Performance Production Portfolio

Our portfolio process includes submitting a portfolio focusing on your interested concentration and an interview with the Chair of Performance Production.

You will submit a portfolio for one of six concentrations: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Sound Design, Stage Management, and Technical Direction.

Performance Production student working on Costume Design in large studio with mannequins

During one of our Open House weekends, you can get an on-campus portfolio review, as well as learn more about Cornish and our Performance Production Department, meet current students, and more.

Performance Production Requirements

Costume Design

Please include work you’ve done with fabrics or clothing. This can include pattern work, completed garments, work in progress, or sketches and design drawings for costumes, street clothing or accessories.

Lighting Design

Please include work you’ve done with lighting, either on stage or in other environments. This may include light plots, lighting paper work like dimmer hook-up sheets or instrument schedules, and photos or slides of shows on which you’ve worked. Any other lighting or electric-related experience you may have should be communicated either by photos, written description, or drawing / sketching / drafting.

Scene Design

Please include work you’ve done in scene painting or in designing scenery for productions (or for classroom projects). Work that shows your understanding of or work with three-dimensional space is of special value.

Sound Design

Please include work that shows your experience with sound and sound equipment. This can range from production-related sound to home stereo hook-ups, as we want to get an idea about your experience and skill level. If you compose music or play music, we’d like to hear a sample (this is absolutely not a requirement for all applicants; many sound designers are not musicians). Experience with sound is difficult to document; sometimes the best you can do is to write up a description of the experience to help you to talk about it in the interview.

Stage Management + Technical Direction

Please include work that shows your experience with Stage Management and Technical Direction, including prompt books from the productions you have recently worked (usually one good prompt book is enough). Also important are photos of the productions they have worked to help us see the scale of the show. Stage Management is probably the most difficult of all the concentrations to document, and the biggest thing we look for is evidence of organizational skills. Lists you’ve made for a show (or for a project other than a show), calendars, checklists, sign-up sheets, scene breakdowns, contact sheets-all of these can be good things to show. If you don’t have much to show, don’t panic. We understand how difficult it is to document your work in stage management.

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