Musical Theatre Program Audition Information
2020/21 Auditions: 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 1270 or higher 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)
- written personal introduction*
- two letters of recommendation
Please note - Letters you send to Undergraduate Admissions are not shared with us.
For Callback Information/Dates, click here.
Prescreen Video Information:
Fall 2021 Admission Deadline: November 1, 2020
All notifications will be sent between November 4- December 4.
Texas State University is a participant in the 2020-2021 Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen.
OVERALL: Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, 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.
The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
- One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
- 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)
- Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
Students may prepare either of the following song options:
One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
- Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) and contrast in style.
Students should prepare one, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play.
- Monologues must be from a published play.
- Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
- Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (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).
- One, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. 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.
- The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
All dance media should be filmed in a “full-body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
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 as to see themselves as they execute choreography.
DANCE OPTION- REQUIRED
30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable.
No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
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.
BALLET OPTION- OPTIONAL
Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.
Execute a brief series of plié, tendu and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor.
WILD CARD - REQUIRED
- 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?”.
Our written introduction gives us the opportunity to get to know you, but it also is an opportunity to see if 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. We put a great deal of weight on the written introduction. In fact, it is the first thing we look at in an applicant’s profile. Please adhere to the requirements for the essay and answer all the questions listed below:
Requirements for Essay
- Your name must appear in the upper right corner of every page
- Line spacing must be double-spaced
- 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
- All pages must be numbered
- Essay length is 1,000 words or less
- Font: Times New Roman, size 14
- File submitted must be a PDF
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
Please note: you are required to provide two letters of recommendation. You may upload this documentation via Acceptd or have these materials sent directly to the University at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your first and last name must be included in the subject line of the email.