Professional Acting & Theatre for Youth Auditions
Productions & Events
Admission into the BFA in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Professional Acting and Theatre for Youth is by audition only.
***(Professional Acting and Theatre for Youth Auditions for Current ECU Students – Friday, March 2nd, 2018 from 2:00-5:00)***
Auditions for current high school senior students wishing to be considered for provisional early acceptance into the BFA in Theatre Arts will take place on - Saturday, February 17th, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 at the Messick Theatre Arts complex on the campus of East Carolina University. (Auditions for the BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre will take place on the same day. Students are welcome to audition for all three concentrations.)
You will be asked to perform a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue for members of the acting faculty.
Your audition will be followed by a brief interview, resulting in one of three outcomes:
If accepted, you will be required to take THEA 1010, -1020 and -2015 (Intro to Acting I, II and Voice-Articulation) in your freshman year. In the spring semester of your freshman year, there will be a juried evaluation of your work to confirm your continuation in the program.
To set up a time to audition for the programs, please contact Natalie Stewart via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (252-328-2110).
Our BFA in Professional Acting consists of three years of conservatory-type training after freshman preparation, including two years of intense acting classes based in the Meisner technique, as well as classes in voice and speech, movement, stage combat, dance, dialects, directing, acting for TV/film, and professional preparation/audition repertory. Our graduates are exceptionally well prepared either for a professional acting career in both theatre and TV/film, or for further training in graduate school. Further, we offer comprehensive education and training in all aspects of Theatre Arts with a core curriculum of classes in theatre history, costuming, stage scenery, lighting, and stage management.
Our BFA in Theatre for Youth prepares students to work in professional children’s theatre and theatre for youth in the areas of acting, directing, playwriting and management. Training in the areas of Theatre for Youth includes coursework in Youth Theatre I and II, Movement and Stage Combat, Acting, and Design and Production, extensive practical touring and community experience in main stage performances with Storybook Theatre at Wright Auditorium and the Turnage Theatre in Washington, NC. Candidates are encourages to view our video, "Storybook Theatre."
The School of Theatre and Dance produces five main stage productions each school year. All students, including freshmen, are encouraged to audition, as it replicates “real world” competition for roles. Casting is based on the student's ability and fit for the role, not on the student's class standing. Since we offer strictly undergraduate degrees, our BFA students are not competing against graduate actors for roles on the main stage.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Messick Room 201 from 2:00-5:00
The audition process for the BFA concentrations in Professional Acting and Theatre for Youth will consist of an audition, and a callback list and interview if needed. Please read the following directions carefully.
Students are admitted to this program by jury during the spring semester of their freshman year. Eligible students audition with a monologue provided by the acting faculty. Approximately 12-14 students are admitted each year (out of an average of 40-50 applicants).
Students are eligible to audition for the Actor Training Program if they have completed the following courses:
Providing they meet the above prerequisites, transfer students may audition on the same day as the current students.
Professional Acting students are not permitted to take Directing until they have completed THEA 3020. Students accepted into the program are not necessarily required to pursue a BFA degree in Acting. (There have been students who have majored in Musical Theatre, Teacher Certification, Art, and English.) However, it is preferred that the Actor Training students follow the full acting course of study which results in a BFA degree in Acting.
During the majority of the freshmen year, the acting faculty evaluate a student’s work in the classroom, during auditions, and in productions (e.g. main stage, workshops, directing projects).
In addition to the audition, the acting faculty evaluate students on the following criteria as displayed in acting and voice classes: