Welcome to the audition information page for Denver School of the Arts’ Stagecraft and Design Department. The information contained here is only for our department. Please go to the main admissions page to find out all the information and dates for complete admissions process:

Auditions for the 2017-2018
A 4 step process

Step 1 – The Online Audition Application
The online application will open on October 10, 2016 and close at NOON on November 18, 2016.  At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online.

Step 2 – The Mandatory Pre-Audition Meetings
A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be in attendance at the pre-audition meeting in order to move ahead in the audition process.  We allow another adult to stand in the place of the parent in case of emergencies/vacations/work/etc.  But someone must be at this meeting to represent the student and get the audition time at the end of the meeting.  The student applicant does not HAVE to attend the meeting but is highly encouraged to do so.

Our preaudition meeting is at 6:00 pm on November 29, 2016 in the Concert Hall.

Step 3 – The District School of Choice Form
You must fill out the DPS School of Choice Form. This information and form can be found on the admissions page:

Step 4 – The Audition
You will receive your audition time at the pre-audition meeting on November 29, 2016. Our auditions will be held on January 14, 2017.

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 Miles ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.

The Stagecraft and Design Department will be holding auditions for students who will be in high school grades in the 2016-17 school year. It is mandatory that you attend the Pre-Audition meeting in order to complete the audition process. We will provide complete details on the audition process during this meeting.

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, address, current phone, 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.

Notification Process:

All students who audition will be notified by email on January 24, 2017 as to the outcome of their audition (either qualified to attend DSA or not qualified to attend DSA).  This January 24th date gives families a week to turn in the Choice form with the desired ranked schools before the January 31, 2017 deadline.

We will be holding two Portfolio & Audition Workshops if you would like help with putting your portfolio together or if you have questions about the audition process. Workshop will be held on December 7 & 14 from 3:30-5:30pm. These sessions are optional and are not a part of the regular audition process. Feel free to stop by at any time during the workshop time.