Ohio University

Undergrad Auditions and Interviews

Theater applicants may audition or interview, either for direct entry to one of our B.F.A. programs or for talent scholarship consideration.

Audition Opportunities

On Our Campus in Athens, Ohio

OHIO Experience the Arts Day
October 14, 2019 
Athens, OH

OHIO School of Theater Scholarship Day 
February 1, 2020
Athens, OH​​​​

Around the State

Cleveland Unified Auditions
October 11-13
Cleveland, OH 

Ohio Unified Auditions
January 11
Akron, OH

National Auditions

Moonifieds
November 21-24
Dallas, TX

National Unifieds
New York City, NY: January 18-19
Chicago, IL:  February 3-6
Los Angeles, CA: February 8-9

Southeast Theatre Conference
February 26-29, 2020 
Knoxville, TN

USITT (United States Institute for Theater Technology)
April 1-4, 2020
Houston, TX

Audition & Interview Information

Audition & Interview Requirements

There are four Theater areas for which a student can interview/audition including the following: performance (acting & musical theater tracks), production design and technology, playwriting, and stage management. Students may audition or interview for more than one area.

Performance: Acting

In Person Audition

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

MONOLOGUES

  • 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.

Prescreen (Optional)

Submit the above audition requirements as individual video clip links, along with a pdf of a headshot and resume, for consideration digitally on our audition registration page

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather 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. 

WILD CARD VIDEO

The student is welcome 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. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”


Performance Musical Theater

In Person Audition

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an up-tempo
  • Each song should be 60-90 seconds (approximately 32 bars)
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up-tempo or the ballad (student’s choice).

MONOLOGUES

Students should prepare 1 piece:

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

If you are auditioning at one of the off-campus events, you will need to provide recorded accompaniment of your songs from a phone or music player. Sound equipment will be provided to connect to the headphone jack of your device. You may use your own sound equipment if you prefer.

If you are auditioning on campus in Athens, an accompanist will be provided, or you may bring your own. You may also choose to use pre-recorded accompaniment.

DANCE CALL

If auditioning on campus in Athens, or at NYC or Chicago Unifieds, you will participate in a group dance audition — wear clothes in which you can move freely. Jazz or character shoes preferred, tap shoes not needed. Time to change from prepared audition dress will be allotted. There will not be a dance audition at the LA Unifieds, although you may submit a dance video if you wish.

OPTIONAL

For students who have additional performance strengths that they wish to share during the audition, please present one additional 32 bar song selection in which you sing and self-accompany on your instrument. You may also submit video of a short solo dance piece, not to exceed one minute.

Prescreen (Optional)

Ohio University is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Prescreen cycle. While Ohio University does not require a prescreen submission as part of the application process, Ohio University uses the following criteria for digital audition submissions.

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. 

SLATE

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather 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.  

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an up-tempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (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)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the 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 (student’s choice).

MONOLOGUE

Students should prepare 1 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 and is strictly adhered to; 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.
  • Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

WILD CARD VIDEO

  • The student is welcome 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. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

DANCE

  • The student is welcome to submit an optional Dance video
  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.

Submit the above prescreen audition requirements as individual video clip links, along with a pdf of a headshot and resume, for consideration digitally on our audition registration page.


Performance: Both Tracks (Acting & Musical Theater)

In Person Audition and/or Prescreen (Optional)

For audition consideration in both tracks, prepare two contemporary monologues as described in Acting, and two short songs as described in Musical Theater.

Production Design and Technology

Applicants must submit a portfolio of work and attend an interview. 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. Portfolios can be submitted on our Audition and Interview Registration Page.

Playwriting

Applicants must attend an interview and submit a writing sample of at least 10 pages in length (up to 30 pages in total maximum) one week in advance of your interview. 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. Writing samples can be submitted on our Audition and Interview Registration Page.

Stage Management

Applicants must attend an interview and 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. Stage Managers may also bring a portfolio of other production work you have done, anything that represents your experience with stage production is appropriate. Resumes can be submitted on our Audition and Interview Registration Page.

 


Questions about audition and interviews

For questions regarding auditions and pre-screen materials, please contact the School of Theater Auditions coordinator at auditions@ohio.edu or leave a message at 740.566.8904.

For questions regarding interviews and talent-based scholarships,  contact the School of Theater at 740.593.4818 or theater@ohio.edu.