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Students who wish to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance programs at Kent State must participate in a dance audition for admission. An audition is not required for admission to the dance minor, but dance minors who wish to enroll in professional level dance courses must participate in an audition. 

2017-2018 Dance Audition Dates

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Register for a Dance Audition

Prospective dance students must register for a dance audition through Decision Desk no later than 3 weeks prior to the audition date. The link to access Decision Desk is below. Please note that you must create a free Decision Desk account to complete the registration.

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  1. Information on previous dance experience
  2. Letter of recommendation
  3. A photo for identification purposes

Register for a Dance Audition

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

A letter of recommendation is required. A letter from a current dance instructor is preferred, however a letter from a previous teacher is permitted. The letter should briefly address the student’s technical and creative abilities, degree of commitment, attendance habits and class attitude.

Photo Requirements

The photo does NOT need to be a professional photo or a "dance" photo. It can be an informal snapshot, enlarged photocopy of your Driver's License photo, etc. This photo will be used to ensure that faculty are referring to the correct individual when completing evaluations.

For More Information

For more information about registering for an audition, please contact Donna Miller at dmille13@kent.edu or 330-672-0111.


Audition Format

The movement portion of the audition takes place in Dance Studio D123 in the Kent Center for the Performing Arts located at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

August Dance Audition Format

Time Location Activity
1:00pm Dance Studio Lobby Check-in
2:00-4:00pm Dance Studio D123 Group Audition
4:pm Dance Studio D123 Dance Major Interviews and Solo Auditions

November, February and April Audition Format

Time Location Activity
9:45am Roe Green Center Lobby Arrive at School of Theatre and Dance
10:00 - 11:00am TBD Q & A with Dance Students and Faculty
11:00am - 12:30pm TBD/Dance Studio D123 Interviews/Observe Kent Dance Ensemble Rehearsal
12:30 - 1:30pm N/A Lunch Break
2:00 - 4:30pm Dance Studio D123
Group Audition (Ballet Barre, Movement;
Modern Combinations & Improvisation; Jazz Combination)
4:30 - 5:30pm Dance Studio D123 Dance Major Solo Auditions

Note: Individuals auditioning for Dance minor are excused following group audition. Prospective Dance majors are excused following their solo audition.

Expectations for Those Auditioning 
  • Alignment, flexibility, strength and endurance 
  • Musicality
  • Vocabulary
  • Ability to pick up combinations
  • Ability to make corrections
  • Ability to persevere even if mistakes are made
  • Creativity
  • Movement flow
  • Sensitivity to energy, dynamics and force
  • Performance quality
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Enthusiasm for dance
Appropriate Attire
  • Leotard
  • Tights (footless, stirrup or convertible)
  • Ballet slippers
  • Jazz Shoes

Results

Dancers auditioning in August will receive their results immediately following the end of the audition day. Dancers auditioning in November, February, and April will receive their results by mail 2 to 3 weeks following their audition.

Individuals interested in enrolling in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program at Kent State must participate in an audition. Candidates for admission into the musical theatre program must demonstrate potential for success in the areas of Acting, Voice, and Dance. 

2017-2018 Audition Dates

Audition Date
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Friday, March 2, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Audition Format

Acting Component

The candidate will prepare one contemporary monologue from a published play not to exceed two minutes. The monologue must be memorized. 

Voice Component

The candidate will prepare two songs. Both songs must be from the standard musical theatre repertory and must represent a contrast of style, (i.e. one up-tempo and one ballad). Both must be memorized. Selections should not be an entire song. Thirty two bars are sufficient. Selections should not exceed two minutes combined. Please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Candidates may be asked to participate in a pitch-matching exercise.

Together, the Acting and Voice components should not exceed more than 4 minutes in length.

Dance Component

All students will participate in the Musical Theatre Dance audition.  A group audition will be conducted. Therefore, all candidates are asked to dress in dance attire and bring ballet slippers and/or jazz shoes, if available.

Those who are accepted into the BFA Program and have advanced training will be asked to come back for the professional level dance auditions for placement purposes.  

Proper Attire

All candidates are asked to dress in dance attire and bring ballet slippers and/or jazz shoes, if available. 

 

Musical Theatre Audition Application

First Time Applicants to the Musical Theatre Program 

The School of Theatre and Dance utilizes Decision Desk to facilitate Musical Theatre program applications and audition registrations for prospective students applying/auditioning for the program for the first time.

