School of Theatre & Dance
BFA Musical Theatre
BFA MUSICAL THEATRE PRESCREEN AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Students interested in declaring for the BFA Musical Theatre program in the 2023-2024 academic year must submit a prescreen audition via RaiderConnect. Create your account there, then select APPLICATIONS and choose the College of Visual & Performing Arts Application at the bottom of the page.
This audition will also serve as a scholarship audition for prospective students interested in applying for School of Theatre and Dance scholarships provided you submit your prescreen audition by December 1, 2022.
Additional University-wide scholarships and external scholarships can be found on the Scholarship Webpage
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
- There should not be a separate "slate" video. Instead slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. 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.
- Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
- One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo.
- 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 live or recorded accompaniment. No "a cappella" singing.
- Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
Option A (TTU requires option A)
- One song should be written prior to 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.
- Monologues must be from a published play.
- Monologues cannot be from 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).
- No accents, please.
Option B (TTU requires option B)
- 2, 60-90 second contrasting monologues.
- 1 Contemporary (written after 1950); Contemporary monologues 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 1950, heightened text encouraged); 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. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.
- Dance media should be filmed in "full body" shot taking care to keep the student's entire body in the frame at all times.
- The execution of the choreography should be story driven where the applicant is continuing to express a goal.
- HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.
- 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
- No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable.
- No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as a wild card media.
- Please stick to vocabulary and steps you are familiar with and can execute well.
- Dance media can be self-choreographed or a solo video of you featured in a show, competition, or other performance.
- All choreography must be performed to music; no "a cappella" dance media please.
Optional Ballet Upload
- Execute a brief series of plié, tendu and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor.
- Optional Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.
Wild Card (Required)
- Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
- This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a poem, something self-authored, an instrument that you play, etc. What do you want us to know about you? The floor is yours.
BFA Musical Theatre Callbacks
The invitation-only callbacks for students interested in the BFA Acting/BFA Musical Theatre program for the 2023-2024 academic year are February 11, 2023. To meet deadlines regarding applications for university and departmental funding, and facilitate potential travel plans, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all pre-screening material and apply to the university itself before December 1, 2022. All applicants selected for program callbacks will be notified on or before February 3, 2023.
BFA program callbacks will be held on campus.
Callback Registration Form
Applicants who receive an invitation for a callback, must register at their earliest convenience. See the form below for more information.
The registration deadline is February 4, 2022.
BFA Musical Theatre Callback Form
Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, Head of Acting/Directing, with questions concerning the BFA program.