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Theatre Program Admission & Scholarship Requirements

In addition to the University's requirements for admission, theatre and dance majors must successfully complete an interview, audition or portfolio review with members of the theatre and dance faculty to be admitted into the Theatre and Dance Department. This process also makes students eligible to compete for a Visual & Performing Arts scholarship. Admission requirements for each theatre major are listed below. You can audition online or in person.

Online Auditions

The Theatre Program is accepting video auditions for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 entrance. 

  • Please try to capture the highest quality video possible. 
  • Use your phone's best camera (normally the rear-facing camera) to record video - in landscape orientation
  • Make sure you are in a well-lit area.

  • Consider your background. If you are able, make it neutral - a plain wall or a clean and organized space. 

  • If you don't have a phone, use your laptop.  Your phone or laptop mic should be fine.

  • Please post your online audition as an unlisted video on YouTube and provide us with the link through the Theatre Audition Request Form. (An instructional video on creating an unlisted video can be found here.) 

In-Person Auditions

You also have the option to audition in-person by appointment, or as part of a campus visit. Indicate your choice when you complete the Theatre Audition Request Form. A member of the theatre faculty will contact you to schedule your appointment.

Applicants wishing to compete for a Visual & Performing Arts scholarship should complete the process prior to February 25. 

Audition/Interview Requirements for Each Theatre Degree

 

Theatre Arts (B.A.) & Theatre Business (B.A.) 

No audition or portfolio submission is required for admission, but it is required if you wish to compete for a Visual & Performing Arts scholarship. The requirements for auditions can be found below under Theatre Performance (B.A.). The requirements for a portfolio review can be found below under Theatre Design and Technology.

 

Theatre Design & Technology (B.A.) 

No audition or portfolio submission is required for admission, but it is required if you wish to compete for a Visual & Performing Arts scholarship. Your portfolio review is an opportunity for the faculty to learn about the kinds of work you have done in theatre 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, digital designs, or sewing skills are also welcome. 

 

Musical Theatre (B.A.) (B.F.A.)

The Theatre Program offers two degrees in musical theatre: The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A). Both options include interviews, but have differing audition requirements which are outlined below.  

B.A. in Musical Theatre

Your audition should consist of two contrasting memorized pieces, each about 1.5 - 2 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).  

Online Audition 

  • Introduce yourself and share the title of your monologue (include playwright) and song (include composer and show (if applicable)) before each piece.  You may upload separate videos for the monologue and song selections, provided you state your name and the title of the piece in each video.

  • Your song must be sung to a recorded or live accompaniment.  A cappella singing will not be accepted.  Make sure that the accompaniment is at an adequate volume to support but not overwhelm the voice.

  • If you have an external speaker, use that to play accompaniment recording, otherwise use your laptop's speakers. 

  • See "Online Auditions" above for additional information on creating and submitting your video.
  • Your headshot and resume should also be submitted when you Theatre Audition Request Form.


You will be contacted by a member of the theatre faculty to schedule a virtual interview via Zoom.


In-Person Audition 

In-person B.A. audition requirements are the same as those outlined above for video submissions. Instead of recorded accompaniment, you must bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. To schedule your in-person interview and audition, complete the Theatre Audition Request Form.

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

The B.F.A. audition consists of 2 songs, 2 monologues, and 2 dance combinations.

Online Audition

Monologues & Songs

Please prepare four memorized pieces, each about one-and-a-half to two minutes long. You should present two contrasting monologues from full-length plays and two song selections from musicals, one uptempo and one ballad, that display your range and abilities. 

  • Introduce yourself and share the title of your monologues (include playwright) and songs (include composers and shows (if applicable) before each piece.  You may upload separate videos for the monologues and song selections, provided you state your name and the title of the piece in each video.

  • Your songs must be sung to a recorded or live accompaniment.  A cappella singing will not be accepted.  Make sure that the accompaniments are at an adequate volume to support but not overwhelm the voice.

  • If you have an external speaker, use that to play accompaniment recording, otherwise use your laptop's speakers. 

  • See "Online Auditions" above for additional information on creating and submitting your video.
  • Your headshot and resume should also be submitted through the Theatre Audition Request Form.

Dance

Learn and perform these ballet and jazz combinations.  

Dance Video and Submission Requirements:

  • Dancers should wear form-fitting dance attire commonly used in technique class.
  • Please introduce yourself.

  • See "Online Auditions" above for additional information on creating and submitting your video.

In-Person Audition 

In-person B.F.A. audition requirements are the same as those outlined above for video submissions. Instead of recorded accompaniment, you must bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. For dance, please learn the combinations above and be ready to present them. You will be given time to change into the proper dance attire. To schedule your in-person interview and audition, complete the Theatre Audition Request Form and indicate your choice of an in-person audition.

 

Theatre Performance (B.A.) 

Online Audition

Please prepare two contrasting memorized pieces, each about 1 - 2 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).

  • Introduce yourself and share the title of your monologues (include playwrights) before each piece.  

  • See "Online Auditions" above for additional information on creating and submitting your video.
  • Your headshot and resume should also be submitted when you schedule your audition.


In-Person Audition 

Audition requirements for in-person Theatre Performance (B.A.) are the same as those outlined above for video submissions. You will perform your memorized pieces in the room with theatre faculty present and participate in an interview.  To schedule your in-person interview and audition, complete the Theatre Audition Request Form and indicate your choice of an in-person audition. 

Notification of audition results will be emailed to the auditioning actor within approximately two weeks of the audition. 

To contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, fill out our online Request for Information form. You may also call us any time at (724) 838-4281 or (800) 826-6234, or send an email to admit@setonhill.edu.