That’s a totally valid concern, but we still would love you to come and tour in January! Yes, it is always great to tour when students are around and you get to see this place in action, and in January we will be…somewhere else in the world. If your plans change and you are able to tour here during the academic year, that would be even lovelier. Otherwise, you’ll still get a tour from a Bennington student in January and, though it might be a little chilly, I think you’ll still get a good idea of the vibe of this place.
Hey! I’m not a drama student but, surprisingly, I actually know the answers to all these questions, so I gotcha.
1 - Not for admission to Bennington, no. If you have footage of your acting/other drama work and want to include it in your application supplement, then that’s great, but it’s not a necessity. As far as wanting to study drama once you’ve arrived at Bennington, you will likely be auditioning on a production-by-production basis, as well as for certain advanced classes. Intro-level drama classes don’t require any auditions as far as I’m aware, so it’s easy to get your feet wet.
2 - Yeah, totally! The availability of certain classes changes depending on what day of the week it is but I’d imagine that, once the semester starts back up, there’s at least one acting class you could sit in on for any day of the week. You can always schedule a visit around classes you want to sit in on, so if you decide this is something you wanna do once classes start this year, give the Admissions Office a call at (802)-440-4312 to talk about scheduling a visit.
3 - Yes, there are definitely video/film classes. Rather than bore you with a long list of them in this answer, I’ll just link you through to the visual arts curriculum on our website, which shows a good selection of video/film courses from the past couple of years (you might have to scroll down a bunch; there are loads of visual arts courses to choose from, although they are separated by discipline).
No need to apologize! Glad I could actually answer a drama question for once!
So Bennington tries to do individual tours, which could be a little brutal for you because I always make people talk, but at least you’re only talking to me instead of having to meet a bunch of people. Also, I ask a lot of questions, so you don’t really have to make any conversation, just answer me.
As far as the interviews, all of the counselors are super chill, and I’m sure they meet plenty of shy people on a regular basis. It’s a very informal conversation, generally about whatever you’re interested in, so as conversations go for a shy person, I can’t imagine it gets much better.
Overall just don’t stress about it. We don’t bite, and even if something were to go horribly wrong, it’s not the be all and end all of the admissions process. It’s only a small part of it.
Hey, awesome! The pleasure was all ours.
Side note: wouldn’t it be cool if you could review your tour guide so other people could see who the best ones are? Kind of like Yelp or Ebay vendors. I’m saying this because now, I think, for the first time on the internet, everyone can see proof of how awesome Kevin and I are, and I think that should be a more regular occurrence.
Anyway, thank you so much and we’re glad you enjoyed it!
-Evan ‘13 (and Kevin, I guess)