Performance Admissions Process
A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a specialized degree reflecting more extensive study of Theatre than one would experience in a Bachelor of Arts (BA). For this reason, faculty in the Department of Theatre conduct auditions as part of the admissions process.
All students interested in pursuing a BFA will be considered “pre-BFA” until they have successfully auditioned for the program.
You will present your material to at least two full-time, theatre performance focused faculty from CCSU.
What to Prepare:
- Two contrasting pieces.
The pieces must be from published/produced plays.
- They need to be committed to memory and performed without a script.
- Each monologue should be approximately one-minute in length for a total of two-minutes maximum for both pieces.
- One piece should be from a contemporary play (not film or TV) written within the last 20 years. Your character should be speaking to someone specific, not a group of people or the audience; just one person.
- The other piece should be from a Shakespeare play or a play that uses verse or heighted text.
- In addition, prepare 16-32 bars of something to sing acapella. We simply want to hear what you sound like singing; we are not necessarily looking for skilled singers.
After presenting the pieces, the faculty conducting the audition may ask you to:
- Do the pieces again in a redirect with adjustments.
- Do an exercise with one or both pieces.
- Improvise and play a theatre game.
- Answer questions about the pieces, your intentions for the BFA, and/or your future.
If you have a head shot/photo and a resume, please bring them. However, they are not required.
To successfully complete the audition requirement for admittance into the BFA Program, a student must attain “Yes”-es for at least five of following eight criteria:
- Did the applicant follow the audition instructions, especially in regards to material preparation?
- Was the material memorized and have the appearance of being prepared and worked on?
- Was the applicant able to appear (either the first time or with adjustment/direction) as if they were speaking to someone in their pieces?
- Was the applicant audible and able to be heard by auditors? (Audibility is irrelevant to the language spoken).
- Did it appear as if the applicant had a strong understanding of the material they prepared, demonstrated by choices made with the piece or by being able to answer questions about it?
- When given adjustments, was the applicant able to receive the feedback as a professional, “play,” and implement the notes, exercises, or adjustments given.
- Did the applicant appear to have an emotional connection to the material presented, either the first time or with direction?
- Was the applicant able to articulately answer questions regarding their intentions to enroll in a pre-professional, BFA program and why they intend to study theatre?