Stephens College will accept our next round of performing arts applicants on or before May 1, so interested students should apply now.

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

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

Undergraduate residential programs at Stephens College are not open to men. Stephens College has a fellowship for male performers that is a separate year-long residency program.

 

How to Submit Your Materials

You have several options for submitting your audition or portfolio. We do not have any preferences about which option you choose -- go with the method that's most convenient for you.

 

A: Share via Google Drive

No submission fee

  1. Sign in to drive.google.com
  2. Following the requirements listed above, upload your files to a folder titled Stephens College Audition
  3. Select the folder and right-click to share
  4. Add [email protected] as the recipient
  5. Add a message to let us know your name and the program you are applying for. We will use this information to match your materials with you Stephens College application.
  6. Click "Send"

 

B: Share via WeTransfer

No submission fee

  1. Go to wetransfer.com and add your files, following the requirements listed above. Sign-in is not required.
  2. Add [email protected] as the recipient
  3. Add a message to let us know your name and the program you are applying for. We will use this information to match your materials with you Stephens College application.
  4. Click "Transfer"

 

C: Share via DropBox

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com
  2. Following the requirements listed above, upload your files to a folder titled Stephens College Audition
  3. Hover over the name of the folder and click the share icon (person)
  4. Add [email protected] as the recipient
  5. Click "Share folder."

 

D: Submit your materials through Acceptd

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  • There is a $30 application fee.
  • For technical questions, please contact the Acceptd Support Team at [email protected] or by calling (888) 725-2122. Check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.

 

Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Stephens College will use these materials as your actual audition or portfolio for your B.F.A. 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 and uploaded as a separate piece of media. We do not accept continuous videos.

 

Slate

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video; rather, slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the 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.

 

Monologues

  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues may not be from musicals, television shows or films.
  • 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.
  • Two (2) contrasting monologues of 60 to 90 seconds each.
  • One (1) contemporary (written after 1900); contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot, which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • One (1) classical (written pre-1900); classical monologue 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. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.

 

Optional: Wild Card Video

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

 

Musical Theatre Audition

  • Every accepted musical theatre student will have a dance skills assessment at the beginning of their first semester and will be placed at the appropriate level in classes.
  • If you apply to the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, you will automatically be considered for the B.F.A. in Acting. Do NOT submit separate audition materials. 

 

Overall

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

 

Slate

There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. 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: Songs

Students should prepare two contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • 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)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot, which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • For song selection, choose either OPTION A or OPTION B

 

OPTION A
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up-tempo 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.

 

Required: Monologues

Students should prepare two contrasting monologues:

  • 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)
  • For monologue selection, choose either OPTION A or OPTION B

 

OPTION A
  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. 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 contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot, which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

 

OPTION B
  • Two 60-90 second contrasting monologues
    • One Contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot, which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
    • One Classical (written pre-1900); Classical monologue 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. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.

 

Optional: Dance

  • 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.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography. 
  • For dance selection choose one of the following:

 

DANCE OPTION
  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.  
  • No barre work.  A ballet solo is acceptable. 
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card 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; no “a cappella” dance media please.

 

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

 

Required: Wild Card

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. Answer the questions: “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

 

Costume Design Portfolio

Required Materials

  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Video

 

Portfolio Suggestions

  • 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

 

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 B.F.A. 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
  • Portfolio
  • Video

 

Portfolio Suggestions

The B.F.A. Design and Production portfolio may include the following as applicable:

  • Examples of drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography or other artwork
  • Examples of graphic and drafting skills
  • 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.

 

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, please contact [email protected].

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