Audition

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), in-person auditions will not be held. Please review the information below for online submission of auditions and next steps.

AUDITIONS and INTERVIEWS

All incoming first year undergraduate applicants must apply to Howard University via the Common Application. 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 Office of Admission notifies early applicants with complete admission files of their admission decision in mid-December. If accepted by the university, students can then audition/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).

1. All performance students must successfully complete an audition for the Department as well as gain admission to the University. Our auditions are held in the months of February and March for accepted early applicants.  CURRENTLY WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS ONLINE!

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

3. CURRENTLY WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS ONLINE!  Please review the submission guidelines below pertaining to the area in which you are interested in auditioning.

DATES FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW SUBMISSION DEADLINES & DETAILS FOR 2020-2021 FOR EACH PROGRAM BELOW.

Auditions are for new entrants ONLY for the Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre programs.

CURRENTLY WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS ONLINE! Please review the submission guidelines below pertaining to the area in which you are interested in auditioning.

Due to coronavirus disease (COVID- 19), all auditions have shifted to digital submission

Preparing for Auditions and Interviews

Acting Placement Auditions

Acting Area Video Submission guidelines

-Submission Deadlines- 

Round One: Friday December 18, 2020

Round Two: Friday Februaury 26, 2021

Round Three: Friday April 16, 2021

Videos need not be professionally recorded. As long as the audition material is visible and sound is clear, digital recordings can be shot on phones, iPads, tablets, etc. Audition interview questions should be answered on the digital recording after the monologue portion. 

  1. Two contrasting monologues (2 mins each)
    • Monologues must be from published plays
    • No poetry or original material
  2. 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 submissions and you will be contacted for a follow-up online interview.

Submission Deadlines are listed above.  Submission can be through email or upload your files to YouTube if they are too large for email (you can make the upload private if you wish).  Email your file or link to the acting program at kbey@howard.eduPlease attach your resume and head-shot to your submission email with the Subject: AUDITION- (insert name).

Lastly, we cannot accept candidates who do not receive acceptance to Howard University. Please only submit your audition video after you have received an acceptance letter/email from Howard University.

Musical Theatre Prescreen and Audtion Requirements

Musical Theatre Prescreen and Audtion Requirements:

Thank you for expressing interest in Howard University's BFA Musical Theatre Program. The first step of your journey begins with a prescreen audition. After the review of your submission, you may receive a notification of invitation to our auditions in the Spring of 2021. Professional or studio recordings are not required and all submissions must be unedited. A recent headshot and resume must accompany your video submission.

Prescreen Deadlines:

October 23, 2020 @ 5 PM, Early Decision

January 15, 2021 @ 5 PM, Regular Decision

Please email your complete pre-screen audition video - unlisted YouTube link(s) preferred, headshot and resume to info@howardmt.com with the subject line [PRESCREEN 2021: (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 demonstrated by choreographer and alumnus, Gregory Banks.

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

Dance Placement Auditions

Dance Digital Audition

-Submission Deadlines- 

Round One: Friday December 18, 2020

Round Two: Friday Februaury 26, 2021

Round Three: Friday April 16, 2021

Howard University Dance Program candidates must submit a digital record of their audition.  Please see the requirements below. All bulleted items must be addressed in the video. Omission of any item results in non-acceptance to the program.

Videos need not be professionally recorded. As long as the technique is visible and sound is clear, digital recordings can be shot on phones, iPads, tablets, etc. Audition questions should be answered on the digital recording after the dance technique portion.

Submission Deadlines are listed above.  Submission can be through email or upload your files to YouTube if they are too large for email (you can make the upload private if you wish).  Email your file or link to the coordinator of the dance program, Prof. Royce Zackery (royce.zackery@howard.edu).  Please attach your resume and headshot to your submission email with the Subject: AUDITION- (insert name).  If you have any questions, contact Prof. Royce Zackery.

Requirements for Howard University Dance Video Auditions

Ballet Barre that includes:

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

 Modern dance requirements:

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

 African dance requirements:

  • Demonstration of 4 to 5 movements in traditional West African dance performed to either recorded or live drumming or no music. Dance movements from other parts of Africa are also accepted.

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

Dance candidates must also answer the following interview questions:

  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?

Lastly, we cannot accept candidates who do not receive acceptance to Howard University. Please only submit your audition video after you have received an acceptance letter/email from Howard University.

Theatre Arts Administration 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 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 robinyharris@gmail.com(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 a a 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 a virtual phone interview; include return contact information. 
  • Please note, all students must be admitted to the University. If a student is not admitted into Howard University they cannot be accepted into the area of concentration.