Please see below for your BFA program's specific requirements and recommendations.

Note: You must complete the free application to Stephens College in addition to submitting your audition or portfolio.

The Stephens College Conservatory for the Performing Arts is open to students of any gender for Fall 2022 entry.

 

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Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Stephens College will use these materials as your actual audition or portfolio for your BFA program (we may also request an on-campus audition or virtual interview). While we do not require a Prescreen submission as part of the application process, Stephens uses the following criteria for digital audition submissions.

 

Acting Audition

Note: Applicants who wish to be considered for Acting in addition to Musical Theatre do NOT need to submit a separate audition. Musical Theatre auditions will be simultaneously considered for Acting. 

 

Overall

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc).

 

Introduction ("Slate")

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song 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.

 

Required: Monologues

Students should prepare two contrasting monologues:

 

OPTION A
  • Monologues must be 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)
    • The two monologues should be contrasting in style:

      • 1 Contemporary (written after 1900); From the waist to 2 inches above the top of the head should be visible in the frame.

      • 1 Classical (written before 1900); From the waist to 2 inches above the top of the head should be visible in the frame.

 

OPTION B
  • Monologues must be 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)
    • The two monologues should be contrasting in style:

      • 2 Contemporary (written after 1900); From the waist to 2 inches above the top of the head should be visible in the frame.

 

Required: Wild Card

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.

  • Applicants do NOT need to slate in any wild card media.

  • This media can be ANYTHING you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

 

Required: Application Portfolio (Statement of Purpose)

  • In the "Application Portfolio" section, please upload a short essay describing where you see yourself in 10 years and why you want to pursue a career on stage/screen.

 

Musical Theatre Audition

Please review the helpful hints for auditioning provided by the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen >

NOTE: If you apply to the BFA in Musical Theatre, you will automatically be considered for the BFA in Acting. Please do NOT submit separate audition materials. 

 

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc).

 

INTRODUCTION (“SLATE”)

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

      • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song 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 should prepare two contrasting pieces.

      • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo so as to contrast style
      • 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)
      • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
      • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

 

You may choose either Option A or Option B for Songs.

 

OPTION A
      • One song should be written before 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.

 

OPTION B
      • Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) and contrast in style (“ballad” and “uptempo”).

 

MONOLOGUES

Stephens College requires two monologues. Therefore, you must complete Option B.

      • Monologues must be 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)

 

SELECT OPTION B for Monologues.

 

OPTION B
      • 2 contrasting monologues, each 60-90 seconds in length (see below)
      • 1 Contemporary (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.
      • 1 Classical (written before 1900); Classical monologues should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame.

 

DANCE

Stephens College requires one of the following options.

      • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
      • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
      • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.

 

Complete either the Dance or Ballet Option.

 

DANCE OPTION
      • 30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, cultural dance styles, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
      • Please do not submit “barre work”. Instead, check to see if the auditioning program offers the optional “Ballet Submission”.
      • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
      • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
      • All choreography must be performed to music; please no “a cappella” dance media.

 

BALLET OPTION
      • Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.
      • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu, and grande battement; 
      • Execute pirouette en déhors (to both sides)
      • Execute one or more grand jeté across the floor.

 

WILD CARD

Stephens College requires the Wild Card.

      • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
      • Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.

This media can be ANYTHING you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

 

Application Portfolio (Statement of Purpose)

In addition, Stephens College requires a Statement of Purpose.

    • In the "Application Portfolio" section, please upload a short essay describing where you see yourself in 10 years and why you want to pursue a career on stage/screen.

 

Costume Design Portfolio

Required Materials

  • Resume
  • Portfolio

 

Portfolio Suggestions (please submit any of the following materials)

  • Examples of art work, photography, drawing, painting
  • Examples of drafting
  • Photographs of productions
  • Sketches and/or drawings of the figure
  • Sketches and/or renderings of costumes
  • Examples of concept statements or concept boards
  • Examples of sewing and cutting

 

Optional: Video Introduction

Tell us a little bit about what inspires you to be a costume designer and why Stephens College.

  • Duration: minimum of 30 seconds, maximum of 3 minutes    
  • Speak directly to the camera
  • No edits     
  • No special effects or on-screen overlays 
  • Does not require professional equipment; cellphone cameras or consumer cameras are fine

 

Technical Theatre + Stage Management Portfolio

The BFA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management is comprehensive in scope. One may focus on stage management, technical theatre and/or design. The portfolio submission should reflect your primary areas of interest and strength. Areas of design and production include scenic, costume, lighting, sound, stage management and technical theatre.

 

Required Materials

  • Resume

Optional Materials

  • Portfolio
  • Video Introduction

 

Portfolio Suggestions (please submit any of the following materials)

  • Examples of drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography or other artwork
  • Examples of graphic and drafting skills
  • Playbills from productions identifying you as the Set Lead/Director, etc.
  • Examples of theater design, including models, sketches, costume designs, light plots, prompt books and photographs of props, scenery and costumes
  • Digital Media that documents your sound designs, including any accompanying paperwork (cue sheets, equipment lists, drafting, etc.)
  • If applicable, include scores, original music compositions and evidence of computer literacy and indicate if you play a musical instrument.
  • Examples of work that show your craft skills in scenery constructions, painting, props and/or costuming and lighting, including photographs of realized work, drawings, drafting, samples, patterns and artistic ideas
  • Examples of created video work and installations
  • Documentation of fully realized original work as demonstrated by video, slides or photographs of designs, and/or documentation of works-in-progress
  • Architectural drawing, textile work, performance art and video work are also welcome.

 

Optional: Video Introduction

Tell us a little bit about what inspires you to be a technical theatre and stage management professional and why Stephens College.

  • Duration: minimum of 30 seconds, maximum of 3 minutes    
  • Speak directly to the camera     
  • No edits     
  • No special effects or on-screen overlays     
  • Does not require professional equipment; cellphone cameras or consumer cameras are fine

 

For questions about audition or portfolio requirements or submission process, please contact [email protected] and we will be happy to help you!

 

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