Audition Requirements

All students wishing to be considered for our BFA performance degree programs must audition.  Auditions are typically granted by invitation through a pre-screen process on GetAcceptd.com.  Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however, we will be moving all auditions to a digital format and suspending our pre-screen requirement.  All submissions will be reviewed and considered for direct admission into one of our BFA performance programs.  Audition materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd.com (there is a $30 fee for your submission).  Since Millikin is a participant in the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen program, (What is the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen?) applicants may use the Common Pre-Screen guidelines for their digital submission to Millikin or use the guidelines listed below.  For dates and deadlines please refer to our Auditions and Interviews Information page.  Questions may be directed to our Audition Coordinator

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Audition requirements for International Students

BFA in Musical Theatre   

Monologue:  

  • Please prepare a contemporary monologue (written after 1960) not to exceed 90 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, phone call 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 or song cycles by musical theatre writers.
  • One song should be from classic Broadway repertoire (written before 1970) and one should be from contemporary Broadway repertoire (written after 1970).
  • Selections should be 60-90 seconds in length (approximately 16-32 bars).
  • While we ask for an audition "cut," please be prepared to sing your entire song(s) should our audition panel need to hear more from you in a callback.  
  • We do not recommend using a bell-tone intro to your song.  Please use a traditional 2 or 4 bar "intro."
  • Shooting your songs with a live accompanist in the room is preferred. 
  • Recorded music may be used, but please be sure that your sound is balanced so we can hear the voice and accompaniment equally. 
  • If using recorded accompaniment, please endeavor to procure piano accompaniments and not orchestrated karaoke tracks.  If you need assistance with finding an accompanist, please let us know and we can put you in touch with someone who can assist you with that. 

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

Dance:  

Please follow the link to a list of required skills for your dance video 

If you are interested in being considered for both our Musical Theatre and Acting programs, please submit a 2nd contrasting contemporary monologue with your Musical Theatre audition pieces.  

BFA in Acting

Monologues:  

  • Please prepare 2 contrasting contemporary monologues (written after 1960) not to exceed 90 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, phone call 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

Audition FAQs

Why have you suspended the Pre-Screen requirement?

We recognize that the move to teaching and learning online has presented many new challenges for students and faculty.  Navigating these challenges takes time, focus, and resources.  To give families the time they need to address these new challenges, we have decided to streamline the audition process by removing a step.  Should our performance faculty feel they need to see more from an applicant than their initial submission offers, we will use a callback system to address those issues.  

Will all students receive a callback?

No, callbacks will only be extended in the event that an applicant's digital materials did not offer enough information for our performance faculty to render a definitive decision on that applicant's placement.    In these cases, we may ask an applicant to submit new material, or make adjustments to their original material and resubmit videos applying the requested adjustments.  

When will I hear about the results of my audition?

We will make every effort to inform you of a decision within 4-6 weeks of your submission.  In the event you are asked to submit callback materials, this timeline may be altered slightly.  Please refer to our Auditions and Interviews Information page. 

Who should I contact if I have additional questions? 

Additional questions may be directed to our Audition Coordinator.

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 talent-based scholarships 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 as long as you remain enrolled in the College of Fine Arts.