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BFA Entrance Audition and Portfolio Review

First-year students interested in the BFA Theatre program must audition or complete a portfolio review for entrance.

To apply for an audition or portfolio review, please complete your prescreen profile through Acceptd and submit it to Theatre TCU. If the prescreen is approved, you will be contacted to schedule an entrance audition or portfolio review.

View 2021 – 2022 Audition Dates

Review each BFA program’s prescreen and audition/portfolio review requirements below.

Students admitted to TCU may enroll in the BA Theatre program without an entrance audition or portfolio review.

 

PRESCREEN REQUIREMENTS

Monologues

Two (2), 60-90 second contrasting monologues

    • One (1) Contemporary monologue (written after 1900); filmed in a “close-up” shot with the top of the head to the chest visible in the frame.
    • One (1) Classical monologue (written pre-1900); filmed in a “full body” shot with the top of the head to the feet on the floor visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.
    • 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.

Wildcard (optional)

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?”

Reference and Support Materials

In addition to performance requirements, the following items are required to complete your Acceptd profile:

  1. Two letters of reference that speak to character and artistic promise. Letters must include recommender’s contact information.
  2. Complete resume of theatre work—honors, recognitions, awards, activities, history of theatre employment, etc.
  3. Photograph—professional headshot not required.
  4. One-page personal statement explaining professional aspirations and accomplishments.

Once the department has received the required prescreen application and support materials, if approved, you will receive an email to set a time for your audition and interview. Prescreen decisions are usually sent out within two weeks of submission.


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

After prescreen approval, auditions will be scheduled as either in-person or virtual. Check out our scheduled audition dates HERE!

    • Two (2) 60-90 second contrasting monologues performed live for Theatre TCU faculty and staff.
    • You may perform the same material featured in your prescreen or may choose new pieces. We suggest you pick whatever material you feel most confident performing.
    • Slate all of your pieces at the top of your audition then perform your selections back-to-back. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
    • For virtual auditions, your camera should be setup to capture a ¾ shot, with the top of the head to the knees visible in the frame.

PRESCREEN REQUIREMENTS

Songs

Two (2), 60-90 second contrasting song pieces:

    • Slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and the show in which it appears.
    • 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).
    • Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) and contrast in style.
    • One (1) song should be a ballad and one (1) song should be an up-tempo piece.
    • Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No singing a cappella.
    • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot, which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

Monologue

One (1), 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written after 1900):

    • 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.
    • Contemporary monologues should be filmed in a “close-up” shot with the top of the head to the chest visible in the frame.

Dance

30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.

    • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot, taking care to keep the entire body in frame at all times.
    • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
    • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose. HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so they may see themselves execute choreography.
    • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
    • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.
    • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
    • No barre ballet solo is acceptable. (see ‘Optional Ballet’ details below)
    • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wildcard submission.

Optional Ballet

    • Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.
    • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu andgrande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor.

Wildcard (optional)

    • 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?”
    • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
    • Tappers are encouraged to submit tap for their Wildcard.

Reference and Support Materials

In addition to performance requirements, the following items are required to complete your Acceptd profile:

  1. Two letters of reference that speak to character and artistic promise. Letters must include recommender’s contact information.
  2. Complete resume of theatre work—honors, recognitions, awards, activities, history of theatre employment, etc.
  3. Photograph—professional headshot not required.
  4. One-page personal statement explaining professional aspirations and accomplishments.

Once the department has received the required prescreen application and support materials, if approved, you will receive an email to set a time for your audition and interview. Prescreen decisions are usually sent out within two weeks of submission.


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

After prescreen approval, auditions will be scheduled as either in-person or virtual. Check out our scheduled audition dates HERE!

