NU B.F.A. Auditions & Interviews

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2021 - 2022  B.F.A. Auditions & Interviews

For prospective and transfer students seeking entry into the BFA Performance, BFA Design & Production or BFA Theatre Specialization programs for the 2021-2022 academic year, applicants are required to attend only one of the following virtual audition/interview dates. 

Date: Sunday, Jan. 31, OR Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.             

Our Virtual Auditions & Interviews will be hosted by the Department of Theatre & Fine Arts and Niagara University through Zoom.

Register for an Audition

At 9:00am to 9:45am, the day will begin with our Welcome Meeting and Introduction of the NU Theatre Faculty adjudicating. Prospective students and their families to learn more about our programs and the day. We will also have representatives from Admissions and Financial Aid present to answer any additional questions you may have.

At 10:00 a.m., Performance and Design & Production applicants will separate for their respective Auditions & Interviews.

Performance Applicants

On the event registration page, prospective students will select their preferred time block. At their respective time block, those students will rejoin us using the main Zoom link. The faculty adjudicators will enter a breakout room, and students will be entered into the breakout room one at a time to complete their virtual live audition.

We will provide a run order closer to the date, and also the day of in the chat window on Zoom. There will be a few faculty and current NU Theatre students present in main Zoom room to answer any questions you or your family may have.

To Register for your preferred time block, please click the "Register for an Audition" button.

  • Jan. 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Group A Individual Auditions
  • Jan. 31 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Group B Individual Auditions
  • Jan: 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Group C Individual Auditions
  • Feb. 14 @ 10:00am - 11:00am: Group A Individual Auditions
  • Feb. 14 @ 11:30am - 12:30pm: Group B Individual Auditions
  • Feb. 14 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Group C Individual Auditions

Performance Requirements

All applicants for the BFA Performance program are required to submit a current headshot/photo and resume upon registration. Applicants will be allotted three minutes for their audition package, not including your slate and introduction. The three minutes must include at least:

1.     One Monologue: One-minute monologue of your choice from a play, prepared and memorized. Not to exceed two minutes.

2.     One Vocal Selection: 32-64 bars preferably from a musical. An accompanist will not be provided. Singing a cappella or with a taped accompaniment will be permitted.

The 3 minute allotment may include more than these two audition pieces and may be in whichever order the student prefers, however, the total audition may not exceed 3 minutes. Please have your pieces prepared and any accompaniment cued on standby.

Design & Production Applicants

Each applicant for the design and production program will meet with the design faculty for 30 minutes virtually through Zoom to present a prepared portfolio. Additionally, applicants should be prepared to discuss their theatre experience, career aspirations and expectations at NU. Design & Production applicants will receive a separate Zoom link for their interviews. 

The 30 minute time slots will be scheduled independently and begin at 10 a.m. To Register for your preferred time block, please click the "Register for an Audition" button.

  • Jan. 31 @ 10:00am: Group A - D&P Interviews
  • Jan. 31 @ 11:30am: Group B - D&P Interviews
  • Jan. 31 @ 1:00pm: Group C - D&P Interviews
  • Feb. 14 @ 10:00am: Group A - D&P Interviews
  • Feb. 14 @ 11:30am: Group B - D&P Interviews
  • Feb. 14 @ 1:00pm: Group C - D&P Interviews

Design & Production Requirements

  1. All applicants for the BFA Design & Production program are required to submit a current headshot/photo, resume and letters of recommendation upon registration.
  2. Portfolio: The portfolio should include a maximum of 15 samples that primarily reflect the applicant’s technical theatre production experience. Some examples of materials that might be included are:
  • Resume of applicant’s theatre production experience.
  • Production photographs that showcase applicant’s work (sets, costumes, props, lighting, etc.).
  • Technical drawings of elements designed by the applicant (sets, costumes, props, light plots, etc.).
  • Audio samples and documentation of sound designed by the applicant.
  • Stage manager prompt book generated by the applicant.
  • Additional theatre paperwork generated by the applicant such as run crew notes, prop lists, sound cue lists, etc.
  • Photographs or examples of applicant’s artwork.
  • Letters of recommendation

Theatre Specialization Applicant Requirements

Applicants for the theatre specialization programs must complete an interview with faculty members from the department of theatre and fine arts. Due to the varying demands of each emphasis (directing, dramaturgy, and playwriting), applicants will have the option to audition and/or present a portfolio of his/her work.

Please contact Adriano Gatto at agatto@niagara.edu to discuss and determine which option may be best for your desired course of study.

*NU Theatre Scholarships

Those applicants who attend either one of the audition/interview dates will also be considered for a Niagara University Theatre Scholarship. There are a number of these scholarships available for incoming and transfer students, valued at $5,000 each and renewable each year. 

 

For more information, please contact Adriano Gatto at 716.286.8481 or agatto@niagara.edu