Hello and welcome to the audition information page for Denver School of the Arts’ Theatre department. The information contained here is only for our department. Please go to the main admissions page to find out all the information and dates for complete admissions process: http://dsa.dpsk12.org/auditions/
If you are interested in visiting the school before you apply, please sign up for one of our Preview Days. Information can be found at http://dsa.dpsk12.org/visitation-days-and-shadow-program/
Auditions for 2017-18
A 4 step process:
Step 1 – The online audition application
The online application will open on October 10, 2016 and close at NOON on November 18, 2016. At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online.
Note – Incoming 7th graders will audition for the wait list only.
Step 2 – The mandatory pre-audition meetings
A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be in attendance at the pre-audition meeting in order to move ahead in the audition process. We allow another adult to stand in the place of the parent in case of emergencies/vacations/work/etc. But someone must be at this meeting to represent the student and get the audition time at the end of the meeting. The student applicant does not HAVE to attend the meeting but is highly encouraged to do so.
Our pre-audition meeting is at 6:00 pm on November 28 in the Schomp Theatre.
Step 3 – The district school of choice form
You must fill out the DPS School of Choice Form. This information and form can be found on the admissions page: http://dsa.dpsk12.org/auditions/
Step 4 – The audition
You will receive your audition date and time at our pre-audition meeting on November 28. You do not pick the audition date or time. It is chosen for you. The vast majority of our applicants will only be assigned one day. Please keep all dates/times open on your calendar. You will find out at our pre-audition meeting which of the audition dates you will actually need. All call back details will be explained at the pre-audition meetings. The dates are not negotiable.
The Theatre department will hold incoming Middle School – 9th grade auditions on Saturday, January 7, 9th-12th grade auditions on Tuesday, January 10 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Callback Auditions on Saturday, January 21.
Theatre Major Audition Requirements:
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, or another adult (not related to you) who knows about your creativity, responsibility, talent, and what you are like as a student. Download this form and give it or email it to the three adults who will fill it out.
Download the Letter of Recommendation Form.
Please have the forms mailed back to DSA theatre by 12/09/16
to ensure all materials can be reviewed prior to auditions.
Letters should be addressed to:
Attn: Shawn Hann, Denver School of the Arts
7111 Montview Blvd.
Denver, CO 80220
Bring your resume with you to your audition, using this resume format.
Download the Resume Format.
Choose TWO contrasting, one-minute monologues from published plays. This enables the judges to see a range in your acting skills. One monologue should be a contemporary selection and one a classical selection. Classical plays are defined as plays written before 1910. A classical piece is not mandatory for middle school students.
Here are some tips to help you choose monologues that are best for you:
- Look for pieces that speak to you personally; that excite and interest you.
- Read the entire play that the monologue comes from. Understanding the play enables you to more fully embody the character you’re portraying and helps put the monologue into a larger context.
OPTIONAL: If you also sing, you may prepare 16 bars of a song and sing it immediately following the performance of your monologues. Sing it a cappella (no music) and choose a Broadway show tune.