Auditions & Interviews

Prospective Student Auditions and Interviews

The ACU Theatre program offers a BFA in six different tracks: Acting, Design/Tech, Directing, Musical Theatre, Theatre Education, and Theatre Ministry. You may audition for up to two tracks at the same time. 

Admission to the ACU Theatre Department is by audition (performers, directors, education and ministry tracks) or interview (designers/technical theatre). 

Open auditions (no screening video required) for a place in the August 2017 incoming class for both new students and currently enrolled ACU students considering a theatre major will be held November 4, 2016. Admission to the University is required before your audition. Please register for an audition. 

To be considered for an invitation to a callback on-campus in January or February 2017 for a place in the August 2017 incoming class, please submit a short audition video of your work. Instructions for composing your audition video will be emailed to you after you have completed the audition registration information. 

You will hear back from us by January 6, 2017 to know if you have been selected for an on-campus callback audition and interview. 

Audition Dates:

Friday, November 4, 2016 (open audition - no screening video required)
Friday, January 27, 2017 (callback audition)
Friday, February 17, 2017 (callback audition) To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday in production
Friday, February 24, 2017
(callback audition)

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 Competitive Entry:

  • All students must audition/interview to be accepted as Theatre majors.
  • Up to twelve freshmen will be admitted to the program each fall.
  • If you are not accepted, you may still enroll in ACU and take some specific theatre classes; you may audition again in November of your freshman year.

Requirements:

To be accepted into the Theatre major program at ACU, you must:

  • Complete the audition/interview registration application
  • Gain clear admission to ACU
  • Maintain a full course load (12 hrs per semester or more)
  • Complete an audition/interview and be selected as a Theatre major
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA

The audition/interview registration application requires the following:

  • High school GPA and class rank
  • One-page resume of theatre experience
  • Two short-answer paragraphs (questions on registration page)
  • Two reference letters

For open auditions in November, Actors (students desiring Acting or Musical Theatre tracks, Theatre Education or Directing) should prepare two contrasting monologues limited to 60 seconds each. A cold reading will be provided at the audition. Singers (required for Musical Theatre, optional for other tracks) should prepare the monologues, and also a verse and chorus of a Broadway-style song. An accompanist will be provided, but please also bring recorded accompaniment to the audition. Bring your sheet music mounted on card stock or in a three-ring binder. A dance audition (musical theatre/jazz combo) will be required for Musical Theatre students and is optional for Acting track. Bring appropriate dance clothes and shoes. 

Designers, Directors and Theatre Education and Theatre Ministry tracks should prepare a portfolio including drawings, photos, press articles, etc. demonstrating your work or showing your dreams. Be prepared to discuss your experience and goals during your interview. 

Details on composing an audition Screening Video in consideration of a callback on-campus in January or February will be emailed to you when your audition registration is received. We look forward to hearing from you!

Emmy-nominated Production Designer Nelson Coates

Alumnus Nelson Coates ('84) discusses faith and the film industry in ACU Theatre Chapel. Coates is known for Flight (with Denzel Washington), The Proposal (with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds), Secret in the Eyes (with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts) and the Emmy-winning Stephen King's The Stand.

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