Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre
Most programs in the UCF School of Performing Arts require an audition or interview.
The musical theatre program is designed to develop theatre artists of the highest quality through training, education and experiences necessary for the successful pursuit of professional theatre careers. Our goal is to develop and graduate student artists who are sensitive, aware and total human beings by providing our students with conservatory training within the context of a liberal arts education.
- Intensive classroom work in theatre theory and practice, along with personal experiences designed to develop theatre skills of the highest quality.
- Extensive practical production opportunities that develop student skills in performance, design and technology, stage management and theatre administration.
- Master class opportunities and guest artist visits to provide industry expertise and to allow students to build their professional network.
- A professional environment necessary for growth and development of our students, providing industry-like experience under the guidance of faculty and staff.
Theatre UCF typically produces 6 shows per year, which all BFA musical theatre majors are required to audition for, including Freshman. The first auditions typically occur the week before classes begin in August. Musical theatre students may also be cast in non-musical plays. Theatre UCF also produces a spring dance concert each year that many musical theatre students participate in. Theatre UCF also produces shows through Pegasus PlayLab in the summer, but students are not required to audition for those productions.
There are also opportunities to perform in student-produced work such as 10-minute play festivals, one-act festivals and improv groups. Musical theatre students are also required to complete a professional internship before they graduate to build their resume which can be done through regional theatre, summer stock, dinner theatres, theme parks and more. Students are also encouraged to audition for local community productions, however student must prioritize Theatre UCF roles over outside roles.
Musical theatre graduates have had success across the spectrum of performance, education and business. Many of our graduates have worked or are currently working on Broadway, in Broadway tours, regional theatre, television, film, theme parks, cruise lines and more. Some recent alumni who’ve done master classes for our current students include Jerusha Cavazos ’14 (Broadway: The Prom, Off Broadway: Between the Lines, TV: Atlanta, FBI), Cornelius Davis ’13 (National Tour: Aladdin), Abby Jaros ’14 (National Tour: Hamilton, Joseph.. .Dreamcoat).
No more than 16 students are accepted each year per NAST accreditation. There are at most 64 musical theatre majors in the department but there are more than 400 students studying theatre and music in the School of Performing Arts.
Acceptance into the UCF Musical Theatre Track is a two-step process.
- Students interested in applying to the Musical Theatre track must apply to UCF Undergraduate Admissions. You do not need to wait to be accepted by UCF Undergraduate Admissions to submit your audition in step two. It is strongly recommended that students apply to UCF Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible.
- Students must submit their audition to the UCF School of Performing Arts through AcceptD. Auditions will use The Musical Theatre Common Prescreen with Option A for song & monologue and ballet option for dance. For the optional Wild Card, it should only be a demonstration of Advanced Tap Technique if the student possesses it. General auditions are not held on campus for the Musical Theatre track, but some students may be selected for on-campus callbacks. Not all students will be asked to attend the on-campus callback and some students may be accepted to the program without a callback. Acceptance to the UCF School of Performing Arts is typically offered by mid-March.
In order to be fully accepted into the program, you must be accepted by both UCF Undergraduate Admissions and by the UCF School of Performing Arts.
All BFA students are accepted under a provisional basis their first year. Faculty will evaluate their work and decide whether or not the student may continue the program at the end of the first year. However, the program does not use a “cut system,” meaning that we hope that all students in the track will continue through graduation.
The Musical Theatre plan of study requires a Fall start for proper course sequencing. Students are not accepted to begin theatre courses in the Spring or Summer semesters.
Musical Theatre Track Callback Process
Once the UCF Musical Theatre Faculty evaluate submissions, select students will be offered to participate in an on-campus callback process. Students will be able to select one of two callback dates, typically held on two Saturdays in February. Students unable to attend an on-campus callback will be evaluated by their online video submissions.
Requirements & Guidelines for Auditions
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.)
There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment. (Read through the resources page for examples of each of the three slates described below).
- The proper slate for a song is to share your name, song title, and show in which it appears.
- The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, title of the play, and playwright.
- The proper slate for a piece of dance is to share your name, title of the song you are dancing to, and name of the choreographer. If the piece is “self-choreographed” you should share your own name as choreographer.
Students should prepare two contrasting pieces. Each institution is responsible for indicating which options are accepted.
- Style: one song should be a ballad (where the piece has longer, sustained vocal lines) and one song should be an uptempo (where the vocal line moves at a conversational pace) so as to contrast style.
- Length: Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).
- Accompaniment: Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
Universities may ask for one or either of the following song options. Check the individual university website to see which option is required:
- One song should be written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).
- One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
- One of the two songs (student’s choice) should be filmed in a full frame shot to see your full range of expression, and the other one in a close-up shot (top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame).
Students may be asked to prepare either one or two pieces. Each institution is responsible for indicating which options are accepted.
- Monologues must be from a published play.
- Monologues cannot be from musicals.
- Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).
Universities may ask for one or either of the following monologue options. Check the individual university website to see which option is required:
- 1 contemporary monologue (typically written after 1950), 60-90 seconds in lengthThe contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
Students may be asked to execute one or both of the following options. Each institution is responsible for indicating which options are accepted.
- Framing: All dance media should be filmed in a “full frame” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire person in the frame at all times. (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 60 seconds)
- Style: Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
- All choreography must be performed to music; please no “a cappella” dance media.
Universities may ask for a required Dance option. Universities may offer an optional ballet submission:
- 30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, or dance styles beyond American and Euro-western styles.
- Please do not submit “barre work”. Instead, check to see if the auditioning program offers the optional “Ballet Submission” which is listed below.
- Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well. To the best of your ability, move your body fully. Please include at least one turn, one jump and one kick (or other suitable rotation, elevation, and extension that works for your body).
- Dance media can be “self-choreographed”, but it must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
- Ballet Media should be no more than 60 seconds.
- Execute a brief series of plié, tendu, and grande battement;
- Execute pirouette en déhors (to both sides)
- Execute one or more grand jeté across the floor.
Students may be asked to execute a “Wild Card” submission. Each institution is responsible for indicating whether the “Wild Card” is accepted.
- Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
- Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.
- This media can be ANYTHING you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?” (See the resources page for ideas on Wild Card submissions)
We don’t want application fees to be a barrier. If you are submitting an application through AcceptD and need assistance, contact the coordinator for the program you are applying to for more information. For information about application fee waivers for UCF admissions, click here.
Abby Jaros ’14
Performer, Hamilton, Broadway Tour
Justin Matthew Sargent ’08
Performer, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Broadway; Rock of Ages, Broadway
Cornelius Davis ’13
Actor, Broadway tour of Aladdin
Jerusha Cavazos ’14
Performer, The Prom, Broadway
Eric Ulloa ’06
Performer, Oklahoma!, Theatre Under the Stars; Performer, On Your Feet: The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Author, 26 Pebbles
David Paul Kidder ’12
Performer, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, National Tour
Yaniv Zarif ’09
Cruise Ship Headliner
Parker Slaybaugh ’13
Broadway Performer, Holiday Inn
Deirdre Manning ’14
Actor, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Kyle Ashe Wilkinson ’15
Performer, The Book of Merman, Off-Broadway
Ben Hope ’05
Broadway Performer, Once