How to Apply

Apply

Apply to Emerson College using the Common Application or the Emerson Application.

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, you are ready to begin your Artistic Application on Acceptd.

Please be advised that the scheduling of Artistic Reviews is a first-come, first-served process completed by you, the applicant, and space is limited.

Prescreen

Applicants to BFA Musical Theatre must start their Artistic Application with a prescreen.

  1. Start an Artistic Application on Acceptd
  2. Complete the form and upload the prescreen videos
  3. Pay the non-refundable Artistic Application fee of $27

Emerson is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Prescreen for the 2021–2022 cycle. You may choose to upload prescreen videos that follow either the Emerson College Musical Theatre Prescreen Requirements or the Musical Theater Common Prescreen 2021–2022 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.).
  • You are strongly advised to sing with accompaniment. If live accompaniment is unavailable to you, and we understand that might be difficult, services like iTunes and sites like YouTube offer inexpensive or free instrumental versions of most songs.

Musical Theater Common Prescreen 2021–2022 Requirements

Overall

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc).

Slate

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

  • 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 so as to contrast style.
  • 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)
  • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
  • 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)

  • 1 contemporary monologue (written after 1900), 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).
  • Monologues must be from a published play. 
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • 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.

Prescreen Decisions

You will be notified of the results of your prescreen within two weeks of submission. If you do not receive notification within two 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 BFA Theatre & Performance. If that happens, and you wish to proceed with applying, make sure that you choose Theatre & Performance or Theatre Education & Performance on your application to Emerson College and follow the instructions for that major on Acceptd; you will not need to pay another Artistic Application fee.

Audition

Applicants who successfully prescreen are required to upload a videotaped dance call, theatrical resume, and a headshot/selfie before scheduling themselves into an acting and voice/music audition. Your audition time-frame and modality/location will vary based on your scheduling selections within Acceptd.

  • Dance Call: After a successful prescreen we will provide you with videos of brief combinations that you will learn, self-tape, and upload. It is intended for you to complete your dance videos in a space that is convenient for you such as your home, your school, etc.
  • Resume & Headshot: Upload a 1-page 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. We will provide accompaniment for in-person auditions at all locations. For virtual auditions, if live accompaniment is unavailable to you, and we understand that might be difficult, 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.

The Audition Day

For this admission cycle we will be offering three different types of auditions:

  • In-person in Boston auditions are scheduled in a three-hour block which includes an information session/Q & A with Performing Arts Faculty & Staff and a flexible “volunteering’ system to determine the audition order. 
  • In-person auditions outside of Boston also begin with a brief information session/Q & A with Performing Arts Faculty before morning and afternoon auditions scheduled in individual time slots.
  • Virtual auditions are conducted through Acceptd’s AuditionRoom platform, begin with a brief information session/Q & A with Performing Arts Faculty and Staff before morning and afternoon auditions scheduled in individual time slots.

More specific information and instructions will be sent to you in the confirmation emails of your scheduled audition.

While these three types of auditions offer different timing and different safety protocols, the modality and location of the audition that you schedule for yourself will have no bearing whatsoever on your admission decision.