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Audition & Interview Information


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

Remaining Audition/Interview Days are currently scheduled for:

  • January 12, 2019, Ohio Unifieds, Scioto High School, Dublin, OH

  • January 19, 2019, Athens Campus

  • January 19-20, 2019, during Unifieds, New York City, NY

  • February 4-7, 2019, during Unifieds, Chicago, IL

  • February 9-10, 2019 during Unifieds, Los Angeles, CA

  • February 9, 2019, Athens Campus


Students 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. 

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

1. Performance:

ACTING: 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. 

MUSICAL THEATER: Prepare one contemporary monologue from a play written within the 21st century, and two short contrasting songs 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 other 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 prerecorded accompaniment.

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 theoff-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.

Prepare two contemporary monologues as described in ACTING, and two short songs as described in MUSICAL THEATER.

Find additional dates and details for Performance auditions at this link


2. 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.

3. Playwriting: 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

4. 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.


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