Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)
- 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
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 Early Decision Deadline for the Common Application and the Acceptd application is November 1st for B.F.A. Theatrical Production & Design, B.A. Theatre Studies, B.S. Theatre Arts Management only.
The Regular Admissions Deadline for the Common Application and the Acceptd application is December 1st.
You will not receive any further notification regarding your prescreening until your applications (Common Application and Acceptd) are complete.
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 memorized contrasting monologues, each of which is no more than one minute in length. Please upload a separate video for each monologue.
- Two contrasting songs, one 16-bar ballad and one 32-bar up tempo. Live piano accompaniment is preferred, but you may sing with pre-recorded piano accompaniment. Do not sing a cappella and do not submit a performance video. Only audition videos are acceptable.
- Two dance pieces.
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). In addition, applicants may upload an optional dance pre-screen video. 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. Modifications are demonstrated for beginning, intermediate and advanced level dancers. You are welcome to modify moves as needed from among the three versions demonstrated. The musical selection used is a section of “Easy Street” from Annie. You may use any recording or the piano accompaniment as your music, or the audio from the demo video in the background. 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.
Optional 2nd Dance Pre-screen upload: You may choose to submit an additional one-minute dance pre-screen in any style with which you feel most comfortable: ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, etc. The total length of your optional dance submission must not exceed one minute. Applicants may choose to submit a few basic ballet barre exercises such as simple battement tendus, pliés, rond de jambes, développés, etc. We suggest video-recording barre work from the side so that technique and line might be best determined.
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.
Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Dillingham Center Lobby
- Saturday, Dec 9 (Early Decision)
- Saturday, Jan 27
- Saturday, Feb 3
- Saturday, Feb 17
New York City
NOLA Studios, 250 West 54th Street, 11th Floor, Studio A
- Friday, Jan 19
- Saturday, Jan 20
- Sunday, Jan 21
Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, 7th Floor, Room TBA
- Monday, Feb 5
- Tuesday, Feb 6
- Wednesday, Feb 7
Westin LAX, 5400 West Century Blvd, Room TBA
- Saturday, Feb 10
If you are invited to audition for us but are not able to travel to one of our audition sites, you may request that we use your prescreen application as your audition. Please be sure to sign up for the "Video Audition" session.
updated 8/16/17 1:50 p.m.