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Audition Requirements and Guidelines

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Auditions for Theater Major:

  • Audition Selections: Prepare and memorize two contrasting age-appropriate monologues from published plays, not to exceed a combined total of three (3) minutes. Avoid excessively stylized pieces, dialects, extreme physicality, and props. If your monologue selection includes Shakespeare, be sure you are confident with the language and character you’ve selected. 
  • Casting Yourself: Select roles in your own age and emotional range and from material with which you are familiar and feel comfortable. You are not expected to do a classical piece but may do so if you choose. Look for selections with contrasting moods, intentions, emotional levels, etc. “Contrast” can be demonstrated through type of character and material such as serious/comedic, contemporary/classical, urban/rural, etc., rather than age.
  • Time Limit: Remember that no audition is ever too short. Don’t feel obligated to “fill” the entire three minutes. One or two minutes is more than sufficient and often refreshing to the auditors. Three minutes is the maximum time permitted. You will likely be asked to stop after three minutes, especially if there are a number of students auditioning/presenting that day. Remember that, in this case, less is indeed more!
  • Staging:  No props or costume should be used unless the item is one you would normally carry, such as eyeglasses, handkerchief, a wristwatch, etc. Wear clothes that permit ease of movement and are comfortable. Avoid hair styles which hide your features. Try to keep your audition simple. Elaborate staging will remove the focus from where it should be—on you! Speak in an articulate, clear voice.
  • Rehearsing Your Audition: Be sure to rehearse out loud and on your feet with an experienced teacher, director, or coach. Refer to any one of several excellent books on “how to audition” for additional guidelines and hints. Above all, don’t worry! Consider this audition to be a learning experience designed to help you grow as a student performer and as a chance to explore the possible next step in your training career. We look forward to meeting you and wish you good luck!
  • Questions? Please contact Brian Jones (Brian.Jones@iup.edu).

Auditions for Interdisciplinary Fine Arts–Musical Theater Track:

  • Music Selection: Prepare two memorized musical theater songs (in their entirety) of contrasting style with no repeats. One of the songs must be from a Golden Age musical pre-1960 (examples include Rogers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, and/or Lerner & Lowe, etc.).
  • Music Presentation: Sheet music should be placed in a binder arranged with the fewest page turns as possible. Prepare your audition by providing the name, composer, and key signature as well as the name of the book or anthology from which you have selected your songs.
  • Musical Accompaniment: An accompanist will be provided. No a capella singing
  • Acting Selection: In addition to the required music audition, each applicant needs to prepare a short (one- to two-minute), age-appropriate monologue from a published play. Avoid excessively stylized pieces, dialects, extreme physicality, and props. 
  • Dance: Auditionees will be required to learn and repeat a dance combination. This is only a diagnostic. Those with little or no dance background may still be admitted to the program, but we need to see your movement capabilities and potential. Time will be given for you to dress for movement and then change for your vocal/monologue audition. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear with you.
  • Special Testing: On the audition day, all applicants must complete the Music Department theory test. In preparation for your audition, please contact your music teacher/mentor and have them review music theory, sight singing, and pitch matching. Theory lessons and exercises useful for preparation can be found at musictheory.net.
  • Questions? Please contact Rob Gretta (rgretta@iup.edu)

Auditions for Interdisciplinary Fine Arts–Dance Arts Track:

  • Dance Selection 1: 60- to 90-second dance demonstrating technical proficiency and performance capabilities at the intermediate level of either ballet or modern dance technique
  • Dance Selection 2: 60- to 90-second dance demonstrating technical proficiency and performance capabilities at the intermediate level in a secondary area selected from ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom, or ethnic styles .
  • Interview: With department faculty
  • Audition Attire: Wear appropriate clothing that makes you feel confident. Avoid constrictive or excessively stylish clothing.
  • Warm Up: Physically before the audition. Be as relaxed and focused as possible. We want you to succeed.
  • Questions? Please contact Holly Boda-Sutton (hboda@iup.edu).

  • Theater and Dance Department
  • Waller Hall, Room 104
    401 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2965
  • Fax: 724-357-3885
  • Department Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.