Preparing for Auditions and Portfolio Presentations

Audition Procedures

First Things First: Your Audition Introduction Card

Before you begin your audition, you will introduce yourself to the college representatives, using the information on your Audition Introduction Card. Your introduction will not be timed, but only read the facts on your card, to help keep the pace of the auditions moving while still providing a bit of information about you and what you’re looking for. You are welcome to print the card and bring it with you to use during your audition, or you may choose to memorize it.


After your introduction, actors have 60 seconds to present a monologue. All auditionees are required to perform a monologue. The following tips may be helpful as you are preparing your monologue: 

  • Choose a piece from a play rather than a monologue book or website
  • Do not perform a self-written monologue
  • Choose a character that is close to your age
  • Time yourself beforehand so you are comfortable with the 60-second time limit and do not have to rush
  • Allow yourself ample rehearsal time. You can never be too prepared! Remember, you will be auditioning in front of a room full of college professors and peers; confidence is the key to shaking your nerves!


Singing is not required for the audition. If you choose to sing, please prepare 16 measures/bars of a song. You will need to bring sheet music that is clearly marked with the starting and ending points; no taped accompaniment or a capella singing will be allowed. You will have a moment to talk through your music with the provided accompanist before you start your introduction. The singing portion of your audition should come after your monologue. Consider the following tips when preparing your song selection: 

  • Write the last line of your monologue on the sheet music to help the accompanist know when to begin playing
  • Practice your song with an accompanist. It will sound different than practicing with the karaoke track
  • Place your sheet music in a three ring binder to help keep the pages in place
  • Choose a song in the correct key for your voice
  • Again, allow yourself ample rehearsal time. You can never be too prepared!

Portfolio Presenters

After you check-in and attend orientation, you will be escorted to the Portfolio Review Room, where you will be assigned a display table. You will be provided ample time to set-up your portfolio before the presentations begin. College representatives will visit your table to discuss your work. Be prepared to discuss your training, course work, production experience, hobbies and interests.

Your portfolio should be a visual representation of your work and interests. You can bring drawings, photos, models, prompt books, PowerPoint Presentations, etc. If you plan to use a laptop, be sure to bring an extension cord as well as the device (no computers will be provided)

Review the following tips for a successful portfolio presentation: 

  • Present work that caters to the area of study you would like to pursue
  • Think “outside the box” when determining how/what you will be presenting
  • If you’re interested in Set Design, include images of your scenery, painting, designs or plans
  • If you’re interested in Costuming, include production photos, swatches, actual costumes or sketches
  • If you’re interested in Lighting, include production photos, lighting plots, visual research or story boards
  • If you’re interested in Stage Management/Direction, include photos of productions you have directed/stage managed, scripts with blocking, rehearsal schedules, concepts or show research

Laura Pates, Assistant Technical Director for PlayMakers Repertory Company, shares what you should include in your portfolio. 

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