Deadline & scheduling

After completing a Fine Arts Scholarship Application, you will need to complete an audition (actors and dancers) or portfolio (non-actors) by March 1.

On-campus auditions & interviews

  • Attend our Fine Arts Scholarship Audition Day on Sunday, October 30, 2016. 
  • Schedule an on-campus audition. Auditions must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. You can schedule your audition by accessing the individual visit calendar.  Click on the date you would like to audition to see if there are any auditions available. Feel free to contact our Visit Coordinator, Jess Corcoran, with any scheduling questions.

Recorded auditions

If you are not able to come to campus for an audition, you may submit a video recording by email to admission@cornellcollege.edu before midnight on March 1. Or you may send your recording by regular mail, postmarked by March 1 and addressed to:

Cornell College Admission Office
Fine Arts Application
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, IA  52314

Material needed prior to auditions & interviews

Prior to your audition or review of your portfolio, send the following to admission@cornellcollege.edu.

  • Headshot photo (8x10)
  • Theatre Resume and/or Dance Resume.
  • Letter of recommendation from a theatre teacher, director, or a person in the dance field.
  • Playwrights
    • Provide a sample of your writing
  • Theatre techs & designers
    • Please provide a hard copy or electronic portfolio displaying photos of your work.
  • Directors
    • Please provide any pre-production materials generated as part of a Director's notebook.

Acting audition guidelines

Perform two contrasting monologues, either contemporary vs. classical, or comedic vs. dramatic.

  • Each monologue must not exceed 90 seconds.
  • During the scheduled audition you will also have the opportunity to meet with a theatre professor and discuss the program, talk about various interests in theatre, and share any thoughts, concerns, or questions.
  • Though encouraged, there is no musical or singing requirement to the audition.
  • You will complete an interview with theatre faculty as part of your audition.
  • Although you may use the same materials in your application for a fine arts scholarship and your application for admission, guidelines for the portfolio submissions may differ. Make sure to refer to the exact guidelines established by your department of interest as well as for admission.
  • Though an on campus audition is preferred, students may submit their audition materials via video, if necessary.

Dance audition guidelines

Perform a solo piece.

  • The piece should be 2-3 minutes in length in the style you feel most comfortable performing.
  • The choreography can be original or that of another choreographer.
  • If auditioning on campus, please bring your music on a CD or other electronic device as an accompanist will not be provided. Submission can be a cutting from a larger piece. 
  • During the scheduled audition you will also have the opportunity to meet with the dance professor and discuss the program, talk about various interests in dance, and share any thoughts, concerns, or questions.
  • You will complete an interview with theatre/dance faculty as part of your audition either in person or via Skype.
  • Although you may use the same materials in your application for a fine arts scholarship and your application for admission, guidelines for the portfolio submissions may differ. Make sure to refer to the exact guidelines established by your department of interest as well as for admission.

Interviews for other theatre roles

Theatre techs, designers, writers, and directors will be interviewed by the theatre faculty, either in person or via Skype or telephone if you can’t get to campus, rather than having an audition.