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Audition

Our audition process focuses on your potential for future growth, your ability to engage with text, and your willingness to be part of a creative ensemble. We believe that imagination, personal initiative, self-discipline, stamina, seriousness of purpose, commitment to the profession, and trainability are fundamental principles for Theatre School students.

The audition is comprised of two parts: the video prescreen (submitted by December 1) and the callback for an in-person audition. All acting applicants are required to go through the prescreen process. Typically, we are able to provide a callback decision within two weeks of your video submission.


About the monologues

We are looking for your ability to play the actions inherent in the text and reveal the inner life of the character as it intersects with your own experience, imagination, and understanding. Our goal is to see you, not a caricature or how far you can stretch yourself.

  • Prepare two (2) contrasting monologues, no longer than a minute each. You will present both monologues for your video and select one to present again in the callback.
  • One of your monologues must be contemporary, modern/natural speech. The other monologue may be contemporary, classical, or heightened (poetic) text.
  • Monologues must be memorized and rehearsed.
  • Choose monologues from plays.
  • Read the plays to understand the context of your text.
  • Choose monologues in which you speak directly to one other person.
  • Do not use accents/dialects that are not your own.
  • Choose roles that are close to your own life experience and age.

About the Video Prescreen

This is an audition for a theatre program; your camera is there simply to record a sample of your work so that you can share that with us remotely. When you film, choose a well-lit, quiet place with a plain, solid colored background. Watch your video before you upload it to be sure you can be clearly seen and heard.

Upload your prescreen video as a single video file to your DePaul Portal portfolio. (Do not upload other videos/materials to your portfolio.) Your prescreen video must contain the following:
  • A brief introduction - introduce your name and your two monologues, including the names of the characters, the titles of the plays, and the playwrights. Please also include a brief personal statement in which you describe a profound experience you have had in theatre, either as a performer or spectator, that inspired you to pursue acting as a profession.
  • One contemporary monologue (one minute maximum)
  • One additional contrasting monologue (one minute maximum)
  • Please frame one monologue as a "wide shot" or "full body shot" so that we can see your whole body and how you move as you perform. The other monologue should be a "from the waist up" or "medium view" so that we can focus on your face and expressions.
 

About the Callback (In-Person Audition)

Students who receive a callback are notified by email and will be provided with a link in order to register for one of our callback sessions. Students must attend a callback session in order to be considered for the BFA Acting program.

Our callback sessions typically last about three to four hours and you will need to be present for the entire session. Please wear movement clothes appropriate for physical activity throughout the audition. Students are encouraged to warm-up prior to checking-in.

After a brief information session and the chance to meet the faculty you will be working with, each student will perform a prepared monologue (pick one of the two from your video prescreen) in front of the other students and the faculty. Once everyone has presented, the faculty will lead the group through a class session. This may include group improvisation, acting exercises, and vocal expression or movement work. Next, you will be assigned a scene partner (or two) from among the other students in your callback session. Under the direction of the faculty, you and your scene partner(s) will work on a short scene from a recent Theatre School production. You will be provided with the opportunity to read the scenes and some context/character information prior to attending the callback; it is not required or necessary that you read the full plays.