Spring Awakening, April 2018

Admission & Audition Procedures

Admission to the Department

Students interested in any of the Department of Theatre and Dance's degree programs must be accepted to Fredonia through the general College Admissions processOnce accepted to the University, students wishing to declare the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Arts may do so without an audition.  Students seeking admission to any of the Department's pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) programs must also audition or present a portfolio review in the year prior to entering Fredonia.  Audition requirements for each of the B.F.A. programs are listed below.  While prospective students may audition and/or interview for the B.F.A. programs at any time during their application process, no student will be admitted to a B.F.A. program until they have been academically accepted by the University.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Audition Requirements

*These requirements pertain to on-campus auditions only. Students seeking admission to the B.F.A. programs in Acting and Musical Theatre must complete a required pre-screening process before scheduling an on-campus audition.
Please see our Application & Audition Process page for pre-screening instructions or to register for BFA Dance or BFA Theatrical Production and Design auditions.

BFA Acting

All students wishing to audition for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting must submit a prescreen video via Acceptd.  Prescreen requirements are as follows:

MONOLOGUES

  • Two (2) 60-90 second contrasting monologues (please see below)
  • One (1) contemporary monologue (written after 1900).  Contemporary monologues should be filmed in a "close-up" shot, which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • One (1) classical monologue (written before 1900).  Classical monologues should be filmed in a "full body" shot, which means that the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame.
  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues may not come from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 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 90 seconds).
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Students should also upload a headshot, a resume of previous experience in theatre, and two letters of recommendation from teachers, employment supervisors, or theatre professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

Students submitting successful prescreening materials will be invited to an on-campus audition.  Please note that an on-campus audition is required for admission to the BFA in Acting.

BFA Dance

Auditions for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance are held in the Merrins Dance Theatre (258 Rockefeller Arts Center) from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Students should arrive by 8:30 am to sign in for the audition and to warm up.  The audition class begins at 9:00 am, and will include work in Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance.

Students must also present a 90-second solo in the style of their choice (no pointe work, please).  Solos will be presented immediately after the class portion of the audition, and may be either self- or professionally-choreographed.

Students should bring ballet and jazz shoes with them, and must also be prepared to dance in bare feet.  We also ask that dancers bring to their audition a personal statement, no longer than two pages (typed & double-spaced), telling us what dance means to you.  This can take any number of forms:  You could tell us about the most memorable dancing experience you've had up to this point, you could let us know what aspects of dance interest you mist, or you could tell us about your goals for the future!  It's up to you!  Personal statements will be collected at check-in.

The BFA Dance audition will also include a campus tour, and a Q & A session with the dance faculty and current students. Parents & guardians are encouraged to participate in the campus tour and the Question & Answer session.

Video Auditions:  Students residing more than 200 miles from the Fredonia campus may audition through video submission.  To arrange a video audition, please fill out the Audition Request Form and indicate your intent to submit a video audition.  Once your request is processed, specific criteria for video submissions will be emailed to the address provided in the audition request form.

BFA Musical Theatre

SUNY Fredonia is a participant in the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen for the 2019-2020 cycle.   Prescreen requirements are as follows:

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.

SONGS

Students shold prepare 2 contrasting pieces:

  • 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 3/4 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.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monologues must come from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 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 90 seconds).
  • One (1) 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century - Present).

Please note that there is no dance requirement for prescreen videos

For additional information, please refer to SUNY Fredonia's Acceptd Portal here

Students submitting successful prescreening materials will be invited to an on-campus audition.  Please note that an on-campus audition is required for admission to the BFA in Musical Theatre.

BFA Theatrical Production and Design

Portfolio reviews for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Production and Design require a thirty-minute interview with the Production Design faculty.  This is an opportunity for the faculty to gain insight into the prospective students' background, educational goals, and specific interests in the area of Theatrical Production and Design.

Students must bring the following materials to their portfolio review:

-A resume detailing any previous theatrical experience

-Two letters of recommendation from teachers, employment supervisors, or theatre professionals who can best speak to your abilities and potential.

-Examples of their work to show at the interview.  This may include sketches, renderings, art projects, drafting, photographs of production work, or anything that demonstrates design and/or technological abilities.  Students may choose to present these materials in portfolio format, but an organized collection of materials is acceptable.  Any submitted materials will be returned at the end of the interview session.

Information for International Students

International Students interested in the BFA performance programs, and for whom travel to Fredonia for an on-campus audition is impossible, may submit an audition via digital media.  Please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance for additional information on International applications to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Theatrical Production and Design.  International audition requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

BFA Dance

Video auditions for the BFA in Dance must include the following:

-Ballet (2 minutes):  A short selection of barre work, including plies and grands battements; an adagio phrase in the center; allegro work in the center (16 bars petit allegro, 16 bars grand allegro).

-Modern Dance (2 minutes) - A center or traveling phrase or phrases, no more than 2 minutes in length, that demonstrates the dancer's understanding of the use of weight and space, and elements such as turns, falls, jumps, and floor work.

-Jazz Dance (2 minutes) - A center or traveling phrase or phrases, no more than 2 minutes in length, that demonstrates the dancer's understanding of Africanist aesthetics, an articulate torso, isolation, and syncopation.

-Solo Performance (90 seconds) - This solo may be presented in any style the dancers chooses (no pointe work, please), and may be either self- or professionally-choreographed.

Students must also submit a personal statement (no more than 2 pages, typed and double-spaced), telling us what dance means to you.  This can take any number of forms:  You could tell us about the most memorable dancing experience you've had up to this point, you could let us know what aspects of dance interest you most, or you could tell us about your goals for the future.  It's up to you!

Video submissions will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.  Students will be notified of the results of their audition no later than Monday, April 6th, 2020.  Priority consideration for scholarships will be given to applications received on or before February 15th, 2020.  Audition results will be sent via email and standard mail, so please make sure your mailing and email addresses are accurate on your Audition Request Form.

Additional Information

Audition or portfolio results are not released to prospective students unless they choose to attend Fredonia. Students not accepted to a B.F.A. program on their initial audition may re-audition one additional time, whether or not they are in residence at Fredonia. Any student in residence at Fredonia wishing to re-audition or re-submit a portfolio may view the results of their previous audition/interview and discuss those results with a member of the faculty so as to gain insight on where improvements need to be made.

Transfer students should audition/interview for the B.F.A. program of their choice in the semester before they intend to transfer. All B.F.A. programs generally require a minimum of three years for transfer students to complete.

 

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