    • Two (2) 60-90 second contrasting song pieces AND one (1) 60-90 second contemporary monologue performed live for Theatre TCU faculty and staff.
    • Students may perform the same material featured in their pre-screen or may choose new pieces. We suggest picking whatever material you feel most confident performing.
    • Slate all of your pieces at the top of your audition then perform your selections back-to-back. The proper slate for a song is to share your namethe song title, and the show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your namethe title of the play, and the playwright.
    • Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No singing a cappella.
    • For virtual auditions, your camera should be setup to capture a ¾ shot, which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

Dance Call Requirements:

    • A separate Dance Call will be scheduled for all on-campus Musical Theatre auditions.
    • A dance video submission will be required for all Unified & virtual auditions. Theatre TCU will provide an instructional video ahead of your audition date with a dance combination for you to learn and perform for your submission.

PRESCREEN REQUIREMENTS

Portfolio Review

A digital design & technology portfolio and/or other visual support materials.

Items may include:

    • Drawings, sketches or paintings
    • Theatre design concepts
    • A sample from a stage manager’s book
    • Pictures of models, costumes and realized theatre designs (props, lighting, scenery)
    • Multimedia design project
    • Art in any medium that showcases design and/or artistic ability

Wildcard (optional)

    • 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?”
    • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.

Reference and Support Material

In addition to performance auditions or portfolio requirements, the following items are required to complete your Acceptd profile:

  1. Two letters of reference that speak to character and artistic promise. Letters must include recommender’s contact information.
  2. Complete resume of theatre or artistic work—honors, recognitions, awards, activities, history of theatre employment, etc.
  3. Photograph—professional headshot not required.
  4. One-page personal statement explaining professional aspirations and accomplishments.

Once the department has received the required prescreen application and support materials, if approved, you will receive an email to set a time for your audition and interview. Prescreen decisions are usually sent out within two weeks of submission.


PORTFOLIO REVIEW & INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

After prescreen approval, portfolio reviews and interviews will be scheduled as either in-person or virtual. Check out our scheduled audition dates HERE!

    • Review the materials from your prescreen live with Theatre TCU faculty and staff. Be prepared to discuss and answer questions about your past theatrical and artistic experiences as well as your future aspirations.
    • For virtual portfolio reviews and interviews, it is helpful to have a PowerPoint presentation prepared of your work.

PRESCREEN REQUIREMENTS

Portfolio Review/Audition

BFA Theatre Studies students present a broad interest in theatre and may submit an array of materials that showcase that interest. Items may include one or more of the following:

    • A digital design & technology portfolio and/or other visual support materials. Items may include:
        • drawings, sketches or paintings
        • theatre design concepts
        • a sample from a stage manager’s book
    • Pictures of models, costumes and realized theatre designs (props, lighting, scenery)
    • Director’s concept for a show
    • Excerpt from a play written by the student
    • Excerpt from a written critical response to a piece of theatre
    • One (1), 60-90 second monologue with slate. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright at the beginning of the piece.

Wildcard(optional)

    • 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?”
    • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.

 

Reference and Support Material

In addition to song and/or monologue for performance auditions or portfolio requirements, the following items are required to complete your Acceptd profile:

  1. Two letters of reference that speak to character and artistic promise. Letters must include recommender’s contact information.
  2. Complete resume of theatre work—honors, recognitions, awards, activities, history of theatre employment, etc.
  3. Photograph—professional headshot not required.
  4. One-page personal statement explaining professional aspirations and accomplishments.

Once the department has received the required prescreen application and support materials, if approved, you will receive an email to set a time for your audition and interview. Prescreen decisions are usually sent out within two weeks of submission.


AUDITION/PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIREMENTS

After prescreen approval, auditions will be scheduled as either in-person or virtual. Check out our scheduled audition dates HERE!

    • One (1) 60-90 second monologue performed live for Theatre TCU faculty and staff.
    • You may perform the same material featured in your prescreen or may choose new pieces. We suggest you pick whatever material you feel most confident performing.
    • Slates are to appear at the beginning of your piece. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
    • For virtual auditions, your camera should be setup to capture a ¾ shot, which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

-AND/OR-

    • Review the materials from your prescreen live with Theatre TCU faculty and staff. Be prepared to discuss and answer questions about your past theatrical and artistic experiences as well as your future aspirations.
    • For virtual portfolio reviews and interviews, it is helpful to have a PowerPoint presentation prepared of your work.

 

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