Performing Arts Audition/Portfolio Requirements
- Completed application form
Florida School of the Arts Application (no fee)
- Transcripts or a recent report card
- Two letters of recommendation
Ideally, one letter should be from someone who knows you as a student; the other, from someone who can speak to your artistic development.
- Statement of purpose
a typed one-to-two-page essay outlining your background, interests, short and long-term goals, and any other information providing insight into your educational and artistic growth.
Please include in your application packet a resume of performances you have participated in, your role or job, and the dates of the performance. Your resume should include information about your education, training, and experience.
- Send all elements by mail or email to:
Florida School of the Arts, Admissions Review Committee, 5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177 or
During the audition, you may be asked questions regarding the following topics:
Career Goals • Arts Experience & Training • College Goals & Expectations • General Background
The Acting audition consists of the presentation of monologues and an interview.
- Perform two age-appropriate, contrasting monologues from contemporary plays.
- Each monologue should be approximately one minute in length.
- Use your natural speaking voice—no foreign dialects or character voices.
Dance Studies/Dance Performance:
Dance candidates are evaluated on artistic interpretation, movement retention, and accuracy of movement, alignment, and training. The dance audition consists of:
- Participation in an interview and an audition class consisting of both ballet and contemporary techniques.
- Performance of a two-minute dance solo. The choreography may be your own or someone else’s. Bring your music on CD or in digital form.
- Please dress appropriately in leotard and tights with no additional cover-ups, and have appropriate dance shoes.
- Unless requested, use ballet slippers or flat shoes for class and solo performances.
Musical Theater Audition:
The Musical Theater audition consists of voice, acting, and dance components. All audition selections, as well as the dance placement audition, should demonstrate skill and the potential for development.
- Voice—Perform two prepared contrasting selections from the musical theatre repertoire (one up-tempo and one ballad) no longer than 18-24 measures in length. Bring a recorded accompaniment (digital is preferred; a CD backup is strongly recommended) for your selections as no accompanist will be provided.
- Dance—Participate in a dance placement audition that will be taught as a class, with work in ballet, tap, and jazz. Appropriate dress is expected.
- Acting—Perform two age-appropriate contrasting monologues, each approximately one minute in length. Use your natural speaking voice—no dialects or character voices.
Stage Management Portfolio:
The stage management portfolio should include at least four of the following:
- Promptbooks from a show or shows you have stage-managed, assistant stage-managed, directed, or assistant directed
- Samples of production paperwork including schedules, prop lists, scene breakdowns, etc.
- Samples of artwork
- Samples of drafting or technical theater projects
- Samples of costume projects
- Additional charts or paperwork that demonstrate organizational and computer skills
Theater Technology (Costume Design and Scenic/Lighting Design):
Portfolio on google drive, Dropbox, or a jump drive
- Individual pieces that demonstrate the student’s artistic ability in the areas of technical theater
- Photos of the candidate working in their areas of interest
- A complete design process in one of their areas of interest (not necessarily a realized production). Show the design process from research to project in the form of a model or renderings.
- Examples of a realized design process or design (that actually went into production)
- Research demonstrating a thorough script analysis
- Drafting or drawings done in the planning stages
- Photos of the work in progress focusing specifically on what the student is working on
- Photos of the finished product in production