BFA Auditions

Thank you for your interest in the Millikin School of Theatre and Dance.  This page was assembled to break down the multi-step process of applying to and auditioning for our BFA performance programs.  There is a lot of information to consume.  We ask that you read through this page carefully to become acquainted with all the steps leading up to the audition.  Should you have questions, there are links throughout the page that will enable you to contact our Audition/Interview Coordinator.

The Process At-a-Glance:  

BFA Auditions - Acting, Musical Theatre

  1. Apply to Millikin using the Common App or by visiting our Apply to Millikin page
  2. Upon acceptance upload your pre-screen materials to GetAcceptd.com using the access code in your School of Theatre and Dance Admission Letter
  3. If invited to audition, schedule your audition using the GetAcceptd scheduling portal
  4. Attend your on-campus, Chicago, or Live Virtual audition

Please see a list of FAQs below.  Additional questions may be directed to our Audition/Interview Coordinator

International Student Applications

The application and audition process for international students differs slightly from that of US citizens.  For information on how to apply and audition, please visit our International Student Auditions page.  

The Details

Apply to Millikin

Consideration for our BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre programs performance requires an audition.  Prior to auditioning, all applicants must first apply to and be accepted by the Millikin Office of Admission.  Applications may be submitted either by using the Common App, or by filling out the Millikin online application found on our Apply to Millikin Page.  Please be aware that the Common App can sometimes take up to 3-4 weeks to reach our admissions staff.  The Millikin online application is received by our admissions staff the moment it has been submitted.  With either method, there is no fee to apply to Millikin.  

Pre-Screen Submissions

Auditions for our BFA Acting and Musical Theatre programs are by invitation only.  Invitations are extended through a pre-screen process hosted through GetAcceptd.com. An access code is required to submit pre-screen materials. Upon admission to Millikin, you will receive a welcome letter from the School of Theatre and Dance containing your personal access code that will enable you to upload your pre-screen materials to GetAcceptd. 

Scheduling An Audition

Invitations to audition will be sent through the GetAcceptd messaging app and will direct you to visit the GetAcceptd scheduling portal where you can select an audition date.  Please see our Audition Dates and Pre-Screen Submission Deadlines page.

The Audition Process

In-Person Auditions

Millikin audition days have been designed to give you and your parents/guardians a comprehensive feel for the School of Theatre and Dance, who we are, what we do, and how we function.  It’s an opportunity to tour our campus and facilities, to learn about our signature programs (those things that set Millikin apart from other programs), enjoy a complimentary lunch in our campus dining hall, and to interact with our students and the Millikin community. Audition days begin with a morning check-in at the Center for Theatre and Dance and a brief welcome and informational session. 

Auditions will consist of:

  • Musical Theatre
    • Warm-up 
    • Perform songs and monologue
    • Learn and perform dance combination
  • Acting
    • Warm-up
    • Perform monologues

All applicants will receive a detailed itinerary for the day which typically begins with check-in at 8am and concludes mid-afternoon.  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, prior to your scheduled audition day.  

Chicago Auditions

Our Chicago auditions function a bit differently.  Applicants will select either a morning or afternoon audition session.  Each session will run approximately 4 hours and will accommodate 25 applicants.  Each session will also include a brief welcome and information session followed by the auditions which will consist of:  

  • Musical Theatre
    • Warm-up 
    • Perform songs and monologue
    • Learn and perform dance combination
  • Acting
    • Warm-up (on your own or with our alumni assistants)
    • Perform monologues

Those auditioning for our BFA Acting program will be filtered in with the Musical Theatre auditions.  Once you have performed your monologues, you will be free to leave.  

Those auditioning for our Musical Theatre program should expect to stay for the entire 4-hour session.  You will first perform your songs and monologues, then learn and perform the dance combination. Dance, yoga, or other form fitting workout clothes are recommended for the dance call. Ballet shoes are preferred but jazz shoes, socks or bare feet are also acceptable.  

Our Chicago area alumni serve as assistants and monitors for these auditions. These grads are an excellent resource and are there to help answer questions for applicants and their parents/guardians throughout each of these audition sessions. 

