Department of Theatre

Interview/Audition Information

Department of Theatre Undergraduate Interview/Audition Information

2020 Interview/Audition Information - UPDATED 3/26/2020

Due to COVID-19, USM, like many other colleges and universities, has made the decision to transition to online teaching platforms and suspend campus visits for the remainder of the semester. We would still love to meet you and show you what we're all about! Please sign up for an audition using the Interview/Audition Request Form and we will set up a Zoom meeting with you.

Our next auditions will be held via Zoom on Fridays, May 22nd, June 12th, July 10th, and August 14th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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.

 

Department of Theatre Interview/Audition Requirements

The theatre degree program at USM offers three tracks of study - Design/Technology, History/Literature, and Performance. Each requires an interview/audition for admission to the Department of Theatre.

How to Interview/Audition for the USM Department of Theatre  

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 hereAs of March 2020, all interview/auditions will be held via Zoom. 

3) Prepare for your interview/audition using the criteria below, based on your area of interest:

 

Design/Technology: Costume, lighting, scenery, sound, stage management, and technical production

 

Interview Criteria:

Be prepared to present sketches, production documents, prompt books, 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 in theatre. 

History/Literature: Directing, dramaturgy, history, and playwriting

Interview criteria:
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

 

Performance: Acting, dance

Interview/Audition criteria:
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.

Need more info? 

If you have any questions about the Department of Theatre Interview/Audition requirements, please email Department of Theatre Outreach Coordinator, Janice Gardner, at janice.gardner@maine.edu.

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