College of Communication and Fine Arts Department of Theatre & Dance
Audition Process - Fall 2014

Application Process 

Note: All students planning to begin study in Fall of 2014 or later should follow these instructions.  Students wishing to begin study BEFORE 2014 should click here.

Admission to the BFA in theatre at the University of Memphis is a two step process.  Students should apply first to the University of Memphis and then separately to the Department of Theatre & Dance.  Current Memphis students wishing to transfer into, or add the BFA program need only complete the departmental application.  Current BFA students wishing to change their program/concentration need only complete the departmental application.  Acceptance to any of our programs is contingent upon successful acceptance to the University of Memphis.  When applying to the department students should choose between three areas of study:

All programs require either an entrance audition and/or interview.  Students are automatically considered for all scholarship opportunities as part of their application and audition/interview provided they complete the in-person or recorded audition/interview by the last scholarship date (March 22, 2014 for students beginning Fall 2014).  The 2014 on-campus audition/interview dates are:

  • Saturday, March 22 2014
  • Saturday, February 22 2014
  • Friday, April 25 2014 (FOR ENTRANCE CONSIDERATION ONLY, NOT SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION)

2014 Regional auditions/interviews may be completed at the following festivals:

  • South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) - March 5-9, 2014 - Mobile, AL
  • Tennessee Thespian Festival
  • Arkansas Thespian Festival

Online recorded auditions are accepted for students living more the 150 miles from Memphis.

Performance (acting) BFA

1. All students should apply to the University of Memphis.  Admission to the department of Theatre & Dance is contingent upon successful admission to the University and generally we do not make a final decision on a student's application until they have been accepted to the University.  Therefore, we encourage students to apply as early as possible.  The online application can be found HERE.

2. Apply to the Department of Theatre & Dance.  As part of the application you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your history as a theatrical artist.  In order to successfully complete the application you should be ready to:

  • Provide biographical information about yourself and your family
  • Provide information about your academic background include GPA and test scores
  • Provide contact information including email for at least one reference who will be willing to submit a recommendation on your behalf
  • Upload a resume including any past work in theatre
  • Upload a short essay on your general background, theatrical interests and hopes, and why you are interest in study within the Department of Theatre & Dance.
  • The application is due no later than one week before your chosen audition date.

START THE APPLICATION HERE

3. Entrance to the performance program is by audition only.  As part of the department application, you will have to make an appointment for one of our on-campus audition dates.  Auditions for Fall semester 2014 are:

  • Saturday, March 22 2014
  • Saturday, February 22 2014
  • Friday, April 25 2014 (FOR ENTRANCE CONSIDERATION ONLY, NOT SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION)

On your audition day, you will participate in group improvisation exercises as well as present a monologue.  In person auditions are required for all students who live within a 150 mile radius of Memphis.  Students who are unable to travel to campus may upload material including at least one monologue as part of their application.  In 2014 students may complete their audition regionally by participating in the Undergraduate College auditions at the following festivals:

  • South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) - March 5-9, 2014 - Mobile, AL
  • Tennessee Thespian Festival
  • Arkansas Thespian Festival

You will be prompted to select the site you wish to audition at as part of the application.

Those auditioning on campus need only present one monologue of at least 45 seconds in length. If you'd like, you can also present contrasting monologues of no longer than two minutes in total length between the two pieces.  Generally students who are successful in receiving scholarships from Theatre & Dance present two contrasting pieces.

You will also be given a tour of our department's facilities (various theatre spaces, rehearsal halls, etc.) and will have an opportunity to take a campus tour.  Additionally, you will meet with current students and professors, who will lead the tours and answer any questions about our program and the university.

4. Students can expect to hear about their application status approximately two weeks after their audition has been completed.  Scholarship decisions are generally made during the first week of April.  All students are automatically considered for scholarships provided they complete their in-person (or online) audition by March 22nd.

  Design and Technical Production BFA

1. All students should apply to the University of Memphis.  Admission to the department of Theatre & Dance is contingent upon successful admission to the University and generally we do not make a final decision on a student's application until they have been accepted to the University.  Therefore, we encourage students to apply as early as possible.  The online application can be found HERE.

2. Apply to the Department of Theatre & Dance.  As part of the application you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your history as a theatrical artist.  In order to successfully complete the application you should be ready to:

  • Provide biographical information about yourself and your family
  • Provide information about your academic background include GPA and test scores
  • Provide contact information including email for at least one reference who will be willing to submit a recommendation on your behalf
  • Upload a resume including any past work in theatre
  • Upload a short essay on your general background, theatrical interests and hopes, and why you are interest in study within the Department of Theatre & Dance.
  • The application is due no later than one week before your chosen interview date.

