Audition and Interview Information

All BFA programs in the School of Theatre and Dance require an audition or interview for consideration.  Prior to scheduling an audition or interview, students must first apply to and be accepted by the Millikin University Office of Admission. Students may apply to Millikin using the Common App or through our website at Apply to Millikin. There is no fee to apply.

BFA Auditions (Musical Theatre, Acting)

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and welfare of our campus community, visiting guests, and prospective students during the Coronavirus pandemic, the School of Theatre and Dance will move all auditions for our BFA programs in Acting and Musical Theatre to a digital format.  We will also be suspending the Pre-Screen requirement for performance auditions and will view and consider all digital submissions for admission to our BFA programs.  Students who are Pre-Screening at other institutions may opt to use the Common Pre-Screen guidelines for their submissions to Millikin or our live audition guidelines posted on our website (they are very similar).   Audition Requirements 

All digital performance auditions will be conducted via GetAcceptd.  

After our performance faculty have reviewed your materials one of the following will occur:  

  • You will receive a letter, followed by an email with the results of your audition
  • You will be invited to do a digital call-back in which we may ask for additional material or to make adjustments to your original selections and upload them to GetAcceptd

Digital Submission Deadlines

Because of our rolling acceptance approach to admission into the BFA programs, students will learn the results of their audition within approximately 4-6 weeks after submitting their digital materials.  Please refer to the following timetable when making your submission.  

  • Materials submitted by November 6th will be evaluated by December 11th.  
  • Materials submitted by December 11th will be evaluated by January 15th
  • Material submitted by January 15th, will be evaluated by February 19th
  • Materials submitted by February 19th will be evaluated by March 26th
  • Materials submitted by March 26th will be evaluated by April 30th
  • Final Deadline for all submissions is April 1st, 2021

Please Note:  This timeline may be altered slightly for those who are asked to submit callback materials.  

BFA Interviews (Design & Production, Stage Management)

Applicants wishing to interview for our BFA programs in Design & Production and Stage Management will have the option to interview on campus or digitally. On-campus interviews will follow the State of Illinois social distancing and facial coverings guidelines, and digital interviews will be conducted via Zoom.  Please refer to the Interview Requirements page for details on the interview process.   

Interviews may be scheduled any day classes are in session and/or the appropriate faculty members are on campus. Please contact our Audition and Interview Coordinator to arrange your interview.

International Student Applications

International students will follow a different application process than US citizens.  Upon receipt of their applications, international students will receive an access code and will be prompted to upload their audition materials to GetAcceptd.com.  Because of the additional documentation required for the application process, international students should expect the decision process to take longer than that of US citizens.  The final application deadline for audition materials from international students is April 1st, 2021.  Applicants wishing to interview for our BFA Design & Production or Stage Management degree programs will receive instructions on how to schedule an interview upon receipt of their Millikin University application.  For detailed information on the application process for international students, please visit our  International Applicants Page.  For audition requirements please follow the Audition Requirements link list above.  

FAQs

Why are performance auditions being done digitally when you are offering those who are applying for Stage Management and Design & Production the option to interview on campus?

Our campus audition days typically bring 40-50 students and their families to campus all at once and are set up to include large gatherings.  While our new facility was designed to accommodate large groups, it was not designed to accommodate them under social distancing protocols.  Interviews are scheduled individually throughout the school year and typically bring a single applicant and their family to campus at a time.  

Why is there a series of deadline dates instead of a single deadline for audition materials to be submitted?

The School of Theatre and Dance accepts students into our BFA programs on a rolling basis.  We will make every effort to share the results of your audition within 6 a weeks of receiving your digital submission.  The multiple deadline dates are designed to give you an idea when you might to expect receive your results.  Please note that we send results via the US Postal Service and cannot guarantee how long they may take to reach you once they have been sent.  

Is Millikin open for campus visits?

Millikin is currently scheduling campus visits in very small groups and following the state of Illinois COVID-19 Social Distancing Protocols.  Masks are required for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus.  If you are interested in making a campus visit please contact the Office of Admission.  Please let them know you are specifically interested in seeing the Center for Theatre and Dance.  

All questions may be directed to our Audition and Interview Coordinator.