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Theatre Auditions

All audition dates have a pre-screen video Upload requirement.

If you are interested in pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre or Theatre Performance, a pre-screen video upload is required. For Technical Theatre and Design a portfolio submission is required.

A pre-screen audition is also required for applicants pursuing the BA in Theatre Arts who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards.

Florida Southern College is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Prescreen for the 2022-2023 cycle.

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Dates and Deadlines

Choose your preferred audition date below. Please make note of the pre-screen upload deadline. You will be notified via email of your specific audition time once you have passed the pre-screen process.

On-Site Auditions

  • Audition: November 19, 2022
  • Prescreen Upload Deadline: October 14, 2022
  • Applicant Notification: October 28, 2022

  • Audition: January 28, 2023
  • Prescreen Upload Deadline: December 9, 2022
  • Applicant Notification: December 16, 2022

  • Audition: February 18, 2023
  • Prescreen Upload Deadline: January 13, 2023
  • Applicant Notification: January 27, 2023

*Students may also audition on Friday, October 14, 2022 as part of the Theatre and Dance Day schedule. To be eligible, students must be registered and participate in the day’s program.

Audition Criteria

Students must have applied to Florida Southern College but need not have received their academic admission decision in order to register for a pre-screen audition, portfolio review, or audition.

All students selected to audition for the BFA Musical Theatre and Theatre Performance majors will be evaluated for acceptance into the programs, as well as for scholarship consideration. Students submitting a portfolio for the BFA Technical Theatre program will be evaluated for acceptance into the program, as well as for scholarship consideration.

Virtual auditions can be accommodated.  Please contact Jessica Parker, jparker@flsouthern.edu to request a virtual audition.

Preparing For Your Audition
Prescreen Guidelines

For the 2022/2023 Audition Cycle, MTCP has included a list of helpful hints. We strongly encourage that you take advantage of these resources which have been thoughtfully and intentionally crafted by the expertise of multiple programs nationwide to support the excellence of the audition and for your benefit. View the MTCP Resources Page.

View the MTCP Resources Page

BFA Musical Theatre

Overall

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.).

Introduction ("Slate")

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment. (Read through the resources page for examples of each of the three slates described below).

  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
  • The proper slate for a piece of dance is to share your name, the title of the song you are dancing to, and the name of the choreographer. If the piece is “self-choreographed” you should share your own name as choreographer.

Songs

Students should prepare two contrasting pieces.

  • One song should be a ballad (where the piece has longer, sustained vocal lines) and one song should be an uptempo (where the vocal line moves at a conversational pace) so as to contrast style
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
Song Option A:
  • One song should be written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

Dance

Students should prepare one video.

  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times. (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 60 seconds)
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • 30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, cultural dance styles, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
  • Please do not submit “barre work”.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; please no “a cappella” dance media.

Optional Submissions

Students may choose to supplement their audition with the following optional video.

Wild Card

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.
  • This media can be anything you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?” (See the resources page for ideas on Wild Card submissions).

BFA Theatre Performance

Overall

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc).

Introduction (“SLATE”)

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the name of the character, the playwright, and the title of the play or monologue.

Monologues

Students should prepare two contrasting pieces:

  • 1 Dramatic; Dramatic monologues can be classical or contemporary. (student’s choice)
  • 1 Comedic; Comedic monologues can be classical or contemporary. (student’s choice)
  • At least one monologue must be contemporary (written after 1900). Please do not submit two classical monologues.
  • Monologues must be from a published play or monologue collection. Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Monologues should be filmed either “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame, or “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

Wild Card (not required)

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.
  • This media can be anything you want – a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

BFA Technical Theatre

In order to secure a virtual interview a portfolio with supporting documents should be fully submitted by March 31, 2023.

  • Artistic Resume
  • Digital Portfolio – the portfolio should show the process and results of your artistic work or applicable experiences.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people you have worked with as an artist (i.e. Director, Designer, Teacher, or Supervisor)

After you have submitted your portfolio and artistic resume, and we have received your letters of recommendation, you will be notified via email to arrange an interview using Zoom or another video conferencing service.

BA Theatre Arts

The BA in Theatre Arts does not require an audition for admission to the program. However, for scholarship consideration students must submit a prescreen audition or portfolio. Reference the prescreen audition requirements in the BFA Musical Theatre and BFA Theatre Performance tabs. Reference the portfolio requirements in the BFA Technical Theatre tab.

Overall

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.).

Introduction ("Slate")

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the name of the character, the playwright, and the title of the play or monologue.

Songs

  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

Monologues

  • Monologues must be from a published play. Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

Students should pick a minimum of two choices from the options below to submit for their prescreen. A “Wild Card” submission is encouraged, but not required for consideration.

Option A

  • One song written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).

Option B

  • One song written after 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).

Option C

  • 1 contemporary monologue (written after 1900), 60-90 seconds in length.
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

Option D

  • 1 Classical (written before 1900); Classical monologues should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame.

Option E

  • Technical Theatre/ Artistic Resume
  • Digital Portfolio – the portfolio should show the process and results of your artistic work or applicable experiences.

Wild Card

This is an optional submission, it is not required to complete a prescreen audition.

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.
  • This media can be anything you want – a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

Questions? Contact

Jessica Parker

863.680.4226

During my time as an ExSci major, I was able to attend various conferences and workshops, intern at a physical therapy clinic, create and present my own research project, gain hands-on experience in class, and become a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist).

— Elise Barnes
Fullbright Scholar