Interviews and Auditions

Audition and Interview FAQ


Q: Where do I find information on how to audition or interview for the program I'm interested in?

A: Click on the the "Academic Programs" link in the sidebar menu. Choose the major you are interested in. The links include information on each program, and the "Program Highlights" link leads you to even more information!


Q: Why can't I find out my Pre-Screen results prior to my applying to Ithaca College?

A: The Pre-Screen Application via Acceptd is only one part of your application process to Ithaca College.  You are required to apply to Ithaca College.


Q: Who do I contact with issues related to my Pre-Screen Application to Acceptd?  (e.g. I'm having trouble uploading my materials.)

A: All technical support for your Pre-Screen Application is provided by Acceptd.  There is a help feature at the bottom of every page. 


Q: Will there be a dance call at my audition? Why doesn't Ithaca College include a dance audition?

A: First, please know that dance is a very important part of theatre training at Ithaca College. Musical Theatre students are required to enroll in dance classes every semester they are in residence. Acting students have dance requirements in their program, and many take additional dance electives or even declare a Dance Minor.  We request a dance audition as a part of your pre-screening, and if you are invited to audition in person, we consider this portion to be your dance audition.

Due to the facilities available to us on the road, particularly in Chicago and Los Angeles, we are unable to offer dance calls in all of our audition venues. It would be unfair of us to offer dance calls in Ithaca or in New York, and not offer them everywhere! We'd rather not have a dance call on a carpeted concrete hotel room floor, and often the space available isn't conducive to a safe dance call.

The physical and vocal warm-up, which includes movement exercises and is led by faculty, serve as part of our audition day.


Q: Can the letters of recommendation (required ONLY for B.A. Theatre Studies applications) be the same letters I used for my common application?

A.  The people you use for recommendations are up to you - and can be the same you use for the common application.  However, the form used for pre-screen is a different one than for the common application. 


Q: I've been invited to audition or interview in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. I have other appointments to schedule. What should I do?

A: We will work with you on site to accommodate any other auditions or interviews you may have scheduled. That being said, for your own sanity you may want to avoid double-booking yourself. See the next question for a complete schedule of each session.


Q: Where do you hold auditions and interviews and what is the schedule for those days?

A: We hold auditions in Ithaca, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles and interviews in Ithaca, New York, and Chicago. We will want you at our session to sign in and attend the group orientation and warm-up/movement exercises (acting and musical theatre only). After these are complete, you can leave to attend another audition or interview, as long as you come back before the end of the session (1/2 hour before the listed "end of session"). 

Ithaca: Ithaca College Dillingham Center, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca NY    Map

December 13, 2014 ~ January 31, 2015 ~ February 14, 2015 ~ February 21, 2015

Morning Sessions

  • 8:00-8:30 Check in
  • 8:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 9:00 BA Theatre Studies-specific orientation
  • 9:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 9:00 Interviews Begin (Theatrical Production Arts and Theatre Arts Management)
  • 9:30 Interview Begin (BA Theatre Studies)
  • 9:45 Transition to Auditions
  • 10:00 Auditions Begin
  • 12:30 End of Session

Afternoon Sessions -- Acting and Musical Theatre Only

  • 12:30-1:00 Check in
  • 1:00 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 1:30 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 2:15 Transition to Auditions
  • 2:30 Auditions Begin
  • 5:15 End of Session

New York: NOLA Studies, 250 West 54th Street, 11th Floor   Map

January 23-24-25, 2015

Morning Sessions

  • 9:00-9:30 Check in
  • 9:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 10:00 Interviews Begin (Theatrical Production Arts and Theatre Studies)
  • 10:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 10:30 Transition to Auditions
  • 10:40 Auditions Begin
  • 1:30 End of Session

Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:30-2:00 Check in
  • 2:00 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 2:30 Interviews begin  (Theatrical Production Arts and Theatre Studies)
  • 2:30 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 3:00 Transition to Auditions
  • 3:10 Auditions Begin
  • 6:00 End of Session

Chicago: Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, Burnham 1         Hotel Website

February 2-3-4, 2015

Morning Sessions

  • 8:00-8:30 Check in
  • 8:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 9:00 Interviews Begin (Theatre Studies)
  • 9:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 9:30 Transition to Auditions
  • 9:40 Auditions Begin
  • 1:00 End of Session

Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:00-1:30 Check in
  • 1:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 2:00 Interviews begin (Theatre Studies)
  • 2:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 2:30 Transition to Auditions
  • 2:40 Auditions Begin
  • 6:00 End of Session

Los Angeles: Sheraton Gateway LAX, 6101 W Century Blvd**, Salon 105      Hotel Website

** PLEASE NOTE that Ithaca College is not at the same location in LA as the rest of the Unified Audition participants, which is the Westin LAX, 5400 West Century Blvd. This was not our decision. Please plan accordingly.

February 7, 2015

Morning Sessions

  • 8:00-8:30 Check in
  • 8:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 9:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises
  • 9:30 Transition to Auditions
  • 9:40 Auditions Begin
  • 1:00 End of Session

Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:00-1:30 Check in
  • 1:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 2:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises
  • 2:30 Transition to Auditions
  • 2:40 Auditions Begin
  • 6:00 End of Session


Q: What is the audition/interview order? When will I know when I am auditioning or interviewing?

A: We see students in the order that they submitted their applications in Acceptd. If you submit as soon as you can in September, you'll probably go first or close to the top within your degree program, but if you wait until 4:59 p.m. on December 1st, you'll probably go last. We'll give you a complete line-up during your Orientation session so you can gauge your audition or interview time, and we will work with you if you have another audition or interview to attend.


Q: I see that the check-in is from 8:00-8:30. Should I arrive early to fill out paperwork?

A: Nope! Paperwork is built into the check-in period and is very simple (for the acting and musical theatre degrees, writing your name, songs and monologues on 2-4 sheets of paper. For everyone else, it's just checking in!). Everything else we need is already in Acceptd. We will be ready to check you in at 8:00 (we know some of you are early birds and like to show up on the dot!), but if you get there at 8:20, there will still be plenty of time to get your paperwork done before Orientation begins.


Q: Do I need to bring an iPod and speakers for my Musical Theatre audition?

A: A live accompanist is provided at all of our audition sites. Please be sure to bring your sheet music, clearly marked with the cuts. You may also choose to sing to pre-recorded accompaniment, but you are responsible for providing the playback method. Please do not sing a cappella.


Q: Is there an audition fee expected at the time of my audition?

A: The only audition fee we require is the fee you submitted via Acceptd. We have no fee for our live accompanist.


Q: How many head shots and resumes should I bring?

A: Just one of each would be great. Staple your head shot and resume back-to-back.


Q: Do you have a cut system at Ithaca?

A: We do not have a cut system at Ithaca College. We have a comprehensive review for instructional purposes to encourage growth and artistic progress based on clearly expressed criteria for the B.F.A. programs. Reviews allow ALL the faculty to see EVERY student EACH semester. Here we can provide instruction on areas of growth that are positive, as well as identify areas that need special attention. If, in this process, the faculty determine that a student’s performance is below the department’s standards, taking into account the student’s potential, they may place a student on probation to help them to focus their energies. If an area of concern persists, the faculty may remove a student from the B.F.A. program. These circumstances are rare – but do occur, and normally after a student has been given ample feedback and time to address the concerns outlined during probation. Our review procedures are outlined clearly on our department website.

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