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APSU Theatre and Dance Auditions

In-person auditions for the 2024-2025 school are finished.

Video auditions are due by Jan. 8 for full scholarship consideration. 

Self-tape and in-person audition requirements (which are the same except for the dance requirement for MT) are listed below.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Theatre Arts is a Professional Degree. Each concentration in the BFA degree consists of 79 hours. Many practical, studio courses are integrated into the curriculum. Admission to these programs is via audition and/or portfolio review and interview.

PLEASE let us know about any accommodations you may need. We are a welcoming and safe space and we want everyone to have equal opportunity in our department.

Please write a 1-2 page essay using one of the three prompts below. When choosing a prompt, consider your own experiences, strengths, and values. Select the one that allows you to tell a compelling and authentic story about yourself. Regardless of the prompt you choose, remember to be honest, reflective, and concise in your writing, and make sure your essay demonstrates why you are a good fit for this community. 

1. Failure and Resilience:

-Describe a time when you faced failure or setback and how you responded.

-Reflect on what you learned from the experience and how it has influenced your character.

-Share how you plan to approach challenges in college.

2. Personal Statement:

-Describe a significant personal experience or achievement and its impact on you.

-Share a challenging obstacle you've overcome and how it has shaped your character.

-Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

3. Diversity and Inclusion:

-Describe your background, identity, interest, or talent that is meaningful to you and how you will contribute to the   diversity of the college community.

-Discuss an experience where you've learned from someone with a different background or perspective.

-Reflect on a time when you've advocated for or worked to promote inclusivity in your community.

Self-Tape Audition Requirements : 

BFA Concentration Acting – Two contrasting monologues totaling no more than three (3) minutes. Please submit a headshot and resume, unofficial transcripts, as well as 2 letters of recommendation. 

BFA Concentration Musical Theatre – One 32 bar cut of a golden age song (pre 1965), one 32 bar cut of modern age song (post 1965), and one modern monologue. Please note that all auditions must have accompaniment (NO acapella auditions) and must feature your voice only. Please watch and learn one of the combinations below entitled BFA Musical Theatre Dance for Dancers OR BFA Musical Theatre Dance for Movers (click to enlarge). Please do whatever combination you feel most comfortable with. If you can tap, please send a video of yourself doing a short demonstration. Video submissions should be no more than five (5) minutes total. Please submit a headshot and resume, unofficial transcripts, as well as 2 letters of recommendation. 

Thanks to students Mikhalia Ferguson, Michaela Mcgarel, and Alex VanBuren

Acting & Musical Theatre Auditions (with the exception of the dance audition for Musical Theatre students which much be full body) must be framed from the waist up with room above the head as is shown in this picture (thanks to student Erica Harris for demonstrating):


BFA Concentration Dance – Please provide videos showcasing two of the following 4 styles: Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, or Modern. If you can Tap, please include a video showcasing your Tap abilities. Video submissions should be no more than five (5) minutes total. Please submit a headshot and resume, unofficial transcripts, as well as 2 letters of recommendation. 

BFA Concentration Designers/Technicians: Please send a digital portfolio showcasing your work in your area of expertise (Lighting, Sound, Set Design, Costume Design, Stage Management). Please submit unoffical transcripts, as well as 2 letters of recommendation.

You will have 3 - 5 Minutes to give an oral presentation of your particular area of focus in theatre production. This presentation should include information about the work you have done previously and the work you are interested in doing in the future.

You should limit the number of productions or areas that you speak about to 3 productions or roles within the productions. That way you can speak fully and completely about that work instead of trying to get through your entire resume in the allotted time.

We would recommend narrating over a power point, prezi, keynote presentation so that you can tell us about your work while we are looking at your work.

Please upload your videos to youtube or vimeo and send us LINKS ONLY. Submissions of files will not be accepted.
Email the links to auditions@apsu.edu.

Scholarship Info 

The Department of Theatre Arts offers talent scholarships and out-of-state tuition waivers for students majoring in Theatre Arts. Scholarships are awarded based on successful program auditions. 


Family Named and Memorial Scholarships:

These scholarships have specific criteria depending on the the guidelines set by the donor. There is one application to be considered for all of the Family Named and Memorial Scholarships. Please click on the link below to access that application.

To apply for Family Named and Memorial Scholarships click HERE.