Audition and Portfolio Review

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must gain clear admission to Belhaven University. This should be initiated through the Admission Department (see admission on the web or call 1-800-960-5940 for more information.)
  • Student must be accepted as a theatre major and must pursue a full course load (12 hours per semester).
  • Student should complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form and either file it on the Internet or mail in the paper form.
  • Student must provide documentation of high school GPA, ACT test scores or SAT test scores.
  • Student must complete a performance audition or interview.

In addition to submitting an application for admission to Belhaven University, prospective students must audition and/or present a portfolio in order to be granted admission to the Department of Theatre. This audition must take place prior to the student’s first semester as a theatre major.

Each fall, the department hosts an audition day in connection with the University’s “Arts Discover Day.” Typically, this date is in November. Additionally, students can schedule on-campus auditions throughout the school year.

To schedule an audition, please contact Kerri Sanders at 601-974-6478. If you are unable to travel to Jackson for an audition, please contact the department chair, Dr. Elissa Sartwell, to discus other options.

Audition requirements vary based upon the student’s degree choice:

Audition Requirements (B.A. in Theatre):

Students wishing to pursue a B.A. in Theatre can choose one of the following options:

Option One

  • Perform an audition consisting of two contrasting monologues, totaling no more than 90 seconds.
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a statement of career goals

Option Two

  • Present a portfolio of your design and/or production work
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a statement of career goals

Interview Requirements (B.A. in Theatre – Dramatic Writing)

Students wishing to pursue a B.A. in Theatre (Dramatic Writing) should submit a resume, a statement of career goals, and a sample of creative writing. Submissions can be emailed to ksanders@belhaven.edu.

NOTE: A performance audition is not required for the BA in Theatre (Dramatic Writing). However, if a student wishes to be considered for a performance scholarship, s/he may choose to schedule an on-campus audition.

Audition/Interview Requirements (B.A. in Theatre – Theatre Ministry)

Students wishing to pursue a B.A. in Theatre (Theatre Ministry) must complete the following:

  • Perform a 60-second monologue or submit a portfolio of design and/or production work
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a statement of career goals
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a pastor or other spiritual mentor

Audition Requirements (B.F.A. in Acting)

Students must audition for the B.F.A. program before they can enroll in the program. The audition requirements for the B.F.A. in Theatre (Acting) reflect the rigor of the program. To audition for the program, students must complete the following:

  • Perform two contrasting contemporary monologues, totaling no more than 90 seconds
  • Perform a classical monologue in verse (60 seconds max)
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a statement of career goals

Audition Requirements (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre)

Students must audition for the B.F.A. program before they can enroll in the program. The audition requirements for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre reflect the rigor of the program. To audition for the program, students must complete the following:

  • Perform two contrasting monologues totaling no more than 90 seconds
  • Perform 30 seconds of a lyrical song from any musical
  • Perform 30 seconds of an up-tempo song from any musical
  • Perform a one-minute demonstration of your dance abilities (this can take the form of a single routine, or a demonstration of specific skills)
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a statement of career goals

NOTE: You will need to provide your own accompaniment. We recommend that you bring a CD player or use your smart phone with a Bluetooth speaker.

Scholarships:

See theatre scholarship information.