Santino Fontana on stage in Tootsie

Santino Fontana on stage in Tootsie
Santino Fontana (BFA Acting '04) in Tootsie on Broadway.

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Preparing for your audition

Throughout the audition process, we are looking for students with raw talent rather than slick polish. A good candidate will have passionate desire and love of dramatic literature and theater, an appreciation of history, curiosity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to risk and fail. We are seeking twenty actors who are interested in continuing their life long journey of learning and artistic expression. Seeing your work and your resume along with meeting you for a short conversation is the best way to find these things out.

The purpose for having a short conversation is to give us, and you, a chance to ask questions and get to know each other a bit. It will be informal and there is nothing you can do to prepare for it but to be honest and completely yourself.

Don’t forget to bring a hard copy of your photo/resume. The photo does not need to be professionally done but should look like you and be 8 X 10 in size.

Audition Monologues

We ask that you prepare and present three monologues for your audition. Please select pieces from written and produced plays. Do not choose material from films, television, or original and/or self-written scripts. 

At least one of the monolgues should be a portrayal of a character close to you in age, temperament, and emotional experience. The total time of the first two monologues should not exceed 3 minutes and the third monologue should not exceed 1.5 minutes, for a total of 4.5 minutes. Please rehearse your monologues so they do not exceed the time restraints.

Monologue Notes
Monologue #1 Choose from a play written over 100 years ago.

Examples include Shakespeare, Moliere, Calderon, Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov, and Wilde.
Monologue #2 Choose from a play written within the last 100 years.

Examples include O'Neill, Odets, Lorca, Williams, Miller, Wilson, and other living playwrights.
Monologue #3 Choose something from a role that others would probably never cast you as, but that you would love to play and feel passionate about. Think as broadly and creatively as possible; you can go beyond age and type. This is to give us an idea of where your passion lies so we can know more about who you are and how you think.