The short answer is no, you do not need to audition, but you are welcome to send us whatever supplemental materials you would like. The admissions office decides whether or not you get into Bennington, and then you get to decide what you want to study and how you want to study it once you are here. Bennington students, in the performing arts especially, are all about collaboration. Within departments (and really across disciplines) people form connections and start working together, both for classwork and self-driven projects. Freshmen can engage in this community quickly; for instance, we had some first-year students on stage in the faculty’s fall drama production. Another thing that I think makes Bennington unique is that our drama program allows students to engage in all aspects of production that interest them, from acting and directing to playwriting and costume design. These classes are available to all students regardless of primary interests, although advanced courses within these fields have pre-requisites.