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 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


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.

Please prepare up to 3 minutes of material: either one single monologue or two contrasting monologues, whichever you think best showcases your abilities. In either case, your monologue selections should be no longer than a total of 3 minutes in length. We recommend that you select contemporary monologues and only do a classical piece if that is your particular strength or interest. Choose pieces that have meaning to you; we are looking for honesty and a strong commitment to what you are doing.  No singing component is required for the audition.

2020 Audition Update:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be holding in person auditions on campus.  However, we will be hosting live, virtual auditions via Zoom.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet and perform for our faculty and find out more about our program.  We will conclude the day with a panel compromised of faculty and current students where you can ask questions about the admissions process, our unique curriculum, and our production season.

Audition Dates are:

  • Saturday October 17th 11am to 3pm
  • Saturday October 24th 11am to 3pm

Audition spaces are 15 minutes in length and you can sign up for them HERE.

If you are unable to attend 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.

We look forward to meeting you.