Auditioning for Dance and Theatre Programs at Dean

Auditions at Dean College

On-Campus Auditions   Off-Campus Auditions

Thank you for considering the performing arts programs at Dean College! Admission to the Dance or Theatre programs is based on the review of the applicant's academic credentials through the Dean College Online Application for Admission as well as a by means of a required audition.

The Dean College audition days are designed to give applicants the opportunity to be evaluated in a comprehensive manner, while also getting more familiar with the Dean campus as well as some of our faculty, and to obtain more information regarding the admissions process, degree tracks, departmental policies and more.

Students applying to degree programs in Dance or Theatre are required to complete an audition so that the applicant's ability to succeed within the demanding performance curriculum may be assessed. Prospective students must complete their application for admission prior to participating in an audition. Based on their audition, students who are not accepted to a performing arts program may be admitted to Dean in another major and have the opportunity to re-audition during their freshman or sophomore year. 

Students applying to the Technical Theatre program must submit a portfolio and students applying to Theatre Studies program must provide a writing supplement outlining their theatre background. These may be submitted in lieu of an audition. Please contact Joe Zumbo to explore these options.

Dance and Theatre Audition Dates 

On-Campus Auditions

Dean College will not be offering on-campus dance or theatre auditions in 2020, although we are hoping to resume on-campus auditions in 2021. 

Video Auditions

We will be accepting video auditions for Fall 2021 applications in lieu of on-campus auditions. Applicants to the Dance and Theatre programs are required to complete a Performing Arts Supplement as part of the application process and can provide a link to their video audition on that form. Applicants will be able to access the Performing Arts Supplement through their Application Portal. 

All links must have security permissions turned off, but you are welcome to use any third-party website to host your video audition (YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive). Please ensure that your link will open immediately upon submission. While you can prepare your video in advance, you will not have access to the Performing Arts Supplement through your application portal until you submit your application for admission.

Specific details on dance auditions can be found here

Specific details on theatre auditions can be found here.

Off-Campus Auditions

In previous years, faculty and staff have offered off-campus auditions at a variety of locations throughout the year, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with these organizations in whatever audition format is offered. Please review the following list to see where past off-campus auditions have been held, and you can find more details concerning these off-campus audition opportunities as they are released by each organization. 

Audition Options

Want to learn more about the Performing Arts at Dean? Check-out our webinars.

If you have questions about your audition options:  

Please contact Ashley Reed to explore Dance options.

Please contact Joe Zumbo to explore Theatre options.