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Theater Auditions

Theater auditions give Cornish the chance to see the passion and commitment to your artistic work and creative process.

Each audition will include two monologues, a verse and chorus of a song, ensemble movement exercises, and improvisation work, and our Musical Theater applicants will be required to join us for a dance call.

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Monologues

Applicants will prepare and perform two monologues. Of our two prescribed pieces (options below), please select the one you feel the strongest connection to (make sure to read the corresponding play).

For your second monologue, choose a piece from a contemporary play where the mood, style, and intention present an interesting contrast to the Cornish selection. It should have a strong objective that allows you to play actions that connect you with another character. Most importantly, it should be a piece that you enjoy performing.

 

Monologue Options

Option 1 | Fool for Love, by Sam Shepard 

Option 2 | Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller

Song

Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song (verse and chorus).

Choose a song that allows you to play an action and brings your focus out rather than inward. Applicants to our Musical Theater concentration will be expected to perform their song with our accompanist. Please bring sheet music with cuts clearly marked and page turns easily managed. Make sure the music is notated in the correct key; our accompanist will not transpose for you. Acting applicants are invited to perform their song with our accompanist as well, but may choose to sing unaccompanied if they prefer.

Interview

Each student will have a short interview with our faculty to discuss their career goals and educational priorities.

Dance (for Musical Theater)

Applicants to our Musical Theater concentration will be required to join us for a dance call. This will consist of an hour of technique work with our choreographer, learning a combination that will allow us to assess your level of previous training and movement potential.

Online Auditions

If you are unable to join us for a live audition, we are glad to accept a video submission. Video auditions should be uploaded with your application for admission and must follow the additional requirements below.

Important Notes: Sound + Scene

  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot
    which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • Record your audition in a theater space or rehearsal hall
  • Make sure that the acoustics are good (with no echo)
  • Make sure that there is sufficient light
  • Do not wear costumes or use character
    makeup.
  • Do not use background sound effects.

Introduction + Monologues

Introduce your audition by stating your name, age and place of residence. Briefly discuss your goals and experience. Introduce and then present the two contrasting monologues, each no longer than two minutes

Song

Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song (verse and chorus).

Choose a song that allows you to play an action and brings your focus out rather than inward. Applicants to our Musical Theater concentration will be expected to perform their song with an accompanist, or with a track. Acting applicants may perform their song with an accompanist or track as well, but can choose to sing unaccompanied if they prefer.

Dance

  • Dance media should be filmed in “full-body” shot taking care to keep the
    student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Execute a brief series of plie’, tendu, and grand battement; and also
    pirouette en dehors to both sides. and grand jete’ across the floor. Should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • 60-90 seconds of whatever discipline you are most comfortable. Ballet, jazz, contemporary, African, East Indian or Brazilian.
  • Please stick to vocabulary and steps you are familiar with and can
    execute well.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance
    media, please.
  • The execution of the choreography should be story-driven where the applicant is continuing to express a goal.

Letters of Recommendation

Include two letters of recommendation by people familiar with your performance work. They can either accompany the upload or be sent separately.

Questions

Please answer these questions after your introduction or at the end of your audition, on video.

  1. Who is one of your heroes—either in life or in the performing arts—and why
  2. Imagine that you received a grant to produce a play that you would either commission or write yourself. It could be in the theater of your choice, with the cast of your choice. The only condition is that it has to be about some issue—personal, social, political, environmental—that you care strongly about. What would you want your play to be about and what would you want the audience to take away from the experience of seeing your play?

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