Audition

CONCENTRATION PLACEMENT and INTERVIEWS

All incoming first year undergraduate applicants and all transfer applicants must apply to Howard University via the Common Application. First year undergraduate students interested in one of our major concentrations must apply under the Early Action or Early Decision admission plan. Under either of these plans, your Common Application must be submitted by November 1, and all supporting documents (test scores, letters of recommendation, and so forth) must be submitted by November 15. The application deadline for transfer students is April 30th. 

The Office of Admissions notifies early first year applicants with complete admission files of their admission decision in mid-December. If accepted by the university, students can then place/interview for their preferred Theatre Arts performance concentration (Acting, Dance, and Musical Theatre) or submit a portfolio of their work and participate in a personal interview (Theatre Administration, and Theatre Technology).

Transfer students must participate in the concentration placement process before they receive an acceptance from the university. However, transfer students who pass the concentrtion placement process cannot be accepted into the Theatre Arts program without an acceptance from the university.

All performance students must successfully complete the concentration placement process for the Department as well as gain admission to the University. Our concentration placements are held in the months of February, March, and April. 

All students must submit a Headshot/Resume or Design Portfolio.

FINAL PLACEMENT CALL FOR 2021- 2022 ACADEMIC YEAR

ACTING: Final Placement Call

FINAL PLACEMENT CALL FOR ACTING!

Video submissions are due by 4:59 pm on Thursday, August 12th.   Callbacks are by invitation only and will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, August 17th.

Your Acting placement submission should include:

  1. Two contrasting monologues (2 mins each)
    • Monologues must be from published plays
    • No poetry or original material
  2. Bring a picture and resume’
  3. Callbacks will be determined from your audition performance and you will be contacted for a follow-up interview.

Submissions shoud be sent to Professor Kim Bey kbey@howard.edu; contact her if you have any questions. 

MUSICAL THEATRE: Final Placement Call

FINAL PLACEMENT CALL FOR MUSICAL THEATRE!

FOR INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE FINAL PLACEMENT CALL FOR MUSICAL THEATRE CLICK HERE.

DANCE ARTS: Final Placement Call

FINAL PLACEMENT CALL FOR DANCE ARTS!

DANCE ARTS PLACEMENTS ARE BY INVITATION ONLY! Please contact Professor Royce Zackery to schedule (royce.zackery@howard.edu). 

DATES FOR THE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW CONCENTRATION PLACEMENT DEADLINES & DETAILS FOR EACH PROGRAM BELOW.

Please review the placement requirements below pertaining to the area in which you are interested in training.

Preparing for Concentration Placements and Interviews

Acting Placements

Acting Area Placement Dates:

Round One Placements: Saturday February 12, 2022

Round Two Placements: Saturday March 19, 2022

Round Three Placements: Saturday April 16, 2022

During the Acting placement submission you will include:

  1. Two contrasting monologues (2 mins each)
    • Monologues must be from published plays
    • No poetry or original material
  2. Bring a picture and resume’
  3. Interview
    • Why Howard University?
    • What do you feel are your strengths that you will bring to the program?
    • Howard University Acting area of concentration is intense by itself, but in addition to the extensive amounts of performance courses, rehearsals, and so on, academic courses must also be mastered. What is your plan for time management?
  4. Callbacks will be determined from your placement performance and you will be contacted for a follow-up interview.

Placement Dates are listed above. Contact Professor Kim Bey kbey@howard.edu, if you have any questions. Please bring your resume and head-shot to your placement session.

Musical Theatre Prescreen and Placement Requirements

Musical Theatre Prescreen and Placement Requirements:

Thank you for expressing interest in Howard University's BFA Musical Theatre Program. The first step of your journey begins with a prescreen session. After the review of your submission, you may receive a notification of invitation to our placement sessions in the Spring of 2022. Professional or studio recordings are not required and all submissions must be unedited. A recent headshot and resume must accompany your video submission.

