AUDITIONS « The Performing Arts Project

Live and digital auditions for our Three-Week Summer Intensive, Panorama, and our Two-Week Summer Intensive, Blueprint, take place in January and February at locations around the country including Chicago during Unifieds, New York City, and various cities in Texas, among others. To find out more about our Summer Intensives, click here.
Performing Arts Project applicants should preregister for an audition slot. If you are unable to preregister you may attend the audition as an open call and will be given one of the remaining time slots for that day. To sign up for an audition slot in one of the cities listed below, click here.


Sunday, February 7th and Monday, February 8th
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Friday, February 12th
All digital auditions due by 5pm EST
Saturday, February 13th
Texas State University
The Theater Center
430 Moon Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
(Red round brick building surrounded by moat. Park in paid parking structure located a few blocks away at 405 N.Edward Gary Street.)
Sunday, February 14th
Sam Houston State University
University Theatre Center
Avenue H and 17th Street
Huntsville, TX 77341
Saturday, February 20th
Pearl Studios
500 Eighth Avenue – 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Saturday, February 20th
3rd Street Dance
8558 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048



Applications can be filled out here.
Click here to sign up for your audition slot.
Performing Arts Project applicants should preregister for an audition slot. If you are unable to preregister you may attend the audition as an open call and will be given one of the remaining time slots for that day.
Auditions will begin with a dance call in which ALL must participate.
In addition to your time slot, each applicant must participate in a dance call. Dance calls last approximately one-and-a-half hours.
Chicago – 1:30pm and 5:30pm
(Applicants in Chicago may attend the dance call that is most convenient for them.)
Texas State University – 10am
Sam Houston State University – 1pm
Los Angeles – 10:30am
New York City – 10am and 1:30pm
(Applicants in New York City are assigned a dance call based on their time slot. See sign ups for assigned dance call time details.)
Feel free to leave if you have extra time between your dance call and time slot. When you have completed both portions of your audition, you are free to leave for the day. All students will be notified as to their status the first week in March.
This is not your typical audition. Please read these instructions carefully.
At our auditions our goal is to get to know you – as an artist and human being. We want to learn what interests you, what inspires you, what scares you, and yes, where your talents lie. We don’t need you to “dazzle” us; we’re simply looking for young artists who are creative and smart.
You’ll be asked to act, dance, and sing. We expect you to approach one like the other (they are so intimately related), meaning that we hope you bring yourself to each discipline – your own point of view, your own unique brand of expression which no one else in the world possesses.
Please keep in mind: you don’t need to excel at all three in order to be considered for admission into our program.
You’ll learn the movement first, in a group, in a class-like environment. The combination will be jazz/contemporary based. Then we’ll ask you to leave the room and come back one at your pre-scheduled audition slot.
Back in the room, at the minimum, we will ask that you perform a one-minute monologue, sing part of a song, be ready to work on either, and show us some kind of original material (original material is optional if you would only like to be considered for our two-week intensive). An accompanist will be provided at the live auditions in Texas and New York. If you are auditioning in Chicago or Los Angeles, you should bring a track. We will provide a speaker with an AUX input for you if needed.
About that original material: This can be a song you composed, a monologue you wrote, a character you’ve created, a brief (a minute or two is sufficient) dance combination you’ve choreographed, a rap, a poem, a chant, a pantomime; it’s all on the table. Your original piece may replace your prepared song or monologue when appropriate. If it’s purely supplemental, we ask that you keep it short.
Above all, we humbly ask that you relax, focus, and be yourself. It’s not easy, but the best thing that you can do is be exactly you, and work the way that you like to work. This is not a job interview, so for the love of Pete, wear everyday clothing. Wear stuff that you always wear. This is no time for your Sunday best, unless that’s how you dress for the other six days of the week, too.
See you soon!


- sign up for an audition slot by clicking here
- applications can be filled out here.
- prepare a one-minute monologue, part of a song, and something original (original material is optional for our two-week intensive auditions)
- bring cash or a check (made out to The Performing Arts Project) for the $35 application fee, or pay in advance via the Paypal button at the bottom of this page


(Due February 12th, 2016 by 5pm EST)
Sometimes you just can’t get there. Have no fear: we still want to meet you. Set up a camera and let us get to know you electronically. First, read the instructions for the live auditions above – the same principles apply. We want you to be yourself and do work that you like. No formality is required. You are strongly encouraged to be imaginative and creative with your video submission. Think: “How can I let them know what makes me unique?”
When choosing your audition material, please submit whatever you feel represents you the best. We have no specific style requirements. However, we do ask that you do not patch together pre-recorded material. Nothing from a school production, recital, or anything like that. We want you to turn on a camera and make a video with the required elements.
Your video should be uploaded to a website such as YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox or submitted through The Submission Deadline is February 12th. -Applications received after this date will be considered for waitlist status.
Instructions are below.
Your digital submission should include:
1) A Vocal Submission
one full song -or- two contrasting 16- to 32-bar cuts -or- an original song (i.e., composed by you)
2) An Acting Submission
one 60- to 90-second monologue -or- two 30- to 45-second contrasting monologues -or- an original monologue (i.e., written by you)
3) A Movement Submission
a one- to three-minute dance combination or routine -or- multiple combinations or routines showing different styles, totaling three minutes or less -or- an original dance combination or routine (i.e., choreographed by you)
4) A Personal Statement
This is for you to interpret. We want you to talk to us, candidly, about a version of yourself that you dream up. Don’t write down a statement and memorize it. We’d like you to speak off the cuff, conversationally, and informally. There are no right or wrong answers. If you want more guidance in choosing a topic to speak about, feel free to answer one of the following questions: 1. Describe a day in your past that did not go according to plan, and yet, if you could go back, you wouldn’t change a thing. 2. Future alien archaeologists will learn all about the human race when they uncover a time capsule, the size of a microwave, that YOU packed full of things. What did you put in it? 3. Imagine you have your own small restaurant. Where is it? What is it called? What are the specials today? What kind of music do you play? How is it decorated? And so forth.
5) An Original Piece of Any Kind
(original material is optional for our two-week intensive auditions)
This is something created by you. If you’ve already included an original song, monologue, or dance routine, then you have fulfilled this requirement. If not, you can show us a character you’ve created, a rap, a poem, a painting, a chant, a pantomime; it’s all on the table.
6) These Administrative Items
• a photo of yourself
• an online application
• a $35 application fee
If you are submitting via please go to the link below and follow submission instructions.
If you are submitting via YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox please follow the instructions below.
1) Applications can be filled out here.
2) Upload your audition to YouTube, Vimeo, or Dropbox. You may need to create multiple videos if the content is too large. You probably want to create a private link so that your audition is not public. (This is up to you, but please make sure we are able to view the material when given the proper link.)
3) Send an email to INFO@PERFORMINGARTSPROJECT.COM using the subject “Digital Submission – Your Name”
Attach your photo
Include the link or links to your videos
4) Pay the $35 application fee via Paypal using the button below.

Student’s Name


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