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Prospective Student Auditions

Department of Theatre

Theatre BFA Audition, Interview & Scholarship Information

Students admitted for a spring-semester start should contact the audition coordinator (tisbell@d.umn.edu) to make individual audition/interview arrangements.

Audition Information

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

August 2020 Audition
Because of COVID-19, our August auditions for the Fall 2020 semester will be virtual. Please upload audition materials (resume, audition) to our Acceptd page by clicking on the "supplemental materials" button while creating your profile. The requirements are listed below. The Faculty will conduct Zoom interviews with prospective students the second week of August. Please upload your audition materials at any time, but no later than August 1.


Auditions for Fall 2021 semester:

February 2021 | University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
Performance Auditions and Design/Production Portfolio Reviews and B.A. Scholarship Only Interviews (B.A.s not wishing to compete for scholarships need not attend.)
Marshall Performing Arts Center
UMD Campus
1215 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 
Audition sign up cut off date: TBD

March 2021 | Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Performance Auditions and Design/Production Portfolio Reviews and B.A. Scholarship Only Interviews (B.A.s not wishing to compete for scholarships need not attend.)
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 7th St.
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Audition sign up cut off date: TBD

Acceptd Information 

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.

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.

If in-person: All musical theatre auditioners will participate in a dance call during which you will learn two short combinations. The whole group will learn them together, and then dance them in smaller groups. One will be ballet-based, to see a sense of where that particular technical foundation is at. The second will be a musical theatre dance combo. There will also be an opportunity to improvise, for those who feel more comfortable generating their own movement. We are interested in seeing how you pick up movement, but also performance quality and your individual movement personality. Please wear clothing that allows a full range of motion and is form-fitting enough so the lines of the body can be seen clearly. Flat jazz shoes, sneakers, or character heels are fine.
 
If submitting materials online: Written (only needed If it is not already on your resumé): Please upload a document with a description of your dance experience up to this point, whatever that has been (dancing in shows, formal training at a studio, school dance team/group, etc.). 
 
Video: Please submit between 30-60 seconds of a full-body shot of you dancing in what you consider your ‘home base’ form, what you feel most comfortable in and feel best shows your performance quality and movement skills. This can be something formally choreographed by you or someone else (please just credit the choreographer) or it can be improvised. The footage can be filmed informally on your phone, or can come from a rehearsal, class, or performance if you are the soloist and/or you can be clearly seen in the video if it is a group (i.e. you as one ensemble member out of 20 in a wide shot does not work).
 
If you do not have choreography available to you and do not feel comfortable generating your own, please contact Rebecca Katz Harwood via email at rkatzhar@d.umn.edu and videos of specific exercises to learn will be made available for you to learn and record.

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.

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
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
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.