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BFA Acting Auditions

Admission to the BFA Acting program is competitive and by audition only.  Auditions for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 and audition spaces can be reserved by completing the audition application form.  We will respond by email to confirm your registration and provide information about the event.  Incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current Central Michigan University students are eligible to compete for openings.

Students not selected may audition again in the coming year and are welcome to join another theatre degree program at CMU for which auditions are not required.  All CMU students are eligible to participate in University Theatre productions.

Your audition gives us the opportunity to evaluate your work and to determine if you would be compatible with our program. Central Michigan University's Department of Theatre and Dance looks for students that display potential for a professional acting career.  We seek students that are self-driven, imaginative, motivated and talented.  

Theatre Special Talent Scholarships

Any student auditioning for the BFA Acting program will automatically be considered for a Theatre Special Talent Scholarship as part of the process.  A student need only audition at one event. 

Audition Preparation and Requirements

  1. Prepare two contrasting memorized monologues (no longer than 3 minutes combined total). Both must be from a contemporary (post-1960) play. "Contrasting" can mean two distinct styles, such as comedic and dramatic, or two distinct types of characters. We recommend selecting monologues that aren't too far removed from your age, type, and experience.
  2. Please bring a headshot (if you have one) and résumé that highlights any related training you may have had, performance experience, leadership or volunteer experience, and special skills.
  3. In addition to the monologues, there will also be an interview and a 45-minute group movement workshop. Please dress to move and bring a change of clothes for your audition pieces.

Schedule for BFA Acting Auditions

Saturday, February 23th in Moore Hall

9:30 am:    Registration
10:00 am:  Tour of facilities/Question and Answer with Faculty/Students
11:30 am:   Refreshments/Change clothes for movement
12:00 pm:  Movement session
1:00 pm:    Change clothes for monologues
1:15 pm:     Begin individual auditions


Auditions will take place in Bush Theatre located on the CMU Campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  Upon arrival, please park in lot 33N and use the sidewalk between Bush Theatre and the Music Building to proceed most directly to the registration table, which will be just inside the Bush Theatre entrance.