Want to know what Ithaca looks for in a potential Musical Theatre Student? What Emerson wants from a BFA Acting Student's audition? Then read on!
When writing the book, "Admit One", MCA CEO/Founder, Chelsea Cipolla, (along with co-author John West) interviewed over 40 of the top theatre/musical theatre departments in the country on what they looked for in a potential student. Below are some excerpts from the interviews.
What do you look for in a potential student?
"Passion, creativity, potential, self-motivation, strong work ethic, an interest in collaboration, and a willingness to learn." - Emerson College (Eric Weiss, Performing Arts Admission Coordinator)
"Imagination, intellectual curiosity, the ability to deeply question, a collaborative and generous spirit, professionalism, and someone who takes a great joy in the work and process, someone with immense innate talent with great potential for growth who we thin has the potential to become a working actor. And yes, we can get a real sense of that in just three minutes." - Fordham University (Eva Patton, Theatre Programs Manager)
"We look for a combination of aptitudes for professional training. Students interested in the world, who have a broader prospective of viewpoints and are interested in issues and complexities outside of themselves." - New York University (Liz Bradley, Chair, Department of Drama)
What are some of the auditors pet peeves?
"Monologues that are just a recitation of words with no clear objective or action." - Marymount Manhattan (David Mold, Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts)
"Rather than dressing for a business meeting, dress as if you're going on a first date. When applicants don't read instructions. Rudeness." - Pace University (Amy Rogers, Director of the BFA Musical Theater Program)
"Do not do Shakespeare work as a monologue. Shakespeare monologues are very difficult for a 17 year old." - Ithaca College (Administrative Assistant, Department of Theatre Arts)
What's one of the best auditions you've ever seen?
"The ones where students picked materials to their strengths, made bold choices, and presented an artistic generosity both in their work and their willingness to work made us want to spend more and more time with them in the audition." - Boston University, School of Theatre (Paolo S. Difabio, Assistant Director, School of Theatre)
"A good audition is when you fall in love. When time stands still. When we knew we wanted to spend the next four years of our lives with this young person." - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Richard Hess, Chair, CCM Drama)
"It's different for every student, but the best auditions are those that are well prepared and presented with inventive ideas lived out truthfully." - Syracuse University (Leslie Noble, Administrative Specialist, Instructor, Drama)
My College Audition
16 Bars and Under Two Minutes