LiveVirtual Auditions

LiveVirtual auditions are conducted online via the GetAcceptd AuditionRoom.  The AuditionRoom is an interface with Zoom that allows applicants to audition for a live panel from any room that has an internet connection.  This option is available for those who have medical concerns, limited travel resources, or who live outside of the contiguous United States.  Please note there is an additional $30 fee to schedule an audition using the AuditionRoom. 

Live Virtual auditions will follow the guidelines listed below with the exception of dance.  Dance skills for those participating in the LiveVirtual auditions will be evaluated based on your pre-screen dance submission.  

Musical theatre applicants may choose to perform their songs to live or recorded accompaniment.  We highly recommend doing a test run with a friend or family member to make sure both the voice and the accompaniment can be heard and are well balanced, and that the applicant is adequately lit. You may use the same material for their audition that you used for the pre-screen as long as it meets the requirements below.  Please note the difference in the allotted time per piece between our on-campus and Chicago auditions and the Common Musical Theatre Pre-Screen requirements.  

Additional Information

It is always our preference to see auditions in-person.  They allow us opportunities to interact with applicants and get to know them a bit.  They also allow applicants an opportunity to interact with our facilities, students, and campus community.  We do, however, understand and respect those with the need to audition virtually. Therefore, regardless of the method of delivery, all auditions are given the same level of consideration.  

Off Campus Auditions

Each audition cycle we attend a number of off-campus auditions.  Applicants who receive “callbacks” at these events are invited to skip our pre-screen process and may schedule an audition with us upon acceptance to Millikin University.  “Callbacks” are typically extended through an email from our audition panel.  These auditions include but are not limited to:

  • The National Thespian Festival 
  • Broadway Dreams University Week
  • College Audition Project (CAP) Auditions
  • Moonified/Zoomified Auditions
  • Kentucky College & Career Day 
  • Musical Theatre Kansas City Showcase
  • Wisconsin Interscholastic Theatre Festival
  • Illinois High School Theatre Festival
  • State Thespian Festivals
  • Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri

Applicants who have attended one or more week-long Broadway Dreams intensives in the last 4 years may also skip the pre-screen process and schedule an audition upon acceptance by the Office of Admission.  

The Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen

Millikin is a participant in the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen program.  The Common Pre-Screen is a set of audition criteria agreed upon by a collective of college and university programs which allows applicants to record a single set of pre-screen materials for submission to any of the participating schools.  At present, there is no Common Pre-Screen agreement with colleges and universities for students seeking a BFA in Acting.  Those auditioning for our BFA Acting program should follow the Millikin audition requirements listed below.  Musical Theatre applicants are welcome to follow either the Common Pre-Screen requirements or the Millikin audition requirements when submitting pre-screen materials (see how they differ in the FAQ section below).  All those invited to attend a live audition must observe the Millikin audition requirements below.    

Preparing Your Audition 

Please use the following guidelines when preparing your in-person and/or LiveVirtual audition.  

BFA in Musical Theatre   

Monologues:  

  • Please prepare a contemporary monologue (written after 1990) 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, stand-alone pieces and/or speech team monologues 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, pieces that detail a previous event, telephone calls, or pieces delivered to a “crowd” or “audience” by characters such as tour guides, politicians, or actors, are not appropriate.  
  • Please do not use material by Christopher Durang, Neil Simon, or pieces commonly found in published monologue books.  

In the event the audition panel should need to see additional material, applicants should be prepared with a 2nd contrasting contemporary monologue, 45 seconds in length.  

Songs:  

  • Please prepare two contrasting songs that show your vocal range (one up-tempo and one ballad) from published Broadway literature.  
  • One song should be from classic (Golden Age) Broadway repertoire (written before 1970) and one should be from contemporary Broadway repertoire (written after 1970). Trunk songs by established writers are also acceptable (see FAQs)
  • Selections should 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 
  • You will be asked, approximately a week before your audition, to email digital copies of your songs to our accompanist with your cuts clearly marked.  
  • Recorded accompaniment or a-cappella 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:  

  • Applicants will learn and perform a short ballet combination for members of the performance faculty.  Please dress appropriately - leotard and tights, t-shirt and yoga pants, slim fitting sweatpants or shorts are all acceptable.  If you do not have dance shoes you may dance in socks or bare feet.  Street shoes will not be permitted in the dance studios.    

