Undergraduate Audition Requirements
Theatre Arts Program (B.F.A.)
The Theatre Arts program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree is designed to provide conservatory training to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the professional theatre including actors, dancers, singers, and technicians. The faculty will be evaluating your ability to follow direction, your attitude and preparation, and your rehearsal. Auditions may last up to 10 minutes. All potential students must either audition or submit to an interview process. Students who focus on technical theatre will have their portfolio reviewed in place of an audition. If you have a headshot and a professional resume, you are invited to bring these with you to the audition. They are not, however, required items. Prospective students who audition will be evaluated in two areas, as set forth below:
- Acting Concentration: Prepare two monologues from the contemporary dramatic repertoire. The monologue should be memorized, approximately two minutes in duration, and should be an expression of the candidate’s best work.
- Musical Theatre Concentration: Prepare a full song, up-tempo or ballad, from the Broadway repertoire that best represents the candidate’s vocal range. Please bring one copy of the song’s sheet music to the audition. An accompanist will be provided to you on the day of your audition.
- All music should be clearly copied, hole-punched and presented in a three-ring binder. All cuts should be clearly marked. Remember to establish your tempo and review any specific musical interpretations with the accompanist prior to beginning your performance.
- Sheet music must be in the correct key signature for you. The accompanist will not transpose music at the audition.
- Musical selection must be memorized.
- Prepare one monologue (see acting instructions above).
- Theatre Technology Concentration – Prospective students’ portfolios will be evaluated in one of these three ways:
- Design/Tech Portfolio – Show us your best work, don’t sell yourself short. Be prepared to discuss what you show us. For designers: show us examples of any of the following: realized and/or unrealized design work; sketches, or other art work unrelated to theater; drafting (even non-theatrical drafting) and projects related to your chosen field (i.e. if you’re interested in Costume Design, it would be great to show us an image of any clothing that you’ve made). For technicians: show us examples of projects or shows you’ve worked on—shows, carpentry, electrics, props, costumes—whatever is appropriate; any drafting work you may have done; or paperwork related to your projects. You should prepare your portfolio as a single PDF document, with each portfolio item properly labeled within the document.
- Stage Management Paperwork – Please upload any prompt books or stage management paperwork related to your work. You should prepare your paperwork as a single PDF document, with each item properly labeled within the document. Be prepared to discuss your experiences.
- Position Paper – If you don’t have documentation of your earlier work, a paper is a good alternative. Write about what you want to do in professional life and how you would like to employ your work at the College to advance these goals. Make sure your paper is grammatically correct. The length of this paper should be no longer than five (5) pages and should be submitted as a PDF file.
- Dance – Starting next year, for the incoming freshman class of 2021, a dance audition will be required.