Prospective Student Resources

Audition/Interview Information & Requirements

The application deadline for Fall 2014 admission has passed.

For Fall 2015 admissions, please read this page for information, but check back in July for updates.

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In addition to completing an application for admission to Ithaca College via the Common Application, students seeking admittance into an academic program in the Department of Theatre Arts must complete an audition or interview.

In order to gain a spot for an audition or interview, all students in all degree programs are asked to complete a Pre-Screen Application which can be found via Decision Desk.  This application for Pre-Screen costs $14.00, charged by Decision Desk.

We have moved to a pre-screen process for all degree programs in order to accommodate the large number of applicants to the department as well as to be more mindful of the escalating costs of applying to college.  With a pre-screen process, applicants who clearly would not be able to gain admissions into our highly competitive programs will not have to incur the cost of travel and lodging nor spend the extensive time associated with a live audition or interview.

After a review of materials on Decision Desk, the department will invite students to schedule an audition or interview. Students applying for Musical Theatre and/or Acting will be asked to signup for one of the audition dates listed below and come to the site in person.  If applying for BS in Theatre Arts Management, BFA in Theatrical Production Arts, or BA in Theatre Studies, students will be expected to interview in Ithaca, NY or make arrangements to interview remotely via phone or skype on the Ithaca dates.

For entry in the Fall of 2014, our audition and interview dates are as follows:

Ithaca, New York (All Majors)

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Early Decision students must attend this session
  • Saturday, February 1, 2014
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Saturday, February 22, 2014

New York City, New York (Acting & Musical Theatre only)

  • Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Sunday, January 26 , 2014

Chicago, Illinois (Acting & Musical Theatre only)

  • Monday, February 3, 2014
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Los Angeles, California (Acting & Musical Theatre only)

  • Saturday, February 8, 2014
  • Sunday, February 9, 2014

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Early Decision Candidates:

  • November 1, 2013  - Pre-Screen Applications submitted to Decision Desk and Applications to Ithaca College due by 5:00 p.m.
  • November 22, 2013  - Candidates notified via e-mail of invitation to audition or interview.

Note: You must apply to Ithaca College prior to receiving notification of pre-screen results.

Regular and transfer applications:

  • January 2, 2014 - Pre-Screen Applications submitted to Decision Desk by 5:00
  • January 10, 2014 - Candidates notified via e-mail of invitation to audition or interview. 

Note: While Ithaca College accepts regular applications until February 1, 2014 and transfer applications until March 1, 2014,  you will not receive an invitation to audition or interview until your Ithaca College application is submitted.

Before candidates submit materials to Decision Desk it is HIGHLY recommend that they review the Audition and Interview Requirements portion of the department website.

Audition or Interview Requirements

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

  • 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
  • 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.

Each degree program has additional materials that are required for both pre-screen applications and live auditions or live or remote interviews.

BFA Musical Theatre

The material chosen for the monologues and singing examples uploaded to Decision Desk for the pre-screen application is what is expected to be presented at the live audition if an invitation is extended.  The dance example will not be reviewed at the live audition if an invitation is extended.

  • Prepare two memorized contrasting monologues, each of which is no more than one minute in length. Please say your name and the name of your piece before each of your monologues. For your pre-screen application you will upload a separate video for each monologue.
  • Prepare 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.
  • Prepare one or two contrasting dance pieces. You may choose to submit any dance style with which you feel most comfortable: ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, etc. The total length of your dance submission(s) must not exceed two minutes. Applicants may choose to submit a few basic ballet barre exercises as one of their pieces. This might include simple battement tendus, pliés, rond de jambes, développés, etc. We suggest videorecording barre work from the side so that technique and line might be best determined. 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 your dance recordings. We are trying to ascertain musicality, movement habits, alignment, technique and potential.

Auditioning often involves a certain amount of stress and tension. The best way for you to reduce this stress is to select and prepare your monologues carefully. 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.

BFA Acting

The material chosen for the monologues and uploaded to Decision Desk for the pre-screen application is what is expected to be presented at the live audition if an invitation is extended.

  • Prepare two memorized contrasting monologues, each of which is no more than one minute in length. Please say your name and the name of your piece before each of your monologues. For your pre-screen application you will upload a separate video for each monologue.

Auditioning often involves a certain amount of stress and tension. The best way for you to reduce this stress is to select and prepare your monologues carefully. 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.

BA Theatre Studies

For your pre-screen application the following materials will be uploaded to Decision Desk:

  • Prepare an essay which answers the question "How do you envision the role of theatre in contemporary society?" This essay is limited to 1200 characters.

For your onsite or remote (phone call or skype) interview:

  • Please bring any materials which demonstrate and document your activities in theatre.  This could be a play you've written, a prompt book for a production you stage-managed or other material. The ideal candidate for the B.A. program is a naturally inquisitive, self-motivated student who intends to explore multiple disciplines in the theatre, including directing, playwriting, history or stage management.

BS Theatre Arts Management

For your pre-screen application the following materials will be uploaded to Decision Desk:

  • Prepare an essay that answers the question "What qualities or attributes make good leaders?  Provide examples of your leadership." This essay is limited to 1200 characters.
  • Provide digital samples of your work in theatre management. These might include marketing materials (posters, photos, programs), fundraising materials, budgets or box office materials, and audience development materials.

Note: Images should be no higher than 72 dpi for ease of uploading to Decision Desk. 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."

For your onsite or remote (phone call or skype) interview:

  • Please bring any materials which provide evidence of prior work and/or skills related to theatre.  If interviewing by phone, please send materials prior to the interview date to Ithaca College Theatre Arts, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca NY 14850-7000 Attn: Interview Materials.

BFA Theatrical Production Arts (Design Concentration or Technology Concentration)

For your pre-screen application the following materials will be uploaded to Decision Desk:

  • Upload 10-20 photos (no videos) of productions you have designed or helped to mount.  If you are a sound designer, upload a sample of your sound designs (maximum four-minutes) along with 5-10 photos from the same productions. Name the files such that it is obvious which photos belong with each sound design element. In your upload, please include examples of special design or technical skills such as sewing, computer graphics or drafting, two- or three-dimensional art, carpentry, lighting, photography, electronics, videography, music composition or other theatre designs or technologies.

Note: Images should be no higher than 72 dpi for ease of uploading to Decision Desk. 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."

For your onsite or remote (phone call or skype) interview:

  • Prepare a portfolio to present as evidence of prior theatrical work. If interviewing in person, bring the materials with you. If interviewing by phone, please send materials prior to the interview date to Ithaca College Theatre Arts, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca NY 14850-7000 Attn: Interview Materials.  You may also elect to make these materials available electronically. This can include but is not limited to work from art classes, photography, sculpture, drafting, sketches, photos of production work (both final product and shots of items in progress), or any other items that show both demonstrable graphic skills and technical ability and projects.

 

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