Admissions: Portfolios & Auditions

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Theatre. Determining where to spend the next few years of your life is no easy mission; we’re here to help make the application process as simple as possible. At any point during the process, feel free to contact Associate Professor Jesse Hinson who will be happy to help you.

We invite you to visit us on campus! We host Open Houses (add hyperlink to this later) in the Spring where you can discover first hand what it’s like to be a theatre student at Northeastern. During these, you will have the opportunity to visit classes, meet students, staff and faculty and students, and attend one of our Spring productions.

We are interested in learning more about all of your creative dimensions, so please consider these options in addition to the regular CAMD admissions procedures:

Portfolios

If you are interested in Design and Stage and Production Management, Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies, you  are invited to submit examples of your work online using Slideroom or visit campus to show us examples of your work. Find out more at CAMD undergraduate portfolios. Your work offstage and in the classroom are important.  You can use Slideroom to share a range of academic and creative accomplishments.  For example:

  • design sketches, ground plans and light plots,
  • photos of design work, scenic painting/construction, costumes or props you designed or built
  • prompt books and/or stage management paperwork
  • one-act or full-length plays you’ve written
  • research papers and dramaturgical packets
  • theatre reviews or essays analyzing dramatic literature
  • visual design collages or Pinterest mood boards
  • related projects in video/film, music, art and design

Auditions

If you are interested in Performance, please note that auditions for the theatre major are not required – they are encouraged. You may audition in person on campus or submit a video audition as part of your application. Because we are not a conservatory, your admission to Northeastern is not exclusively talent-based. However, auditioning can help to enhance your admissions profile and increase your merit-based financial aid if you are accepted.

On campus auditions are usually held in November and they faithfully reflect our department’s commitment to collaborative theatre making. We also want to provide you with the opportunity to confidently showcase your best work. Therefore, you and a handful of other prospective students will participate in a group warm up session prior to your audition. More information about the 2020 auditions will be posted here.

If you are unable to attend campus auditions, you may submit an audition video using Slideroom as part of your application. The audition requirements are the same and they are treated the same as on campus auditions.

Please note that if you apply for Early Decision or Early Action (deadline November 1), you can still audition in person even though the audition dates are after the application deadline.

Visiting Boston?

If you are staying overnight in the Boston area and would like to attend one of our department productions, email Marti McIntosh m.mcintosh@northeastern.edu. We’ll set you up with complimentary tickets for your whole family (subject to availability).

And, please note

CAMD offers monthly information sessions throughout the year. Please visit Northeastern Undergraduate Admissions to register.

We look forward to meeting you.