Audition and Interview
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Are you interested in a career in theatre or music theatre? Are you an actor, a stage manager, designer, craftsperson, or someone who dreams of managing your own theatre?  

If your answer is “yes” we want to meet you! 

Auditioning in the age of COVID-19  

With the health, safety and well-being of you, our faculty and our community our highest priority, Viterbo University continues to closely monitor the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. In our normal audition process, we would look forward to meeting you in-person in a physical room. This year, your audition will be live in a virtual space using a dynamic new format called AuditionRoom powered by our partners at Acceptd. You simply select the audition date from our schedule in Acceptd that works for you, then we'll send you an email confirmation of the time and meet you live, in-person in your AuditionRoom on that day. This format is for Viterbo and the National Unified Auditions. Please note that if you will be auditioning through Moonified or the College Audition Project, follow instructions from those organizations.  

To apply, follow this sequence of steps: 

  1.  APPLY to Viterbo University. 
  1. Submit your digital portfolio and indicate your preferred audition/interview date and location at Acceptd. Instructions are in the “Start an Audition Registration Form”on the left side of our Acceptd welcome page. Submit your portfolio promptly to ensure you get the time that works best for you.  Our audition schedule is posted below.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact Toni Groshek at 608-796-3760.
  1. Upon submission of your completed Acceptd portfolio, we will message you to confirm the date and time of your audition/interview.
  1. Meet us in AuditionRoom at the confirmed date and time. 

Eligibility 

Only students who have applied and been accepted to the university by our admissions office are eligible for admission to the Theatre and Music Theatre Department. If you are unsure of your application status, contact admissions at 608-796-3010 or admission@viterbo.edu

Scheduling your audition 

Auditions are scheduled within our online audition portal at Acceptd. This is where you submit your digital portfolio, your audition registration form, and choose your audition date and location. Audition slots fill quickly. Your Acceptd portfolio must be submitted before your audition date and time can be confirmed. 

Note: If you are attending Moonifieds, CAP, or other third party auditions, your schedule will be determined through the organization's registration and not through Viterbo's Acceptd account.  

Common Prescreen / Acceptd Portfolio Criteria 

“Viterbo University is a participant in the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen for the 2020-2021 cycle. This means we use the following criteria for digital audition submissions.” https://papermill.org/musical-theater-common-prescreen/ 

We do not use the Common Prescreen/Acceptd portfolio to screen you out of a callback interview. We require it as the first step in our audition process. This portfolio helps us get to know you before your call back interview, and it allows us to share your work with faculty who may not be present. 

A $39 PAYMENT TO ACCEPTD IS THE ONLY FEE IN OUR APPLICATION PROCESS. This fee is required by Acceptd, not Viterbo University.  If you’d like information about this fee, please contact the Acceptd Support Team by submitting a request here

Audition and Interview Schedule 2020-2021

  • Nov. 12-15     College Audition Project - Atlanta, Georgia   [Format:  Virtual TBD]  
  • Nov. 17-24     Moonifieds - Dallas, Texas   [Format:  Live Stream]
  • Nov. 30            Acceptd submission deadline for Dec. 5 Viterbo virtual audition
  • Dec. 5               Viterbo auditions via Acceptd   [Format:  Acceptd Audition Room]
  • Jan. 23-24      National Unified Auditions - New York   [Format:  Acceptd Audition Room]
  • Feb. 8-11        National Unified Auditions - Chicago   [Format:  Acceptd Audition Room]
  • Feb. 13-14      National Unified Auditions - Los Angeles   [Format:  Acceptd Audition Room]
  • Feb. 19             Acceptd submission deadline for Feb. 27 Viterbo virtual audition
  • Feb. 27             Viterbo auditions via Acceptd   [Format:  Acceptd Audition Room]
  • Feb. 26             Acceptd submission deadline for Mar. 6 Viterbo virtual audition
  • Mar. 6             Viterbo auditions via Acceptd   [Format:  Acceptd Audition Room]

On-campus Auditions:  Fall semester 2020 auditions will be virtual using your Acceptd submission and the new Acceptd platform, AuditionRoom. Spring 2021 auditions are TBD. In normal times, this face-to-face option offers the most comprehensive experience. You'll meet faculty and students, visit classes, see a show or rehearsal, and tour the campus. What to bring:

  • A headshot and resume
  • An accompanist is provided for all music theatre auditions

National Unified Auditions:  The format for these is currently virtual through Acceptd Audition Room. In normal times, a face-to-face audition provides an opportunity to audition in a major theatre city that's most convenient for you—New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.  What to bring:

  • A headshot and resume
  • Music theatre auditions need to bring recorded accompaniment and a bluetooth speaker

How to prepare your audition and portfolio

  • Acting Auditions: Prepare two contrasting, memorized one-minute monologues from modern plays. If you are comfortable with Shakespeare, we would appreciate seeing 20–30 lines of a verse monologue or soliloquy. This can substitute for one of your contemporary monologues. The audition may also include improvisation and movement.
  • Music Theatre Auditions: Prepare a one-minute monologue from a modern play, and sing 16-32 bars of two contrasting songs from a Broadway musical (memorized). You will need to provide your own recorded musical accompaniment at the National Unified Auditions. For on-campus auditions, please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. A dance call will be held at all on-campus auditions and at the Chicago Unified audition site.
  • Stage managers should present examples of work in the form of photographs, prompt-scripts, slides, and/or drawings of productions on which you have worked. Examples of related skills (painting, drawing, sewing, handwork, woodworking, etc.) are also helpful.
  • B.A. majors will interview with faculty, and may choose to do an acting audition or present a portfolio, or both.

What to expect in the interview

The interview is an informal conversation with members of the Theatre & Music Theatre faculty. The goal is to get to know you--your interests, ambitions and dreams for college and beyond. It's also an opportunity for you to learn more about us. Ultimately, it's a chance for you and our faculty to discover what we have to offer each other. So bring your questions.

Notification of audition results

  • December 11, 2020 (for all fall auditions)
  • February 19, 2021 (for National Unified Auditions)
  • March 12, 2021 (for the Feb 27 and Mar 6 auditions)

Financial Aid

We work directly with you, your family, and the Office of Financial Aid to create the most comprehensive financial aid package available. Scholarships are based on talent, academic record, and leadership potential. Need-based grants and loans are available to qualifying students. Financial aid packages will not be awarded until the student has been formally admitted to Viterbo University and has completed the audition/interview process. To ensure eligibility for a talent scholarship, you must be accepted by the Office of Admission, and have completed your audition and interview by our last published audition date.

Questions

Email Rick Walters, Director of Recruitment, or call 608-796-3793.