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Theater Audition and Interview Registration

Theater Degree Paths

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Theater conducts auditions, interviews, and portfolio reviews for students who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater at Ohio University. Programs are available in Production Design and Technology, Playwriting, Stage Management, and Performance: Acting, or Performance: Musical Theater. To be admitted directly to one of these programs, students are required to participate in an audition, interview, or portfolio review. Applicants who do not complete this step but who are admissible to the University will be admitted to the BA in Theater.

Bachelor of Arts

In addition, because the School of Theater considers artistic talent for scholarship purposes, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater are encouraged to audition, submit a portfolio, submit a writing sample, and/or interview for talent-based scholarship consideration.

Performance Major Auditions

Acting | Musical Theater

All Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) majors require an audition for admission and for talent-based scholarship consideration. See below for audition requirements.

To schedule your audition (fall 2021 applicants only), email the School of Theater.

Theater Performance: Acting

Monologues

Prepare two contrasting, contemporary monologues lasting no more than three minutes in total.

  • Monologues must be from a published play written during the 20th Century-present.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, movies, stand-alone monologue collections, or one person shows.
  • They should contrast in style, revealing two sides of the student’s abilities and be characters that are close to the student in age.
  • Each monologue should be 60-90 seconds in length.

Wild Card

You may choose to prepare an optional “Wild Card” video, no more than 60 seconds in length. This piece can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. To select content for your wild card video, you should consider what you want the School of Theater to know about your or what makes you unique.

Theater Performance: Musical Theater

Songs

Prepare two contrasting pieces.

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be up-tempo.
  • Each song should be 60-90 seconds. Please do not exceed this time limit.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up-tempo or the ballad.

Monologues

Prepare one piece.

  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play.
  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) 

Dance

You may prepare an optional dance piece.

  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music. You should be dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • Prepare 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. If you tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.  
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

Wild Card

You may choose to prepare a “Wild Card," lasting no more than 60 seconds. This can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. To select content for your wild card video, you should consider what you want the School of Theater to know about your or what makes you unique.

Non-Performance Major Portfolio Process

Playwriting | Production Design & Technology | Stage Management | Theater BA

All Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) majors require supplementary application materials. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) are encouraged to submit supplementary application materials for talent-based scholarship consideration. See below for more specific requirements.

Selected students who submit supplementary materials will be invited to participate in a live callback interview.

SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS

Production Design and Technology

Submit a portfolio of work. In addition to light plots, costume renderings, set designs, painters elevations, photographs, or slides of any theatrical work you have done, your portfolio can include: sketches, drawings, paintings, doodling, poetry, short stories, or collages. In short, include anything that you have created that represents your aesthetic and/or your creative impulses.

Playwriting

Submit a writing sample of at least 10 pages in length (up to 30 pages in total maximum). Though dramatic writing samples are typically preferred, writing samples can be any creative writing or academic/scholarly writing that you believe best represents your voice as an artist. 

Stage Management

Submit a creative resume, which should list all appropriate high school and, if applicable, community experience. You may bring a production book if you have one, but it is not required. You may also bring a portfolio of other production work you have done; anything that represents your experience with stage production is appropriate.

Questions

For questions regarding auditions and pre-screen materials, please email the School of Theater auditions coordinator.

For questions regarding interviews and talent-based scholarships, please email the School of Theater.