For Musical Theatre: perform from memory two contrasting musical theatre songs not to exceed 1 minute in length each and one monologue not to exceed 1 minute in length (total of three minutes). The songs must be from a stage musical (1920s-present) and should display your best vocal range, vocal style, and characterization. The monologue must be from a published stage play.
For Theatre Education or Theatre Studies: perform from memory two contrasting monologues not to exceed 1 minute in length each and one musical theatre song not to exceed 1 minute in length (total of three minutes). The monologues must be from published stage plays.The song must be from a stage musical (1920s-present) and should display your best vocal range, vocal style, and characterization.
For any of the three: if in-person, please have your printed music prepared and in a three-ring binder for the accompanist; if submitting a video, you must use live or recorded accompaniment. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to sing unaccompanied (a cappella)!
Email the video to: email@example.com.
To apply for a technical theater scholarship we need a portfolio and a resume as well as an interview. The portfolio needs to show pictures of what you have worked on and can also include art projects, projects that you have done for classes or projects that you have done outside of school. (home improvement, hobbies etc.) It does not need to be a long portfolio.
For the interview we would also like you to answer the following questions: What excites you about technical theater? What has been your favorite show you have worked on? What areas in technical theater are you interested in? What are your future plans?
We prefer that the portfolio is digital and emailed to
For some aspiring performers, heading straight to New York City and auditioning for Broadway after high school is an option, but due to the competitive nature of show business it is generally best to have some training in acting, singing and dancing. Even those that are in NYC take acting and dance class as well as voice lessons. An AA in Musical Theatre provides foundational training in musical theatre, but students are encouraged to audition for summer opportunities in the region. See a theatre advisor for more information.
Many technicians join the stagehand union, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) in larger markets (Salt Lake City, Denver, and Las Vegas are closest to us) after completing the AA in Technical Theatre. Other career options are available both at the annual conference and on the website of United State Institute of Technology (USITT), an organization of theatre professionals, educators and students. Designers may join United Scenic Artists (USA) after they have completed their BFA or MFA in one of the design areas. See a theatre advisor for more information.
For those considering teaching as a career, working as an intern for the Sweetwater BOCES Summer Theatre for Youth and/or Shakespeare Workshop offers students hands-on experience creating a show with young people (ages 8-18). Students can also complete the Substitute Teacher Training course (EDUC 1520) and be hired by the local school districts (Sweetwater 1 and Sweetwater 2) to teach. Students who obtain a bachelor degree in secondary education with a specialization in theatre are able to teach in secondary schools (grades 7-12). The AA in Theatre Education provides foundational training in both education and theatre. See a theatre advisor for more information.