Although we strongly recommend scheduling a live audition if possible, the Department of Performing Arts does accept video auditions in lieu of live auditions from applicants living outside of the contiguous 48 United States.


  1. Apply to Emerson College. The Office of Undergraduate Admission will invite you to create an account in our online Admission Portal (Common Applications may take up to 2 business days).
  2. On your Application Checklist in the Admission Portal select “Schedule Your Performing Arts Audition” and go to the audition scheduling page.
  3. On the audition scheduling page select "Request a Video Audition," this will add an additional portfolio link to your Checklist. Use that link to upload your video audition.


Musical Theatre (only after a successful prescreen)

  • 5-10 minutes of dance demonstrating technique in ballet, modern or jazz. The video should offer a representation of barre exercises or warm-up, center work, and traveling exercises. You may include a dance selection at the end of the video if you have some samples of performances. Be sure to identify yourself if there are several performers.
  • Two roughly 1-minute vocal selections which may include the song from your prescreen. The first must be from a Broadway Musical, pre-1965. The second should be from a Broadway Musical, post-1965.
  • Two 1-3 minute contrasting monologues (one comedic) from two contemporary plays (1950–present).

Theatre & Performance and Theatre Education & Performance 

  • Two 1-3 minute contrasting monologues (one comedic) from two contemporary plays (1950–present).

File Sizes and Types

We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. We support the following file formats:

Video: .avi, .flv, .mlv, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Link: You can also add a link to a website of your work (personal website, YouTube, or Vimeo pages, etc.) 

Video Audition Deadlines:

  • Early Action: November 8, 2019
  • Regular Decision: February 21, 2020
  • Priority Transfer: February 2, 2020
  • Transfer: May 15, 2020