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Audition FAQ

Who has to audition?

Applicants choosing the BFA Performance emphasis will be required to complete the Performance Audition. Applicants choosing the Directing, Theatre Education or Production Design emphases will be required to complete the Portfolio Review. Applicants pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre are not required to audition.

What will I expect to do when I come to audition for the Department of Theatre and Dance and what should I bring?

You will participate in three important processes when you audition for the Department of Theatre and Dance: a Performance Audition or Portfolio Review, an Entrance Interview, and a current resume. The resume should include all previous theatrical, film, television, and other arts related work. A headshot would be helpful but it is not a requirement.

What is the performance audition process for students who want to emphasize in acting, directing, or theatre education?

The audition is your time to demonstrate your ability and understanding of the craft of acting. Belmont theatre faculty will observe your audition monologues and make careful assessments about your current level of skill as well as your ability to take direction and adapt your performance.  A successful audition is an extremely important factor in being accepted into the theatre BFA Performance, Directing, or Theatre Education program.

How do I select two monologues that I will perform in my audition?

We encourage you to take great care in choosing your two monologues for your audition. You are required to perform the monologues from memory. The two monologues should not exceed a combined total time of 3 minutes. Choose monologues that will best represent your talents and abilities.

What is the portfolio review process?

Your portfolio should reflect all work you have done in theatre in high school, community or professional theatre. For Production Design it should include any combination of writing examples, scripts, drawings, renderings, drafting examples, CAD drawings, light plots, and/or photographs- representative work of design, and/or technical experience. For Directing include any theatre work especially anything related to directing, assistant directing, stage management, or production management. And for Theatre Education include any theatre work especially anything related to education, directing, assistant directing, design, stage management, or production management. A portfolio for Directing or Theatre Educaion should contain any combination of education curriculum packages, directing books, research, prompt books, directing or management paperwork, designs, drawings, production photos, or any other theatre related materials. A successful portfolio is an extremely important factor in being accepted into the BFA In Production Design, Directing or Theatre Education.

What is the Entrance Interview?

The Entrance Interview is an informal conversation between you and faculty members in your area of emphasis. This conversation will focus on your previous experience, your expectations for your college education, and your goals for the future. This interview can be conducted during your visit to the campus or by telephone.

How do I schedule my audition?

Scheduling a date for your audition is another important part of the audition process. After submitting the Belmont University application for undergraduate admission, applicants will receive an email about registering for an audition. Choose an on-campus audition date that works best for you. If you are unable to attend any of these Audition Days contact Joann Rosenbaum to schedule an appointment for an audition time. Applicants will be notified of an admissions decision to the BFA program within 2-3 weeks of the audition/portfolio review (dependent on acceptance to Belmont).

Is it possible for me to audition if I cannot come to campus for an audition date?

Please contact Joann Rosenbaum for information on sending in a video audition or portfolio review.  You may also submit your video audition through Acceptd

How do I find out if I have been accepted into the BFA program?

Applicants will be notified of an admissions decision within 2-3 weeks of completing the application and the audition/portfolio.

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Las Meninas - Spring 2016