Upload Instructions for Audition and Portfolio Material
Each file must be labeled with the applicant’s last name and first name and the submission type. Examples:
McDonald, Audra_Audition Piece 1
Please upload the following materials for the relevant program. Applicants should also register to attend a virtual audition/interview. Audition/portfolio materials must be submitted prior to attending one of the listed audition/interview dates.
Virtual Audition/Interview Days
Oct. 10th, 2020 – ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SATURDAY, OCT. 2nd at NOON
Nov. 14th, 2020 – ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SATURDAY, NOV. 7th at NOON
Dec. 5th, 2020 – ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SATURDAY, NOV. 28th at NOON
Jan. 23rd, 2021 – ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SATURDAY, JAN. 16th at NOON
Feb. 6th, 2021 – ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SATURDAY, JAN. 30th at NOON
Feb. 13th, 2021 – ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SATURDAY, FEB. 6th at NOON
- AUDITION VIDEO: Prepare and film 2 contrasting monologues of your choice, not exceeding 2 minutes in length each. The selected monologues should be from different plays. Choose characters similar to your own age and experience. Contemporary characters without dialects are best. If you feel comfortable presenting material from Shakespeare or another classical playwright, you are welcome to do so, but one selection should be from a contemporary text.
Design, Technology, and Management Applicants
- RESUME: Provide a list of your theatre experiences, educational background, and other appropriate interests, such as hobbies, special skills, and employment history. A simple listing with this information and your name and address will be sufficient.
- PORTFOLIO: Provide examples of the work you’ve done. This may include sketches, drawings, or drafting; photos of costumes, scenery, or sets you’ve built or helped prepare; marketing material; art projects; or photography, video, or audio files. The faculty recognizes that many students have not been able to document their experiences extensively. We encourage students to convey this information during the interview accompanying your portfolio review. Passion, commitment, intelligence, and imagination can be as important as experience.
IN ADDITION FOR STAGE MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIOS: Provide examples of your stage management experiences as part of your portfolio. This can include a prompt script, production photos, and/or any show-related paperwork that you have created or helped prepare. In addition to stage management documentation, the faculty is interested in examples of any design/tech/crew work you’ve done. Non-theatre examples of organization, communication, and people management are also welcome.
Theatre Studies Applicants (Directing, Playwriting, and Dramaturgy)
- ESSAY/CREATIVE WRITTEN WORK EXAMPLE: Provide a short essay or paper on theatre or another short, creative written work. This may include a play or draft of a work in process.
- PORTFOLIO: Provide examples of the work you have done. This may include writing samples, directing prompt books, or materials used in support of your theatre endeavors (marketing, programs, rehearsal schedules, etc.). The faculty recognizes that many students have not been able to document their experiences extensively. We encourage students to convey this information during the interview accompanying your portfolio review. Passion, commitment, intelligence, and imagination can be as important as experience.
ALL APPLICANTS WILL COMPLETE TWO INTERVIEWS DURING OUR VIRTUAL AUDITION/INTERVIEW WEEKENDS. SCHEDULE YOUR INTERVIEW HERE: https://theatre.illinois.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/.
- Applicants will meet one-on-one with area-specific faculty to discuss program-specific questions and have resume/portfolio reviews.
- Applicants will also have one-on-one meetings with departmental administration to further explore support for their desired artistic and educational goals.
On your virtual audition/interview day we will have several opportunities to interact with you via the following schedule:
- 10 am (central time)—Welcome via Zoom: Welcome for all including applicants, applicants’ family/support, current faculty, and current students
- 10:30 am (central time)—Interviews via Zoom breakout rooms
- While waiting for area-specific interviews applicants will have a chance to meet and discuss the program with current students.
- Students will be moved to individual Zoom interviews with area-specific faculty for audition/portfolio review based on previously submitted materials.
- Upon completion of area-specific meetings, applicants will be moved to individual Zoom meetings with departmental administration to further explore support for each student’s learning goals and answer any questions.
- There will be a Zoom breakout room for family/support individuals to answer questions regarding the college application process.
- We anticipate that Zoom interviews and breakout rooms should be concluded by 3 pm central time (and perhaps sooner).