Applicants to the B.F.A. in Theater: Musical Theater program must submit a pre-screen audition to be considered for a live audition. Pre-screen materials must be uploaded online via SlideRoom. Details will be sent upon submission of your application. If invited for a live audition, applicants should prepare the live audition requirements as listed below.
- Pre-screens received by the November 1 deadline will receive results by mid to late November.
- Pre-screens received by the December 1 deadline will receive results by mid to late December.
- Pre-screens received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Those applying for a B.F.A. in Theater: Contemporary Theater do not require a pre-screen audition. Applicants can schedule and prepare a live audition according to the requirements listed below.
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- Musical Theater—Pre-Screen Requirements
- Musical Theater—Live Audition Requirements
- Contemporary Theater
Musical Theater Audition Requirements
B.F.A. in Theater: Musical Theater only
NOTE: If the pre-screen is already completed, skip to next section, Live Audition Requirements, for audition instructions.
At Boston Conservatory at Berklee, we are radically redefining theater education by cultivating authenticity, agency, and diversity in all forms. We are interested in originality and individuality, not types. We welcome students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences to audition, and to ensure access, we participate in the Musical Theater Common Pre-Screen (MTCP) process.
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media—no continuous videos please.
Introduction Video (required)
Please begin by introducing yourself, your pronouns (if you choose), and share with us why you are interested in attending Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Time limit: one minute.
Students should prepare two contrasting pieces. We would like you to prepare Option A from the common pre-screen process:
- One song should be a ballad, and one song should be an up-tempo
- One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up-tempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
- One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first (can include jukebox musicals)
- 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 live or recorded accompaniment; no a cappella singing
- One of the two songs should be filmed in a full frame shot (top of the head to the floor should be visible in the frame) to see your full range of expression (student's choice). The second song should be filmed in a close-up shot (top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame).
We would like you to prepare Option A from the common pre-screen process:
- Perform one 60 to 90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th century to the 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
- Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies
- Each monologue file should be 60 to 90 seconds in length. (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
Dance (optional but highly recommended)
- If you have dance training or experience in any discipline (including but not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, cultural dance styles, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary), you are encouraged to submit a video in whatever discipline you feel most confident. Please do not submit barre work.
- Dance submissions can be self-choreographed but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance, as long as you are clearly featured on your own.
- All choreography must be performed to music.
- Dance submissions should be 30 to 60 seconds in length. All submissions should take care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
Wild Card (optional but recommended)
- You are invited to submit an additional video that reveals more information about your unique interests, skills, and personality.
- “Wild card” examples may include playing an instrument, performing a self-written song or monologue, rapping, acrobatics, stand-up comedy, spoken word, magic, drag, impersonations, etc.
- Time limit: one minute
Live Audition Requirements
B.F.A. in Theater: Musical Theater
Audition requirements for singing/acting for an online audition are the same as those for in-person auditions. The online audition format for the dance call requires pre-recorded material and a live online component.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee is committed to providing an enjoyable and valuable in-person audition experience. Your audition will include acting, singing, and dance components. The acting and singing portion will be combined in one session. You may choose to perform some of the same material from your pre-screen or different material. There is no musicianship/theory exam or sight-reading at the auditions. Please bring two copies of your headshot and résumé to your audition.
Online and live audition registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis as applications are submitted. We audition in multiple cities nationwide. This is your opportunity to audition us, too. If you come to Boston, your day will include an information session with members of the Theater Division leadership team, a Q&A with current students and faculty, and a campus tour. Please let us know if we can provide advice about accommodations or restaurants. If you are staying overnight, we are happy to recommend Boston-area theater productions which may feature our faculty, students, or alumni.
Musical theater applicants are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues: one contemporary monologue (written after 1970) and one classical, spoken word, or verse monologue (any time period—Shakespeare, Greek drama, and Molière are welcome as well as BIPOC and female-identifying playwrights or writers). You are welcome to choose a character of any gender identification. In choosing your monologues, we recommend that you select material that reflects your own theatrical interests and values, that is active (not just narrative), and that portrays characters close to your age. Your choice of material will help us get to know you as an actor. You will have three minutes to perform both monologues.
Musical theater applicants are asked to prepare two contrasting songs, one ballad and one up-tempo. At least one selection must be from the musical theater repertoire. The other selection may also be in the musical theater repertoire or may be in the pop/rock style. In choosing your material we recommend you:
- select material that you enjoy performing and reflects your personality;
- select songs that showcase your unique vocal quality, phrasing, and lyric interpretation;
- select songs that express a character’s feelings and emotional life;
- avoid long instrumental introductions leading into songs; and
- keep each song to two minutes, preferably 32 bars (a verse and a chorus).
Applicants must bring pre-recorded accompaniment (no CDs permitted). We will provide speakers and an auxiliary plug for your device. There will not be a CD player or piano available in the audition room. Again, please adhere to a four-minute time limit for the total singing portion of the audition.
After your acting/singing audition, the audition panel will then ask you a few informal questions so we can get to know you better.
Musical theater applicants will learn combinations in diverse musical theater styles, including ballet and jazz, in a 90-minute master class format. All levels of dance experience are welcome. Applicants should wear comfortable attire that allow for freedom of movement, such as:
- Unitard or leotard, dance pants or dance skirts
- Solid-colored shirt or tank top
- Yoga wear and/or athleisure
- Dance shoes (ballet slippers, character shoes, jazz shoes) are recommended. Sneakers will also be accepted. Tap shoes are not required.
