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Audition Guidelines for ON CAMPUS Audition Guidelines for UNIFIEDs

Candidates for the B.F.A. degrees in Musical Theatre and Musical Theatre with a Dance Concentration must complete an audition to be considered for admission into the Department of Theatre and Dance. Auditions and interviews take place between December and March, and offers of admission are made by April 1. Students who do not audition before March 15 usually must defer consideration of admission to the following year.

All applicants for the BFA in Musical Theatre and Musical Theatre/Dance are required to submit a pre-screening video in order to be invited to an audition on campus or at one of the National Unified Audition sites.

Application: Pre-Screening

Please do not apply for admission to Otterbein University until you have completed the pre-screening process. If you have applied already, as part of the Common Application for example, do not be concerned. But if you have not yet applied, wait until you hear that you have been invited to audition.

In the pre-screening process, you make short videos and upload them to Acceptd, a company created for this purpose. You will immediately be notified that we have received your materials. Within two weeks, our Audition Coordinator will send you an e-mail inviting you to audition, or an e-mail notice that you will not receive an invitation. You will be notified either way.  Please note that YouTube links will not be reviewed.  There must be a video uploaded to Acceptd for each of the given criteria.

Rather than a single long video, which typically requires editing, we want separate clips: the introduction, the monologue, and each music selection. It’s actually easier for us to review and easier for you to shoot. Our goal is to make the pre-screening possible for students who don’t have access to equipment other than a smart phone or a laptop. We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video.

First, upload an introduction. Please say your name clearly, the city you’re from, and the pieces that you’re going to do. For monologues, we only need the name of the play and the author.

Upload an up-tempo song, a ballad, and one monologue. One of the songs should be from Musical Theatre repertoire, and the monologue should be from a play. The other song can be from any genre.  Each clip should contain about a minute of material, and together the clips should not exceed three minutes. The introduction is not counted as part of the three minutes.

Piano, CD or tape must accompany singers. Try different distances from the sound source until you get a recording that puts your voice significantly above the accompaniment. We need to be able to hear you. A capella recordings cannot be considered.

BFA in Musical Theatre/Dance applicants also need to upload a clip of dance. Demonstrate your technique in ballet, jazz and tap. We want simple demonstrations of technique. Do not send an interpretive piece. Do not send videos of performances. Make a single clip in which you show all your techniques. The clip should not exceed one minute.  Please note: Only students who wish to declare themselves as a Musical Theatre Major WITH DANCE CONCENTRATION need to submit a dance pre-screen video.

Upload a resume. Type one out on any word processor.

Upload a photograph. We prefer a headshot, but if you don’t have one, send us any close-up that you have of yourself alone. You can take a picture on your smart phone.

For advice on choosing and performing your songs and monologue, click here to download a set of Guidelines.

If you have questions about the guidelines or the audition process, contact Harriet Hill, our Auditions Coordinator, at hhill@otterbein.edu.

DEADLINES

You must submit your pre-screening materials by
Thursday, November 7 for the December 7, 2013 on campus audition.
Tuesday, January 7 for all other audition dates.

We will begin accepting pre-screenings on September 1, 2013. To set up an account and submit your pre-screening materials to Acceptd, click here.

Application: The Next Step

If you are invited to audition in person, you will receive instructions from our Auditions Coordinator about how to schedule an audition. We hold auditions on campus and at the National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Our on-campus audition dates for 2013-2014 are:

Saturday, December 7, 2013 
Saturday, February 1, 2014 
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Our National Unified Audition dates are:

New York: Saturday, January 25, 2014 (1:30pm-6pm) & Sunday, January 26, 2014 (9am-1:30pm)
Chicago: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 3-5, 2014
Los Angeles: Saturday, February 8, 2014 
Please note that we are in Los Angeles only on Saturday

If you choose to audition on campus, you should plan to spend the day. Auditions are in the morning and interviews are in the afternoon. If you choose to audition at one of the Unified sites, you will be given a specific audition time. Unified auditions last 15 minutes. Candidates receive equal consideration whether they audition on campus or off campus.

If and when you are invited to audition in person, you will need to apply for admission to Otterbein University. Please do not apply for admission until you have been invited to audition. Our Admissions Liaison, Elizabeth Doyle, will be in touch with you. Any questions about the admission process, including financial aid or scheduling a campus visit, should be directed to her. She can be reached at edoyle@otterbein.edu or at 614-823-1219.

/ Department of Theatre and Dance

Department Office
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1657

Box Office
M-F: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1109
e/ boxoffice@otterbein.edu

For general questions about admission and financial aid:
Elizabeth Doyle
Admission Counselor
p/ 614.823.1500
e/ edoyle@otterbein.edu

For questions about BFA Acting and Musical Theatre auditions:
Harriet Hill, Audition Coordinator
p/ 614.823.1210
e/ hhill@otterbein.edu

For questions about BA, Design/Tech, and Dance admission:
Matt Wolfe, Administrative Assistant
p/ 614.823.1657
e/ mtwolfe@otterbein.edu

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