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BFA Application

2014 Audition dates are now closed.  Applications for 2015 auditions open in May 2014.

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 Theatre and Drama 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.

Step One: Contact Information

Download the contact information form and email it to BFAaud@indiana.edu. Please be sure to indicate your preferred day of audition with second and third choices. We will do everything possible to accommodate your choice. Audition dates for 2014 are February 1, 15 and March 1. Early application is helpful in this process. You can direct questions to that email address or 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.

Step Two: Prescreening Audition Packet (Please do not skip Step One!)

To be invited to an audition day, you must first submit a prescreening audition packet. The audition packet must include the application/check list form, a picture with attached resume, high school transcript, DVD or VHS Tape audition, and one page personal statement.

Application/check list: You must print out and complete the checklist, which can be downloaded here. Please include this completed checklist with your audition packet. Remember to reconfirm your preference of audition date indicated on your original contact information sheet.

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: The transcript does not need to be official to ease sending. We will compare this transcript with the one sent to the university upon invitation to an audition day. Letters of recommendation are not necessary.

DVD or VHS Tape 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. Start the audition tape with an introduction including your name, titles of your pieces, and a short statement of why your want to pursue a career in the performing arts. 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 capella is not allowed. 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.

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.

Please send your audition packet to the following address. All audition packets become the property of the Department of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University and may not be returned.

BFA Musical Theatre Audition
Department of Theatre and Drama
275 N. Jordan Bloomington, IN 47405-1101

Remember your 2014 priority deadline is December 6, 2013 for submission of the Audition Packet. Notification of acceptance or denial of an invitation to campus will be sent by December 20 for applications received by December 6. The last date of packet submission for the 2014 auditions is January 6, 2014. Notification will be sent by January 10 for applications received between December 6 and January 6. Thank you for your submission!

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 9:30 AM in the Michael Lobby of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.

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

Parents:
Meeting with Professor George Pinney
Building Tour
Discussion of program requirements and opportunities
Break
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.

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.