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Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance

Apply to the BFA Acting Program

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 have been invited to audition.

All applicants for the BFA Acting degree program 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.

Candidates for the BFA degree in Acting must complete an audition to be considered for admission into the Department of Theatre and Dance. Auditions and interviews take place between December and February, and offers of admission are made by mid-March. Students who do not audition by February 20 must defer consideration of admission to the following year.

Pre-Screening for BFA Acting Candidates

Speed the Plow (2013)In the pre-screening process, you will record short audition videos and upload them to Acceptd. You will immediately be notified that we have received your materials. We strive for 2 week turnaround for our audition team to 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.  All notifications are done via message on Acceptd (please check settings to ensure you receive notification). 

Please include videos uploaded to Acceptd for each of the following criteria (please note that YouTube links will not be reviewed):

  1. 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.
  2. Upload two monologues (separate clips) taken from plays of your choice (see guidelines for specific information). Any genre is acceptable for the pre-screening. Your total audition time is three minutes.  One monologue can be short and one can be longer, but together the monologue clips should not exceed three minutes.
    • 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.
    • For advice on choosing and performing your monologues, please select the guidelines that best suit you: On-Campus Audition Guidelines (PDF) or Unified Audition Guidelines (PDF).
  3. Upload a resume. Be sure to include activities, leadership, and special skills pertaining to theatre.
  4. Upload a photograph. We prefer a headshot, but if you don’t have one, upload any close-up of yourself. 
If you have questions about the guidelines or the audition process, please email audition@otterbein.edu.

Deadlines & Decisions For Pre-Screening

We will begin accepting pre-screenings on September 1, 2016. Set up an account and submit your pre-screening materials via Acceptd.

Pre-screens are viewed as they are received. There are a limited number of spaces available for both on-campus and unified auditions, so it is recommended that you pre-screen early to secure the audition date of your choice. We recommend submitting your pre-screen at least 30 days prior to your preferred audition date.

December 1, 2016 is the final date to submit a pre-screen for the 2017-2018 school year.  Late pre-screens will not be processed.

Application for BFA Acting Candidates

If you are invited to audition in person, you will receive instructions from our Audition Team about scheduling.  We hold auditions on campus and at the National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Speed the Plow (2013)Unified slots are reserved for those students outside the state of Ohio. Ohio residents must audition on campus.

Our on-campus audition dates for 2016-2017 are:

  • Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Saturday. January 14, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Ohio Unified Audition Date is:
  • Saturday, January 7, 2017
Students should still submit pre-screen to Otterbein University by the December 1, 2016 deadline.

Our National Unified Audition dates are:

  • New York: Saturday, January 21, 2017 & Sunday, January 22, 2017
  • Chicago: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday February 6-9, 2017
  • Los Angeles: Saturday, February 11, 2017

On campus auditions usually run from 9am – 5pm. If you schedule your audition at one of the Unified sites, you will select a specific 15 minute audition time. Candidates receive equal consideration whether they audition on campus or off campus.

If 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. 

Any questions about the admission process, including financial aid, should be directed to the Office of Admission at uotterb@otterbein.edu or at 614.823.1500.

University admission decisions are made at the same time as BFA offers. BFA students must apply for university admission prior to February 15th for scholarship consideration. Students who audition, but do not submit an application for admission, will not be considered for the BFA program.