We know that the musical theater prescreen process can be daunting and time-consuming. So, we teamed up with Paper Mill Playhouse and leading musical theater programs to make it painless to navigate this process.
The College Musical Theater Common Prescreen introduces the first unified set of prescreen requirements across participating schools. To get started, explore all the schools participating in the common prescreen, prepare your audition materials, and submit your applications.
Participating Programs within the Acceptd Network
Additional Programs Outside the Acceptd Network
Baldwin Wallace University
Circle in the Square Theatre School
Florida State University
Indiana University South Bend
Marymount Manhattan College
Montclair State University
Ohio University School of Theater
Oklahoma State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University
The University of Alabama
University of Texas Arlington
Western Connecticut State University
Musical Theater Common Prescreen 2019/2020 Requirements
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
- There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
- The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears.
- The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
- One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
- 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)
- Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
Universities may ask for one of the following song options:
- One song should be written prior to 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.
- Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) contrasting in style.
- Monologues must be from a published play.
- Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
- Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (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 of the following monologue options:
- 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. 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.
- 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.
- 2, 60-90 second contrasting monologues
- 1 Contemporary (written after 1900); 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.
- 1 Classical (written pre-1900); Classical monologue should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.
WILD CARD VIDEO
- Please check individual school websites to see if a “Wild Card” video is optional or required
- Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
- This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.
Please check individual school criteria for pre screen dance video requirements. A common prescreen requirement for dance will be introduced for the 2020-2021 audition cycle.
Are you an institution that would like to adopt the Musical Theater Common Prescreen Criteria?
If you are an institution that would like to participate in the 2019–2020 Musical Theater Common Prescreen, please contact Stephen Agosto, Senior Manager of Artistic Engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse.