Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

Admissions

Admissions

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APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL OF 2021 WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2020.

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.
  • Note: Steps 1 & 2 can be done in this order, at the same time, or in reverse order, but both applications are due by December 1, 2020. You will not receive a decision until both applications are received.
  • 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 has passed.

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

Requirements

Ithaca College is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Pre Screen for the 2020-2021 cycle.

Please find 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 (details explained 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, 60-90 second monologues (Option B)
  • Two contrasting songs (Option A)
  • One dance prescreen
  • Optional Wild Card Video
  • DO NOT SUBMIT PERFORMANCE VIDEOS – even if you are alone on stage. (Exception noted in "dance prescreen" below.)

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, instead slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and should be strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

-OPTION A

  • 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.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and should be strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

-OPTION B

  • 2, 60-90 second contrasting monologues
  • 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); 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. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.

DANCE

  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’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 where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • 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 PRESCREEN

  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary. 
  • No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable.
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
  • 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; no “a cappella” dance media please.

WILD CARD

The “Wild Card” video is optional.

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: an additional dance video, 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?”.

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 2020-21 audition dates and locations will be updated in Fall 2020.

updated 6/22/20 1:40 p.m.

Questions?
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