Audition Requirements

All students wishing to be considered for our BFA performance degree programs must audition.  Auditions are granted by invitation through a pre-screen process on GetAcceptd.com.  Audition requirements for our on-campus and Chicago auditions are listed below. To ensure a strong audition, please keep these guidelines in mind when selecting your audition material. If you should have questions regarding auditions, please contact our Audition Coordinator. You may also want to learn more about Audition Dates and Pre-Screen Deadlines.  

Form information on pre-screen requirements, visit the Millikin Unviersity GetAcceptd page.

Audition requirements for International Students

BFA in Musical Theatre   

Monologue:  

  • Please prepare a contemporary monologue (written after 1950) not to exceed 45 seconds in length 
  • Your monologue should feature a character close to your own age and must be from a published play (films, musicals, self-written, and/or stand-alone pieces are not appropriate)
  • Monologues should be performed in your natural speaking voice (no dialects) and should be action driven (speaking to and/or trying to affect or get something from your “other”)  
  • Storytelling monologues, or pieces that detail a previous event, should be avoided 
  • Please do not use material by Christopher Durang, Neil Simon, or pieces commonly found in published monologue books

Songs:  

  • Please prepare 2 contrasting selections that show your vocal range (one up-tempo and one ballad) from published Broadway literature
  • One song should be from classic Broadway repertoire (written before 1970) and one should be from contemporary Broadway repertoire (written after 1970)
  • Selections must not exceed 60 seconds in length (approximately 16-32 bars)
  • While we ask for a 60 second audition "cut," please be prepared to sing your entire song(s) should our audition panel need to hear more from you.  
  • Bring sheet music in the proper key - an accompanist will be provided for you
  • Recorded accompaniment or a-capella singing are not appropriate for this audition
  • We do not recommend using a bell-tone intro to your song.  Please use a traditional 2 or 4 bar "intro"

Please do not select material by Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, or Stephen Sondheim  Why?

Dance:  

  • Students will learn and perform a short ballet combination for members of the performance faculty.  Please dress appropriately for a ballet class.

BFA in Theatre - Acting

Monologues:  

  • Please prepare 2 contrasting contemporary monologues (written after 1950) not to exceed 60 seconds in length each
  • Your monologues should feature characters close to your own age and must be from a published play (films, musicals, self-written, and/or stand-alone pieces are not appropriate)
  • Your monologues should be performed in your natural speaking voice (no dialects) and should be action driven (speaking to and/or trying to affect or get something from your “other”)  
  • Storytelling monologues, or pieces that detail a previous event, should be avoided 
  • Please do not use material by Christopher Durang, Neil Simon, or pieces commonly found in published monologue books

The Audition Process

If you are auditioning for the BFA Musical Theatre or BFA in Acting, you will check in with the School of Theatre and Dance on the morning of your scheduled audition. The audition will include the following elements:  

  • Warm-up (everyone)
  • Learn and perform ballet combination (musical theatre only)
  • Perform monologues (everyone) and songs (musical theatre only)
  • Exit meeting with a faculty member at which time students will learn the program to which they have been accepted

*The order in which these happen will be determined by the group to which you have been assigned*

In addition to the audition portion of your day, you will be given information about the school and its degree programs, meet and have lunch with current theatre students, and take a tour of the Millikin campus and the School of Theatre and Dance's facilities. Additional options such as attending performances or meeting with representatives from the Office of Admission or Student Financial Services may also be arranged depending on availability. Questions regarding any of these options may be sent to our Audition/Interview Coordinator.  

Your parents/guardians are encouraged to come to campus with you. While they will not be able to see your audition, they will have the opportunity to get acquainted with Millikin and the School of Theatre and Dance, and have many of their questions answered throughout the day.  

A Typical audition day will begin with check-in at 8:00am and conclude by 3:30pm.

College of Fine Arts Scholarships

Students who are pursuing studies in theatre may qualify for either a College of Fine Arts Scholarship or the prestigious Dean's Scholarship for Excellence.  These scholarships are based on talent and are awarded at the time of your audition.  Students pursuing a BA degree may also apply for one of our competitive BA scholarships which are based on academic standing and require an interview and essay.  Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are renewable annually.