Stagecraft and Design

Stagecraft and Design Audition Requirements
for 2021-2022 Admissions

All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.

Jessica Buttery, Cory Gilstrap, Jonathan Howard, Lara Kirksey

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November 2, 2020 – January 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

PREAUDITION MEETING – Virtual for 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
6:00 pm
Pre Audition Meeting Link

Because of Covid19, DSA will not have any in-person tours or Preview Mornings for the 20/21 school year.  A full Preview Morning video can be seen here.

Your specific audition date and time will be given to you at the preaudition meeting. Audition dates are:

February 5, 2021 OR February 6, 2021
Times TBA

If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.


Stagecraft and Design Audition Information 2021

The audition for 2021 will be done with Google Meet video conferencing.  Students will meet individually with the Audition panel and share about their design work, script analysis and interest in being a part of the Stagecraft & Design Major.  After the Preaudition Meeting, January 6, 6:00-7:00pm, students will be assigned an individual time for their interview and will receive a link to the interview.

What to prepare for:

Students will read a short script, create a design board based on the script and answer questions during their individual interview. The script for the short play BITE ME, posted below, must be read before the audition date. There is also a script analysis worksheet posted below that should be completed in order to be prepared for the design board and interview. Students should be prepared to discuss how they would take on design roles for costumes, lights, props, set, or sound. 

Design Board Instructions:  

A design board is a visual representation of the script as seen by you as designer: Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, and Sound Designer.  Each design board should consist of a least 15 pictures total that you feel support your design ideas of BITE ME. The design board should cover as many design areas of the show as possible (costume, lights, props, set and sound).

Script for Audition Production Meeting – BITE ME

Script Analysis Worksheet – BITE ME

Students will meet individually with the audition panel and we will discuss your portfolio, the design board / design ideas for BITE ME and discuss why you want to join the program. You should be ready to talk to us about your artistic experiences and explain why you think the Stagecraft and Design department would be a good fit for you.

The following elements below need to be brought to the audition:


You will submit an electronic design portfolio. This can be a Google Slideshow or an online website portfolio such as Wix, WordPress and Weebly.  A link to your portfolio must be submitted at least five days before the audition date.  Include pictures of what you consider your best work as it pertains to design, art and craft skills. Also, your portfolio needs to include your essay, personal photograph and resume (detailed below). Please present all of this in some type of electronic portfolio in a neat and organized manner; this is your opportunity to share your talents with us.


Create a one-page creative response relating to the prompt: “I want to attend the Denver School of the Arts because….”. It could be an essay or a combination of text and drawing. Be as creative as you want and make sure to include why you have selected Stagecraft and Design as your major. We prefer that it be written/created with minimal guidance from your parents. You may also include what you think the Stagecraft and Design Department at DSA has to offer you and what you have a passion to learn.


We need a picture of you. Have someone take a picture of you or use a copy of a school photo. Make sure that the photo is current. Attach the photograph at the front of your portfolio.


Your resume should be as professionally put together as possible. Please type it, and avoid spelling errors. There are many formats and styles of resumes. Try to keep the information to one page only. (Things to include on your resume are listed below.) Resume Information:

  1. Personal Data • Full name, email, age
  2. Educational Objective • Future professional goals and ambitions
  3. Education (or Training) Academic and Artistic • Includes schools you have attended and dates, even teachers’ names • These should be listed chronologically with the most recent first. • Artistic education includes any drama, art, craft, music, etc. It also includes visiting artists you have seen and/or master classes or workshops. For arts education, include specific information like the names and locations of the schools and/or the teachers.
  4. Production Experience • These should be listed chronologically with the most recent first. • List show title, role, where/when, and director
  5. Community Service • Any volunteer work you have done.
  6. Awards and Honors • Arts, academic, sports, civic, church, other…
  7. Special Talents • Any skill you have you would like to share.
  8. References • List two to three adults not related to you that we could contact to ask about you.