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Theatre & Dance Program Admission & Scholarship Requirements

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

The interview is an opportunity for the faculty to meet you and learn about your past experiences in theatre and/or 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. 

Seton Hill will notify you of the results of your interview and audition within two weeks. 

Theatre Admission & Scholarship Requirements

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

While students interested in majoring in theatre arts or theatre business are not required to audition or present a portfolio for acceptance into the Theatre and Dance Department, those who wish to compete for theatre scholarships must do so. It is your decision which process to choose; you may complete an audition or a portfolio review. The requirements for auditions can be found below under either Theatre Performance or Musical Theatre (either type of audition is fine).  The requirements for a portfolio review can be found below under theatre design and technology.

Theatre Design & Technology (B.A.) 

There is no portfolio review requirement to be admitted into the Theatre & Dance Department for theatre design majors, however, you must have a portfolio reviewed to apply for a theatre scholarship. 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. 

Musical Theatre (B.A)

An audition is required for admission into the Theatre and Dance Department as a musical theatre major. Your audition should consist of two contrasting 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). 

Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

An audition is required for admission into the Theatre and Dance Department as a musical theatre major. For acceptance into the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, your audition should consist of four memorized pieces, each about one- and-a-half to two minutes long. You should have two contrasting monologues from full-length plays and two song selections from musicals, one uptempo and one ballad that display your range and abilities.  

Students auditioning for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre must have 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.

Theatre Performance

An audition is required for admission into the Theatre and Dance Department as a theatre performance major. Your audition should consist of two contrasting 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).

April 18, 2020 Auditions Are No Longer In Person - Please Provide a Video Audition

For health and safety reasons, we will not be holding live auditions on April 18, 2020. The Theatre Program will be accepting video audition submissions for the Musical Theatre B.A., B.F.A. and Theatre Performance B.A. 

Video Audition Submission Guidelines 

Online audition requirements remain the same as live auditions, with the exception of the dance audition for Musical Theatre B.F.A. applicants. See below for details.

A cappella songs will not be accepted for musical theatre auditions.  However, if you do not have recorded karaoke or piano accompaniment tracks for your song(s), we will supply mp3s of the piano accompaniment(s).  Just provide us with a clearly marked pdf of your music and send it to Associate Professor Joe Domencic at domencic@setonhill.edu by April 5th.  You may also send requests regarding the accompaniment in the email; or include an attachment of a short recording or video in which you supply the tempo and give any other important information regarding the music, just as you would in a live audition.  

When recording your audition video, be sure that the accompaniment is of an adequate volume to support but not overwhelm the voice. (Playing the accompanying tracks from the device that is also taking the video is not advised.) Make sure to slate at the beginning of your recording; giving your name and title of your songs and monologues. Email your song and monologue auditions to Professor Denise Pullen at pullen@setonhill.edu

Dance auditions should be emailed to dance faculty, TaMara Swank at swank@setonhill.edu

Please introduce yourself at the beginning of your dance audition video. Learn both the ballet and jazz combinations and be sure to record the full body while staying as close to the camera as possible. If you have Tap training beyond a beginner level, please include the following steps at the end of your dance video submission:

-Rolling shuffles, drawbacks, pullbacks, and one additional tap step of your choice.

Jazz Audition Combination Video

Ballet Audition Combination Video

If you are scheduled for an April 18 audition please email us your audition recording no later than April 19th.  

If you have not yet scheduled an audition, please let us know of your intention to audition no later than May 1, 2020. We will follow up with additional instructions and answer any questions you may have. 

If you have not completed your application, please do so that we can review your submission.

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.