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Theater Audition Requirements

In-Person Auditions

Auditions for theater applicants (both undergraduate and graduate) include an acting, vocal and dance audition. Applicants must bring pre-recorded accompaniment on CD or mp3 player and should prepare “age-appropriate” material. There is no musicianship/theory exam at the auditions.

NOTE: In-Person auditions are required of anyone residing in the 48 contiguous states. Only international applicants and residents of Hawaii and Alaska may submit a recorded audition.

If you are looking for Contemporary Theater or Stage Management audition requirements, please view the Conservatory College audition requirements. 


Applicants must prepare two short, contrasting monologues from the following:

  • Modern, post-war literature: examples of post-war dramatists are Miller, Williams, Albee, Inge and Shepard.
  • Classical literature: examples of classical pieces include Shakespeare’s comedies and histories or Moliere.

A 4-minute time limit for the total acting portion of the audition will be enforced.


Applicants must prepare two brief, contrasting songs from the Broadway repertoire: one ballad and one upbeat selection. Applicants should:

  • Select songs that demonstrate vocal quality, phrasing, rhythmic skills, and lyric interpretation;
  • Select songs that express a character’s feelings more than songs that tell a story (avoid narrative songs);
  • Prepare age-appropriate material;
  • Avoid long intros leading into songs;
  • Limit each song to 2 minutes, preferably 32 bars (a verse and a chorus).

Applicants must bring pre-recorded accompaniment on CD or mp3 player for auditions.

Again, a 4-minute time limit for the total singing portion of the audition will be enforced.


Applicants should be prepared to learn a combination in various musical theater styles. Expected audition dress attire is as follows:

  • Women: Solid-colored unitard or leotard with dance pants.
  • Men: Form-fitting, solid-colored tee shirt and jazz pants. 
  • Both: Please bring ballet slippers and jazz shoes to the theater dance audition (no tap shoes required).

Recorded Auditions

ONLY international applicants and residents of Alaska and Hawaii may submit a recorded audition. No recorded auditions will be accepted from students residing in the 48 contiguous states; they must audition live in Boston or regionally.

If you choose to send a recording, it must be in video format and satisfy ALL the requirements of a voice, acting and dance audition listed above. For the dance requirement, record a musical theater style dance piece on a stage or in a studio. The piece should be no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds. Please show technique as well as musicality.

Incomplete recorded auditions will NOT be considered for admission.

The required method for receiving your recording is online, using DecisionDesk. You will need to register and pay a $10 fee to submit your materials. We receive them instantly. The due date is January 15. 

  • Applicants submitting video should be sure the recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus.
  • Applicants who choose to submit a recorded audition should make every effort to have the best possible recording made of their audition performance.  (Recorded auditions that are of poor quality often result in a student being denied admission.)
  • Applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves and provide any information they would like to convey to the faculty.

Details on recorded auditions can be found here.  

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