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Our Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Musical Theatre builds on our nationally-recognized BA Theatre Degree and offers professional training in acting, singing and dancing.

Why Study Musical Theatre?

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Powerful Allies

Through a partnership with the UAB Department of Music, students in the BFA Program receive highly specialized training in Acting, Voice, and Speech, Movement, Private Voice Lessons, Music Theory, Piano, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap.

Perform while you Study

Theatre UAB produces four main stage productions a year, four touring productions, studio productions and other projects, offering ample performance opportunities each semester.

Career Preparation

Graduates of our BFA are prepared for a professional career by participating in workshops with Guest Artists currently working in the industry and through the intense work of the Musical Theatre Capstone course focusing on all the “business” aspects of “show business.”

Curriculum

A complete list of courses and requirements is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre consists of an application to UAB, an application through Acceptd, and an audition.

UAB Application

All the information you need to apply can be found on UAB's Undergraduate Admissions Hub.

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Instructions

Students auditioning for the BFA Musical Theatre program must fill out an online application. Please answer all of the required fields, upload a theatre resume, headshot, and prescreen videos, and select a preferred audition date. Once the application has been submitted, you will be contacted within two weeks to confirm your audition.

Students are required to upload prescreen audition videos as part of the application. UAB participates in the College Musical Theatre Common Prescreen Criteria. For more information, please visit the Common Prescreen website.

UAB prefers:

Song: Option C

Monologue: Option A

Dance: Option B

Ballet and Wild Card videos are optional

Ballet and Wild Card videos are optional

  • Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
  • Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.)
  • Solid-colored walls are ideal, but any background that does not steal the focus from your performance is desired.
  • Take care that your space allows for adequate lighting. Having a lamp or window directly behind you will cast a shadow over your face. Keep the lighting source behind your recording device or to the side of you so that your face is lit.
  • When using pre-recorded music, place the music source (the speaker) closer to you than it is to the device on which you are recording. By having the accompaniment near you, your voice and music will reach the microphone on your device in a more balanced manner.
  • Before filming, do a trial run to test both your audio & visual presentation. Watch your video back to ensure everything looks AND sounds okay.
  • Ensure the camera portion of your device is at eye level (see example). You can use a tripod built for a smartphone or tablet. If you do not have a tripod, consider using a stack of books on a desk or box. Filming in “landscape” (horizontally) isrecommended.
  • Prescreen Introduction "SLATE" Video
  • Record one introduction "slate" video stating your name. If you would like to include your pronouns, state them as well. Please speak loudly (project your voice) and clearly (articulate) directly at the camera.
  • This is an opportunity for the auditors to get a sense of your personality and to learn the pronunciation of your name.
  • There is no need to slate your individual performance videos & pieces. Instead, clearly label each video with your name and the title of the piece you are performing (see more details below).
  • Labeling Guidelines for All Pre-screen Videos
  • Label each video file with the piece you are performing, the show or playwright, and your first & last name
    • Title of Song – Musical/Show – Your First & Last Name
    • Title of Play – Playwright – Your First & Last Name

Examples:

Slate – James Smith
Your Daddy’s Son – Ragtime – Minnie Mouse
Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare – Luke Skywalker
Time Guidelines for All Performance Videos
All song, monologue, dance, ballet, and wild card videos are recommended to be between 60-90 seconds each.

Framing for Slates, Songs, and Monologues

Camera framing is simply the placement and position of the actor in the shot. We recommend a waist up frame so we can see your face and hear you clearly.

Framing for Dance and Ballet

We recommend a setup that allows us to see the top of your head to the floor. This allows us to see how you inhabit space.

Framing for Dance and Ballet Tip:

If it is helpful for you to see yourself, place a full-length mirror behind the filming device and remember that the camera is your audience.

Song Requirements: Option C

Option A

One song written before 1970 (musical theater, Golden Age, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.). One song written after 1970 (musical theater, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.). This song should contrast the style of the first selection.

Option A

One song written before 1970 (musical theater, Golden Age, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.). One song written after 1970 (musical theater, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.). This song should contrast the style of the first selection.

Option B

One musical theater song from any time period. One song of your choice from any time period and in any style that best suits you (musical theater, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.). This song should contrast the style of the first selection.

Option C

School leaves it up to the applicant to select either OPTION A or OPTION B, whichever they feel serves them best.

Song tips:

Some examples of contrasting songs are fast tempo vs slow tempo, sustained melodic singing vs speech-like singing, dramatic vs comedic, belt vs head/falsetto mix.

Many accompaniment tracks are available on YouTube and other websites. If you do not have a way to work with a live accompanist or don’t have access to a recorded track of your music, consider using an app that will play the piano part for you. Harmony Helper is one such app that allows you to take photos of your sheet music, upload them to the app and then generate a piano track that you can use.

Monologue Requirements

Option A

One monologue from a published play or written by a professional writer. A professional writer is someone whose plays have been produced, but may not have been professionally published.

Monologue Tips

It is recommended to choose monologues that are age-appropriate (generally within 5-10 years of your actual age) and that feel authentic to your culture, background, and lived experience.

Active monologues are often better for auditions; an active monologue takes place in real time and focuses on what you want and puts you in direct communication with an imaginary scene partner. This is often more successful in an audition situation than pieces that are a story or remembrance. Additionally, it can be helpful to avoid monologues that rely on extreme emotions as it can be hard to believably justify those responses in a short piece.

Dance Requirements

Show us your best version of dancing or moving.

Dance Tips

Make sure you can execute all the choreography well. It is to your advantage to choose steps and movement that highlight your strengths instead of your weaknesses. You may use recent videos of you from a show or concert, but it must just be you in the frame.

Dance sample should be in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, or dance styles beyond American and Euro-western styles.

Dance media can be “self-choreographed”, but it must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own. Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well. Fully move your body to the best of your ability.

To assist applicants with the dance prescreen, several institutions provided the following resource videos for applicants who do not have access to a choreographed combo for the prescreen process. You may submit this choreography (or a combination of it) to any of the schools you are applying to that ask for a dance prescreen. This list will be updated as more institutions share resources, so be sure to check back.

Optional Ballet Requirements

Ballet optional. Show us your best version of ballet. Please include a brief series of plié, tendu, and grande battement, a pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and one or more grand jeté across the floor.

Optional Wild Card Video

Think about the wild card section as an opportunity to show your personality or share something about you. This media can be ANYTHING you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” Below is a list of ideas that have been successful in the past:

  • Singing a pop song
  • Singing or playing an original composition/song/poem or choreographed dance.
  • Performing your own Saturday Night Live-styled skit where you create a comedic character
  • Sharing a hobby or activity that means something to you
  • Performing in a language other than English in which you are fluent
  • Playing an instrument
  • Making a “how-to” video on something you are good at, baking, calligraphy, gymnastics.
  •  If you are a dancer and want to show us a different style you excel in: Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, etc.