Audition Information

How Do I Become a Theatre Major?

The process for admission into the Theatre Program requires an audition or portfolio review and an interview by members of the theatre faculty. These requirements ensure that a candidate understands the requirements of the major and allow the faculty to review the candidate’s talent as well as his/her interests, intent, and career goals.

  1. Apply and be accepted into Greensboro College.
  2. All prospective theatre majors must audition and interview prior to acceptance into the theatre program. Because of the competitive nature of the theatrical business, all applicants may not be accepted into the theatre program.
  3. Call the Admissions Office to schedule an appointment to audition for the Theatre Department faculty.
  4. Audition and interview for either the performance, design/technical or K-12 certification emphasis.

For more information on how students interested in the various Theatre Department concentrations should apply, follow these links:

Audition Dates

On Campus

Normally appointments are made during the college’s audition dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023
  • Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • or by appointment only

For more information about auditions, email:

Off Campus

  • Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), TBD

Acting and K-12 certification emphasis majors – The audition process at the NCTC and SETC is a 90-second monologue with the option of 30 additional seconds for a song.

Design & technical emphasis majors get a 120-second presentation to show their design and technical capabilities with blueprints, etc.

Call Backs – following the auditions and presentations, Greensboro College posts a list of students that it wishes to interview.

Theatre scholarships may be offered at this time or invitations made to have candidates audition on-campus during the Admissions Open House Events. To see dates for all Admissions open house events, go to Greensboro College Admissions Visits.

Other Options

  • Acting EmphasisMusical Theatre Emphasis – Greensboro College accepts resumes and video-recorded auditions following guidelines set forth by the department.
  • Arts Management, Costume, Design/Technical Emphasis, Directing-Management & K-12 Certification – The Theatre Department accepts resumes, phone interviews and portfolios in e-mail, CD-ROM, slide or photographic formats. Email us at for details.

Acting Auditions

  • Two contrasting monologues, one classical and one contemporary (post-1950), of approximately 1 minute each.
  • 16 measures of a song are encouraged — but not required. Bring sheet music in the correct key.
  • Be prepared to move — you will be taught a short movement piece.
  • Resume and headshot. (Theatre resume required; headshot optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a theatre teacher or director.
  • An interview describing your theatrical past, present, and future plans.

Tips on the Audition

  • Contrasting usually means comic/serious, classical/contemporary.
  • Do not write your own monologues.
  • Avoid material that calls attention by the use of foul language, sexually explicit shock value, or graphic humor.
  • Avoid stand-up type of material that only goes for laughs and hits only one note.
  • Avoid monologues that only go from one description to another or one laugh to another with no through-line.
  • Keep your hair off of your face during the audition — wear it tied or neatly pulled back.
  • If you are submitting by video, please record one monologue from the shoulders up and record the other monologue showing the full body. Your song may be recorded in either camera position. Please check the light and sound quality before sending your video tape. Make sure you can be easily seen and heard.

Tips on the Resume

  • General section: Name, address, telephone number, email address, height, weight, color hair/eyes.
  • Theatre section: List of shows, roles you performed, producing organization, director, date. Training: acting, dance, vocal, union membership.
  • Non-theatre section: List of jobs with brief description of responsibilities; community service; special skills — languages, etc.; grade-point average, S.A.T./A.C.T. scores; honors/Advanced Placement courses.

Musical Theatre Auditions

Requirements for the musical theatre auditions:

  • An up-to-date picture
  • An up-to-date resume
  • A letter of recommendation from a Theatre Person (a teacher, director, music director, or choreographer you have worked with recently).
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who unrelated to you who is not a Theatre Person.
  • Two memorized contrasting monologues
  • Two memorized contrasting song selections from Classical American Musical Theatre Literature (Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Jule Styne). Bring sheet music in the correct key.
  • A dance/movement audition is also required. Don’t freak out! Please bring and be prepared to change into something comfortable to move in.

Costume Theatre Interviews

  • Presentation showing your design and technical stitching abilities to date. Portfolios include physical costume pieces or samples, drawings, photographs, models, blueprints, craftwork, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Theatre Resume. (See “Tips on the Resume” above under “Acting Auditions.”)
  • Interview in which you describe your costume work theatrical past, present, and future plans.

Design / Technical Theatre Interviews

  • Presentation showing your design and technical abilities to date. Portfolios include drawings, photographs, models, blueprints, craftwork, etc.
  • Any samples of Set drawings, drafting, painting, technical solutions, construction skills, light plots and paperwork, sound design samples, paperwork, property samples, designs or related samples.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Theatre Resume. (See “Tips on the Resume” above under “Acting Auditions.”)
  • Interview in which you describe your theatrical past, present, and future plans.

K-12 Theatre Education Audition / Interviews

The student will choose either the Acting or the Design/Technical audition processes described above.

Managment / Stage Directing Interview

  • Presentation showing your abilities to date. Portfolios include ad graphics, photographs, prompt books, scripts etc.
  • Theatre Resume. (See “Tips on the Resume” under “Acting Auditions” above.)
  • Interview in which you describe your theatrical past, present, and future plans.

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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.