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.
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.).
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.
- 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 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.
- One song written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).
- One song written after 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).
- 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.
- 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.
- Technical Theatre/ Artistic Resume
- Digital Portfolio – the portfolio should show the process and results of your artistic work or applicable experiences.
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?”