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Admission Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

Auditions for the various B.F.A. programs are a two-step process. All students accepted into the programs must first go through a prescreening process either online or at one of the various regional auditions attended by the faculty from Coastal Carolina University's Department of Theatre.

The B.A. program is a program designed for the student to draw from the various areas and is an open degree program that does not require an audition for entrance.

Review of the screening auditions will be closed February 10, 2018. Please follow this link in order to submit the video audition.

Submit your digital applicationAfter You have Submitted Your Digital Audition

After you have submitted your screening audition, you will be contacted as to your status.  If passed through you will be invited to attend an on-campus audition or meet with our faculty at the regional audition in Chicago. Our on-campus auditions are a full-day event. The day will primarily consist of a series of workshops intended to determine your acceptance to training, your ability to take direction and your ability to land within the ensemble. The day will also include an on campus tour, participation in an open forum with current students and lunch with faculty and students. At the end of the day you and your family will be our guests at a University production.

By the end of the day we will have had a chance to really get to know you and work with you. It takes more than two minutes for us to know if we would like you to enter into our company of actors, singers, dancers, designers and technicians. And it should take more than a few minutes to know whether or not you would like to spend the next four years living, working and creating with our faculty. We hope you'll join us for one of the on campus audition days
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PLEASE NOTE: Admission is based on current University standards and an audition and interview process. The purpose of this review/interview is to allow the faculty an opportunity to evaluate previous training, assess current skills and aptitude, gauge desire for (and ability to enter into) rigorous training and determine the department’s ability to educate the student with respect to a career in the theatre.        
 
 

Audition Dates 

We will be holding on-campus auditions on the following dates for those passed through the pre-screening process:

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018

 

We will be holding off-campus auditions in Chicago, IL on the following dates for those passed through the pre-screening process:

  • February 5-8, 2018

 

Expectations for On-Campus Auditions

At our on-campus auditions, your day will consist of several master classes, a campus tour, as well as time spent with current students and faculty. We encourage you to stay and see our production that evening. Along with your audition confirmation, we will send a request for tickets to the production. You must have already auditioned or have scheduled an audition to receive complimentary tickets.

Musical Theatre

  • Approximately 16 bars of two contrasting styles taken from the musical theatre repertory. Please make every effort for one song to be from the classical musical theatre canon, preferably pre-1960 (an accompanist will be provided).
  • One monologue from a published play not to exceed one minute. Please do not attempt any monologue from film or television.
  • The entire audition should not exceed three minutes.
  • Be prepared to take part in a dance audition. Either wear appropriate clothing, or bring clothing to change into, including jazz or character shoes and tap shoes, if you tap.

Please bring sheet music for the accompanist, a theatrical resume, and an 8x10 headshot. If you do not have a professional headshot, please bring a recent, accurate photo focusing on your face.

If you are auditioning at one of the off campus sites, please bring accompaniment on an mp3 player or cell phone in addition to the materials above. Also be prepared to demonstrate your dance ability.

Acting/Physical Theatre

  • Two contrasting monologues. Must be pulled from published plays. We encourage you to be prepared to talk a little about your selections. Please make every effort for one monologue to be a contemporary piece.
  • The entire audition must not exceed three minutes.
  • Be prepared to take part in workshops that will cover movement, voice, and acting work. Please bring appropriate clothing.

Please bring a one page theatre resume and a photo to the audition. An 8x10 headshot is required. If you do not have a professional headshot, please bring a recent, accurate photo focusing on your face.

If you are auditioning at one of the off campus sites, please bring all of the listed materials above.

Design and Technology

Please bring examples of all past work or a portfolio for presentation. It is important to include not only your theatre work, but any work that can be related to your area. Examples might include:

  • Stage manager's prompt scripts 
  • Pictures of scenery or props
  • Art work from a variety of classes
  • Sound design clips or examples from production or classwork
  • While not required, an recent photo (such as your senior portrait) would be appreciated.

We are interested in students with a connection to theatre who have a passion for design and technology. While it is recommended that a portfolio is presented, it also important that discovery of student potential is arrived at through an interview process. We encourage attendance on one of the on-campus audition days. Pre-screening of materials is asked for through contact with Production Manager and Resident Scenic Designer, Kenneth J. Martin at kmartin@coastal.edu.

 

For further questions about the degree programs in the Department of Theatre or the audition-interview process, contact:

  • Monica Bell
    Department Chair/Associate Professor, Theatre 
    Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts 227 | 843-349-2287 | mbell@coastal.edu
  • Regina Duncan
    Department of Theatre/Administrative Specialist
    Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts 226 | 843-349-6635 | rduncan@coastal.edu