Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

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

In ordinary, non-pandemic times, Theatre UAB produces at least four main stage productions a year as well as studio productions and other projects, offering ample performance opportunities each semester.

Career Preparation

Graduates of our BFA are prepared for a career in major cities such as NY and LA 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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Acceptd Application

Acceptd is the largest performing and visual arts network in the world.

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Audition

Due to Covid-19, live auditions have been moved to a virtual platform. Once students have submitted their Acceptd application, they will receive more information about the virtual audition procedures.

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 and headshot, and select a preferred audition date. Once the application has been submitted, you will be contacted within one week 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.

UAB prefers the following options:

  • Song: Option A or B
  • Monologue: Option A
  • Dance: Dance Option
  • Optional Materials: Wild Card, Ballet Option

If you need any help with preparing prescreen videos, please contact Valerie Accetta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Please be advised that the UAB Department of Theatre is unable to make any offers before a student has been accepted by the university. It is highly recommended that students apply for admission to the university prior to auditioning.

If you have any questions regarding our application procedures or audition requirements, please contact the auditions coordinator, Mel Christian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (205) 934-3237.

For technical questions please check out our Help Desk.

Audition Resources

Advice on Selecting Monologues

  • Find material that you could be cast in today.
  • Use material that is within your age range, your vocal range (especially if you're singing), your emotional range, and within the scope of your movement skills.
  • Avoid material that requires a dialect.
  • See that the material moves to a conclusion. Begin somewhere and go somewhere through the material.
  • Use material that focuses on your character.
  • Avoid material that you have performed in a complete production.
  • Discuss your choice of material with your director, and your other acting teachers.
  • Choose material in which you have faith, and as you rehearse allows you to gain confidence.

Advice on Rehearsing Your Material

  • Make strong, positive choices aimed at putting your character in charge of the scene.
  • Locate and exploit counterpoints and tensions between yourself and the character, tensions within the character, tensions between the character and the dramatic situation.
  • Allow time for audience reaction when the character has to make a choice. Share choices with the audience.
  • Give movement specificity, dramatic validity, and theatrical finish. Simple but completely realized movements and gestures are the most effective.
  • Avoid literal interpretations of the text in movement and gesture.
  • Keep body and face forward. Avoid too much profile.
  • Maintain vocal control throughout the scene. Don't let emotions drive you beyond vocal expression you can control.
  • Imagine the physical space appropriate for your scene; set the boundaries and maintain control of that space during the performance. Movement should develop organically from the material; the connection between the physical action and its emotional source should be strong and clear.
  • Clearly specify the ending of the first piece and the start of the next. Do not run the scenes together.
  • The confidence, poise, and polish characteristic of outstanding auditions is the result of dedicated, concentrated rehearsal and astute coaching. Ask your acting teachers and your coaches to help you with your audition. Adequate rehearsal is vital.

How to Present Yourself at the Audition

  • Wear simple, attractive, comfortable clothes and shoes suited to your movement choices.
  • Minimize jewelry.
  • Style your hair so that it flatters your face, not hides it.
  • Warm up your voice and your body.
  • Assess the acoustic qualities of the performance space and make choices regarding how much vocal energy you will need to be heard.
  • At the beginning of the audition, state your name, and the titles of the pieces you will perform.