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Stagecraft Show Project: 


For this project, the student must prepare an audition portfolio (either an online portfolio or a physical hard copy portfolio) which includes a headshot & resume, 2 contrasting one-minute monologues, and 16 bars of music that suits the student’s vocal range and style.  Lastly, (s)he must write a narrative sketch OR include 2 letters of recommendation in the portfolio.  For his/her presentation, the student must perform ONE of the monologues chosen with strong auditioning skills, stage presence, and well-planned characterization. 



*Note:  Only individuals who are Juniors or Seniors AND are pursuing an acting degree at the college level can choose this project option.   All other students must choose design projects.

In creating a Professional Audition Portfolio, you must...

1.)  Assemble a professional-looking portfolio that includes a b/w headshot (8.5x11), an acting resume, contrasting monologues, and additional items as listed below.

2.)  Prepare two (2), one to two-minute memorized monologues (preferably contrasting – one dramatic, one comedic, or one modern one classic)

3.)  Your chosen monologues must...

•Be one character only

•Be characters similar to yourself in age/ethnicity, etc.

•Be from stage plays/musicals, non-film

•Not include original material (i.e. non-published monologues) or poetry

•Not require specific costumes, props, or set

•Note:  It is recommended that you read and have a clear understanding of the play/musical from which your monologue is pulled.  Why?  Because directors and theatre program auditioners probably already have...and therefore expect you to have knowledge of your character in context of the show.   If you would like to borrow a script, ask Ms. Price if she owns it.  If she doesn’t, she can help you get it.)


For your presentation to the class, be sure to have the following:

1.)  Your physical or online portfolio that the class can see.

2.)  Your contrasting monologues ready to perform

3.)  An extra copy of your headshot/resume for Ms. Price (“casting director”)

4.)  An audition-worthy entrance into the audition space, set-up for your performance (introduction), and performance of both monologues. (Example Introduction:  My name is ______________ and I will be performing two from the play ___________ by ____________ in which I will be portraying the role of _____________...and one from the play ___________ by ________ in which I will be portraying the role of _______________)




  1. ★  Make sure your headshot shows your FACE and is PROFESSIONAL. (See acting headshots online)

  2. ★ No larger than 8.5 x 11


★ Formatted neatly

★ Content – look at examples online.

★ You do not need to list everything you’ve done.  List the most important roles and events (church & middle school plays should be avoided on resume if you want to be taken seriously).

★ No more than one page generally

★ Font no smaller than 10 pt, no larger than 12 pt.

★   Note:  When attending an audition, many recommend that you staple your resume to the back of your headshot, so auditioners remember you (and your work) later.  This is not required in portfolio, however.

3.Contrasting Monologues (2) for audition

4.Optional (unless you’re planning to study musical theatre):  Musical vocal selections for audition (16 bars)

5.Letter(s) of Recommendation OR Narrative Sketch


★ Generally two letters of recommendation are required by current or former directors/teachers in your specialty area

Narrative Sketch:

★This “sketch” is your opportunity to inform a future committee or casting director about yourself.

★In a brief narrative of approximately 500 words, explain 1.)  how the performing arts are important to you or how they have affected your growth as a scholar, as a leader, and as an artist, and 2.) your own long term goals in the Arts


Both physical and online portfolios are both work-able.  Either must contain all of the above requirements,

but may also contain pieces that evidence a participation in the Performing Arts or that represent the

talent artistic/creative level of the auditioner.  (This may include pictures, programs, videos/clips, or CD

recordings, Certified transcripts on which your Performing Arts classes are highlighted, etc.)  Remember,

however, to be selective.  No overkill, please.  Casting directors are busy people and don’t care about

looking at a“scrapbook”.

16 BARS OF MUSIC:                                                                                                                             

(if planning to study musical theatre)

  1. Choosing one up-tempo piece & one ballad piece is preferred. (preferably from different musicals)

  2. Audition music is generally not presented a capella.  Include in your portfolio piano music for an

  3. accompanist (preferable) or a CD accompaniment without a vocal track (CD’s with a preexisting vocal

  4. track are considered unacceptable in auditions).

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★  DO print or staple your resume to the back of your headshot (Print if possible.  When all the headshots are in a pile, sometimes the staples catch on other headshots & resumes get stuck together.  Also, trim your resume to fit the headshot.)

★  DON’T lie about your experience or make up special skills, etc. just so you fill the special skill area.  Don’t list ridiculous or pointless skills.


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