Prescreen Deadline: January 15th, 2022.

Please email your complete pre-screen placement video - unlisted YouTube link(s) preferred, headshot and resume to info@howardmt.com with the subject line [PRESCREEN 2022: (YOUR NAME)]. We look forward to reviewing your material!

Your recording must include:

● Two contrasting 32-bar cuts from the musical theatre repertoire- one up-tempo, and one ballad.

● A one-minute, memorized monologue of your choice.

● Your best presentation of this jazz combination - https://youtu.be/dM-_swTfS-I.

- Any questions that arise should be sent to info@howardmt.com-

Dance Placements

Dance Placements 

-Deadlines- 

Round One Placements: Saturday February 12, 2022

Round Two Placements: Saturday March 19, 2022

Round Three Placements: Saturday April 16, 2022

A Sample of what will be required to be demonstrated in the Dance Placement submission is below. 

Placement Dates are listed above. If you have any questions, contact Professor Royce Zackery (royce.zackery@howard.edu ).  Please bring your resume and headshot to the placement session.

Howard University Dance Placements will include:

Ballet Barre:

  • Pliè
  • Tendu
  • Degaggè
  • Ron de jambe
  • Frappè
  • Adagio
  • Grand battlement
  • Turning combination
  • Petite allegro
  • Grand allegro

 Modern dance:

  • A modern dance center combination/solo
  • A one-minute improvisation

 African dance:

  • Demonstration of traditional West African dance movements. 

NOTE: If you have not had previous experience with African dance you will not be penalized. The placement will then be based on the Ballet and Modern requirements, and the interview questions below.

Dance candidates must also undergo an interview. Interview questions will include:

  1. Why Howard University Dance Program?
  2. While focusing on the mastery of your craft, what professional companies/national and international work are you planning to pursue in the future?
  3. Howard University Dance Program is intense by itself, but in addition to the extensive amounts of dance courses, rehearsals, and so on, academic courses must also be mastered. What is your plan for time management?

Theatre Arts Administration Interviews

  • Students must show a high promise of success in undergraduate study as demonstrated with an assessment, interview and documentation of work experience in the field.
  • Students should prepare written statement of purpose addressing their intent to study Theatre Arts Administration as well as career goals.
  • Students must present a portfolio of documented work experience in the performing arts field.
  • Prepare for an interview.
  • Bring a 3x5 no larger than 8x10 photograph of yourself, attach to and bring your resume. (doesn't need to be professionally shot)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references.
  • You must email the theatre arts administration program at dominique.douglas1@howard.edu  (subject: INTERVIEW) to set up an appointment for an interview; include return contact information.

Theatre Technology Interviews

  • Students must show a high promise of success in undergraduate study as demonstrated by an essay, interview and documentation of work experience in the field.
  • Students should prepare written statement of purpose addressing their intent to study Theatre Technology as well as career goals.
  • Students must present a portfolio of documented work experience in the performing arts field.
  • Prepare for an interview.
  • Bring a 3x5 no larger than 8x10 photograph of yourself, attach to and bring your resume. (doesn't need to be professionally shot)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references.
  • You must email the theatre technology program at anthony.gomes@howard.edu 
    (subject: INTERVIEW) to set up an appointment for an interview; include return contact information.

Playwriting (Minor only) Interviews

  • Students must show a high promise of success in undergraduate study as demonstrated by an essay, interview and documentation of work experience in the field.
  • To apply for consideration for acceptance into the minor concentration interested students must submit via email (in Microsoft Word): 
    • a resume
    • the first 10 pages of a play or a screenplay 
    • one(1) letter of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references
    • a 2 page essay stating why you wish to study playwriting. (Discuss your interests, your background in the theatre, the playwrights and productions that have influenced you and how you want to impact both stage and screen.)
  • Please email the requested materials to Professor Hart, coordinator for the playwriting program at djhart@howard.edu to set up an appointment for an interview; include return contact information.