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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!

Your first step in the audition process is to apply to Oklahoma City University. You can do this online at OCU Admissions. There is an incredibly welcoming and able staff ready to assist you with any questions you may have with the university application. All you have to do is ask! To find your specific admissions representative, visit OCU Admission Counselors.

After filling out the application for admission to Oklahoma City University, you will need to fill out an Audition/Interview Request Form. (NOTE: The form is not yet active for Spring or Fall 2021 applicants. Please check back here soon.)

Applicants wishing to audition for a degree in the School of Music, including BM in Music Theater, BA in Music, and BM in Vocal Performance should complete the Music Audition/Interview Request Form. Students desiring to audition for both schools during the same day or weekend can be accommodated but will need to fill out forms for both schools.

Candidates wishing to audition and apply for the MFA in Screen Acting should visit the program page for further details, as they are slightly different from those listed below for our undergraduate degrees.

AUDITIONS & AUDITION DATES

All students desiring to major in any of the following degree programs must fill out the Audition/Interview Request Form:

  • BFA Acting
  • BFA Theatre Design & Production
  • BA Theatre & Performance

On-Campus Audition & Interview Dates for 2020-2021

*Dates and/or locations subject to change due to COVID-19 Pandemic*

  • November 20-21, 2020
  • December 12, 2020 - Design & Production Only
  • February 5-6, 2021
  • March 5-6, 2021

Off-Campus Audition Opportunities

Representatives for all three programs are not in attendance at all locations below. Please contact ocutheatreauditions@okcu.edu to verify which programs will be accepting auditions/interviews at a specific location.

Las Vegas National Performing Arts Auditions

Las Vegas, NV
TBD

Booker T. Washington College Showcase

Dallas, TX
November 20-21, 2020

North Texas Drama Auditions

Plano, TX
November 19, 2020

Texas Thespians Festival

Grapevine, TX
November 20-21, 2020

Greater Houston Area Auditions

Houston, TX
November 22, 2020

Greater San Antonio Area Auditions

San Antonio, TX
November 23, 2020

Colorado Thespian Conference

Denver, CO
December 3-5, 2020

Oklahoma State Thespian Festival

Tulsa, OK
TBD

Arkansas State Thespian Festival

Jonesboro, AR
February 11-13, 2021

Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)

Memphis, TN
March 3-7, 2021

International Thespian Festival (ITF)

Bloomington, IN
June 21-26, 2021

Chicago Unified Auditions:

Chicago, IL
February 8-10, 2021

The School of Theatre will accept walk-up auditions at the Chicago Unifieds, but you can sign up in advance for an audition time as well.

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

ACTING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

BFA Acting Audition Requirements

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 music theatre productions.

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, 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.

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!

THEATRE & PERFORMANCE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

BA Theatre & Performance Audition Requirements

1. Candidates must bring with them 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!

DESIGN & PRODUCTION AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

BFA Theatre Design & Production Interview and Portfolio Review 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.

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 must still perform two contrasting monologues not to exceed three total minutes in length. The student should say his/her name and the titles of the pieces before beginning.
  2. We must have a full-body shot of the student at all times in order to see the student's movement throughout the piece.
  3. The student is only allowed to use one chair as a prop.
  4. The student must submit a head shot, resume, and two letters of recommendation along with the recorded monologues.
  5. 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.