Admission and Audition/interview

Admissions to the Academy are determined by an audition/interview process held annually in January.
Audition day for the 2022-2023 school year will be in January, 2022

To audition to be a student at the Academy for the Performing Arts, you must be a sophomore in Excel TECC's Mayfield Consortium. These school districts include: West Geauga, Aurora, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Orange, Solon, Mayfield Village, Brush,  Richmond Hts.,  Willoughby Eastlake (North and South), . These high school sophomores may audition through Excel TECC's Interview Day (Usually around Mid January),  or in a private interview/audition at the Academy.

Before you do anything, you must submit an online application. The application does not lock you into anything. You many choose to drop to of the program at any time.

To set up an in interview or audition, please contact our production stage manager, Yesenia Real, at 

Choose an audition format

We have 3 options for your interview day, but no matter what you choose ,

 bring a headshot/photo and resume with you!

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Academy Alum Kate Clay as HAMLET in Our Production of HAMLET by William Shakespeare

Option 1: Acting Audition

  • Two (2)  prepared and memorized monologues, each about 1 minute long

  • A brief interview with our staff

Option 2: Musical Theatre Audition

  • One prepared and memorized monologue

  • A short selection from a musical theatre song

    • No POP music please.

    • An accompanist will be provided. You must bring sheet music if you don't want to sing a cappella.  Or if you like you can bring your own recorded accompaniment.

  • A brief interview with our staff

Option 3: Tech Theatre Interview

  • Prepare a portfolio of past art work (drawings, paintings, digital creations, photographs, films, etc)

    • Be ready to talk about your work and interest in the Academy

You may choose your own monologue or you may choose from monologues provided by clicking on the button below.

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Morgan Beck class of 2021

Headshot Tips

A headshot is an 8"x10" color photo taken from about the shoulders up. It once was a legitimate question to ask whether your headshot should be in color or B&W, but times have changed. Your headshot should be in color: that’s the industry standard. 

As for the photo of you, it should be simple, friendly, and honest.  It’s not about having the perfect hair or smile. Find a picture that looks like you; shows your trusting side. Don't worry about fancy lighting. Don't pose. It’s simply about showing us who you are.​

Resume Tips

  • Your resume should never be more than one page long.

  • Never make the font on your resume smaller than 10pt. It is difficult to read in any situation, whether it’s in a well-lit office or a darkened theater.

  • Staple and trim your resume to fit the headshot.

  • Don’t staple clippings or reviews to your resume; they will just get in the way.

  • Make sure you put your email on your resume. 

  • Put your education and special skills on your resume. Useful skills besides acting count, such as foreign languages, driver’s license and valid passport. Make sure that you can do what you say you can do – and do it well.  You don't want to promise you can drive a sports car if you don't have a license!