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​Audition Overview

The audition is comprised of two parts: the video prescreen and the callback for an in-person audition. Typically, we are able to provide a callback decision within two weeks of your video submission; registration for a callback session closes approximately one week before the callback will take place.

Our audition process focuses on your potential for future growth, your ability to engage with text, and your willingness to be part of a creative ensemble. In the text you use, we are looking for your ability to play the inherent actions and reveal the inner life of the character as it intersects with your own experience, imagination, and understanding.

About the monologues

  • Prepare two (2) contrasting monologues, no longer than a minute each. You will present both monologues for your video and select one to present again at the callback.
  • One of your monologues must be contemporary. The other monologue may be contemporary, classical, or heightened (poetic) text.
  • Choose monologues from plays.
  • Read the plays to understand the context of your text.
  • Monologues must be memorized and rehearsed.
  • Choose monologues in which you speak directly to one other person.
  • Do not use accents/dialects that are not your own.
  • Choose roles that are close to your own life experience and age.

About the Video Prescreen

This is an audition for a theatre program. Your camera is just there to record a sample of your work so that you can share that with us remotely. 

You will submit your prescreen video through the Blue Demon Domain, which you gain access to within 24 hours of submitting an online application. Please upload your prescreen video as a single video file or provide a hyperlink to your video. 

Your prescreen video must contain the following:

  • A brief introduction—introduce your name and your two monologues, including the names of the characters, the titles of the plays, and the playwrights. Please also briefly answer one of the following:
    • What are you reading? What book would you like to make into a play, movie, or TV show and why? (Please do not give a plot summary)
    • What are you passionate about that has nothing to do with theatre or performance?
  • One contemporary monologue (one minute maximum)
  • One additional contrasting monologue (one minute maximum)

Please frame one monologue as a “wide shot” or “full body shot” so that we can see your whole body and you move as you perform. The other monologue should be a “from the waist up” or “medium view” so that we can focus on your face and expressions.

When you film, choose a well-lit, quiet place with a plain, solid colored background. Watch your video to be sure you can be clearly seen and heard. If you cannot preview your video in the Blue Demon Domain after uploading it, we won’t be able to view it either!

About the Callback (In-Person Audition)

Students who receive a callback are notified by email and will be provided with a hyperlink in order to register for one of our callback sessions. Students must attend a callback session in order to be considered for the BFA Acting program.

Our callback sessions typically last about three to four hours and you will need to be present for the entire session. Please wear movement clothes appropriate for physical activity throughout the audition. Students are encouraged to warm-up prior to checking-in.

After a brief information session and the chance to meet the faculty running your audition session, each student will perform a prepared monologue in front of the other students and the faculty. Once everyone has presented, the faculty will lead the group through a class session. This may include group improvisation, acting exercises, and vocal expression or movement work. Next, you will be assigned a scene partner (or two) from among the other students in your callback session. Under the direction of the faculty, you and your scene partner(s) will work on a short scene from a recent Theatre School production. You will be provided with the scenes and some context/character information during the callback session; it is not necessary to be familiar with the plays beyond the information we give you and you will not be expected to memorize any new text during the audition.

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