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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.

Supplementary Materials Submission

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 audition and/or interview. These live callbacks will be held virtually; additional information will be available soon.

Submit Supplementary Materials

Theater Performance: Acting

Submit the following audition materials as individual video clip links, along with a PDF headshot and resume. Each piece detailed below should be filmed separately, providing an individual link for each piece. Please do not submit continuous videos. 

Note: Do not submit a separate "slate" video. Slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

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 Video

You may choose to submit an optional “Wild Card” video. Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds. This media 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

Submit the following audition materials as individual video clip links, along with a PDF headshot and resume. Each piece detailed below should be filmed separately, providing an individual link for each piece. Please do not submit continuous videos. 

Note: Do not submit a separate "slate" video. Slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Ohio University is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Prescreen for the 2020-2021 cycle.

Songs

Prepare two contrasting pieces.

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be up-tempo.
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds, including the slate at the beginning. Please do not exceed this time limit.
  • Songs should be filmed in 3/4 shot, which means that the top of your head to your knees should be visible in the frame.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up-tempo or the ballad.

Monologues

Prepare one piece.

  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).
  • One, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of your head to your chest should be visible in the frame.

Dance

You may prepare an optional dance piece.

  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot, taking care to keep your entire body in the frame at all times.
  • You do not need to slate in any dance media.
  • 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.
  • The video should be 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 submission.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.  
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

Helpful Hint: You are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see yourself as you execute choreography. 

Wild Card Video

You may choose to submit an optional “Wild Card” video. Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds. This media 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.

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.

Audition and Interview Registration

All Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) majors require students to either audition (performance majors) or submit a portfolio and participate in an interview (non-performance majors) for admission consideration. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) major are encouraged to audition or interview for talent-based scholarship consideration.

After submitting supplementary materials, selected students will be invited to participate in a live callback audition and/or interview. All students invited to a callback may choose to schedule a callback audition/interview with the School of Theater or participate in one of the combined audition virtual events listed below.

Registration Coming Soon!

Questions

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

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