Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre)
Important! Please make sure you have read the How to Apply information for this course prior to reading the audition requirements below.
2023 Start Year Intake
All applicants are required to submit a video-recorded audition via the supplementary application form, due Thursday 29 September.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online callback audition, via Zoom Web Conferencing.
The callback auditions will be held from Monday 14 November to Friday 2 December 2022.
Recorded Audition Requirements
Song and Sheet Music Guidelines
- You must upload your performance of two songs, at least one in the Music Theatre genre.
- Working with tracks can be hard and we want to make this as easy as possible, therefore you can sing a complete song (ie no audition cut) OR you can sing a cut version. No preference is made for either decision, just do the option that makes it easiest and most fun for you.
- Please feel free to sing in the accent most appropriate for the song.
- The sourcing of all backing tracks is the responsibility of the applicant.
- For this intake, sheet music is not required to be submitted.
- You must upload your performance of two monologues. This can include Shakespeare, however, it is not a requirement.
- Where possible, you should read the entire play from which your piece has been chosen in order to place the speech in context. You are strongly advised to select from plays rather than film or television scripts. Pieces must be a minimum of 1.5 minutes in length but no longer than 2 minutes.
- You must upload one video recorded dance audition. Specific instructions will be available in the supplementary application form. This component of the audition will focus on a jazz dance assessment.
Recording your Audition
- It is not an expectation that you access or purchase additional recording equipment beyond a basic smartphone, iPad, or laptop/desktop device. For smartphones, many recent models already have very good microphones built-in.
- The most important thing is that we can see and hear you. Make sure that you are well lit: do not use backlighting. Please test the quality of light and sound before recording your pieces.
- We are looking to see how you tell stories through your instrument which is both your voice and your body. To this end, it is much easier for us to assess your performance if we can see more of you. We do note that it is not always possible to get a full shot and if you decide for a mid-shot we understand. We welcome all body shapes and sizes into the course and champion all forms of diversity and inclusion in the Music Theatre Industry.
- Move as needed and face the direction that best supports the intentions of your work but try and keep your body within shot at all times.
- Please remember that this is a video submission for a theatre and performance course so bring your full self, full voice, and entire body to the performance task even though you are performing in front of a camera.
- Monologues: You must announce the name of the character and the name of the play before performing. Perform your monologues and song predominantly toward the camera, but you don't have to stand on the spot.
Shortlisted applicants from the recorded audition submissions will be invited to attend a group workshop/callback audition.
During the workshop/audition, applicants might be asked to:
- Sing either or both of their songs
- Perform either or both of their monologues
- Perform any and all of their chosen pieces at the discretion of the panel
- collaborate with other applicants
The callback audition will run for 3 hours, however applicants will not be required to actively participate for the full duration. Details about the callback audition will be provided in the callback notification email.
How will I be assessed?
Your audition will be evaluated by the selection panel according to the following criteria:
- vocal skill and potential for development
- imaginative or emotional interpretation of a song
- embodiment of text and character
- emotional and imaginative connection made with the text
- ability to work in the moment with intention appropriate to the text
- physical, technical, and embodied storytelling approach to dance and movement
In the callback audition, shortlisted applicants will be evaluated by the selection panel according to the following criteria:
- technical skills and potential for development
- ability to listen and respond to direction imaginatively
- training potential
- ability to work with flexibility and openness
Please note that all applicants will be ranked based on the above criteria, up to the capacity of places within the course.