Requirements

Prescreen

Applicants to BFA Musical Theatre are required to submit an audition online as a prescreen.

Emerson is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Prescreen for the 2020-2021 cycle.

You may choose to upload prescreen videos that follow either the Emerson College Musical Theatre Prescreen Requirements or the Musical Theater Common Prescreen 2020-2021 Requirements, whichever you prefer:

Emerson College Musical Theatre Prescreen Requirements

  • One video of yourself performing one 1-3 minute monologue from a contemporary play (1950-present).
  • One video of yourself singing one song, a roughly 1-minute cut, from a published musical, any era or style (Golden Age, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, etc.).

Musical Theater Common Prescreen 2020-2021 Requirements

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.

Songs (Option A)

Students should prepare 2-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.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

Monologues (Option A)

  • 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).
  • 1, 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.

You are strongly advised to sing with accompaniment. If live accompaniment is unavailable to you, and we understand that might be difficult this year, services like iTunes and sites like YouTube offer inexpensive or free instrumental versions of most songs.

You will be notified of the results of your prescreen within three weeks of submission. If you do not receive notification within three weeks, please email us at pa_artisticreview [at] emerson.edu.

If you are not invited to audition for Musical Theatre, you may be invited to audition for Theatre & Performance. If that happens, and you wish to proceed with applying to Theatre & Performance, make sure that you choose Theatre & Performance on your application to Emerson College and follow the Theatre & Performance instructions on Acceptd, you will not need to pay another Artistic Application fee.

Apply to Emerson

Apply to Emerson College using the Common Application or the Emerson Application. You can Prescreen and Apply in either order, whichever you prefer.

Once your application to Emerson College has been received, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will email you an Emerson Admission Office ID Number. Although transcripts and recommendations are a required part of the application due at the application deadline, they are not a requirement for receiving an Emerson Admission Office ID Number.

As soon as you have your Emerson Admission Office ID Number and you have successfully prescreened, you are ready to schedule and complete an audition.

Deadlines

First-year Early Decision/Early Action for Fall 2021 Admission
Emerson College Application Deadline: November 1st 
Artistic Application Deadline: November 8th, with auditions and interviews in early December

First-year Regular Decision for Fall 2021 Admission
Emerson College Application Deadline: January 15th
Artistic Application Deadline: January 22nd, with auditions and interviews in January & February 

Transfer Spring 2021 Admission (Transfer applicants only for Spring Admission)
Emerson College Application Deadline: November 1st
Artistic Application Deadline: November 8th, with auditions and interviews in early December

Transfer Fall 2021 Admission
Emerson College Application Priority Deadline: March 15th
Artistic Application Priority Deadline: March 15th, including completed audition, interview, or essay

Audition

Applicants who successfully prescreen are required to schedule themselves into a virtual acting and voice/music audition, upload a videotaped dance call, and submit a theatrical resume and headshot/selfie

  • Monologue: Please prepare two 1-3 minute contrasting monologues from two contemporary plays (1950-present), one of which must be comedic.
  • Voice & Music: Please prepare two roughly 1-minute vocal selections which may include the songs from your prescreen. They should both be from published musicals, one pre-1970, the second post-1970. You are required to sing with accompaniment. If live accompaniment is unavailable to you, and we understand that might be difficult this year, services like iTunes and sites like YouTube offer inexpensive or free instrumental versions of most songs. You may be asked to complete a brief musicianship component to evaluate your ability to read music and sight sing a simple melodic line.
  • Dance Call: After a successful prescreen we will provide you with a video of a brief combination that you will learn, self-tape, and upload.
  • Resume & Headshot: You will be required to upload a 1-page theatrical resume and headshot/selfie

The Audition Day

All of our auditions will be conducted virtually for the 2020-2021 cycle through Acceptd. The details of how that will be orchestrated will be posted as soon as they are available.