The following documentation and materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions with your application in order for it to be complete.
- Official Transcripts (high school or college)
- SAT or ACT scores
All Theatre VCU applicants, including Performance, Design/Technology, Stage Management, will be interviewed by one or more faculty members. The purpose of the interview is to allow faculty members to get to know more about the applicant’s interests, commitment and communication skills. This interview is an important part of the application process. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their recent theatre activities, career goals, as well as personal goals and experiences.
Recommendations-(one recommendation is required, but you can have up to three). When you fill out the Common Application you will be asked to supply the e-mail address for one recommender who will be notified on how to submit their letter electronically. If you’d like to submit up to two additional letters, they can be sent to:
VCU Office of Admissions
PO Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526
After submitting all required documentation and materials the theatre department will email you with a link to sign up for an audition
- December 4, 2015 (12 – 6 pm)
- January 29, 2016 (12-6 pm)
- February 5, 2016 (12-6 pm)
- February 12, 2016 (12-6 pm)
- February 19, 2016 (12-6 pm)
Prepare two contrasting (one comedic and one dramatic) one-minute monologues from published play scripts. Choose something in an appropriate age range that does not contain a dialect. Secure assistance in the preparation of audition materials.
Be sure to bring a resume and headshot to the audition. Introduce the audition pieces by only the play’s author, title and the character’s name (background on the scene or plot is not necessary). Maintain a positive attitude, dress professionally yet comfortably and, most importantly – have fun!
We find that the following playwrights are generally overdone or are more difficult for high school seniors to deliver successfully: Mamet, O’Neill, Pinter, Shakespeare, Shepard and Williams.
Portfolio requirements for Stage Management
Stage management applicants are required to submit a production prompt book. If an applicant does not have a prompt book or desires to send additional information, then the applicant should submit a portfolio online. The portfolio should consist of (12-16 images) of theatrical work (paperwork, show designs, etc).
Submit 12 to 16 works of art that you have created within the past two years that show your promise in visual art and design. Present your strongest work and demonstrate your potential to develop a diverse set of skills and ideas. We prefer to see a diverse range of 2D and 3D media. Drawing from observation is recommended, while copying anime, cartoons, graffiti or tattoos is discouraged.
Images may be submitted in the following formats: .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIF, .TIFF, .BMP, .TGA
Videos may be submitted in the following formats: .M4V, .MOV, .MP4, .WMV, .TLV, .ASF, .MPEG, .MPG, .MKV
You may also link media from YouTube and Vimeo. All videos must be less than 3 minutes. The total maximum time for all moving images cannot exceed 5 minutes.
To apply, please visit VCUarts Admissions