Stagecraft and Design

Stagecraft & Design Audition Requirements for 2020-2021 Admissions

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

Jess Buttery, Cory Gilstrap, Jonathan Howard and Lara Kirksey

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November 1, 2019 – January 3, 2020 at 12 noon.

Stagecraft & Design only has 9th – 12th graders in the program.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
6:00 pm
Concert Hall

DSA does not have a shadow program. Instead, we have 5 Preview Mornings. Preview is from 7:40 am – 9:30 am. It is for both parents and students. Everyone will spend the first half of the time in one large group hearing from the DSA principal. After the large group session, students and parents will receive a tour of the school from a DSA parent who is in the same major you’re interested in auditioning for.

To sign up for a Preview Morning, click HERE

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

January 25, 2020

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 Aspen Burkett ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.

During the audition, students will participate in two activities:

1.) Students will read a short script and participate in a production meeting. 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 production meeting. In the production meeting students will be randomly assigned a design role for costumes, lights, props, set, or sound. You should be prepared to talk about how you would design your particular area in collaboration with the design ideas presented by the other students. Because you don’t know what area you will be assigned, you should be prepared to present design ideas for all of the areas.

Script for Audition Production Meeting – Bite Me

Script Analysis Worksheet – Bite Me

2.) Students will meet individually with the audition panel and we will discuss your portfolio 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 a design portfolio. Include color copies or photographs 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 binder or folder 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 would like 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 to 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 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 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 we could contact to ask about you.