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Auditions for BFA in Interarts Performance

To schedule an audition, interview and portfolio review , you must first submit a complete application.  After the initial review of your application, the Theatre & Drama department will contact you with a confirmation of your audition, interview, and portfolio review date.

Prospective students will spend one day on campus (see below for date options) for:

  1. an audition in the Department of Theatre and Drama,
  2. a portfolio review in the School of Art & Design, and
  3. an interview with the Interarts Performance faculty.


Written requirements

  • Resume and photo: Bring to the audition a typed resume that includes your previous theatre experience and training. Include any dance or music background, in addition to roles performed. Bring a photo with a good likeness.
  • Brief personal statement: Bring to the interview a short essay (no longer than two double-spaced pages) describing reasons for choosing the Interarts program. This may include goals, professional ambitions, and ideas about the field itself.

Performance Requirements

  • Performance: Since Interarts focuses on the creation of new work, please prepare an original 2-3 minute performance piece. It could be movement, performance art, music, puppetry, multimedia, monologue, spoken word or any combination. If it’s not possible to present live, we can view or listen to a recorded piece.  Visual elements such as props, costumes or representations of them would also be acceptable. 
  • Workshops: Participate in improvisation/movement and voice workshops.
  • Improvisation:  The interviewer may request some, but not all, of the following tasks be rendered with specific guidelines or conditions. Listen to the instructions and try to fulfill them.

              *Discuss briefly the plays and characters of your audition pieces.

              *Perform a simple physical task without words.

              * Re-do one of your audition pieces with a different set of goals and conditions

              *Ask the interviewer some questions relating to the Theatre program.

  • Interview: Applicants will also interview with Interarts faculty.  Be prepared to discuss your experience in both Art and Theatre, and your reasons for choosing this degree. You will be asked to present a short (2-4 minutes) performance piece which demonstrates your own area of performance skill or interest (puppetry, dance, animal impersonations, martial art, etc…), and you may be asked to improvise a short biographical monologue. e.g. “What I like/dislike about riding bicycles.”

Art & Design Portfolio guidelines

Include 15 to 20 items representing work completed both in and outside of art classes. Work in a digital format must be stand-alone work that does not require installation of your software on a School of Art & Design computer. Video work must be original video work or documentation of performance art, not documentation of static work such as painting and sculpture.

Include representative work in a variety of media to indicate your range of experiences. Include only your best work, work that demonstrates media skills as well as evidence of creativity, imagination, and risk-taking. Every portfolio varies; however, the following are expected in a competitive portfolio:

  • Drawings from direct observation. If you have in the past copied from photographs or other flat copy, you can improve your portfolio with drawings from observation. Include a sketchbook or individual sketches along with finished drawings.
  • Include works that convey your strengths and interests in other 2-D media (for example: fibers, painting, photography, printmaking, and mixed media), 3-D media (for example: ceramics, metalwork, sculpture and installations), electronic media (for example: computer, video, sound, and audio).
  • Performance, conceptual or other work not easy to categorize. 




Audition Schedule and Application Deadline Dates


Audition Tips

  1. Arrive early and be on time for your scheduled audition.
  2. Warm up physically and vocally before the audition. Be relaxed and focused as much as possible.
  3. Wear neat clothing that you feel shows you to an honest advantage. Avoid constrictive or excessively stylish clothing.
  4. Choose material that you feel comfortable with and is appropriate to your age and experience.
  5. Remember that the audition should demonstrate both your talent and your potential.
  6. Be simple, direct and honest. Avoid lengthy explanations or apologies.
  7. Remember that the interviewer wants you to be successful!


General Undergraduate Audition Information

School of Music, Theatre & Dance Undergraduate Admissions

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