Ohio University

Undergrad Auditions/Interviews

Audition & Interview Information

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

Audition/Interview Days are currently scheduled for:

Experience the Arts Day 
October 14, 2019 
Athens, OH

Scholarship Day 
February 1, 2020
Athens, OH

Student applying for direct entry to a B.F.A. program or for Theater scholarships who are unable to attend one of these dates, should contact Theater to schedule an alternative day.

Schedule a Scholarship Audition

Please select an audition date through our Division. If you are unable to attend one of the dates below you may schedule an individual visit to the campus by contacting: theater@ohio.edu

Theater Areas and Audition Instructions

There are four Theater areas for which a student can interview/audition. Students may audition or interview for more than one area.



Prepare two contemporary monologues lasting no more than three minutes in total. The monologues should be selected from plays written within the 21st century. They should contrast in style, revealing two sides of the student's abilities and be characters that are close to the student in age. They should not be from musicals, stand-alone monologue collections, or one person shows.


2019-20 Acting and Musical Theater Scholarship Auditions

International Thespian Conference
June 24 -29
Indianapolis, IN                                                 

Cleveland Unified Auditions
October 11-13
Cleveland, OH                                                          

November 21-24
Dallas, TX

Ohio Unified Auditions
January 11
Akron, OH                                                                       

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
Knoxville, TN

USITT (United States Institute for Theater Technology)
March 18-21, 2020
Houston, TX

Please contact us for information about additional audition and scholarship opportunities.

Musical Theater

Prepare one contemporary monologue from a play written within the 21st century, and two short contrasting song selections (32 bars in length). One song selection should be written prior to 1965.

If you are auditioning at one of the off-campus events, you will need to provide recorded accompaniment of your songs on an iPod or similar device. 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, 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 off-campus locations.


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.

Both (Acting and Musical Theater)

Prepare two contemporary monologues as described in Acting, and two short songs as described in Musical Theater.

Production Design and Technology

The faculty will review your portfolio. 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.


You will need to submit a writing sample of at least 10 pages in length to playwriting faculty (up to 30 pages in total maximum) one week in advance of the scholarship day you are attending (or one week in advance of a planned visit). 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 may be mailed to the Theater Division as hard copies, or emailed as PDF or Word attachments to ramseye@ohio.edu.

Stage Management

Your interview will consist of a review of your 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.