Wayne State University

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Auditions

Admission to the Program (B.A. and B.F.A.)

All applicants for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program with a major in theatre must satisfy the general academic requirements for admission to the University.  In addition all applicants must also audition or interview as part of the University admission process.

To apply to the University please visit www.admissions.wayne.edu.

Theatre Admission and Scholarship auditions/interviews for the 2015-16 academic year will be held on:

Friday, December 12, 2014 (Theatre Audition/Interview Registration form must be submitted by December 5, 2014)

Friday, February 6, 2015 (Theatre Audition/Interview Registration form must be submitted by January 30, 2015)

To register, fill out the Theatre Audition/Interview Registration form.

The auditions will take place on the fourth floor in Old Main, 4841 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI, 48202.

Off Campus Auditions

Representatives from the department will also be present at the Michigan Education Theatre Association (META) festival auditions and will be auditing students for admission to the department.

The 2014 META festival will take place on Friday, December 5 and December 6, 2014 at Saginaw Valley State University.  For more information please contact Erik Hart at ehart@wcskids.net or 586-825-2525 (ext. 5).

Departmental Scholarships

In addition to admission you will also be considered for a scholarship including a number of four-year scholarships to promising young theatre students.  Awards are available in both the performance (acting) and the production (scenic, lighting, costume, and stage management) areas.

 

The Audition/Interview Process

Acting Auditions:

You should select, prepare and memorize two selections, each approximately two minutes in length, from plays with which you are familiar.  One should be a role of the type you think best suits you, while the other should display your skills in characterization.  Make sure you do not exceed your total time limit of four minutes.

You may add 30 seconds to your allotted time for a musical audition.  Only select this option if your gifts are exceptional.  No musical accompaniment will be provided for singers, but you may bring a CD.

Design/Tech Theatre Interviews: (costume, scenic, lighting design and stage management) The student is encouraged to have a teacher accompany him/her and to display and discuss his/her work.  Please feel free to bring any renderings of costumes or set designs, models, light plots, prompt books, production photographs, ect.  If your technical theatre experience has been largely or exclusively in construction, that is perfectly acceptable.  Most importantly, this is an opportunity for you and your instructor and/or parent to report on your accomplishments, interests and goals, and to ask questions about our program.

Some Tips on Auditioning

Selection Material:

Seek materials in all cases that demonstrate your basic performance skills: clear speech, animated movement, the ability to characterize.  Generally, a monologue which is in the dramatic present-tense rather than story-telling is more suitable for audition.  Soliloquies are ready-made audition selections, but are not found too often in contemporary literature.  You may find excellent material in a dialogue scene with another character that, by changing a few lines to incorporate their questions or lines as rhetorical questions, will allow you to speak the entire piece to an imaginary partner.  Consult your teachers for help in making your selection and preparing your audition.  Evidence of imagination and preparation will be considered as part of your audition.

You will be ushered into the space by a stage manager who will announce your name.

You will announce your selections, either before you begin, or immediately preceding each piece.  Give      only play title, author, and character portrayed.

A rehearsal chair and table will be provided.  Do not use any props or costumes.  You should be well, but modestly, dressed, in clothes that provide ease of movement.

Place your imaginary characters downstage of you so that you work full front for as much of your audition as possible.

Do not seek to make eye contact with auditioners.

As nerve-racking as auditions always are, remember that all watching you are hoping you will do exceptionally well.

 

 

 

 

Admission to the M.F.A. Program, Acting, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management and Theatre Management Students:

Each admitted company member in the above areas are awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship to Wayne State Unviersity.  Furthermore, all tuition and all direct fees are paid for by the department and/or university.  The student's only monetary obligation is the application fee that is required when the student applies to the university.  Course fees and book costs will apply in most situations.

Financial Package for the 2014-15 academic year:

Tuition and Fee Waivers (10 credit hours/semester) $25,884
Medical and Dental Insurance $5,105
Assistantship Stipend $16,540
Maximum Month in Moscow Scholarship Award $3,000
Total $50,529

Regional Audition/Interview Information

Link
November 14 - 15, 2014
Atlanta, GA
 
URTA
January 24 - 27, 2015
New York, NY
 
SETC
March 4 - 8, 2015
Chattanooga, TN
 
USITT (Designers/Managers Only)
March 18 - 21, 2015
Cincinnati, OH

 

To set up an audition/interview or for more information about applying to the M.F.A  program, call (313) 577-3508 or email jchavez@wayne.edu.