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Department of Theatre
Department of Theatre

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

 

BFA AUDITIONS for ACTORS (including Musical Theatre immersion program) and INTERVIEWS for DESIGNERS 

It is suggested that you apply to MSU prior to audition/interview.

At the auditions you will be considered for specific SCHOLARSHIPS and entrance to the BFA program. In order to receive a scholarship you must have been accepted to MSU by the date outlined on your scholarship notification.

Video submissions or Skype auditions and interviews can be arranged. Please contact theatre@msu.edu for video requirements.


BFA Acting Audition Requirements

The Department of Theatre acting faculty is looking for students who display potential in a professional acting career in theatre and film. The department prepares actors for a life of varying possibilities that include stage, screen and other media outlets. It also prepares students for a life beyond traditional acting work as the department offers innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities different than most traditional acting programs.

For this audition you should prepare a monologue, memorize the lines for the appropriate character from the scene provided below, provide a current resume and prepare for a short informal interview.

The monologue should be from a contemporary published play that can show off the candidate's strengths as an actor. The monologue can be comedic or dramatic. The monologue should be no longer than two minutes in length. The purpose of the monologue is to offer the faculty a chance to examine your prepared and polished work. The faculty may ask you to make some adjustments related to your choices in the piece.

Following the monologue the acting faculty will conduct a short informal interview that will help us get to know you better. The goal is to see if you are the right fit for MSU and us for you. In the interview you may be asked about future goals or the type of work you like to do as well as some information about your resume.

Since we understand that monologues are an artificial acting form we ask that you also prepare the scene provided below. Please memorize the appropriate character's dialogue for the scene and make dynamic choices related to the character's needs in the scene. Pairs will be assigned at the audition. Actors should display their ability to connect with their partner in the scene as well as invention and versatility in both pieces for inclusion into the program. You will be brought in with a group of fellow actors and paired up at random. You will run through the scene one time with your partner and then the acting faculty will offer some adjustments. The point of this exercise is to see your initial choices, your relationship to another onstage and to see how well you take direction.

Click here for BFA Audition Scene - I and You

 

Sign ups for BFA Actor Auditions 2018 will be posted in Fall 2017. Contact theatre@msu.edu with any questions.


BFA Theatre Design Application Procedures

The Department of Theatre design faculty are looking for students who display potential in Theatrical Design.

Applicants for the BFA in Theatre Design will present a portfolio in an interview session.  If you have previous theatre design experience, you will want to include sample designs from these projects - sketches, drafting, renderings, light plot/hook-up, and photos of finished scenery, costumes, lighting, makeup, construction, props or scene painting.

Your portfolio may include examples of freehand drawing, sketches of still life objects, the human figure, animals, portraiture, painting, sculpture, architecture, print, poster and sign design, as well as computer graphic work.  Class projects and photos of production work are also encouraged for submission.

Feel free to choose a format or a mix of formats that is convenient for you - digital files, photos, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, color photocopies, or slides.

Sign Ups for BFA Design Interviews 2018 will be posted in Fall 2017. Contact theatre@msu.edu with any questions.


Musical Theatre Immersion Program: Assessment Audition

The Department of Theatre offers a Musical Theatre Immersion Program (Minor in Musical Theatre), which is a unique program that combines curriculum in acting/singing/dancing with extra-curricular opportunities to work with the ImaGen program. The ImaGen program is devoted to the development of new musicals as well as connecting students with current Broadway professionals in the form of directors, choreographers, playwrights, composers, musical directors and actors. 

For those interested in the Musical Theatre Immersion program, it is suggested that you come to the assessment audition. This audition will give you an opportunity to meet and perform for the musical theatre faculty as well as discuss your overall experience with both music and dance. The audition will be used by the musical theatre faculty to aid in the student's placement in such classes.

For the Musical Theatre Assessment Audition you should prepare one 32-bar song (or no longer than ninety seconds). Please pick the 32 bars that best show off your vocal range, acting and singing type. An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music in a binder for the accompanist. The auditions for musical theatre actors will be held during the same time as the BFA Acting Auditions each year, either before or after your audition slot.

Sign Ups for Musical Theatre Assessment Auditions 2018 will be posted in Fall 2017. Contact theatre@msu.edu with any questions.


FAQ

Who is eligible?
All incoming students as well as current freshman may audition. Transfer students and upperclassmen are also eligible for admittance on a case by case basis.
          
What is so different about the BFA?
The BFA is designed to assist the Theatre student in a more concentrated and focused study of Theatre. Courses will build sequentially allowing for the student to follow a guided track to graduation. The BFA is a sixty (60) credit program which has many of the same University and College of Arts and Letters requirements. Two exceptions are that the BFA student is not required to take foreign language courses or complete a college cognate. The curriculum information is located here: BFA in Theatre
          
What if I don’t make it into the BFA program?
With very few exceptions, most courses are open to the Bachelor of Arts students. Students not selected will be given a list of areas of improvement and may also audition again in the Spring of the next year.
          
If I have two majors, is this program for me?
It is possible to graduate with another major and the BFA, but it may mean extra time at school.
                                                
What kind of a commitment does the BFA require?
This program is designed for the serious and devoted Theatre major. It is expected that the BFA student would become an integral part of the department either by auditioning for shows or assisting in the design, build, or construction process.
          
Would a BFA look better on my resume?
A BFA implies more specific training in your area of choice.
          
Will the BFAs be cast more than a BA in production?
Being on the BFA track does not guarantee a role in any production.

          
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Head of Acting, Rob Roznowski

Head of Design, Alison Dobbins