Admission & Audition Procedures

Admission to the Department

 

Students interested in any of the Department of Theatre and Dance's degree programs must be accepted to Fredonia through the general College Admissions processOnce accepted to the University, students wishing to declare the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Arts may do so without an audition.  Students seeking admission to any of the Department's pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) programs must also audition or present a portfolio review in the year prior to entering Fredonia.  Audition requirements for each of the B.F.A. programs are listed below.  While prospective students may audition and/or interview for the B.F.A. programs at any time during their application process, no student will be admitted to a B.F.A. program until they have been academically accepted by the University.

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Audition Requirements

*These requirements pertain to on-campus auditions only. Students seeking admission to the B.F.A. programs in Acting and Musical Theatre must complete a required pre-screening process before scheduling an on-campus audition.
Please see our Application & Audition Process page for pre-screening instructions or to register for BFA Dance or BFA Theatrical Production and Design auditions.

BFA Acting

The audition for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting consists of the performance of two memorized, one-minute monologues.  These should be contrasting pieces from modern/contemporary dramatic literature and should relate to the individual's own age and life experiences.

Students should also bring a headshot, a resume of previous experience in theatre, and two letters of recommendation from teachers, employment supervisors, or theatre professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

BFA Dance

Auditions for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance are held in the Merrins Dance Theatre (258 Rockefeller Arts Center) from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Students should arrive by 8:30 am to sign in for the audition and to warm up.  The audition class begins at 9:00 am.  Class will include:

-Ballet barre and enchainements

-Modern traveling phrases

-Jazz phrase

Students must also present a 90-second solo in the style of their choice.  Solos will be presented immediately after the class portion of the audition.

Students should bring ballet and jazz shoes with them, and must also be prepared to dance in bare feet.  Dancers must also bring to their audition a 3 x 5 photograph of themselves in leotard and tights (this does not need to be professionally shot), a resume of all previous dance experience, and two letters of recommendation from teachers, employment supervisors, or dance professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

The BFA Dance audition will also include a campus tour, and a Q & A session with the dance faculty and current students. Parents & guardians are encouraged to participate in the campus tour and the Question & Answer session.

Video Auditions:  Students residing more than 200 miles from the Fredonia campus may audition through video submission.  To arrange a video audition, please fill out the audition request form and indicate your intent to submit a video audition.  Once your request is processed, specific criteria for video submissions will be emailed to the address provided in the audition request form.

BFA Musical Theatre

Students auditioning for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre must prepare a solo performance of:

-Two memorized songs which demonstrate the voice at its most comfortable and flexible sound.  Songs should be selections from operatic and/or musical theatre repertoire, and should not be more than 4 minutes combined.

-Two memorized, one-minute monologuesThese should be contrasting pieces from modern/contemporary dramatic literature and should relate to the individual's own age and life experiences.

The audition will also include a group dance audition held in the Merrins Dance Theatre (258 Rockefeller Arts Center) from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, sight reading at the piano, and The Aural and Notational Skills Test. A campus tour and a Q & A session with members of the theatre faculty and current students will round out the day.  Parents & guardians are encouraged to participate in the campus tour and the Question & Answer session.

Students should bring a headshot, a resume of previous experience in theatre, and two letters of recommendation, from teachers, employment supervisors, or theatre professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

BFA Theatrical Production and Design

Portfolio reviews for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Production and Design require a thirty-minute interview with the Production Design faculty.  This is an opportunity for the faculty to gain insight into the prospective students' background, educational goals, and specific interests in the area of Theatrical Production and Design.

Students must bring the following materials to their portfolio review:

-A resume detailing any previous theatrical experience

-Two letters of recommendation from teachers, employment supervisors, or theatre professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

-Examples of their work to show at the interview.  This may include sketches, renderings, art projects, drafting, photographs of production work, or anything that demonstrates design and/or technological abilities.  Students may choose to present these materials in portfolio format, but an organized collection of materials is acceptable.  Any submitted materials will be returned at the end of the interview session.

Information for International Students

International Students interested in the BFA performance programs, and for whom travel to Fredonia for an on-campus audition is impossible may submit an audition via DVD (must be Zone 1) or digital media.  Audition requirements for each program are listed below. Students choosing to apply through video should take extra care to ensure that their recording is of the highest possible quality, particularly in terms of sound recording.  The higher the quality of the video, the easier the decision process will be on the faculty who are assessing your audition.  Please submit any DVD materials to the Department at the address listed at the bottom of this page.  If you choose to submit an online recorded audition, please use either YouTube or Vimeo, and supply us with the link using the email address theatre.dance@fredonia.edu.  Please be sure to set your audition materials to "Private" status so that access to your audition is limited to those who have the link.

BFA Acting

The audition for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting consists of the performance of two memorized, one-minute monologues.  These should be contrasting pieces from modern/contemporary dramatic literature and should relate to the individual's own age and life experiences.

Students should also submit a headshot, a resume of previous experience in theatre, and two letters of recommendation from teachers, employment supervisors, or theatre professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

BFA Dance

Video auditions for the BFA in Dance must include the following:

-Ballet - 10 minute selection of barre work, 1 center adagio phrase, and 1 center allegro phrase (1-2 minutes each)

-Modern Dance - A center or traveling phrase, no more than two (2) minutes in length, including turns, falls, jumps, and floor work

-Two (2) minute performance selection of the dancer's choice

Students must also submit a current photograph in leotard and tights (women), or form-fitted T-shirt and tights (men), a resume of all previous dance experience, two letters of reference from teachers, employment supervisors, or dance professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential, and a 200-300 word statement of professional goals.

BFA Musical Theatre

Students auditioning for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre must prepare a solo performance of:

-Two memorized songs which demonstrate the voice at its most comfortable and flexible sound.  Songs should be selections from operatic and/or musical theatre repertoire, and should not be more than 4 minutes combined.

-Two memorized, one-minute monologuesThese should be contrasting pieces from modern/contemporary dramatic literature and should relate to the individual's own age and life experiences.

-Dance:  a) Ballet - A 3-5 minute selection of barre work recorded in profile, including plies, tendus, and grands battements.  Center floor jumps recorded facing the camera are also required.  b) Modern Dance/Jazz:  A 2-3 minute modern or jazz combination of the student's choice.  This phrase should include extensions, a variety of turns and jumps, and floor work, and should show the student's strength, musicality, flexibility, and overall performance ability.

Students should also submit a headshot, a resume of previous experience in theatre, and two letters of recommendation, from teachers, employment supervisors, or theatre professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

Additional Information

Audition or portfolio results are not released to prospective students unless they choose to attend Fredonia. Students not accepted to a B.F.A. program on their initial audition may re-audition one additional time, whether or not they are in residence at Fredonia. Any student in residence at Fredonia wishing to re-audition or re-submit a portfolio may view the results of their previous audition/interview and discuss those results with a member of the faculty so as to gain insight on where improvements need to be made.

Transfer students should audition/interview for the B.F.A. program of their choice in the semester before they intend to transfer. All B.F.A. programs generally require a minimum of three years for transfer students to complete.

 

Theatre & Dance

212 Rockefeller Arts Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3596
(716) 673-3621 fax