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BFA Application

Applications for 2016-17 auditions are now open.

All students are admitted into the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre by prescreening and audition. Application for admittance into Indiana University is separate from the audition. Students applying for the B.F.A. should submit an application to the University Admissions Office concurrently with the application to the B.F.A. Program in Musical Theatre. While acceptance into the B.F.A. ultimately depends on University admission, auditions may occur while admission is still pending. When prompted to declare a major for the General Admissions application please enter Musical Theatre from the list of majors. Be sure to submit the General Admissions application by November 1 for merit scholarship consideration.

Audition Location: Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 North Jordan Avenue (on the corner of Seventh Street and Jordan Avenue). Indiana University does not attend Regional auditions.

Audition dates for Fall 2017 entrance to Indiana University are:
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday, February 4, 2017
or Saturday, February 18, 2017. 

Early application is helpful in the audition process.  You can direct questions to Liza Gennaro, Head of Musical Theatre at lgennaro@indiana.edu.

The phone line is open Tuesday through Friday 1:30-5:00 PM Eastern time. In order to receive a return call, please leave a voicemail if there is no answer or off hours.

Step One: Prescreening Audition online

To be invited to an audition day, you must first submit a prescreening audition through acceptd.com linked here:
https://app.getacceptd.com/iutheatre acceptd.com

Please open an Acceptd account and apply following the instructions on acceptd.com. Your application will include a headshot photograph and resume, high school transcript, a one page personal statement and the prescreen video.
Picture and resume: Your picture should look like you and reflect your personality. Studio quality portraits are not necessary. Your resume should list all performance experience and related experience. Your resume should also indicate other extracurricular activities as well as honors and awards in any area.
High School Transcript: Transcripts must be sent to both acceptd.com AND to the Indiana University Admissions Office. Please include with your transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores. Letters of recommendation are not necessary.
Personal Statement: Please compose a one page essay stating the reasons why you desire a career in musical theatre. Good composition and grammar are important, but also allow your writing style to reflect who you are. The personal statement should include a description of a favorite performance experience. Describe how it inspired you and enhanced your understanding of performance technique and musical theatre.
Prescreen Audition: The video audition does NOT need to be studio quality. Asking a teacher or a friend to tape your audition with a home camera is more than sufficient. Video shot should be 3/4 view or full body. Close up not recommended, as we have your headshot.
The audition video introduction should be 60 seconds in length and not a repeat of the personal statement essay. Introduce your self, your performance titles and briefly state why Musical Theatre. Your taped audition should include 2 contrasting songs and 1 contemporary monologue. The songs should be between 16 and 32 measures each. You may use piano or recorded accompaniment, a cappella is not allowed. Audition video vocals should not use microphones, reverb, autotune or other forms of electronic enhancement. Choose material that best demonstrates your vocal and acting ability. Treat the song as a monologue with a strong sense of action. The monologue should be from a contemporary play and not exceed 60 seconds. The audition with both songs and monologue should not exceed three minutes not including your introduction. The pre-screen and on-campus audition material may be the same or different, there is no preference. Optional dance video should show examples of lyric jazz and/or ballet, musical theatre or contemporary dance and/or tap, original choreography or samples. Please do not include basic barre or musical performance / concert clips.

If you for some reason need to send anything by postal mail our address is:
B.F.A. Musical Theatre Audition
Department of Theatre and Drama
275 N. Jordan Bloomington, IN 47405-1101

Remember your 2016-17 priority deadline for the submission of the Audition Prescreen for the November 5 audition date is October 5, 2016 and for February audition dates is December 5, 2016. The final date of prescreen submission for the 2016-17 auditions is January 5, 2017. Notification of audition invitation will be emailed no more than 2 weeks after the deadline dates. Thank you for your submission!

Step Two: be sure to complete your General Admissions Application to Indiana University by November 1, 2016 to be considered for merit scholarships

Step Three: Audition Day

Audition Day Activities:
The audition day is both morning and afternoon. Specific audition times will be sent with an audition invitation.

Check in will take place at 9:00 AM in the R. Keith Michael Lobby of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.

Dance class (1 hour)
Acting class (1 hour)
4-minute individual audition

Meeting with Professor George Pinney
Building Tour
Discussion of program requirements and opportunities
Reconnect with students following individual auditions

Prospective students will begin the day with a dance class to warm up the mind and body as well as demonstrate proficiency and potential. (Please wear comfortable stretch clothing. There will be opportunity to change for the afternoon auditions.) An acting class will follow in which basic ensemble work and improvisation will be explored. After lunch, individual auditions will commence.

Please prepare two contrasting songs of 16 to 32 measures each. Material should be chosen that best demonstrates vocal and acting ability. Treat the song as a monologue with a strong sense of character, wants, and desires. Who are you singing to; why and what do you hope to achieve? Your music should be clearly marked and in the correct key for the accompanist (provided). We prefer you sing with a piano. CD, cassette tape, or a cappella is not allowed. In addition, prepare one 60-second monologue from any American play. Please limit the total time of songs and monologue to 3 minutes. Please bring your sheet music to the audition in a loose leaf binder, for ease of the accompanist.

You are free to leave after the individual auditions.

During the acting and dance classes, there will be a meeting for parents to answer any questions about the program and a tour of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.