Auditions

Musical Theatre Program Auditions

Auditions for students interested in applying for admission to the Musical Theatre Program for entrance in Fall of 2019 will be held:
Nov. 17, 2018 on the SUNY Cortland Campus
Jan. 19, 2019 in NYC at Pearl Studios
Feb. 16, 2019 in NYC Ripley Grier Studios
April 13, 2019 on the SUNY Cortland Campus
An application for general admission to the College is required before scheduling an audition. Visit cortland.edu/apply to learn more. Once it has been submitted, contact the Performing Arts Department at 607-753-2811 to reserve a time slot. You should not wait to receive an acceptance letter from the College before scheduling your audition
  • Candidates should prepare two 16 bar (approximate) contrasting song selections from the musical theatre genre. Song selection requirements: one up-tempo, one ballad; one pre-1960, one post-1960; no pop, rock, rap, or country. Students must provide sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Candidates should prepare a brief, one-minute contemporary monologue. Monologue requirements: Cannot be from a musical or performed with a dialect.
  • Candidates should be prepared to learn a brief dance combination at the audition. Students with extensive dance training may also prepare a short, one-minute combination to present.
To schedule an audition appointment, please contact Dr. Deena Conley in the Performing Arts Department at deena.conley@cortland.edu, or call 607-753-2811.

Theatre Production Auditions

  • Auditions for all productions are open to students in all majors.
  • Auditions for fall 2018: Annie Get Your Gun and Dangerous Liaisons were held in August. Tickets available at cortland.edu/boxoffice.
  • Auditions for The Children's Hour and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be held during the week of November 26, 2018:
    • Open Call: Monday, Nov. 26, 7-10:30 p.m.: Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre
      • Prepare a one minute monologue (MAX) in vein/tone/era of the character for which you're auditioning (The Children's Hour) and one 32 bar or 1 minute cut (MAX) in the style of the character for which you're auditioning (Spelling Bee). Please time your audition pieces.
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    • The Children's Hour Callbacks: Thursday, Nov. 29, 7-10:30 p.m. Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre
    • Spelling Bee Callbacks: Friday, Nov. 30, 7-10:30 p.m. Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre
      • Musical cuts for Spelling Bee callbacks will be posted soon. Please note: If called back for Panch, you will be given a topic, at the callback, and asked to improv about that subject, on the spot. No advance information will be provided. It is suggested you take time to make yourself aware of current events.