HOW TO APPLY
STEP ONE: Apply to the university through Undergraduate Admissions. Declare your major as “Pre-Theatre.”
We recommend that you apply to the Musical Theatre Program within a week of submitting your application to the university. You must have completed your application to the university BEFORE we can schedule a callback.
We request you also apply to the Honors College upon acceptance into the university if you meet the following criteria:
- Top 10 percent of your high school graduating class, or
- A composite score of 27 on the ACT, or
- A composite score of 1180 on SAT (math and critical reading scores added) Visit the Honor's College for more information.
STEP TWO: Apply to the Musical Theatre Program
- application fee
- headshot and resume
- desired callback date and location
- acting/singing and dance video pre-screen (see details below)
- personal introduction*
- two letters of recommendation
Please note - Letters you send to Undergraduate Admissions are not shared with us.
Prescreen Video Information:
Fall 2019 Admission Deadline: December 1, 2019
Pre-Screen Video Requirements and Guidelines
- Slate your name and pieces you are performing at the beginning of your first song submission
- Please record your videos from the waist up close enough so we can see your face but wide enough that we can see your physical interpretation of the song/monologue
- Record each video individually and label them as "song 1," "song 2," "mono," "dance sample 1," ("dance sample 2" if you are including more than one).
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- DO NOT sing a cappella. Use either pre-recorded tracks or a live accompanist.
- Prepare two contrasting songs - one traditional musical theatre (pre-1980) and one contemporary (1980-present). Each song must be no longer than 32 bars.
- Feel free to prepare a 16-bar pop or rock song of your choice as an additional song submission. This is optional.
- If it is more important to you, sing music you love than adhere to the guidelines. Sing songs you feel best represents your talent, especially on your pre-screen.
- Prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue.
- The selection should be age appropriate and in contemporary realism.
- The selection should not require dialect, costume, or props.
- If you receive a callback you will be required to do a second contrasting monologue.
Your audition materials should include a good quality video that shows your technique in jazz or ballet OR a musical theatre dance combo from your repertoire. If you are an experienced tap dancer, feel free to include an additional dance video in addition to your ballet/jazz video.
You may also include a previous dance performance (as long as your technique is clearly visible), a one-minute combination, OR a simple demonstration of your dance skills. Multiple clips are accepted if needed to show your range of dance/movement ability.
- If you show JAZZ, you must demonstrate any or all of the following: triplets, jazz square, isolations, leaps, jumps, battements and/or turns.
- If you show us BALLET, you must demonstrate any of all of the following: pirouettes, jete, pas de bourree, waltz, pique turn, battements, and/or fouettes.
- If you show TAP, you must demonstrate any or all of the following: shuffles, flaps, buffalo, Irish, maxi-ford, time-steps, waltz, clog, riffs and/or drawbacks.
IMPORTANT: If you send a TAP sample, you MUST ALSO include a ballet or jazz sample.
Personal Introduction* Guidelines
We put a great deal of weight on the written introduction. It is the first thing we look at in an applicant’s profile. Your written introduction helps us get to know you. It also tells us whether you take direction and actually answer the questions asked (you’d be surprised how many people don’t!). So much of what we do as artists is in the details, and the care with which you approach the requirements of this essay is essential to your success. Please adhere to the requirements for the essay and answer all questions listed below:
Questions to Answer
- What do you feel is special and unique about you?
- What do you feel your strengths and weaknesses are as a person and as an artist?
- What are your other interests and hobbies not related to theatre?
- What are your artistic interests outside of performing in musicals? (Writing, directing, composing music, plays, film, TV, etc.)
Formatting Your Essay
You are applying to come to a university, where academics matter. Your ability to format essays properly is critical to your success. Please pay careful attention to each of the following points.
- Put your name in the upper right corner of every page.
- Double-space your essay.
- Margins need to be the “normal” setting of one inch (1”) at the top, bottom, left, and right.
- Indent the first line of each paragraph.
- Number all your pages, except for the first one.
- Essay length is 1,000 words maximum
- Font: Times New Roman, size 14
- Submit your file as a PDF.
We are looking for 12 to 14 unique artists for the Musical Theatre BFA Program who know themselves and will benefit the most from what our program has to offer. Here’s how to make your essay shine:
- Be honest.
- Don't feel you need to impress us or, conversely, be overly humble.
- Don't waste time trying to figure out what you think we want to hear.
You will be notified of your Get Acceptd profile if you have received a callback. Please check your Get Acceptd profile frequently and make sure your email address is current.
On-Campus Callback Dates:
January 26 or 27, 2019
On-Campus Callbacks Applicants should be available to attend a master class on the evening of January 26, even if their audition day is the 27.
February 16 or 17, 2019
On-Campus Callbacks Applicants should be available to attend a master class on the evening of February 16, even if their audition day is the 17.
Off-Campus Callback Dates:
January 18-19, 2019 New York Unified
February 3-6, 2019 Chicago Unified Auditions
Please be aware that you will be required to attend the program overview with faculty and dance call.
9 - 10:20 a.m. Program overview
10:30 a.m. – Noon Learn dance combination
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. You will be placed into smaller dance groups to dance the combo.
We are committed to having the top talent in the country in our program, therefore, we offer out-of-state students scholarship money that qualifies them for in-state tuition. The result is students in our program pay a fraction of what the other top programs demand, whether they live in Texas or Tennessee, Dallas or Delaware, Pennsylvania or the Panhandle. As an out-of-state student, you need not apply for this particular scholarship as you are automatically considered for it. There are additional merit and need-based scholarship opportunities from the Department of Theatre and Dance for in and out-of-state students. These scholarships require an application that should be submitted with your initial application. Download the application to apply.
Visit Financial Aid for academic-based scholarships.
Should you be a financial need-based student and you meet the qualifications for a Terry Scholarship, we strongly suggest you apply for this scholarship opportunity. Terry Foundation Application Deadline is usually in December. For more information please visit the Terry Foundation Scholarship page.
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