All students applying for the BFA in Performance or a BA in Theatre (with a performance emphasis) must audition for the program. Auditions are scheduled 4-6 times throughout the year.
2017-18 Audition Dates
October 14, 2017
December 2, 2017
March 3, 2018
April 21, 2018
July 7, 2018 (10am-1pm)
When and where
Auditions begin promptly at 1pm and last until about 5:30pm. We also invite you to stay to see an FIU Theatre production that evening.
Auditions are held in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto Maidique campus at FIU. 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199
Scheduling your audition
To reserve an audition slot, please contact Marianna Murray at 305-348-2895 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, which degree you’re auditioning for (BA or BFA), where you’re coming from (high school, transfer student, already enrolled at FIU), and a phone number where you can be reached.
If you have any questions about the audition process or about the acting program at FIU, you may contact Wayne E. Robinson, Jr. at 305-348-3361 or email@example.com.
Required material to audition for a BA
- 1 contemporary monologue (1-2 minutes)
- 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher or theatre professional
- Resume listing any theatre experience
Required material to audition for a BFA
- 2 contrasting monologues (totaling no more than 4 minutes)
- 2 letters of recommendation from a teacher or theatre professional
- Resume listing any theatre experience
Tips for selecting good audition monologues
- Your monologue should be from a published play. Make sure you read the entire play so you understand your character. Stay away from the books of monologues.
- Pick material with strong objectives. Does the character have something important that they are fighting for in the moment?
- Monologues should be no shorter than one minute, but no longer than two minutes.
- If you’re auditioning for the BFA, make sure at least one of your monologues is contemporary. “Contrasting” doesn’t only mean classical and contemporary. You can have two contrasting contemporary monologues if the energy of the piece is different.
- Pick something that is in your age range.
What to expect on audition day
Rather than basing our decision on a two minute monologue, we want to spend the day with you. We want to get to know you and we want you to get to know us.
The day starts with introductions and a Q&A with performance faculty and current students. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about what your time at FIU Theatre will be like.
Then we take you on a tour of our top-notch facilities at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center so you can see where we train, build, rehearse, and perform our shows.
After the tour, you’ll participate in a sample class with Wayne E. Robinson, Jr. (Head of Performance) and other faculty. This is where you get to see how we teach and we get to see you in classroom setting.
Wear movement clothing and be ready to move, play, and improvise. During this portion of the audition, we’re looking to see if you’re able to connect with others, be in the moment, and use your imagination. It’s loose and fun. You can change clothes for your monologues before you audition.
Then we hear your monologue(s). We’ll work with you on your pieces and/or sit down with you and learn about your goals and what you hope to gain from an acting training program. Just be yourself.
After the audition, we invite you to join us for an FIU Theatre production. You will receive a complimentary ticket to that evening’s performance where you’ll get a chance to see our students in action.
You will receive a preliminary decision by email within two weeks after your audition. All decisions are contingent upon your acceptance to the University. We can not accept any students who were not accepted by FIU.
The decisions are:
- Accepted into the BFA – This means we are confident that you are ready for the intensive training that the FIU Theatre BFA in Performance provides.
- Accepted into the BA – If you auditioned for the BFA and get accepted into the BA, it means we want to see how you respond to the first two years of training. After two years, you will have the opportunity to audition for the BFA. Very few BFA spots are given in the first year…most of them join the class after the first two years.
- Waiting List – This means we are interested in you, but need to see the rest of the audition pool before making a final decision.
- Declined – This is not a final verdict on whether or not you are a talented actor. Our auditions are very competitive and space is limited. If you are declined and are still interested in pursuing acting at FIU, we encourage you to enroll in an Intro to Acting class and then re-audition.
Out of town auditions
We strongly prefer that you visit us on one of our audition days. We want to meet you in person. We understand though that if you live out of town, traveling to Miami for the audition may be challenging. For that reason, you may apply through Accept’d.
We will still require a phone or video interview.
Call or email Wayne E. Robinson, Jr. at 305-348-3361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.