How to Audition & Apply

Learn how to apply + audition

All students are directly admitted into the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre by prescreening and audition. Application for admittance into Indiana University is separate from the audition.

Students applying for the B.F.A. should submit an application to the Indiana University Admissions Office concurrently with the application to the B.F.A. Program in Musical Theatre. While acceptance into the B.F.A. ultimately depends on university admission, auditions may occur while admission is still pending.

When prompted to declare a major for the General Admissions application, please enter Musical Theatre from the list of majors. Be sure to submit the General Admissions application by November 1 for merit scholarship consideration.

Three steps to the audition + application process

To be invited to an audition day, you must first submit a prescreening audition through

Please open an Acceptd account and apply, following the instructions on Your application will include a headshot photograph and resume, high school transcript, a one page personal statement, and the prescreen video.

Picture and resume: Your picture should look like you and reflect your personality. Studio quality portraits are not necessary. Your resume should list all performance experience and related experience. Your resume should also indicate other extracurricular activities, as well as honors and awards in any area.

High school transcript: Transcripts must be sent to both AND to the Indiana University Admissions Office. Please include with your transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores. Letters of recommendation are not necessary.

Essay Question: Please compose a one-page essay to answer this question: What work of literature or movie do you think would make a great musical, and what role would you have for yourself in this production?

Prescreen audition: The video audition does NOT need to be studio quality. Asking a teacher or a friend to tape your audition with a home camera is more than sufficient. Video shot should be 3/4 view or full body. Close-up is not recommended, as we have your headshot.

The audition video introduction should be 60 seconds in length and not a repeat of the personal statement essay. Introduce yourself, your performance titles and briefly state why you are interested in Musical Theatre.

Your taped audition should include 2 contrasting songs and 1 contemporary monologue. The songs should be between 16 and 32 measures each. You may use piano or recorded accompaniment; a cappella is not allowed. Audition video vocals should not use microphones, reverb, autotune or other forms of electronic enhancement.

Choose material that best demonstrates your vocal and acting ability. Treat the song as a monologue with a strong sense of action. The monologue should be from a contemporary play and not exceed 60 seconds. The audition with both songs and monologue should not exceed three minutes, not including your introduction.

The pre-screen and on-campus audition material may be the same or different—there is no preference. Optional dance video should show examples of lyric jazz and/or ballet, musical theatre or contemporary dance and/or tap, original choreography or samples. Please do not include basic barre or musical performance/concert clips.

Priority deadlines: Priority Deadlines: Remember your 2018 priority deadline for the submission of the Audition Prescreen for the November 3 audition date is October 5, 2018, and for the February audition dates the deadline is December 7, 2018. The final date of prescreen submissions for the 2018-19 auditions is January 4, 2019. Notification of audition invitation will be emailed no more than 2 weeks after the deadline dates.

You must complete your General Admissions application to Indiana University. In order to be considered for merit scholarships, you should submit your application by November 1.

Early application is helpful in the audition process. You can direct questions to Scott Hogshed, B.F.A. Liaison (


Audition day activities: The audition day is both morning and afternoon. Specific audition times will be sent with an audition invitation. Indiana University does not attend Regional auditions.

Check in will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the R. Keith Michael Lobby of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.


  • Dance class (1 hour)
  • Acting class (1 hour)
  • Break
  • 4-minute individual audition


  • Meeting with Professor Richard Roland
  • Building Tour
  • Discussion of program requirements and opportunities
  • Break
  • Reconnect with students following individual auditions

Prospective students will begin the day with a dance class to warm up the mind and body as well as demonstrate proficiency and potential. Please wear comfortable stretch clothing. There will be opportunity to change for the afternoon auditions.

An acting class will follow, in which basic ensemble work and improvisation will be explored. After lunch, individual auditions will commence.

Please prepare two contrasting songs of 16 to 32 measures each. Material should be chosen that best demonstrates vocal and acting ability. Treat the song as a monologue with a strong sense of character, wants, and desires. Who are you singing to, why and what do you hope to achieve?

Your music should be clearly marked and in the correct key for the accompanist we provide. We prefer you sing with a piano. CD, cassette tape, or a cappella is not allowed.

In addition, prepare one 60-second monologue from any American play. Please limit the total time of songs and monologue to 3 minutes. Please bring your sheet music to the audition in a looseleaf binder, for ease of the accompanist.

You are free to leave after the individual auditions.

During the acting and dance classes, there will be a meeting for parents to answer any questions about the program, with a tour of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.