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Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance

Apply to the BFA Musical Theatre 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 in Musical Theatre and Musical Theatre/Dance Minor 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 Musical Theatre or Musical Theatre with a Dance Concentration 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 March. Students who do not audition by February 16 must defer consideration of admission to the following year.

If the Applicant participate in Ohio Unified Auditions (January 12, 2018), the applicant will need to schedule an official on campus audition. 

Pre-Screening for BFA Musical Theatre Applicants

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. If you wish to audition on campus December 8th, it is recommended that you submit your prescreen by November 15th. All notifications are made via message on Acceptd (please check settings to ensure that your are properly notified).

Please include a video 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 separate clips of an up-tempo song, a ballad, and one monologue (Shakespeare). The monologue should be from one of Shakespeare's play. One of the songs should be from Musical Theatre repertoire, the other song can be from any genre.  Each clip should contain about a minute of material, and together the clips should not exceed three minutes. The introduction is not counted as part of the three minutes.
    • Piano, CD or other audio must accompany singers. Try different distances from the sound source until you get a recording that puts your voice significantly above the accompaniment. We need to be able to hear you. A capella recordings cannot be considered.
    • We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video.  Our goal is to make the pre-screening possible for students who don’t have access to equipment other than a smart phone or a laptop.
    • For advice on choosing and performing your monologues, please see the guidelines that best suit your needs: On Campus Audition Guidelines (PDF) or Unified Audition Guidelines (PDF)
  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, send us any close-up that you have of yourself. 
  5. Upload dance demonstration. 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.  Optional:  Special Skills.  You play an instrument, tumble, know stage combat, etc., please feel free to upload this optional video. This is a way for the recruitment team to get to know you, but it is not required.

 Please note: All Musical Theatre applicants are required submit a dance pre-screen video.  It is optional for BFA ACT and BA Theatre and should only be submitted if you wish to be considered for a Dance Minor talent award.

If you have questions about the guidelines or the audition process, please email eryn.kane@otterbein.edu.

The Full Monty (2014)Deadlines & Decisions For Pre-Screening

We will begin accepting pre-screenings on September 1, 2018. 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, 2018 is the final date to submit a pre-screen for the 2019-2020 school year.  Late pre-screens may not be processed.

Application for BFA Musical Theatre 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. Unified slots are reserved for those students outside the state of Ohio. Ohio residents must audition on campus.

Our on-campus audition dates for 2018-2019 are:

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Saturday. January 26, 2019
  • Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Ohio Unified Audition Date is:

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019

Students should still submit pre-screen to Otterbein University by the December 1, 2018 deadline.

Our National Unified Audition dates are:

  • New York: Saturday, January 19, 2019 & Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • Chicago: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday February 4-7, 2019
  • Los Angeles: Saturday, February 9, 2019 & Sunday, February 10, 2019

On campus auditions usually run from 8am – 5pm. If you schedule your audition at one of the Unified sites, you will select a specific 10 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. Once you have passed the pre-screen process you should immediately complete your admission application to the university.

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 apply for university admission for scholarship consideration. Students are encouraged to speak with Admissions about deadlines.  Deadlines listed here are for the audition portion. Students who audition, but do not submit an application for admission, will not be considered for the BFA program.