Musical Theatre Program Auditions

Prospective students may schedule an audition appointment on the following dates to audition for Fall 2020 admission to the musical theatre program:

  • Nov. 16, 2019 on the SUNY Cortland Campus
  • Jan. 18, 2020 in NYC at Pearl Studios
  • Feb.15, 2020 in NYC at Ripley Grier Studio
  • CANCELLED: April 4, 2020 on the SUNY Cortland Campus

It is strongly recommended that an application for general admission to SUNY Cortland is submitted before scheduling an audition. Visit SUNY Cortland's application process page to learn more. Once application has been submitted, please contact Dr. Deena Conley in the Performing Arts Department or call 607-753-2811 to reserve an audition time slot. A limited number of audition times are available for each date. You should not wait to receive an acceptance letter from the College before scheduling your audition.*

COVID-19 update on video submissions

Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, SUNY Cortland's Performing Arts Department will accept video audition submissions online in Spring 2020.

In addition to the monologue and two songs, please include a dance portion to your audition. This segment can be from a show or recital performance or work in a studio. Please refer to the additional parameters below for the monologue and songs. 

Video auditions can be sent directly to or you can send a YouTube link to the same email address. Submissions are due Saturday, April 4.

Open call or walk-in auditions

Open call or walk-in auditions for fall 2020 admission will be held Jan. 19, 2020 in NYC at Pearl Studios

Audition appointments will not be scheduled in advance; prospective students may sign up for an audition time at Pearl Studios on the day of the audition. A limited number of audition slots will be available on this date. For a guaranteed audition appointment, consider scheduling an appointment on Nov. 16, Jan. 18 or Feb. 15.

For your audition:

  • Candidates should prepare two 30-second contrasting song selections from the musical theatre canon. 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.

Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance to the college and musical theatre major by the Admissions Office. You must apply for general admission to the College in order to be considered for the Musical Theatre major. Visit to learn more.

Theatre Production Auditions

Auditions for all productions are open to students in all majors.



by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Directed by Anthony Bruno


The NEW Irving Berlin Musical

Directed and Choreographed by Terrie Robinson

Music Directed by Jacob Carll

Tuesday, Dec. 3: OPEN CALL AUDITIONS for Both Productions

For "Curious Incident" please prepare 60 seconds of text from an English-language play written no earlier than 1980, and in the style/tone of the show. No stand-alone monologues or TV/film/musical material. No heightened language/poetry. No dialects.

For "Holiday Inn" please prepare 30 seconds of an Irving Berlin song and 30 seconds of a contrasting song in the style of the show.

Online audition sign ups- through are currently live. Contact for assistance.

Dance Call and Callback schedule will ensue during the week following Open Call. Schedule to be announced.

All Musical Theatre Majors and anyone auditioning for Holiday Inn must attend the Dance Call