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Interview & Audition Requirements

Each program has specific requirements and materials that need to be uploaded to Acceptd. Please see below for specifics.

  • A brief résumé, including theatrical activities in high school, during summers, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-theatrical activities.
  • A current headshot or recent photo
  • An essay that answers the question, "How do you envision the role of theatre in contemporary society?" This essay is limited to 1200 characters.

Ithaca College is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Pre Screen for the 2021–2022 cycle. Resources Link - https://papermill.org/musical-theater-common-prescreen/.

Our requirements are listed below and include the "Option" as referred to in the full list.

All candidates will be asked to upload the following to Acceptd (details are below the bullet-point list):

  • A brief résumé (.pdf), including theatrical activities in high school, during summers, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-theatrical activities.
  • A current headshot or recent photo (.pdf).
  • Two (2) memorized, 60- to 90-second monologues (Option B): 
    • One (1) Contemporary (written after 1900); The Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot, which means the top of the head to the waist should be visible in the frame.
    • One (1) Classical (written pre-1900) or a second contemporary monologue; Classical monologue should be filmed in a “head-to-toe” shot, which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame.
  • Two contrasting songs (Option A): Each video should be 60–90 seconds, One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice). One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
  • One dance prescreen is requiredAll dance media should be filmed in a “head-to-toe” shot, taking care to keep the applicant’s entire body in the frame at all times.  
    • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
    • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music, so that the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose and intention.
    • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography. 
    • DANCE OPTION
      • 30–60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
      • If you are uploading a ballet prescreen, please see the option description below.
      • For applicants who tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wildcard submission rather than as your required dance prescreen.
      • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
      • Dance media can be self-choreographed but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
      • All choreography must be performed to music rather than a cappella dance media.  
    • BALLET OPTION
      • Ballet media should be no more than 30 seconds, free standing, i.e. rather than at the barre.
      • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu, and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides) and grand jeté across the floor.  
      • Note on Dance:  One’s technical level alone is not the criterion for advancing to an audition at Ithaca College. We are interested in the performer’s commitment and ability to communicate while dancing. Viewing dance in expansive terms that blur the lines between genres, Ithaca College’s program prepares a student to become a highly versatile dance artist. We are interested to see you in your element, showcasing not only your technical skills, but your expressivity. Please choose a sample of your dancing which best captures this combination for you. It is always helpful for us to see a range of technical skills regardless of the genre. You might consider including jumps, turns, balances, leg extensions, and a range of qualities (for example, something sharp and something smooth). We also like to see a point of view when you are dancing. It could be that of joy or something more theatrical. We are excited to see where you currently are.
  • Optional Wildcard Video
  • DO NOT SUBMIT PERFORMANCE VIDEOS—even if you are alone on stage (exception noted in "dance prescreen," below).
  • brief résumé (.pdf) including theatrical activities in high school, during summers, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-theatrical activities.
  • A current headshot or recent photo
  • Two (2) memorized, 60–90 second monologues (Option B): 
    • One (1) Contemporary (written after 1900); The Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the waist should be visible in the frame.
    • One (1) Classical (written pre-1900) or a second contemporary monologue; Classical monologue should be filmed in a “head-to-toe” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame.
  • Optional Wildcard Video: The Wild Card media is not required. Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds. This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.
  • Please be sure to check your video and photographic files and rotate them to the correct orientation before uploading to Acceptd.

Note: Monologues must be memorized and rehearsed. The character should be within your age range. Your goal should not be to show us how far you can stretch. We are looking for your ability to play the actions inherent in the text and to reveal the inner life of the character as it intersects with your own experience, imagination and understanding.