START THE APPLICATION HERE

3. As part of the department application, you will have to make an appointment for one of our on-campus interview dates.  Interviews for Fall semester 2014 are:

  • Saturday, March 22 2014
  • Saturday, February 22 2014
  • Friday, April 25 2014 (FOR ENTRANCE CONSIDERATION ONLY, NOT SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION)

On your interview day you will be interviewed by one of our faculty in the Design and Technical areas.  Although not required, if you have a design portfolio you should bring it to your interview and expect to speak about any material that you bring.  Students who are unable to travel to campus may upload any portfolio material as part of their application and may be asked to complete a phone interview.  Alternatively you may choose to audition at a regional site.  In 2014 students may complete their interview regionally by participating in the Undergraduate College interviews at the following festivals:

  • South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) - March 5-9, 2014 - Mobile, AL
  • Tennessee Thespian Festival
  • Arkansas Thespian Festival

You will be prompted to select the site you wish to audition at as part of the application.

You will also be given a tour of our department's facilities (various theatre spaces, rehearsal halls, etc.) and will have an opportunity to take a campus tour.  Additionally, you will meet with current students and professors, who will lead the tours and answer any questions about our program and the university.

4. Students can expect to hear about their application status approximately two weeks after their interview has been completed.  Scholarship decisions are generally made during the first week of April.  All students are automatically considered for scholarships provided they complete their in-person (or phone) interview by March 22nd.


  Musical Theatre BFA

1. All students should apply to the University of Memphis.  Admission to the department of Theatre & Dance is contingent upon successful admission to the University and generally we do not make a final decision on a student's application until they have been accepted to the University.  Therefore, we encourage students to apply as early as possible.  The online application can be found HERE.

2. Apply to the Department of Theatre & Dance.  As part of the application you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your history as a theatrical artist.  In order to successfully complete the application you should be ready to:

  • Provide biographical information about yourself and your family
  • Provide information about your academic background include GPA and test scores
  • Provide contact information including email for at least one reference who will be willing to submit a recommendation on your behalf
  • Upload a resume including any past work in theatre
  • Upload a short essay on your general background, theatrical interests and hopes, and why you are interest in study within the Department of Theatre & Dance.
  • The application is due no later than one week before your chosen audition date.

START THE APPLICATION HERE

3. As part of the department application, you will have to make an appointment for one of our on-campus audition dates.  Auditions for Fall semester 2014 are:

  • Saturday, March 22 2014
  • Saturday, February 22 2014

In person auditions are required for all students who live within a 150 mile radius of Memphis.  Students who are unable to travel to campus may upload material that best simulates the on-campus audition as part of the application process or participate in one of our regional auditions.  In 2014 students may complete their audition regionally by participating in the Undergraduate College auditions at the following festivals:

  • South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) - March 5-9, 2014 - Mobile, AL
  • Tennessee Thespian Festival
  • Arkansas Thespian Festival

You will be prompted to select the site you wish to audition at as part of the application.

The Musical Theatre audition is comprehensive and evaluates students' abilities in singing, acting, and dance.  Space in the program is limited and will be given to students who best exhibit potential for development in the field based on the audition.  For the audition students should prepare:

  • One short monologue from a play not to exceed 2 minutes.  The monologue must be memorized and should be performed in the context of the entire play. The emphasis is on simple reality.  Though not required, students may bring additional monologues to the audition, which may be seen at the discretion of the faculty.
  • One song from the standard musical theatre repertoire.  The song must be memorized and should be performed in the context of the entire show.  An accompanist will be provided.  Students may bring their own accompanist but no recorded accompaniment will be permitted and students may not sing a cappella. Though not required, students may bring additional songs to the audition, which may be seen at the discretion of the faculty.  Students may also be asked to do some short pitch-matching exercises.
  • A dance audition will be required which will consist of a short dance class at the conclusion of which a musical theatre combination will be taught and performed for the faculty in small groups.

Suggestions for the audition:

  • Choose monologues that are appropriate for your age and experience.  Be able to discuss the play as a whole.  It's best to select monologues from plays, as opposed to special material written for monologue books. Avoid historic styles, such as Shakespeare, and verse or poetry.  Avoid dialects.  Use good judgment in selecting the monologues, avoiding pieces that may be inappropriate because of language or situation.
  • Choose songs with which you can communicate a specific situation in a clear context with an objective (goal).  Make the situation as honest and specific as possible. Select material that is suitable for your age and experience. Choose songs that fit comfortably within your range.  If you are using a transposition of a song, be sure that you have correctly printed the melody, lyrics and accompaniment in the new key. Your music should be in a binder, or taped without page turns.
  • Though it isn't possible to prepare specifically for the dance audition, applicants generally have better success if they either have dance training or have danced to various degrees in productions.  While the performance of the musical theatre combination is important equal emphasis is given to the class section of the audition.  Students who seem readily trainable in movement will be most successful in the audition.

4. Students can expect to hear about their application status approximately two weeks after their audition has been completed.  Scholarship decisions are generally made during the first week of April.  All students are automatically considered for scholarships provided they complete their in-person (or online) audition by March 22nd.

*Note: The department of Theatre & Dance application is hosted online by Decision Desk, a third party company.  Decision desk charges $15 per application to complete the online application.  Applying online allows the faculty to review your application in the most timely fashion, and is the easiest and fastest way to apply to the Department of Theatre & Dance.  If you do not wish to apply online please use the following link to request more information about other options.

 

Department Application

 

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