Acting & Musical Theatre Auditions

Overview: Audition Process for Academic Programs

a row of actors and dancers in colorful costumesUA Theatre and Dance holds two Audition Days each academic year — one in the fall and one in the spring.

In order to be considered to attend Audition Day, you must submit an application (at the bottom of this page) and a video by the deadline for the Audition Day you wish to attend. Only those students who submit a song and a piece of dance/movement will be considered for musical theatre. These deadlines along with the criteria for the videos are listed below.

Once videos have been reviewed, students can be invited to attend acting auditions or musical theatre auditions. More information about the audition criteria will be sent in an email if an applicant is selected for the on-campus Acting or Musical Theatre auditions.

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Fall Audition for Fall 2020 Admission

Application and Video Deadline

Monday, October 14, 2019

Applicants selected to audition on campus will be notified on/before October 25.

Audition Day

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Spring Audition for Fall 2020 Admission

Application and Video Deadline

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Applicants selected to audition on campus will be notified on/before December 2.

Audition Day

Saturday, January 11, 2020

College Musical Theater Common Prescreen Criteria

The University of Alabama is a participant in the College Musical Theater Prescreen Criteria in partnership with Paper Mill Playhouse and dozens of other university and collegiate equivalent musical theater training institutions.

UA Requirements from the 2019-2020 Criteria

Overall

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

Slate

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Monologue

  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.

Songs

Students should prepare two contrasting pieces that meet these criteria:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo.
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

Dance

Students should prepare a piece of dance/movement that meets these criteria:

  • This dance/movement piece can be in any style, anyone’s choreography and to any genre of music.
  • Each dance file should be 60 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 60 seconds).

More Information

More information on the 2019-2020 College Musical Theater Common Prescreen Criteria can be found on the Papermill Playhouse website.

Acting Concentration Criteria

Students wishing to audition for the acting concentration should upload a single monologue video that fits the following description:

  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th century-present).
  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.

Please note that the video must include the slate (a slate includes your name, the title of the play, and the playwright) followed by the 60-90 second monologue.

Audition and Interview Day Application

NOTE: Registration for auditions for the 2020-2021 season are now closed. For any queries, please email auditions@ua.edu.