  • brief résumé, including theatrical activities in high school, during summers, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-theatrical activities.
  • A current headshot or recent photo
  • A concise personal statement (250 words or less) specific to the applicant's intended degree of study. For example, what do you hope to achieve by pursuing this particular major and how do you envision your studies helping you prepare for your future? This statement should outline the particular interest the applicant has in attending the Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts, and is an important part of the file review. General statements submitted for other college applications are not appropriate for this requirement.
  • For Visual Design–interested students, upload 10–20 photos (no videos) of productions you have designed or helped to mount. Examples of special design or technical skills such as sewing, computer graphics or drafting, two- or three-dimensional art.
  • For Sound Design–interested students, upload 1–3 short videos (no more than one minute each) consisting of a montage of 3–5 still photos of the production set to examples of the music/soundscape. Videos must be in a format supported by Quicktime 10.x.
  • Please be sure to check your video and photographic files and rotate them to the correct orientation before uploading to Acceptd.
  • For Visual Technology (lights, props, costumes, paint, technical direction, carpentry, etc.)–interested students, upload 10–20 photos (no videos) of productions you have designed or helped to mount. Examples of special design or technical skills such as sewing, computer graphics or drafting, two- or three-dimensional art. 
  • For Sound Technology interested students, upload 1–3 short videos (no more than one minute each) consisting of a montage of 3–5 still photos of the production set to examples of the music/soundscape. Videos must be in a format supported by Quicktime 10.x.
  • Please be sure to check your video and photographic files and rotate them to the correct orientation before uploading to Acceptd.

Note: Images should be no higher than 72 dpi for ease of uploading to Acceptd. We also ask that you label your images with a title that describes your work.  For example, you might title an image that shows your poster design "Poster Design for Gypsy."

  • All candidates will be asked to upload the following to Acceptd using PDF format:

  • A one page résumé that includes your name and e-mail address, highlighting activities in which you participated, jobs you worked, and/or leadership positions you held during high school in the following areas: theatre/dance/music/art; athletics (e.g. played on a school team, competed as a member of a climbing/gymnastics/cheerleading team unaffiliated with school, etc); clubs (e.g. Glee Club, Key Club, Scouts); camps (e.g. theatre camp, athletics camp); societies (e.g. Honor Society); volunteering and community service (e.g. raising money and walking the 5K in a Relay for Life event, served Thanksgiving meals at a shelter, taught Sunday School); all high school math courses; awards and scholarships received; any other academic or extracurricular activities.
  • A current headshot or recent photo.
  • A concise personal statement (250 words or less) specific to the applicant's intended degree of study. 
  • Please Note: If you are interested in being considered for another theatre arts major you do not need to complete a second application. Please only complete one application. Your existing application will be used for review under a different major.

    For Your Interview:
    The materials that you submit online will be reviewed during your interview. There is no need to bring further physical evidence or any other materials such as letters of recommendation, etc.

All candidates will be asked to upload the following to Acceptd using PDF format:

  • A personal passage: (250-300 words or less; up to 2 minutes of recorded time) specific to the applicant's intended degree of study.

Candidates may also include, although it is optional:

  • A brief résumé (optional), a simple and clear list of experiences in your recent years that you believe would be helpful for us to see as the starting point for a conversation: activities you've been involved in, your role in those groups, as well as other interests.
  • A current headshot or recent photo (optional)

Ithaca College's BFA program in stage management welcomes students who are just beginning to discover what the field has to offer, as well as those with experience as stage managers. Regardless of your prior involvement in production, you will emerge from our stage management program with stronger leadership skills and extensive experience on a collaborative team.

Applicants provide a 250-300 word passage or two-minute recording (audio only or video) using the following prompt: describe what collaboration means to you and what you feel you personally bring to collaborative endeavors.

If you have samples of work from productions, please upload them to the Acceptd profile. These items might include pages of a calling script from a show you’ve worked on, blocking notation, running notes, prop lists, or other materials that display your stage management potential. Having production materials to upload, or not having them, holds no bearing on whether you will be selected for an interview. We welcome materials from your experience in technical theatre, design, and other fields in the performing arts.

Promising applicants will be invited to interview with faculty on one of the scheduled dates, including Early Decision.

Please Note: If you are interested in being considered for another theatre arts major you do not need to complete a second application. Please only complete one application. Your existing application will be used for review under a different major.
 

For Your Interview:
The materials that you submitted online will be reviewed prior to your interview. There is no need to bring a physical portfolio or any other materials such as letters of recommendation etc.