Prepare for Performing Arts Auditions

  • Preparing for Your Audition

    Auditions are an important part of the admissions process for Dance or Theatre at Dean College. While the experience is professional, we want you to feel comfortable in order to be your best.

    Get Yourself Organized

    If you haven’t finished your application for admission, please do so as soon as possible. Review the information on the audition webpage and if you did not submit a photo and résumé to the Admissions Office, be sure to bring them to the audition. In addition, please complete and submit the Performing Arts Supplement Form.

    Theatre Audition Requirements

    • Acting candidates will prepare two contrasting monologues of no more than two minutes each. 
    • Musical Theatre candidates should prepare a two-minute monologue and one musical selection (demonstrating vocal range) of no more than two minutes. Candidates must provide their own sheet music. Musical Theatre candidates will also participate in a dance class to demonstrate their proficiency in movement.
    • All candidates auditioning for any of our programs will participate in a movement component. Please bring comfortable clothing in the event that you are asked to move. 
    • Technical Theatre and Theatre Studies candidates are welcome, but not required to audition on campus. Please contact the School of the Arts at 508.541.1606 for information about required portfolio materials.
    • Candidates for Theatre should wear comfortable clothing to present their monologues and/or musical selections—no costumes. 

    Dance Audition Requirements

    • Candidates auditioning for the School of Dance are required to participate in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap in a class room setting.
    • Candidates will be learn choreography and execute it in small groups. 
    • Candidates for Dance will need to pack a change of clothes for each of the dance routines.

      Women should bring the following dance attire: 
    • For Ballet – black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.
    • For Modern – black leotard, black footless tights, bare feet.
    • For Jazz and Tap – jazz shoes/hip hop sneakers and tap shoes are required, solid color dance pants are allowed.
    Men should bring the following dance attire: 
    • For Ballet – black leggings, white t-shirt, black slippers.
    • For Modern – black leggings, white t shirt, bare feet.
    • For Jazz and Tap - jazz shoes/hip hop sneakers and tap shoes are required, solid color dance pants are allowed, solid color t-shirt.

    Be On Time

    Audition check-in begins at 8:00 am in the Campus Center. Check-in will not be available before 8:00 am and ends at 9:00 am. Review directions to the College and, if necessary, arrange for a hotel the night before.

    If you have questions regarding the audition process, please contact Ashley Reed ( for the School of Dance or Joe Zumbo ( for the Theatre Program.

Take the next Step

  • Audition Dates

    • Saturday, October 6, 2018
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018
    • Saturday, December 8, 2018
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019
    • Saturday, March 2, 2019
    • Saturday, March 30, 2019
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  • 2018-19 Performances

    • Art Mosaic Oct. 19th-20th
    • Scapino! Oct. 25th-28th
    • Footloose Nov. 14th-18th
    • New Dancers Showcase Dec. 7th-8th
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