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Theatre Program Application Process

This step by step guide is for anyone applying for a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre or Theatre and Screen Arts.  In order to be considered, you must apply, audition and/or interview.  

  1. Complete the application for admission to Seaver College.
  2. Review the Portfolio and Audition Tips & Suggestions.
  3. Complete the Theatre Program Application and submit audition pieces with all supporting materials via SlideRoom. The Common App is a prerequisite to the SlideRoom application. Once you indicate a fine arts major, Common App will redirect you to the SlideRoom website.

You MUST Audition:

  • To be accepted into the Theatre Program.
  • To be eligible for a Theatre scholarship.
  • To receive a recommendation from the Theatre Program for acceptance to the University.

All candidates are required to upload audition materials into the SlideRoom application, regardless of participation in a live audition. If desired, candidates may also choose to complete a live audition. Live auditions are not mandatory and will not replace SlideRoom requirements.

Please note: There is no live audition option offered for Spring 2021 applicants and Early Action is reserved for first-year applicants.


 Zoom Live Audition Dates:

For 2020-2021, all live auditions will occur online through Zoom. Students will receive instructions regarding the Zoom session after registering for an audition date.

   
Fall audition November 14, 2020 (Early Action): All Theatre Arts (Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre & Production/Design) and Theatre and Screen Arts candidates.
Spring auditions January 23, 2021: All Theatre Arts (Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre & Production/Design) and Theatre and Screen Arts candidates.
  January 30, 2021: All Theatre Arts (Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre & Production/Design) and Theatre and Screen Arts candidates.

Upload all required materials for the theatre application into SlideRoom by October 5, 2020 for Spring 2021, November 13, 2020 for Early Action or January 30, 2021 for Regular Decision.


Audition/interview Preparation

Preparation for the Acting Emphasis in Theatre Arts 

Prepare two contrasting monologues, one contemporary and one classical that total no more than 3 minutes together. The classical selection could include works from Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw or any of the Greek plays. All material must be memorized.

If you have a strength in singing, prepare one short song (16 bars that will showcase your range and ability) and bring your accompaniment on a CD. However, if you wish to be considered for the Theatre and Music major, please review the audition requirements of that specific major, as they are different and more demanding.


Preparation for the Theatre and Screen Arts Major

Please prepare two contrasting monologues (one classical, one contemporary), with a combined length of no more than three minutes. In addition, please submit a portfolio that demonstrates your artistic work in the field of screen arts (filmmaking, acting for the camera, directing, screenwriting, editing, scoring, etc.).


Preparation for the Emphases in Production/Design and Stage Direction

Production/Design Emphasis:
Interview:
Present a portfolio of your production design work.

Directing Emphasis:
Both an audition and interview are required.

Audition:
Prepare two contrasting monologues, one contemporary and classical that is no more than 3 minutes together. The classical section can include works from Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw or any of the Greek plays. All material must be memorized.

Interview:
Present a portfolio of your directing work.


Preparation for the Musical Theatre Emphasis in Theatre Arts

Singing:

You should prepare 32 bars of two (2) contrasting songs. (Contrasting songs will showcase two distinctly different styles of singing, such as a slow ballad and an uptempo number.) Both songs should showcase your ability to sing beautifully and safely. If you have training in classical music, we encourage you to include a classical piece as one of your two songs. All songs must be memorized.

If you are participating in a live audition, an accompanist will be provided. Please bring your sheet music in a binder with the beginning and ending of each song clearly marked. Omit any lengthy instrumental introduction and begin with a 2-bar lead-in. You may bring your own accompanist if you wish.

Acting: 

You should prepare one (1) monologue not exceeding two (2) minutes in length. During a live audition, the acting audition will occur at the same time as your singing audition.

Dancing:

As part of your SlideRoom application, please upload a video of yourself performing musical theatre dance. This may be footage from a production, or it may be solo footage recorded expressly for the purpose of this audition.

Performing musical theatre requires the use of the whole body, so your video audition should include your whole body in the frame. If you opt to participate in a live audition, you will not be required to dance during the live audition.


For additional questions regarding admittance to the Theater Program please contact:

The Fine Arts Recruitment Office
fineartsrecruit@pepperdine.edu
310.506.4111