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Auditions for BFA in Performance – Acting

Applicants must have completed the Common Application, created an Artistic Profile, been invited for an audition and have paid the audition fee prior to the audition. Auditions are conducted at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, and in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. At each audition session, there is an opportunity to learn more about the program and for parents and prospective students to ask questions.


Audition and Interview requirements

  • Résumé and photo: Bring a typed résumé that includes previous theatre experience and training, and dance or music background, roles performed. Bring a photo with a good likeness of yourself.
  • Brief personal statement: Bring a short essay describing reasons for choosing performance training at Michigan and a theatre career. This may include goals, professional ambitions, and ideas about the field itself. It should not be more than two double-spaced typed pages.
  • Interview: Be prepared for a short conversation with the interviewer. This might include a discussion of your previous theatre work, and your goals. It is important to be relaxed, honest, direct, and yourself.
  • Performance: Prepare two contrasting monologues from plays, not to exceed a combined total of four minutes. These selections may be from comedies or dramas of any period, although more modern works are preferred. They should not be from unpublished work. The pieces should be prepared and memorized. Try to incorporate some physical movement in at least one of the selections. If your monologue selection includes Shakespeare, be sure you are confident with the language, versification and character you’ve selected.
  • Improvisation: The interviewer may ask that some of the following tasks be rendered with specific guidelines or conditions. Listen to the instructions and try to fulfill them:
    • Relate a childhood experience.
    • Sing a short a cappella song, such as a folk song.
    • Perform a simple physical task without words.
    • Discuss briefly the plays and characters of your audition pieces.
    • Re-do one of your audition pieces with a different set of goals.
    • Ask the interviewer some questions relating to the Theatre program.
    • Sight-read a short selection that the interviewer will provide.

Admissions Requirements and Information

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 which you feel shows you to an honest advantage. Avoid constrictive or excessively stylish clothing.
  4. The audition will take place in a medium-to-large neutral space. Chairs are available.
  5. Choose material with which you feel comfortable, and is appropriate to your own age and experience. Avoid excessively stylized pieces, dialects, extreme physicality, and props.
  6. Remember that an audition should demonstrate both your talent and your potential.
  7. Be simple, direct, and honest. Avoid lengthy explanations or apologies.
  8. Remember that the interviewer wants you to be successful.

General Undergraduate Audition Information

School of Music, Theatre & Dance Undergraduate Admissions

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