Prospective Student Auditions

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BFA 2018 Audition/Interview and 2018 New Talent Scholarship Dates & Requirements

All candidates completing on-site auditions will be considered for Talent Scholarships, as warranted.

For Duluth dates, candidates will also be provided a tour of the UMD theatre facility.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
University of Minnesota Duluth, Marshall Performing Arts Center

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, Minnesota

Saturday, August 11, 2018
 (tentative)
University of Minnesota Duluth: Details to be determined, if necessary.

Before the audition: 

We ask that all students schedule their audition/interview times through Acceptd, which charges $10 for this service. If you wish, for an additional fee, you may also upload your audition/portfolio materials there (e.g., headshot resume, audition videos, portfolio materials). Although doing so is not required, it’s an excellent way for UMD faculty to become familiar with your work before your actual on-site audition/interview. [Not applicable for August audition]

Schedule your audition via Acceptd -- https://getacceptd.com. [Not applicable for August audition]

BFA Audition/Interview Requirements

Musical Theatre

  • Perform one 60-second monologue from a published play. Something contemporary and realistic is strongly recommended.
  • Sing two selections: Two contrasting vocal selections (no longer than one minute each) -- One ballad, one uptempo. If you plan to use our accompanist, you must bring sheet music in the correct key. If you plan to sing with a track, you must bring the pre-recorded accompaniment on an MP3 player. We will provide speakers and an auxiliary plug for your device.

SAMPLE MORNING SCHEDULE (student will choose either morning or afternoon):
  • 9:00-12:00 Open Call -- 10-minute timeslots for prepared monologue and vocal selections, as well as an interview with the faculty where you will learn more about them, and they will learn more about you

  • 12:00-1:30 Movement and Dance Call in Room A

  • 12:00-1:30 Some students will also be asked to spend time in an Acting Faculty Workshop in Room B -- Work with faculty on your monologue and/or song(s); show faculty that you can make adjustments and take direction.

SAMPLE AFTERNOON SCHEDULE (student will choose either morning or afternoon):
  • 2:00-4:00 Open Call -- 10-minute timeslots for prepared monologue and vocal selections, as well as an interview with the faculty where you will learn more about them, and they will learn more about you

  • 4:00-6:00 Movement and Dance Call in Room A

  • 4:00-6:00 Some students will also be asked to spend time in an Acting Faculty Workshop in Room B -- Work with faculty on your monologue and/or song(s); show faculty that you can make adjustments and take direction.

What to bring:
  • A copy of your resume detailing your production and theatre experience
  • A copy of your sheet music, clearly marked and in the correct key (preferably in a 3-ring binder)
  • A headshot, if you have one
  • Appropriate audition attire
  • For the Movement portion, please bring jazz or character shoes if you have them. If not, bring sneakers
  • For the Dance Call, you will have time to change into dance attire

Acting

  • Perform two contrasting monologues, the total of which should be no longer than 2 minutes. Something contemporary and realistic is strongly recommended. If preferred, the second monologue may come from classical literature.

SAMPLE MORNING SCHEDULE (student will choose either morning or afternoon):

  • 9:00-12:00 Open Call -- 10-minute timeslots for prepared monologue and vocal selections, as well as an interview with the faculty where you will learn more about them, and they will learn more about you

  • 12:00-1:30 Movement Call in Room A

  • 12:00-1:30 Some students will also be asked to spend time in an Acting Faculty Workshop in Room B -- Work with faculty on your monologue and/or song(s); show faculty that you can make adjustments and take direction.

SAMPLE AFTERNOON SCHEDULE (student will choose either morning or afternoon):

  • 2:00-4:00 Open Call -- 10-minute timeslots for prepared monologue and vocal selections, as well as an interview with the faculty where you will learn more about them, and they will learn more about you

  • 4:00-6:00 Movement Call in Room A

  • 4:00-6:00 Some students will also be asked to spend time in an Acting Faculty Workshop in Room B -- Work with faculty on your monologue and/or song(s); show faculty that you can make adjustments and take direction.

What to bring:

  • A copy of your resume detailing your production and theatre experience
  • A headshot, if you have one
  • Appropriate audition attire
  • For the Movement portion, please bring jazz or character shoes if you have them. If not, bring sneakers
Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Technical Theatre Interview Requirements
  • 1:30-4:00 p.m.: Interviewees will meet with Design & Production faculty for a 15-30 minute interview, which provides an opportunity for faculty to learn the prospective student's background, educational goals and their potential for success in the BFA program.

For the interview, interviewees must provide the following:

  • A one-page resume with photo, listing previous theatrical experience

  • Two letters of references from teachers, employers, and/or theatre professionals

  • Examples of work to be presented at the interview, including sketches, renderings, art projects, drafting, production photos or anything that demonstrates design and/or technical abilities.

Interviewees may choose to assemble their work in a physical or digital portfolio format, but any organized collection of materials is acceptable. All materials will be returned at the end of the interview session.

Stage Management Interview Requirements
  • 1:30-4:00 p.m.: Interviewees will meet with Design & Production faculty for a 15-30 minute interview, which provides an opportunity for faculty to learn the prospective student's background, educational goals and their potential for success in the BFA program.

For the interview, interviewees must provide the following:

  • A one-page resume with photo, listing previous theatrical experience

  • Two letters of references from teachers, employers, and/or theatre professionals

  • Examples of their work to be presented at the interview, including sample production books, production photos, rehearsal scripts, performance scripts or anything that demonstrates organizational and/or management abilities.

Interviewees may choose to assemble their work in a physical or digital portfolio format, but any organized collection of materials is acceptable. All materials will be returned at the end of the interview session.