Note: The Decision Desk application does not replace the application for Freshman or Transfer Admission to Kent State University. If you are re-auditioning for the BFA in Musical Theatre program, do not fill out the Decision Desk application. 

Decision Desk Instructions
  1. Click on the Decision Desk link provided below
  2. Create a Decision Desk account as prompted
  3. Complete the application as instructed
  4. Pay the $25 application fee
Prior to applying through Decision Desk, please be prepared to supply the following information:
  1. Contact Information
  2. Education History (including SAT, ACT scores and Grade Point Average)
  3. Vocal and Dance Training Histories
  4. Vocal Selections for Audition
  5. Monologue Selections for Audition
  6. Previous Theatre Experience
  7. Names and contact information for recommendation forms
  8. Credit card information to pay the $25 application fee

Access the Musical Theatre Audition Application

Please note: The Decision Desk website is compatible with the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari web browsers. It is also compatible with Internet Explorer version 10 and above, however some users have had difficulty accessing the application through Internet Explorer. If you are experiencing problems, please try to load the application in Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Individuals Re-Auditioning for Musical Theatre Program

If you have already auditioned for the BFA MT program, and plan to re-audition, please contact Donna Miller at dmille13@kent.edu or 330-672-0111.

Do not fill out the Decision Desk application if you are re-auditioning.

 

Day of Audition

Items needed
  1. Resume
  2. Sheet music
  3. Headshot (optional)
How Auditions Are Scheduled

Audition times are scheduled backwards beginning at 3:30PM, then moving downwards to the 9:00 AM hour. You will receive a confirmation letter indicating your audition time.

Please arrive a half-an-hour before the time designated on the letter.

 

For More Information

For more information about the BFA Theatre Program, please contact Terri Kent, Musical Theatre Coordinator, at tkent@kent.edu.

For more information about registering for an audition, please contact Donna Miller at dmille13@kent.edu or 330-672-0111.

Individuals interested in enrolling in the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program at Kent State must participate in an audition prior to admission.

Schedule an Audition

If you are interested in auditioning for the MFA Acting or Returning Professional Program, please contact Amy Fritsche at 330-672-0112 or afritsch@kent.edu.

Location

School of Theatre and Dance
1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242


Audition Format and Requirements

The audition consists of the presentation of:

  • Two contrasting monologues—one of which should be from Shakespeare and the other contemporary.
  • Two contrasting songs—one 16 + bar ballad and one 16+ bar up-tempo. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring music in the correct key.

Please note: Five minutes will be allotted for the audition and an interview with the Acting faculty will follow the audition.

A current resume and headshot are required to audition. 


Schedule an Audition

To schedule an audition or for further information please contact

Amy Fritsche

afritsch@kent.edu
330-672-0112

 

Individuals interested in applying for admission to the graduate Design and Technology programs in Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, and Theatre Technology must prepare an entrance portfolio for faculty members to review prior to admission.

Costume Design Portfolio Requirements 

  • Examples of art work, photography, drawing, painting.
  • Examples of drafting.
  • Resume of Theatrical Experience.
  • Photographs of productions.
  • Sketches and/or drawings of the figure.
  • Sketches and/or renderings of costumes.
  • Examples of concept statements or concept boards.

For more information, please contact

Suzy Q. Campbell

scampbe2@kent.edu


Lighting Design Portfolio Requirements

  • Examples of art work, photography, drawing, painting.
  • Examples of drafting.
  • Resume of Theatrical Experience.
  • Examples of light plots, hook ups, magic sheets, cue lists, and other design documentation.
  • Photographs of productions.
  • Examples of concept statements or concept boards.

For more information, please contact

Jakyung Seo

jseo1@kent.edu


Scenic Design Portfolio Requirements

  • Examples of art work, photography, drawing, painting.
  • Examples of drafting.
  • Resume of Theatrical Experience.
  • Photographs of productions.
  • Sketches and/or drawings of scenery.
  • Examples of drafting or design drawings.
  • Renderings and/or paint elevations.
  • Examples of concept statements or concept boards.

For more information, please contact

Tammy Honesty

thonesty@kent.edu


Theatre Technology Portfolio Requirements

  • Examples of art work, photography, drawing, painting.
  • Examples of drafting.
  • Resume of Theatrical Experience.
  • Photographs of productions.
  • Examples of construction drawings.
  • Photographs of scenery engineered or constructed.

For more information, please contact

Steve Pauna

spauna@kent.edu