Deadline & scheduling

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

On-campus auditions & interviews

On-campus auditions must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. 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 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 interview, send the following to

  • Headshot photo
  • Letter of recommendation from a theatre teacher or director
  • Writers
    • Provide a sample of your writing
  • Theatre techs & designers
    • If you have photos or a portfolio of your work, we would like to see them.
  • Writers & directors
    • If you have research or preparation materials, we would like to see them.

Acting audition guidelines

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

  • Each monologue must not exceed 1 1/2 minutes.
  • 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.
  • There is no musical or singing portion to the 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.

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.