Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

Admissions

Admissions

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Process

  • Step 1: Apply to Ithaca College via the Common Application (a $60 fee applies)
  • Step 2: Apply to the Department of Theatre Arts by uploading audition materials to Acceptd.
  • Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid.
  • Step 4: After an invitation from the department is extended, arrange for an audition.
  • Step 5: Audition

Deadlines

PLEASE NOTE: The Early Action/Early Decision option will not be offered to applicants in musical theatre or acting due to the timing of the audition process.

The Regular Admissions Deadline for the Common Application and the Acceptd application for BFA Musical Theatre is Sunday, December 1, 2019.

You will not receive any further notification regarding your prescreening until your applications (Common Application and Acceptd) are complete.

Requirements

We have joined the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen! Please find a listing of the other schools involved and the full list of requirements here. Our choices have been listed below and include the Option as referred to in the full list.

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

  • 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, 60-90 second monologues (Option B): 1 Contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame. 1 Classical (written pre-1900) or a second contemporary monologue; Classical monologue should be filmed in a “full body” 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 piece (Option A).

    In order to ascertain musicality, movement habits, alignment, technique and potential, all applicants to the BFA in Musical Theatre must upload one required dance pre-screen (the combination provided). See below for guidelines.

    • Required Dance Combination: All musical theatre applicants must prepare the short combination provided to the best of your ability and upload to Get Acceptd. This combination is provided in lieu of a live dance audition -- our spaces in NY, Chicago and LA are not appropriate for dance (no sprung floor), and we do not wish to hold a live dance audition only at our on-campus auditions out of fairness to all applicants. Remember that you can watch the demo video as many times as you wish in order to prepare your required upload. We have also posted the Combination only (with music) so that it can be rehearsed without watching the entire demo.

      • A pre-choreographed piece has been provided at three levels of difficulty – “Beginner”, “Intermediate”, and “Advanced”. Choose the level you can execute most successfully.
      • Each level includes two, 8-counts of improvised movement. Choose movement that expresses who you are.
      • To “Slate” your dance media, state your name and the level you will be performing (i.e. “Beginner”, “Intermediate”, or “Advanced”).
      • Instructional/Teaching Video
      • Full Combination with Track (No Teaching)
      • Track Only (Audio)
  • Optional Wild Card 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?”.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT PERFORMANCE VIDEOS – even if you are alone on stage.

Please wear appropriate dance clothing that shows your line for all dance pieces. Submissions should show the full body for the entire recording. Simple is better for these dance recordings.

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.

For Your Audition

If an invitation for a live audition is extended, it is expected that you will present one of the monologues you uploaded to Acceptd and both songs chosen and uploaded for the pre-screen application. The dance sample will not be reviewed at the live audition, but will stand as your dance audition. Please bring one copy of your headshot and résumé to the audition. Please make sure to list your voice type (Bass/Baritone, Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Mezzo, etc.) as well as your vocal range on your résumé.

Audition Dates

OUR 2019-20 AUDITION DATES ARE:

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

December 7, 2019 ~ January 25, 2020 ~ February 1, 2020 ~ February 15, 2020

Morning Sessions -- All Majors

  • 8:00-8:30 Check in
  • 8:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 9:00 TAM, Theatre Studies, and TP&D-specific orientations
  • 9:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 9:30 Interviews Begin (TAM, Theatre Studies, and TP&D)
  • 9:45 Transition to Auditions (performance majors)
  • 10:00 Auditions Begin (performance majors)
  • 2:00 End of Session

New York: Pearl Studios, 500 Eighth Avenue, New York

January 17, 2020: Acting, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Studies

January 18, 2020: Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts Management*, Theatre Studies*, and Theatre Production & Design*

January 19, 2020, morning only: Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts Management*, Theatre Studies*, and Theatre Production & Design*

* Interviews on these dates will take place at Homewood Suites, 312 West 37th Street, New York

Unified Auditions has a limited number of rooms in a room block at the New Yorker hotel and the Even Hotel.

Morning Sessions

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

Afternoon Sessions

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

Chicago: Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, Burnham 1, 7th floor

February 3, 2020: Acting and Musical Theatre

February 4, 2020: Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Studies, Theatre Production & Design

February 5, 2020: Acting and Musical Theatre

Morning Sessions

  • 8:00-8:30 Check in
  • 8:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 9:00 Theatre Studies and TP&D-specific orientations (Tuesday, Feb 5 only)
  • 9:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 9:30 Interviews Begin (Theatre Studies and TP&D - Tuesday, Feb 5 only)
  • 9:30 Transition to Auditions (performance majors)
  • 9:40 Auditions Begin (performance majors)
  • 1:00 End of Session

Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:00-1:30 Check in
  • 1:30 Group Orientation (parents welcome!)
  • 2:00 Theatre Studies and TP&D-specific orientations (Theatre Studies and TP&D - Tuesday, Feb 5 only)
  • 2:00 Warm-Ups and Movement Exercises (performance majors)
  • 2:30 Interviews Begin (Tuesday, Feb 5 only)
  • 2:30 Transition to Auditions (performance majors)
  • 2:40 Auditions Begin (performance majors)
  • 6:00 End of Session

Los Angeles: Westin Los Angeles Airport, 5400 W Century Blvd, Midway Room 2nd floor

February 8, 2020: Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Studies, and Theatre Production & Design

Unified Auditions has a limited number of rooms in a room block at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel.

Morning Sessions

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

Afternoon Sessions

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

updated 8/22/19 9:25 a.m.

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