Texas State University -Department of Theatre and Dance
BFA Musical Theatre and BFA Acting Programs
Audition Information and Requirements
Both programs will hold on-campus auditions on
Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2:30pm
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2:30pm.
To register for the Musical Theatre auditions, contact Kaitlin Hopkins at
To register for the BFA Acting auditions, contact Michael Costello at
Students may audition for both the Musical Theatre and Acting Programs, but can
only be accepted into one of the programs.
Application to the University does not have to be finalized in order to secure an
To reserve an on-campus audition time:
Download an application and follow the instructions in filling it out. A list of additional
support materials and the mailing instructions are on the last page of the
application. Please make sure all of the required materials are mailed in the
Once your application fee and materials are received and processed, you will receive an
email confirming the date, time, and location of your on-campus audition.
If you are applying for our program and are planning to attend one of the major
collective auditions, i.e., North Texas, Texas Thespians, etc, please write the name of
that location on your application form.
Off-Campus audition dates:
North Texas Drama Auditions (Plano)
Thursday, November 19th
Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts
Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th
Texas Thespians (Corpus Christi) (BFA Acting only)
The Greater Houston Auditions (BFA Acting only)
Sunday, November 22nd
Greater San Antonio Auditions
Monday, November 23rd
TETA (Texas Education Theatre Association) (Dallas)
January 21-24, 2010
Los Angeles Feb. 6-7
BFA ACTING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
The BFA Acting auditions will consist of three parts:
Students are required to perform 2 contrasting monologues for a total of 4 minutes.
Students may also be asked to perform a third monologue and should have one
prepared. One of the monologues must be a classical piece; Shakespeare is preferred.
Physical Acting, vocal skills, and ensemble work: In a group, the auditioning students
will work through a series of exercises to evaluate their physical and vocal range, and
their ability to work collaboratively within a company. (For this stage of work, students
should bring clothes they can move in.)
Interview: This is an opportunity for the students and faculty to get to know each other,
and for the faculty to answer questions the student may have about the program.
For detailed information about the BFA Acting program, click on the link below:
BFA MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
*PLEASE have a current photo.
*PLEASE state on your resume any music theory or sight singing training.
*PLEASE indicate any instruments you play, and for how long.
*PLEASE be specific about any dance training you have had.
Choose 2 contrasting songs from Musical Theatre repertoire, one traditional and one
contemporary (ballad and up-tempo), no longer than 32-bars each. Faculty may ask for
more of the song or a different song, so please bring other music with you just in case.
Faculty panel will decide if you present the second song. We are looking for good story
telling as well as a strong vocal instrument. Please make specific choices that
communicate the stakes of the song. We suggest working on your songs as a
An accompanist will be provided for all on-campus auditions. All other cities will require
a recording of the accompaniment on CD. We will supply a sound system, but you are
more than welcome to bring your own. You may not sing a cappella.
***Please do not sing: Memory, Shy, Think of Me, Adelaide’s Lament, I Don’t
Know How to Love Him, I Can’t Say No, Always True To You Darling in My
Fashion, Gimme Gimme, Defying Gravity or anything from Spring Awakening or
Jekyll and Hyde.****
ACTING REQUIREMENT FOR MUSICAL THEATRE
Two contrasting monologues that are one minute each (comedic/dramatic). Please
choose age appropriate material. We are looking for simple, honest work based in truth.
The faculty panel will decide if you present the second monologue. One should be from
modern, post-war literature
(Examples: Miller, Williams, Albee, Inge, Shepard).
In addition to your songs and monologues, you may be engaged in a short interview or
a work session on your material.
The dance audition will consist of a dance class (warm-up and floor work) ending with a
short combination from a Broadway musical demonstrating Ballet and Jazz
Technique. Candidates will dance in groups of 4. Please start to warm-up as you enter
Candidates should dress in basic dancewear. Women should wear a character shoe
or jazz shoe, solid colored leotard with dance pants and tap shoes, if you can. Men
should wear jazz or ballet shoes, a form-fitting solid colored t-shirt or tank, jazz pant or
tights, and tap shoes, again, if you can. No shorts or bulky, oversized sweat-
pants/sweatshirts are permitted. Sneakers are not allowed.
Keep your choices grounded and simple. Let us see who you are.
*Stay away from dialects in your monologues.
* Pick monologues from plays, and read the whole play. Don’t pick monologues
from anthologies that are not from plays.
*Your monologues should be distinctly different in tone and character.
*Choose songs and monologues that are age appropriate.
*Do not choose material from current hit shows on Broadway or songs that are
uniquely associated with particular artists. Songs like “Defying Gravity”,
“Somewhere over the Rainbow”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.
* What to wear. Look your best but don’t over dress. Ladies, please do not
wear extremely high heels. Choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable.
This means something nice and neat but casual—something you feel free to
move in, but that is also flattering to your physique.
*Rehearse your material in the shoes and the outfit you will be performing in
before your auditions.
*Please have your audition music in plastic sheets in a binder so it is easy for the
accompanist to read as well as turn the pages.
*Make sure your music is in your key and is clearly marked with all cuts and
repetitions. Always set a tempo for the accompanist by singing the first few notes
of the song for them.
*We look forward to meeting you in person and seeing your work.