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. You may read about our department in our Prospective Student Brochure.  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 virtually! We host Open Houses 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:


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 is 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

If you are a director, designer, stage manager, or choreographer, then we would love to use the audition time to have a conversation about your work.  You can sign up for a time, in-person on October 22nd or over Zoom on October 29th.  SIGN UP HERE


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.

In-Person Auditions: Saturday, October 22 from 10am – 1pm in 372 Ryder Hall with a Q+A session for students and families following the final audition. 

Folks who attend these can also visit Problem Play rehearsal and attend a Polaroid Stories performance in the evening.


Virtual Auditions: Saturday, October 29 from 1pm – 4pm on Zoom with a Q+A at the end of the session.


Audition Materials: One 3-minute monologue from a contemporary play or two contrasting monologues totaling no more than 3 minutes in length.  

Audition spaces are 12 minutes in length and you can SIGN UP HERE.

If you are unable to attend in-person or virtual 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.


And, please note

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


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

We look forward to meeting you.