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School of Theatre Admissions & Auditions

Welcome to Oklahoma City University School of Theatre Auditions!

We are excited to join you throughout this process. We understand that auditions/interviews are an exciting yet nervous time for both students and families. In order to minimize your anxiety, please consider that we understand that you are a developing performer, designer, or technician. We don't expect you to be perfect. Think about the audition process as an opportunity to share your talents with our faculty members. Don't think of it as a "life or death" situation. Be assured that the faculty listening to you is interested in you and your progress. We want you to feel at ease and to be able to perform to the best of your ability. We are on your side during this journey, and we want you to be successful!

  1. Apply to Oklahoma City University. You can do this online at OCU Admissions. To find your specific admissions representative, visit OCU Admission Counselors.
  2. All students desiring to audition or interview for one of our programs, please see individual major requirements below.

NOTE: Candidates wishing to audition and apply for the MFA in Screen Acting should visit the program page for further details.

AUDITIONS & AUDITION OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual OCU Audition & Interview Opportunities for 2020-2021

Check back soon for more information about Audition & Interview opportunities.

  • December 5, 2020 - Design & Production Only

Virtual Events: Audition and Interview Opportunities

If a virtual option is presented, representatives from the OCU School of Theatre will participate in the following events:

  • Las Vegas National Performing Arts Auditions
  • North Texas Drama Auditions
  • Texas Thespians Festival
  • Greater Houston Area Auditions
  • Greater San Antonio Area Auditions
  • Colorado Thespian Conference
  • Oklahoma State Thespian Festival
  • Unified Auditions
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference
  • International Thespian Festival

If you have any questions regarding OCU School of Theatre auditions and interviews, please contact ocutheatreauditions@okcu.edu.

Check back soon for more information regarding Unified Audition information.

Students who are unable to attend the audition dates listed above may submit a recorded audition through Acceptd. (NOTE: Please see additional guidelines for recorded materials under the "Recorded Auditions" tab.)

BFA ACTING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

BFA Acting Audition Requirements

NOTE: All BFA Acting Auditions will be held virtually. Please visit "Recorded Auditions" below for instructions on how to submit your video.

1. Candidates must perform, by memory, 2 contrasting monologues not to exceed three total minutes in length. Here are some helpful tips when choosing your monologues!

  • Monologues must come from published plays. You should read the plays in their entirety to help you with the context and character of the monologue.
  • Use contemporary material. Stay away from classical materials such as Shakespeare, Moliere, and the like.
  • Choose age appropriate material.
  • Do not audition with monologues from musicals.

2. If attending an audition on campus, candidate will participate in a voice and movement improvisation session.

  • This session is required of all BFAA interested students.
  • Bring clothes in which you may move freely.
  • No additional prep is required for this session

3. Candidates must bring with them a theatre resume and a recent headshot.

  • Do not worry if you do not have a long list of theatrical experiences for your resume. We are more interested in the progress you will make than what you've done in the past.
  • Make sure that your name is written on your headshot and resume. If they get separated, we want to make sure that we know who you are!

4. All candidates will have a short interview with the individuals viewing their auditions. We value your personality, attitude, and passion to learn just as much as we value your ability. This interview just gives us a chance to get to know you better!

BA THEATRE & PERFORMANCE INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

BA Theatre & Performance Interview Requirements

  1. Candidates must provide a theatre resume, a recent headshot, and two letters of recommendation.
    • Do not worry if you do not have a long list of theatrical experiences for your resume. We are more interested in the progress you will make than what you've done in the past.
    • Make sure that your name is written on your headshot and resume. If they get separated, we want to make sure that we know who you are!
    • Letters of recommendation cannot come from family members. These should come from directors, coaches, administrators, teachers, or other adults who have worked closely with you and can speak of your work ethic, strengths, etc.
  2. All candidates will have a short interview with the individuals viewing their auditions. We value your personality, attitude, and passion to learn just as much as we value your ability. This interview just gives us a chance to get to know you better!
  3. All interviews will be held virtually. Please fill out an Interview Request Form and we will reach out to schedule your interview.

BFA DESIGN & PRODUCTION INTERVIEW AND PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

BFA Theatre Design & Production Interview and Portfolio Requirements

  1. Candidates must submit a portfolio for review.
    • Portfolio should demonstrate artistic ability or technical skills that are relevant to theatre design and production.
    • Examples of what to include in your portfolio could be but are not limited to photographs, drawings, paintings, audio recordings, any artwork or technical drawings, etc.
  2. Candidates must submit a theatrical resume indicating any previous experience in theatrical production, community activities, and academic achievements.
  3. All interviews will be held virtually. Please fill out an Interview Request Form and we will reach out to schedule your interview and collect portfolio materials.

RECORDED AUDITIONS

We understand that it is not always possible to travel to Oklahoma City University to audition. Therefore, the School of Theatre also accepts digital audition submissions through Acceptd. Please read the stipulations for BFA Acting submissions below:

  1. The student should say his/her name and the titles of the pieces before beginning.
  2. The student must perform two contrasting monologues not to exceed three total minutes in length.
  3. We must have a full-body shot of the student at all times in order to see the student's movement throughout the piece.
  4. The student is only allowed to use one chair as a prop.
  5. The student must provide a head shot, resume, and two letters of recommendation along with the recorded monologues. Letters of recommendation cannot come from family members. These should come from directors, coaches, administrators, teachers, or other adults who have worked closely with you and can speak of your work ethic, strengths, etc.
  6. All recorded auditions must be submitted on Acceptd by May 1.


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We understand that by choosing to attend Oklahoma City University School of Theatre, you are making an investment in your education. In support of this, we also want to join you in this endeavor.

At the time of your audition and/or interview, you are automatically being considered for theatre scholarship opportunities. You will find out within one (1) month of your audition/interview whether or not you have been admitted to the Oklahoma City University School of Theatre. At that time, if you are admitted, you will also find out whether or not you will be receiving theatre scholarship.

Because we want to make college as affordable of an experience as possible, I also encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out other scholarship opportunities for which you may be eligible. Oklahoma City University offers incredibly competitive academic scholarships based upon SAT/ACT scores. For more information regarding these scholarships, as well as contact information to speak directly to a financial aid representative, please visit OCU Financial Aid.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions regarding the application, audition, or admission process, please contact ocutheatreauditions@okcu.edu.