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Department of Theatre

Admissions Requirements

Audition Dates:


Audition Information:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, our Theatre Department’s Spring 2021 Auditions for entrance into the program will be held virtually. There are some slight differences in procedures depending on which degree track you are applying for. Please see specific guidelines for each of the tracks below.

IMPORTANT

  • For all degree tracks and those students auditioning for the Musical Theatre Certificate, the deadline for submission of materials is Thursday, July 1, 2021
  • It is preferable that the components of your audition packet be sent as pdf attachments
    However, if that is not possible, you may send in the components by postal service using the address located under the Required Audition Materials section
  • For application to CSU, official transcripts are required, but for application to the Theatre Department, copies are acceptable
  • Contact information for questions regarding the Required Audition Materials and who to submit those to: TBD

BA and BSEd
Prospective students must submit the following required audition materials prior to the deadline for the next auditioning proceedings, which is to be announced. Please read the following carefully:

  • Digital Audition Form, two recommendations, transcript, resume, headshot
  • The BA and BSEd auditions will be online via Zoom
  • Once a student’s full packet is received, we will schedule a Zoom audition with you
  • You will slate and present your 90-second monologue(s) live via Zoom, and then the BA/BSEd faculty will ask applicants a few questions
  • The entire audition and interview should not exceed 15 minutes

BFA Design/Technical
Prospective students must submit the following required audition materials prior to the deadline for the next auditioning proceedings, which is to be announced. Please read the following carefully:

  • Digital Audition Form, two recommendations, transcript, resume, headshot
  • Examples of your work. We will accept it in whatever form you can accomplish. If you wish to submit a portfolio, this must be sent as a single pdf attachment, NOT multiple images sent as attachments in an email
  • Short video (2-3 mins) introducing themselves, explaining their interests and experience, and why they chose CSU and our department
  • Prospective students will be contacted by one of our faculty members to set up a virtual interview

BFA Performance
Prospective students must submit the following required audition materials prior to the deadline for the next auditioning proceedings, which is to be announced. Please read the following carefully:

  • Digital Audition Form, two recommendations, transcript, resume, headshot
  • Once your materials are received, you will receive specific directions from Professor David Turner for filming and uploading your audition to YouTube. Please time your submission of materials carefully to allow yourself time to submit the video by the Thursday, July 1, 2021 deadline
  • After Thursday, July 1, 2021, you will be contacted by a faculty member to set up an online interview

Musical Theatre Certificate (MTC)

  • The MTC is an intensive course of study that includes credits in Music, Theatre, and Dance
  • Admittance into the MTC requires acceptance into either a Music or Theatre bachelor's degree program
  • The audition for the MTC is in addition to an audition/interview into either the theatre or music program. It is a recorded video submission
  • Contact information to submit MTC Audition Materials David McCray: mccray_david@columbusstate.edu

Requirements for the MTC video audition:
All current CSU students, as well as incoming Schwob School of Music students, must submit the following materials to David McCray at mccray_david@columbusstate.edu the deadline for submission of materials is now CLOSED

  • Up-to-date headshot and resume upon submitting your digital audition form. Please read all the information below carefully
  • The submitted video audition should be filmed as full-body, wide-angle, and should contain a song, a monologue, and choreography. The music and choreography to be used for your audition video is within the link below:
  • To submit your application, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/QHgaszpzTv2Z3c7M8
  • State your name, the name of the pieces performed, and which Theatre or Music degree program you are already in or are auditioning for
  • The song and monologue should not exceed 90 seconds. The song must include accompaniment

Required Audition Materials

  1. Digital Audition Form
    • To submit your application, please fill out this form
  2. Headshot
    • We only require one headshot for the audition packet
    • Does not have to be professional grade, but should have at least good image quality and lighting
    • If submitting via email attachment, please ensure this is a PDF file and not a JPEG
  3. Theatre Resumé
  4. Transcript, includes your cumulative GPA
    • Due to physical distancing challenges, High School transcripts must either be emailed from a verified school email address or sent to the mailing address below
    • If you are currently enrolled at CSU or another university, please include both your high school transcript and the most up to date transcript from your university
    • If you are currently enrolled in CSU, please go to MyCSU under Student Records and select the Academic Transcript - View Unofficial to print and send as a pdf attachment
  5. Two Recommendations
    • To accommodate social distancing challenges and for the ease and convenience of those submitting a recommendation on the applicant’s behalf, we have created a digital Google Form for the Recommender to fill out and submit. The Recommender must use a verified school email address when completing the digital form.
    • Please click here to fill out the digital Department of Theatre Recommendation Form
    • The Recommender can also submit a Letter of Recommendation that answers the points listed on the digital Department of Theatre Recommendation Form and should be sent as an attachment via email from a verified school email address

Mailing Address
Attn: Dept. of Theatre
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907

Note: If any part of your Audition Packet (Digital Audition Form, Two Recommendations, Transcript, Resume, and Headshot) is missing, this will delay the decision on whether of not you have been accepted into the department. A letter of response will be sent out only to those with completed audition packets


General Audition Information:

  • ALL APPLICANTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE TIME OF AUDITION
  • You may audition for only ONE of the following: BA, BFA Performance, BSEd, or BFA Design/Tech
  • The Audition Interview includes either a presentation of portfolio materials demonstrating previous theatre involvement (may include design/tech, dramaturgy, playwriting, or other supporting materials), OR
  • Presentation of Audition/Interview - Two contrasting monologues OR one monologue and 16 bars of music (the total time of your audition should NOT exceed 90 seconds)
  • For those students interested in the BFA Design/Tech track who are submitting examples of their work, this can consist of shots from a production you worked on, sketches of costumes, a rubric of what your process was when working on a show, etc.

Programs of Study:

  • BA in Theatre Arts
  • BFA with an emphasis in Acting
  • BFA with an emphasis in Design & Technology
  • BSEd in Theatre Education
  • MSEd in Theatre Education

Note: Incoming freshman may audition for any of the above areas (with the exception of the MSEd in Theatre Education) but may be admitted into the BA program prior to being able to qualify for another area of study within the department. If this is the case, then incoming students may apply to one of the other areas of study as part of the Freshman Jury process during their freshman year.


Notable (for new and current students):

  • If you miss a Theatre Department Entrance Audition, you are invited to come to CSU and register as an UNDECLARED major. You can then audition during your first semester at one of our listed audition dates to enter the department
  • For Retention: All Theatre Majors are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA in their program of study