Drama Coursework Overview
The School of Drama’s Pre-College Program welcomes students of varying training and skill levels, but it is not summer camp. Students should arrive on campus prepared to participate in an intense, challenging, college-level experience that is modeled after our undergraduate BFA curriculum. Students are not permitted to drop required courses. The average studio class size is 10-12 students.
The Pre-College Drama curriculum focuses on process rather than results. Nevertheless, the culmination of the program is an audition or portfolio review. These events are mandatory for all students whether or not they plan to apply to Carnegie Mellon for admission.
The audition/portfolio reviews take place during the last two days of the program. Acting and music theatre students will perform two contrasting, two-minute monologues. In addition, music theatre students will participate in dance and vocal auditions. Design/production technology and management students will experience 20-minute portfolio reviews and interviews with faculty.
At the end of the summer program, students may express their interest in admission to the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Every student will receive an evaluation of his or her coursework along with advice for future development in the profession.
Photography courtesy of Louis Stein