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

It is strongly recommended that an application for general admission to the College is submitted before scheduling an audition. Visit to learn more. Once application has been submitted, please contact Dr. Deena Conley in the Performing Arts Department at, 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.* 

Open Call/Walk-in auditions

Open Call/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.


LYSISTRATA by Euripides, adaptation by J.A. Ball and Michael M. Chemers

HEAD OVER HEELS adapted by James Magruder based on the Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney, featuring songs by The Go-Go's.

Sunday, Aug. 25: Head Over Heels Dance Call

10 a.m. Dowd Fine Arts Center Dance Studio

All Musical Theatre Majors and anyone auditioning for Head Over Heels must attend the Dance Call

Monday, Aug. 26: OPEN CALL AUDITIONS for Both Productions

For Lysistrata, please prepare a one-minute monologue from a Greek or Roman play

For Head Over Heels, please prepare 2- contrasting 30 second 80's Pop songs.

Online audition sign ups- through will go live on Aug. 19

Tuesday, Aug. 27:

Please take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for your callbacks.

Wednesday, Aug. 28, Lysistrata Callbacks:

This will consist of reading/performing sides from the play.  These sides will be available August 27th.  Rehearsals begin Saturday, August 31st (10am-5pm) and there will be rehearsal September 2nd (Labor Day) from 10am-10pm. While there will be no nudity in this production, the costumes will be suggestive.  Men cast in this production will wear a phallus.

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Thursday, August 29th, Head Over Heels Callbacks:

*Please note Dance Call listed above. All Musical Theatre Majors and anyone auditioning for Head Over Heels must attend the Dance Call.

This is a very high energy, over the top show. The dialogue is pseudo Elizabethan and requires strong vocal technique both for singing and speaking. Anyone auditioning for Casting is open to all types for all roles. Rehearsals will begin Oct.11. There will be rehearsals over fall break (Oct. 19–22).

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For assistance signing up for auditions on Please contact



Open Call: Monday, Dec. 2