Department of Theatre

Interview/Audition Information

Department of Theatre Undergraduate Interview/Audition Information

Greetings!
We invite you to interview/audition for the University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre. 

Located in and supported by the vibrant arts community of the greater Portland area, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre combining an engaging liberal arts curriculum with comprehensive theatre training.

 

The theatre degree program at USM offers three tracks of study:

  • Design / Technology (costume, lighting, scenery, sound, stage management, technical production) 
  • History / Literature (directing, dramaturgy, history, playwriting)
  • Performance (acting, dance)

Please note:
An interview/audition is required for admission to all Theatre degree tracks.

Applicants to the Department of Theatre must also be accepted by the University’s Office of Admissions (https://usm.maine.edu/office-of-admissions).

2019 Interview/Audition Schedule 

Auditions are held in Russell Hall at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus 

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 (10am-1pm)
  • Friday, February 15, 2019 (10am-1pm)
  • Friday, March 8, 2019 (1pm-4pm)
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 (10am-1pm)

How to Interview/Audition 

1) Apply to USM through the Office of Admissions (https://usm.maine.edu/admit). Please note: To be granted an interview/audition, an applicant must either be an accepted USM student or have submitted their application to the University’s Office of Admissions. 

2) Submit an online Interview/Audition Request Form to the Department of Theatre, available here

If an on-campus interview/audition is not feasible, please email Lil Campbell at lillianc@maine.edu to discuss other options

Department of Theatre Interview/Audition Requirements

When you arrive on the Gorham campus for your Department of Theatre Interview/Audition you will have the opportunity to meet students in the program, observe classes, meet faculty and staff, and if the timing works out, watch a performance or rehearsal.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at University of Southern Maine offers a student three tracks of study. 

Each track has different requirements for the interview/audition:

Design/Technology
(costume, lighting, scenery, sound, stage management, technical production)

You will have an opportunity to demonstrate your interests and experiences in theatre design and technology.

You may wish to present sketches, production documents, promptbooks, or any other representations of your previous work. 
If you don’t have such representations, be prepared to discuss with us your interests and experiences.

You will also have an opportunity to informally chat about your theatre experiences, your hopes for college and a theatre degree, etc. We will, of course, try to answer any questions you may have.

History/Literature
(directing, dramaturgy, history, playwriting) 

Be prepared to discuss with us one of the following plays:

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • Fences by August Wilson
  • Piano Lesson by August Wilson
  • Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
  • Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

You will also have an opportunity to meet with faculty from the Department of Theatre to informally chat about your theatre experiences, your hopes for college and a theatre degree, etc. We will, of course, try to answer any questions you may have.

Performance 
(acting, dance)

Present two contrasting monologues no longer than 2 minutes each.

One monologue should be contemporary, and the second one may be contemporary OR classical. They both must be from published dramatic literature (no film monologues, poems, or self-written work). 

We may work with you on the monologues as well as do some improvisation and/or movement exercises.

You will also have an opportunity to meet with faculty from the Department of Theatre to informally chat about your theatre experiences, your hopes for college and a theatre degree, etc. We will, of course, try to answer any questions you may have.

Need more info? 

If you have any questions about the Department of Theatre Interview/Audition requirements, please email Department of Theatre Administrator, Lillian Campbell at lillianc@maine.edu

                           Thank you for your interest in the USM Department of Theatre! We look forward to meeting you.