The dance call requires pre-recorded material and a live online component. Upon registering for an audition, applicants will be provided with videos of a ballet and jazz combination along with audio recordings of the music from these combinations. Applicants must prepare and upload videos of themselves performing these combinations 48 hours prior to the date of their online audition. If you have other styles or techniques of dance that you would like to share with us, you are invited to submit an additional dance video (one minute maximum). These forms may include tap, hip-hop, salsa, gymnastics, South Asian, folk, swing, Bollywood, Highland, circus arts, etc.
During the online audition, you will participate in an improv session with Professor of Theater Michelle Chassé, who will encourage you to show us what is unique about you.
Headshot and Résumé
If you are auditioning in person, please bring the following with you to your audition:
- Two copies of your completed musical theater audition questionnaire (one for each panel)
- Two copies of your headshot and résumé (one for each panel)
- Your own recorded accompaniment for the singing portion of the audition. There will be speakers for an MP3 player or iPod/iPhone in the audition room. CDs are not permitted. A student assistant will be available to soundcheck and start the playback of each song. Your pieces may be performed in any order. There will not be a piano accompanist in the audition.
A student assistant will be available to soundcheck and start the playback of each song. Your pieces may be performed in any order. There will not be a piano accompanist in the audition.
Your résumé may include any of the following:
- Experience in acting, dance, singing, and all forms of instrumental music and cultural performances
- Non-performance experience such as directing, choreography, songwriting, or playwriting
- Special skills such as spoken word, stand-up, drag, circus, dialects, rap, stage combat, etc.
- Previous training through master classes, workshops, after-school programs, or summer programs
- Participation in community activities, social justice initiatives, internships, or volunteer work
Students are encouraged to audition live, whether in person or online. If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances and are unable to participate in an in-person or online audition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a fully recorded audition, which will be considered carefully by the audition panel. The requirements for recorded auditions are the same as live auditions. The recording must be in video format and satisfy all the requirements listed in the Live Audition Requirements section.
Contemporary Theater Audition Requirements
B.F.A. in Theater: Contemporary Theater
No pre-screen required
At Boston Conservatory at Berklee, we are radically redefining theater education by cultivating authenticity, agency, and diversity in all forms. We are interested in originality and individuality— not types. We welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences.
Our approach to contemporary theater training is unique, so our contemporary theater auditions are unique, too. They include both an individual audition and an ensemble, theater-making session where you will have an opportunity to work collaboratively with other applicants. To schedule your audition, first submit an online application, then follow the steps in the confirmation email. Boston Conservatory at Berklee is committed to providing you with a creative and enjoyable audition experience.
This is your opportunity to audition us, too. If you audition in Boston, your day will provide an information session, a Q&A with current students and faculty, and a campus tour. Please let us know if we can provide advice about accommodations or restaurants. If you are staying overnight, we are happy to recommend Boston-area theater productions which may feature our faculty, students, or alumni.
Contemporary Theater applicants are asked to prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues from plays written after 1970. We recommend monologues that are objective-driven with characters near your age range. Applicants should be familiar with the full play and ready to discuss it. Your selection should reflect your own theatrical interests and values and help us get to know you. You will have three minutes to present your monologues.
The ensemble portion of the audition is a participatory workshop session in collaborative theater making. Working in a small group, you will be guided through a series of exercises, improvisations, and devising techniques by a faculty member. Please wear movement clothes (t-shirts, leggings, warm-up pants, etc.) for this portion of the audition. You will have the opportunity to change after your individual audition.
Following the individual and ensemble audition, you will have the chance to share your ideas about theater and and why you are interested in devising, ensemble-based training, physical theater, and attending Boston Conservatory at Berklee. We are also interested in learning more about your personal ambitions, causes, and artistic beliefs.
Portfolio Review (optional but recommended)
We want to get to know your total creative self. Students who have interests in other forms of artistic expression (photography, visual art, video, music composition, dance) or any non-performance theater experience (writing, directing, design) are encouraged to share examples (a portfolio, a play, design sketches, /photos, etc.). Please include these materials in your application via links, text, or images. These materials are not required for admission consideration.
Please bring a photo (headshot preferred) and résumé to the audition. Because of the expansive focus of our program, you may include any of the following:
- Performance experience including acting, singing, spoken word, dance, rap, devising, etc.
- Special skills such as stand-up, martial arts, drag, circus, beatboxing, dialects, puppetry, stage combat, magic, etc.
- Musicianship (instrument or voice) and years of study
- Theater experience in directing, dance, choreography, playwriting, designing, tech and stage crew, etc.
- Artistic work or training in visual art, film, video, and creative writing
- Previous performance training, such as workshops, after-school programs, festivals or summer programs
- Participation in social justice initiatives, advocacy, internships, or community volunteer work
Students are encouraged to audition live, whether in person or online. If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances and are unable to participate in an in-person or online audition, please contact email@example.com to request a fully recorded audition, which will be considered carefully by the audition panel.
If approved for a recorded audition, the requirements are the same as the live auditions. The recording must be in video format and satisfy all the requirements listed in the Live Audition Requirements section. This includes a recorded monologue audition, and an online interview with Professor of Theater Theresa Lang. Recorded auditions for contemporary theater must be completed by February 15.