BA Theatre Auditions

Theatre Audition/Scholarship Day

Audition/Scholarship Day is when the Department of Theatre & Dance holds auditions and interviews for departmental acting, design, and technical theatre scholarships, as well as auditions for admission to the Musical Theatre Track (there are no auditions for entrance into the acting track).  These are held on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dates (2017-2018 Admission)

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Check-in Time: 9:15AM
Location: Lobby of Rowand-Johnson Hall
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Check-in Time: 9:15AM
Location: Lobby of Rowand-Johnson Hall
Musical Theatre Registration Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 5pm
Acting & Design/Tech Registration Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2016

Musical Theatre Applicants who wish to audition on January 28 must submit a pre-screen video by December 2, 2016 @ 5pm. Please read the pre-screen guidelines below.

Registration

Musical Theatre Registration is closed. We will be in touch with you soon regarding your audition status.

For all other applicants, please fill out the online Audition Day Registration Form.  These materials must be received by the Friday prior to Audition Day.

Pre-Screen

Applicants participating in the Fall Audition are not required to go through the pre-screening process.

For Spring Auditions, Musical Theatre applicants must submit a pre-screen video by December 2nd @ 5pm to be considered. Following the process, applicants will be notified if they have qualified for auditions and will be invited to fill out a registration form, if they have not already. Any Musical Theatre applicant who does not submit a pre-screen video by December 2nd may not be allowed to attend the spring auditions.

The pre-screen video should be no more than 90 seconds and must include at least one 16 measure cut of a song and a 30 second monologue. Dance or movement is encouraged but not required. Pre-screen videos should be sent to auditions@ua.edu.

What to Expect

This is a typical schedule, subject to change based on scheduling requirements.

  • 9:15AM – Registration in the lobby of Rowand-Johnson Hall on the UA Campus.  You will be given audition numbers and a complete schedule of the day.
  • 9:30AM – Welcome and Introduction, Gallaway Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall.
  • 10:00AM – Q&A for parents with Department Chair William Teague.
  • 10:00AM-6:00PM – Audition/Scholarship Day activities.  These will include auditions, interviews, theatre workshops, campus tours, and meetings with UA Theatre majors.

How to Prepare

ALL ACTORS

Prepare a 90-second (or less) monologue of your choice (classic or contemporary) that best shows off your acting skills.  Please note that you will be cut off at the 90-second mark.

MUSICAL THEATRE

In addition to the monologue, prepare two theatre songs (16-measure audition versions, but know the complete songs): an up-tempo and a ballad.  Women who can belt should include both belt and legit.  There will be an accompanist; bring sheet music.  Do not sing a cappella or with recorded accompaniment.  There will also be a dance audition.  Bring dance clothes, and character and jazz shoes, if you have them.

CLOTHING

Standard audition attire is required.  Come dressed for the acting audition.  Musical theatre applicants will have a few minutes to change into dance clothing for the dance audition. Please bring all dance shoes including tap shoes and wear appropriate dance wear.

DESIGN/PRODUCTION

If available, bring examples of your design work.  These designs can be realized work or class projects.  Drawings, sketches, models, and photos presented in an organized manner are a great way to show off your skills.  If you do not have design work prepared, do not be intimidated.  You are still encouraged to talk to our design faculty.

Lunch

Lunch is not provided, but there will be a break for applicants to eat on their own. There are several dining locations around the campus and a map will be provided when the applicant checks in.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

You will be notified by the end of February 2017 if you have been selected to receive a scholarship from the Department of Theatre and Dance in the Fall of 2017.  If auditioning for the Musical Theatre Track, you will be notified of your status by the end of February.

GUESTS/PARENTS

All auditions are private.  Performers are brought into the audition room one at a time. We find that students do their best and most honest work when parents and guests are not watching. You are welcome to wait for the auditionee in the Johnson Room (adjacent to the Marian Gallaway Theatre).

QUESTIONS

Please contact the appropriate area representative on the Guidelines page.

Resources & Information Sheets

  • Audition Day Registration Form (submitted online)
  • Send Pre-Screen videos to auditions@ua.edu
  • If you any questions, please contact Stacy Alley, slalley@ua.edu.