Does Millikin require an audition or interview for your program?
Yes. All four of the BFA programs in the School of Theatre and Dance require and audition or interview for acceptance. Our BA program does not require an audition or interview. There is, however, an extended application process for entrance to our BA program.
Do I have to apply to Millikin before I can schedule an audition or interview?
Yes. All students applying for any of the programs in the School of Theatre and Dance must first apply to and be accepted by the Millikin University Office of Admissions prior to beginning the audition/interview process.
How do I schedule an audition?
Auditions are granted by invitation only. Invitations are extended through an on-line pre-screen process at GetAcceptd.com. Once admitted, those seeking auditions for our BFA Musical Theatre and/or Acting programs will receive a code that will permit them to submit their GetAcceptd pre-screen materials. Pre-screen submissions will be evaluated in the order in which they are received and audition invitations will be extended on a rolling basis. Specific guidelines detailing pre-screen requirements may be found on the Millikin University GetAcceptd page. Please note the deadline for pre-screen audition materials on our Audition Information page.
How do I schedule an interview?
Once accepted by the Office of Admissions, candidates for our BFA programs in Design and Production and Stage Management will be contacted by the School of Theatre and Dance with instructions on how to schedule your interview. Interviews may be scheduled most days classes are in session when the appropriate faculty are available for the interview. If you are unable to attend an in-person interview, a SKYPE interview may be granted.
When should I audition?
We hold auditions throughout the fall and spring. View our audition dates for detailed information on pre-screen deadlines and audition dates. Our auditions fill quickly so it is highly recommended you apply early and submit your pre-screen materials early so as to secure an audition appointment.
Are auditions/interviews held anywhere else than at Millikin University?
Millikin holds off campus auditions and interviews in Chicago the first weekend in February. In addition, we periodically attend in and out-of-state college audition events. Each of these auditions have their own set of criteria and do not always require the same audition elements that we require for our program. In these instances, we may invite students to attend a campus audition or invite them to send a video submission demonstrating that what we did not see at the initial audition. For information regarding our attendance at these events, please contact our Audition and Interview Coordinator.
Does Millikin accept video auditions?
Millikin does accept video auditions but on a very limited basis. To submit a video audition you must fall into one of the following categories:
- International Students
- US citizens residing outside the "Lower 48" including but not limited to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, The USVI, US Military Bases overseas, etc...
- Alumni of Broadway Dreams
- Students seen at off campus auditions/showcases who have been specifically invited to submit video materials.
Please note: All applicants must still submit a pre-screen audition. Those who meet the above qualifications may elect to use their pre-screen submission as their official audition unless they opt to attend one of our on-campus or Chicago auditions.
Why are song selections limited to 60 seconds or 16-32 bars?
We are listening for the qualities of your singing voice, rather than to the song. These short selections give them ample time to evaluate your singing potential as well as your ability to act the song. Also, 30-60 seconds (16-32 bars) is the basic guideline for professional auditions. We recommend being prepared to sing the entire song if asked, have alternate selections in your book, or to vocalize with our musical director should we need to hear more from your voice than your initial selections offer.
Where can I find titles of musicals and when they were written?
Musicals101 is a comprehensive resource for musicals. Select the Production Chronology link. There you can see what musicals opened in what year. Click on a decade either prior or post 1960 and you'll find lists of musicals that were written in that era. Other resources include the Internet Broadway Database and Playbill Vault.
Once you find show titles you are familiar with, you can then start looking for songs. Pandora Radio, Spotify, Youtube, and Amazon.com are all good resources for finding audition songs. You will find many Broadway cast recordings on these sites.
Sheet Music Direct and Music Notes are both excellent recourses for purchasing audition sheet music.
What are the qualities of a good monologue?
Choose a monologue from a full length published play. Read the whole play so that you know the context of the monologue and the character's set of given circumstances. The character you select should be close to your age, and the monologue should be performed without a dialect or accent. We want to hear your natural speaking voice. Choose a monologue where the character you are playing has to use tactics to affect another character, i.e. make them feel something, get them to tell you something you're wanting to know (a secret maybe or gossip). Imagine the character to whom you are speaking is actively listening to what you are saying. Monologues that detail events that have already happened, story monologues, dreams, speaking to the audience, telephone calls, self-reflection, etc... do not make successful audition monologues . Do not choose monologues that are cited as "original" or written by "anonymous." Monologues from films, TV shows, and musicals are also not appropriate for our auditions. Your monologue should not exceed 45 seconds for an audition for our Musical Theatre program or 60 seconds for our Acting program.
Where can I find monologues?
Read plays. Avoid the monologues published in the many audition monologue books or on-line databases because those monologues are overdone. You might use those books or websites as references to find interesting characters perhaps, but always find and read the full play and then choose a monologue that is not in the published monologue book or on the website. Especially, do not choose monologues that are solo interpretive pieces that are not part of a complete play. These types of monologues may be appropriate for speech team competitions, but they are inappropriate for audition monologues.
Why are we asked to avoid regional dialects in our monologue choices?
We are interested in hearing and evaluating your natural speaking voice.
What types of scholarships are available?
Millikin offers a number of scholarships. Details and application deadlines are available on our Scholarships page. In addition to University 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/or academic standing and are awarded after your audition or interview. College of Fine Arts Scholarships renew each year a student remains enrolled in the College of Fine Arts.
If a student receives a scholarship, is the scholarship lost if the student doesn't commit to Millikin by the deadlines given?
As is the case with many universities, Millikin's official acceptance deadline is May 1st. At the discretion of the Dean, scholarship offers may be rescinded after the official acceptance deadline.
Are there student work-study positions available in the School of Theatre and Dance?
Yes, there are many work-study positions available within the school and across the university. Information is available through the Career Center.
Are students able to major in musical theatre and minor in something else, business, for example?
It's possible, but only encouraged for students with exceptional academic skills, time management abilities, and discipline. Other issues are time and expense. Adding a minor, such as business, may require an additional semester and/or overload fees to complete.
Does Millikin bring in any guest artists for the students to work with during the school year?
Yes, master classes are offered annually by a variety of artists. Many artists and companies who perform at Kirkland Fine Arts Center offer master classes for our students. In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance invites a variety of artists to campus to share their perspectives with our students. Guest artists have included: Sierra Boggess, Alice Ripley, Andrew Lippa, Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition), Marcia Madeira (TONY nominated lighting designer), Kari Margolis (The Margolis Method), Justin Huff (Telsy + Co Casting), Caitlyn Shaw (Tara Rubin Casting), Bob Mason (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Roberta Duchak (Chicagoland Musical Director) and many more.
Where are current students and alumni working in theatre?
Millikin alumni are working in many different venues: professionally on Broadway, on international and national tours, in regional theater companies, dinner theaters, cruise lines, TV and film. They also perform and teach with children's theatre companies.
Since admission to Millikin University is required before I can schedule an audition, how can I apply?
Visit our Apply To Millikin page.