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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. You will be notified no later than December 8th of our decision for your pre-screen.  If you wish to audition on campus December 9th, it is recommended that you submit your prescreen by November 15th.  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). One monologue must be Shakespeare, for the second, 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.
  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. 
  5. Dance Minor Audition (Optional): Demonstrate your technique in ballet and jazz/contemporary. If your level of training is basic, please include a demonstration of your ability to move freely through space and any basic skills you would like to share. If your training is more advanced please demonstrate the following: Jazz- turns, jumps, isolations and floor work, Ballet – pirouettes, grand jete’/ grand allegro, sustained developpe’/arabesque, petit allegro and any additional vocabulary you wish to share. Do not include any barre work, musical theatre stock combinations or videos of performances. You are also welcome to include additional demonstrations of tap. Make a single clip not exceeding two minutes to show all techniques.
  6.  Special Skills Submission (Optional): Submit a video of voice, instrument, composition, etc.  What do you want to share with us outside the monologues?
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, 2017. 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, 2017 is the final date to submit a pre-screen for the 2018-2019 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 2017-2018 are:

  • Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Saturday. January 13, 2018
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Ohio Unified Audition Date is:
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018
Students should still submit pre-screen to Otterbein University by the December 1, 2017 deadline.

Our National Unified Audition dates are:

  • New York: Saturday, January 20, 2018 & Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Chicago: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday February 5-8, 2018
  • Los Angeles: Saturday, February 10, 2018 & Sunday, February 11, 2018

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 adhere to University timelines for scholarship consideration. Students who audition, but do not submit an application for admission, will not be considered for the BFA program.