All students wishing to be considered for our BFA performance degree programs must audition. Audition requirements are listed below. To ensure a strong audition, please keep these guidelines in mind when selecting your audition material. If you should have questions regarding auditions, please contact our Audition Coordinator.
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre
- One memorized contemporary monologue (written since 1960) from a published play or musical, 30-45 seconds in length. The character should be close to your own age and performed without a regional dialect.
- Two memorized songs (one written before 1960, one after 1960) from published Broadway literature and contrasting in style, i.e. up-tempo and ballad. (No Jason Robert Brown or Stephen Sondheim.) Select 16 bars for the ballad and 32 bars for the up-tempo. Please bring sheet music in the proper key—no recorded music will be permitted. An accompanist will be provided. (Note: although you will choose only 16-32 bars for your audition, please be prepared to sing the entire song, if requested.)
- A brief ballet combination will be taught on-site and performed to assess your potential dance abilities.
B.F.A. in Theatre - Acting
- Two memorized monologues, each 30-45 seconds in length. Material should be from published plays, contrasting in period and/or style, with a character close to your own age, and performed without a regional dialect. Shakespeare is acceptable for one of the acting monologues; however, no Puck monologues from A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be permitted.
The Audition Process
If you are auditioning for the B.F.A. Musical Theatre or B.F.A. in Acting, you will check in with the Department of Theatre and Dance at 8:15 a.m., on the morning of your scheduled audition. The audition segment will consist of the following:
Warm-up (everyone) and learn ballet combination (musical theatre only)
Perform ballet combination (musical theatre only)
Perform monologues (everyone) and songs (musical theatre only)
Exit meeting with a faculty member
In addition to the audition portion of your day, you will be given information about the department and its degree programs, meet and have lunch with current theatre students, and take a tour of the Millikin campus and the department’s facilities. Additional options such as attending classes, attending performances, staying overnight with a student, and appointments with the Office of Admission, the Student Services Center, or Financial Aid can also be arranged, depending on availability. Please discuss these opportunities with the Audition/Interview Coordinator when scheduling your audition.
Your parents/guardians are encouraged to come to campus with you. While they will not be able to see your audition, they will have the opportunity to get acquainted with Millikin and the Department of Theatre and Dance, and have many of their questions answered with you in your exit meeting.
College of Fine Arts Scholarships
Students who are pursuing studies in theatre may qualify for either a College of Fine Arts Scholarship or the prestigious Dean's Scholarship for Excellence. These scholarships are based on talent and/or academic achievement and are awarded at the time of your audition. Scholarships range from $1000 to $5,000 and are renewable annually.