Admission Requirements

 
 

Interview, Audition & Portfolio Review

In addition to the University's requirements for admission, all theatre majors must successfully complete an interview, and an audition or portfolio review, with members of the theatre faculty to be admitted into the Theatre & Dance Program. This process also makes students eligible to compete for merit-based scholarships. 

The entire process - the interview and audition - lasts about one hour. The program director will usually notify you of the results of your interview and audition within two weeks. If you cannot come to campus in person, you can furnish a VHS videotape or DVD of your audition. You may be granted conditional acceptance until your audition and interview are completed, no later than the first week of your first semester at Seton Hill University. 

Interview

The interview is an opportunity for the faculty to meet you and learn about your past experiences in dance, your future aspirations, and your expectations for your university education and training. We strive to make this process as comfortable as possible so we can see you at your best. Be prepared to be yourself and be honest and open about your future goals.

Audition & Portfolio Reviews

Theatre Arts

While students interested in majoring in theatre arts are not required to audition or present a portfolio for acceptance into the program, those who wish to compete for merit-based scholarships in theatre must do so. It is your decision which process to choose; you may complete an audition or a portfolio review, and doing either will make you eligible for consideration for merit-based theatre scholarships. The requirements for auditions can be found under Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre (either type of audition is fine), and for the portfolio review see Theatre Design and Technology. 

Theatre Business

While students interested in majoring in theatre business are not required to audition or present a portfolio for acceptance into the program, those who wish to compete for merit-based scholarships in theatre must do so. It is your decision which process to choose; you may complete an audition or a portfolio review, and doing either will make you eligible for consideration for merit-based theatre scholarships. The requirements for auditions can be found in the information for Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre (either type of audition is fine), and for the portfolio review see the page for Theatre Design and Technology. 

Theatre Design & Technology

Your portfolio review is an opportunity for the faculty to learn about the kinds of work you have done in theatre thus far and for you to showcase your artistic skills. Your portfolio should contain drawings, elevations, renderings, production books, programs and/or photographs of the scenic, costume, makeup, or lighting work you may have helped construct on past productions. Examples or photos of other artwork, carpentry, or sewing skills are also welcome. 

Theatre Performance

Your audition should consist of two contrasting blocked and memorized pieces, each about one- and-a-half to two minutes long. The first selection should be a monologue from a full-length play; the second selection should be another monologue, preferably of contrasting tone (comic if your first piece is serious, or vice versa).

Musical Theatre

Your audition should consist of two contrasting blocked and memorized pieces, each about one- and-a-half to two minutes long. The first selection should be a monologue from a full-length play; the second selection should be a song from a musical, preferably of contrasting tone (a comic song if your monologue is serious, or a ballad if your monologue is comic). Songs must be performed with recorded instrumental accompaniment. To avoid technical problems, please bring your own device through which to play the accompaniment.

Students auditioning for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre should come prepared for a dance audition. Candidates will learn and perform combinations in ballet and jazz. Please dress in appropriate dance attire:

  • Ladies: Black leotard, pink or tan tights. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes or foot paws.
  • Men: Plain, fitted tee-shirt, black tights or jazz pants. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes or foot paws.

How Do I Schedule my Interview, Audition or Portfolio Review?

Once a student has applied and been accepted by the University, interviews and auditions or portfolio reviews should be scheduled online or through the Admissions Office.

Applicants wishing to compete for merit-based scholarships should complete the process prior to February 25.
 
2013 - 2014 Audition Days: 
  • October 12, 2013
  • November 23, 2013
  • December 21, 2013
  • January 25, 2014
  • February 15, 2014
  • March 22, 2014
  • April 26, 2014
Alternate audition and portfolio review dates are available upon request.