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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I audition?
How many students will you accept into the program each year?
Is there an advantage to auditioning at an early date?
May entering freshmen audition for the mainstage season?
Do you offer scholarships for incoming freshmen?
Do you offer summer work?
Have your graduates been successful?
Is there showcase support for graduating students?
When will I know if I have been accepted into the program?
If I am not accepted in the B.F.A. program, may I be considered for the B.A. degree program with a major in Theatre and Drama?
Are there any elimination points during the B.F.A. program?
Will I have any academic advising within the B.F.A. program?
What is the format of vocal study in the B.F.A.?
Will there be any production performance guarantees for participants in this program?
Will it be possible to move to the standard BA major in Theatre and Drama or even another major at a later time?
Will I be allowed to do production work outside the department?
How do I contact someone if I have other questions?


How do I audition?
You must first apply for an audition through our prescreening process, then audition in person on campus. Click on the B.F.A. Application tab for details.

How many students do you accept into the program each year?
We will accept between 10 and 15 students each year.

Is there an advantage to auditioning at an early date?
Students will be considered for the program at all three audition dates.

May entering freshmen audition for the mainstage season?
Yes, all students may audition for the mainstage season.

Do you offer scholarships for incoming freshmen?
The Department of Theatre and Drama offers scholarships for established students. There is a small source of talent scholarships for entering freshmen, awarded after auditions.  Enrollment in the campus-wide Merit Scholarship program is automatic when the General Admissions application is filed prior to the Admissions November 1 deadline. Financial aid information is available on the Office of Admissions website.

Do you offer summer work?
The Indiana Festival Theatre produces one musical, one children's show (usually a musical) and two plays in a summer and fall season. In addition, Premiere Musicals: Developing Musical Theatre at Indiana University workshops a new musical culminating in three public performances. We do highly encourage our students to audition for summer work at other theatres.

Have your graduates been successful?
Though there are no guarantees, graduates of the Department of Theatre and Drama have appeared on Broadway, national and international tours, regional theatres from coast to coast and around the world. For example, Nicole Parker played Elphaba in the Broadway production Wicked as well as starred in MadTV; Ben Livingston played Harry Bright in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia; Colin Donnell played Fiyero in the National tour of Wicked and on Broadway, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Encore’s Merrily We Roll Along, Billy in Anything Goes,  as well as co-starring in Violet.

Is there showcase support for graduating students?
The Department takes a group of graduating seniors to New York for a Showcase in March. The showcase is attended by invited theatre representatives, agents and managers and is a by audition course for credit at Indiana University.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the program?
We will notify those accepted no later than two weeks after the final audition in March.

If I am not accepted in the B.F.A. program, may I be considered for the B.A. degree program with a major in Theatre and Drama?
Of course. You should have already applied with the university through the Admissions Office which will notify you of your acceptance. There will be no audition requirement for this program.

Are there elimination points during the B.F.A. program?
You will be expected to follow standard academic levels of progression since the B.F.A. exists within the College of Arts and Sciences. Indiana University academic standards are clarified in the College of Arts and Sciences Online Academic Bulletin. A discussion of progress is given by the Musical Theatre Committee and musical theatre students at the end of each academic year. It is the hope and intent of the Musical Theatre program that, maintaining University standards, all admitted B.F.A. students will retain through completion of the degree.

Will I have any academic advising within the B.F.A. program?
The Head of the Musical Theatre program will serve as your specific program advisor. You will also have general degree advising support from the Department’s Academic Advisor.

What is the format of vocal study in the B.F.A.?
B.F.A. students study with our faculty voice teachers each semester of attendance. There are also combined studio master classes each week. In addition to required auditions for all musical productions in the Department of Theatre and Drama, all B.F.A. students are required membership of a minimum 4 semesters in IU Broadway Cabaret.

Will there be any production performance guarantees for participants in this program?
You will audition for all productions.

Will it be possible to move to the standard B.A. major in Theatre and Drama or even another major at a later time?
Although we do not expect this to happen, changing to another major is clearly possible as long as academic standards are met.

Will I be allowed to do production work outside the Department?
Though you will be expected to give first priority to the main stage musical theatre opportunities of the Department, there are many opportunities for musical theatre experience in independent projects, Indiana Festival Theatre, Premiere Musicals, Union Board Productions, The Jacobs School of Music, and in the community.

How do I contact someone if I have other questions?
You can email the B.F.A. program at BFAaud@indiana.edu. You can also call Scott Jones at 812-856-4024. The phone line is open Tuesday through Friday 1:30-5 PM Eastern time. After hours please leave a message.

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