BFA in Acting

Monologues:  

  • Please prepare two contemporary monologues (written after 1990) contrasting in style (one comedic, one dramatic) not to exceed 45 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, stand-alone pieces and/or or speech team monologues 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, pieces that detail a previous event, telephone calls, or pieces delivered to a “crowd” or “audience” by characters such as tour guides, politicians, or actors, are not appropriate
  • Please do not use material by Christopher Durang, Neil Simon, or pieces commonly found in published monologue books.    

FAQs

When can I apply to Millikin?
Applications are currently being accepted.  We accept the Millikin online application and the Common App.  Please note, the Common App often takes several weeks to reach our Admissions office.  Applying directly to Millikin makes your application available to our admissions staff as soon as it has been submitted.  

Is there a fee to apply to Millikin?
No, Millikin does not assess an application fee.  

How long do applications take to process?
A review of applicants begins in mid-September.  Once applications and all supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc..) have arrived, the review process takes approximately 2-3 weeks.  Please be aware that transcripts may take several weeks to reach us, so request them early.  

When Will I be notified if I have been accepted to Millikin?
It takes about a week after an application has been processed for the admission packet to be assembled and mailed.  

What is GetAcceptd.com? 
GetAcceptd is an online platform that helps arts-based organizations manage auditions, interviews, portfolio reviews etc... Applicants for Millikin BFA performance programs will submit their pre-screen materials to GetAcceptd.  

What is a Pre-Screen and why is it necessary?
A pre-screen is a digital audition.  Because we often have more applicants than audition appointments, it is not possible to accommodate everyone at a live audition.  The pre-screen process offers an opportunity for all applicants to be seen and allows us to offer audition invitations to those we believe may have potential to be successful in our program.  

Is there a fee to submit a pre-screen to GetAcceptd?
Yes,  GetAcceptd charges a $30 fee to submit pre-screen materials.  Fee waivers are available for those who qualify.  Contact GetAcceptd directly for information.  

What is the deadline for pre-screen submissions?   
Each audition date has a specific pre-screen submission deadline.  Please refer to our  Audition Dates and Pre-Screen Submission Deadlines page for specific deadlines. 

What is a LiveVirtual Audition? 
The LiveVirtual audition allows an applicant to audition from any room with an internet connection.  Using a platform created by GetAcceptd called AuditionRoom, applicants with limited travel resources may perform an audition in real time for our audition panel  

Is there a fee for a LiveVirtual audition using the GetAcceptd AuditionRoom?
Yes.  There is an additional $30 fee to schedule an LiveVirtual audition. 

If I received a “callback” that makes me eligible to skip the pre-screen, can I still do a LiveVirtual audition via the GetAcceptd AuditionRoom?  
Yes.  However there are fees.  

  • In order to gain access to the AuditionRoom, applicants must have previously submitted all materials associated with a pre-screen - headshot, resumé, and video submissions. This submission has a $30 fee.
  • There is an additional $30 fee to schedule an AuditionRoom appointment.  
  • These pre-screen materials will only be viewed by the Millikin audition panel in the event they need to see more from the applicant after the LiveVirtual audition
  • Fee waivers are available to those who qualify.  Contact GetAcceptd directly for information.  

How are the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen and Millikin audition requirements different?
Please refer to our Side-by-Side Comparison.  

Can I use the same material for my audition that I used for my pre-screen?
You may use the same material as your pre-screens as long as you trim your pieces to align with the requirements for our live auditions.  Those who go over the time limit will be cut off by our audition timer.  

Why do audition pieces for on-campus and Chicago auditions need to be shorter than the Common Musical Theatre Pre-Screen requirements?  
To allow more students to audition with the limited number of audition slots we have available, we require shorter cuts of audition pieces.  Rest assured that the length of these cuts still offers our audition panel ample time to carefully evaluate each applicant.  

When will I learn the results of my audition?
You should receive a letter with your audition results approximately 2 weeks after your audition.  If after 2 weeks you have not received a decision letter, please contact our Audition/Interview Coordinator so we can check on the status of your letter.  

What is a Trunk Song?
Trunk songs are pieces that were either cut from or never made it into Broadway shows.  They are stand-alone pieces written by composers for any number of reasons.  Most composers have quite a few songs tucked away in a “trunk” that were never published or that were published as “one-offs.”  

If you have additional questions, please contact our Audition/Interview Coordinator

* This page was updated September 20, 2022 * 

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