selected on your application. 
    • The day will begin with an overview of our school, including introductions from the Brind School dean and program heads. Following introductions, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a brief, 5- to 10-minute Q&A session with program heads. 
    • Once the Q&A ends, and if you are auditioning for a performance program (Acting or Musical Theater), you will be guided through warmups by Brind School faculty auditors. If you are interviewing for Directing, Playwriting and Production or Theater Design and Technology, you will proceed directly to your interview or be moved to an Ambassador Room until your interview time. 
    • While you are waiting for your individual audition or interview slots, you’re encouraged to spend time in the Brind School Ambassador Rooms, which will be hosted by current Brind School students who will share insights and answer your questions. These rooms give you the chance to meet other applicants, get to know more about the day-to-day lives of current students and learn about life in the Brind School and across the university.
    • Once you complete your live audition or interview, you’ll be done for the day—unless an auditor from another Brind School program would like to see you. At that time, you can choose to audition or interview for the other program or complete your day. 

Note: Brind School Live Audition or Interview

  • If you are auditioning for Acting, you should have all uploaded monologues prepared for the live audition and be ready to take adjustments and play.
  • If you are auditioning for Musical Theater, you should have all uploaded monologues and songs with the backing tracks prepared for the live audition, and be ready to take adjustments and play. Make sure you're familiar with your backing tracks so you can jump to different sections of the track if needed.
  • If you are interviewing for Directing, Playwriting and Production or Theater Design and Technology, you should have all uploaded materials on hand for your live interview. In that meeting, you’ll talk with the appropriate program head about your work, artistic vision and interest in art making.
  • If you are auditioning for a performance program, you can also interview for Theater Design and Technology and/or Directing, Playwriting and Production. If you are interested in doing that, let us know, and we will arrange the interview!

Space Considerations

  • We do not expect you to audition in a studio. Many students and faculty will be moving in their bedrooms, living rooms, backyards, etc.
  • Try to find a space where you will have minimal interruptions and you can move as freely as your audition pieces require.
  • A quiet space where you can audition/interview by yourself will benefit both you and the auditors! 
  • Before your virtual audition, test out where and how you can prop your computer/tablet so you can see your screen and the adjudicators can clearly see you.

Uploaded Materials

Your materials must be uploaded via GetAcceptd no less than two weeks before the audition day you’d like to participate in. The required materials are included in the tabs below. 

You’ll need to upload

  • a headshot; 
  • a résumé; 
  • your completed Brind School information form;
  • two contrasting monologues (such as one comedic and one dramatic, or one classical and one contemporary, etc.), for which the total recorded time should not exceed four minutes; and 
  • a Wild Card Video: Tell us about yourself and your artistry, which will help us understand who you are outside your prepared materials. Don’t overthink this or try to predict what we want to see. We want to see you

You’ll need to upload 

  • a headshot; 
  • a résumé; 
  • your completed Brind School information form;
  • two one-minute, contrasting songs accompanied by a backing track (They can be musical theater songs, but don’t have to be. Make sure the backing track does not include any vocals. Use this material to showcase your artistry; what kind of material excites you and what do you have to say as an artist?);
  • one contemporary monologue of your choosing (no longer than 60 seconds); and
  • a Wild Card Video: Share something about who you are as a person, which will help us understand who you are outside your prepared materials. Don’t overthink this or try to predict what we want to see. We want to see you

You’ll need to upload

  • a résumé that details all theater and other artistic work, and any other work you would like to highlight; 
  • your completed Brind School information form;
  • an artist statement that discusses why you make theater, the kind of art you strive to make and the goals you have for the future. Your artist statement can be created in one of three formats: 
    • a one- to two-page written document;
    • a visual representation—such as a series or collage of photos, paintings, drawings, videos, either of your own creation or the work of other artists; or
    • a two-minute audio or video file;
  • at least one work sample, which can include any of your artistic artifacts. Artistic artifacts include, but are not limited to
    • an original script or other original written material (poetry, short stories, etc.);
    • a production book for directors or stage managers
    • examples of publicity and program design (plays, school functions, community events, etc. You may include programs, poster designs and promotional copy); 
    • a video of productions with which you have had significant involvement and a typed, detailed description of your role in the production;
    • examples of leadership and creativity inside and outside of theater, including clubs and extracurricular activities;
    • models and/or renderings of set, costume or lighting designs; and 
    • visual art work (painting, photographs, images of sculptures, etc.). 

You’ll need to upload

  • a résumé, 
  • your completed Brind School information form; and 
  • a portfolio of materials. We want to know what you are interested in as a theater maker and an artist. Be sure to include work that shows us who you are and the kind of artwork and theater that excites you. Sample portfolio materials can include 
    • past theater work, like production photographs; sketches, drafting or process work; model photos; costume process and fitting photos; etc.;
    • examples of organizational and planning skills, including lighting plots and paperwork, prop lists, set-design drafting, scene-shift notes, costume plots, etc.;
    • photographic or physical examples of craft work and technical work, such as sewing samples, scenic painting, prop construction, carpentry work, sculptural work, etc.;
    • theoretical theater design projects for unproduced projects;
    • non-theatrical artwork that highlights your passions, interests and point of view; and 
    • other examples of your creativity that demonstrate your talent and what inspires you.

If you are unable to participate in an interview day, refer to the criteria above to prepare your portfolio materials. You’ll conduct your interview via phone or video call at a later date. 

Be sure to have your work available to you when you have your interview. We will talk about your work and what each project involved, how you made design decisions, what you learned from the experience and what you think about finished pieces.