We’re excited about your interest in our Theatre program at TCU. The following information should help you navigate our admission and audition process. We offer on-campus and regional audition dates for convenience with travel and scheduling. We also highly recommend that you make a campus visit to learn about all that TCU has to offer you. Visit the Admissions website and make an appointment today! Visit TCU.
TCU DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE
BFA ENTRANCE AUDITION AND SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
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Your First Step
All applicants to the BFA and BA Theatre program must apply to the University.
You do not have to receive acceptance notification to audition for our programs.
Apply to TCU.
BFA Entrance Auditions/Portfolio Reviews
Incoming freshmen who wish to enroll in the BFA Theatre program must audition or complete a portfolio review for entrance to the program. Audition dates are available on the TCU campus or at National Unified Auditions. Students admitted to TCU may enroll in the BA Theatre program without an audition. Students who wish to be considered for a Theatre scholarship, whether they intend to declare BFA or BA, must also audition on one of these dates. Please submit the Admission Audition Application Form via US mail or submit your audition video and application materials online through our new partner, Acceptd.
On-Campus Audition Dates
|December 7, 2013
||All BFA emphases
|January 18, 2014
||Musical Theatre only
|February 15, 2014
|| Acting, Design, Production, Theatre Studies emphases only
Acting Audition Requirements
- Two contrasting monologues - 90 seconds or less.
- If one scene is contemporary (20th or 21st century) then the other should be classical (before 1900).
- If one scene is comic then the other should be serious.
Musical Theatre Audition Requirements
- Two songs, 16 bars each, one up-tempo and one ballad.
- 90 second monologue.
- Students will learn a dance combination to perform as a group.
- Students must bring sheet music with them; a professional piano accompanist is provided.
- No one may sing with pre-recorded accompaniment or a capella.
Design, Production, and Theatre Studies Interview Requirements
Design or Production or Theatre Studies students should bring a design portfolio and other visual support materials to their interview or upload digital portfolio contents to Acceptd.
TCU at National Unified Auditions
|Pearl Studios, NYC
||Palmer House Hilton
||Marriott Los Angeles Airport
|January 25, 2014
||February 3-5, 2014
||February 8-9, 2014
Unified Audition Requirements are the same as above, except:
- Submission of audition video(s) and supporting materials via Acceptd.com is required.
- Once your Acceptd submission is received, you will be contacted about audition times. If you do not submit an audition via Acceptd, you will not receive a Unified Audition time.
- Two audition times will be set for Musical Theatre - one for dance; one for song and monologue.
- Students must provide recorded music and player for Musical Theatre auditions; no piano is available.
For more information about Unified Auditions visit www.unifiedauditions.com
Still have questions? Contact the Theatre Department at 817-257-7625.
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Nordan Fine Arts Scholarships
Amount: Approximately $15,000 per year
Number: Three Nordan Scholarships in Theatre are given to incoming first-year students each year. The Theatre Department has a total of twelve Nordan Scholarships, given to three students in each class.
Eligibility: Exceptional talent in
theatre (Nordan Scholarships are also given in music,
ballet and modern dance, and art). Applicants must audition
or present their design/production portfolios in person
at TCU on a pre-arranged date (see above). Awards are
renewable for a total of 4 years, subject to recipient
fulfilling departmental expectations; maintaining a
GPA of 3.0 in the area of the award; maintaining a TCU
cumulative GPA of 2.5; and maintaining satisfactory
academic progress standards.
Clayton and Kristen Hicks First Nighters Scholarship
Amount: approximately $3,500 per year
Number: One per year
Eligibility: This award is given to an incoming first-year student who shows exceptional potential to be a strong contributor in the Theatre TCU production program. It is funded through the generosity of Clayton and Kristen Hicks, and the members of Theatre TCU’s First Nighters subscribers, who attend and strongly support Theatre TCU.
Lou Miller Canter Scholarships
Amount: $1,500-$2,500 per year
Number: Three-Four per year
Eligibility: These awards are given annually, usually to students who are
majoring in theatre with an emphasis in design. They are donated by TCU
theatre alum Kendal Canter Perryman in honor of her mother, Lou Miller
Melvin and Katy Dacus Scholarship
Amount: $1,500 per year
Number: One per year
Eligibility: This scholarship is given to a BFA Theatre student, with an emphasis in Musical Theatre, preferably a baritone. It is donated by the Dacus family to honor the memory of their parents. One of the TCU Acting Studios is also named in honor of Mel and Katy Dacus, the founders of Casa Manana Theatre.
Ann Bradshaw Stokes Grant
Amount: $1,000--$2,400 per year
Number: 2-3 per year
Eligibility: These grants are donated annually by the Ann Bradshaw Stokes
Foundation for students studying any area of theatre.
Mary Hawn Theatre Scholarships
Amount: Approximately $2500 per year
Number: Approximately Ten per year
Eligibility: These scholarships are funded by the Mary Hawn Foundation for students studying any area of theatre.
Forrest Newlin Memorial Scholarship
Amount: Approximately $1,300 per year
Number: One per year
Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in theatre, with an emphasis in design. It is named in honor of the former department chair, Dr. Forrest Newlin.
Fine Arts Guild Scholarship
Amount: approximately $5,000 per year
Number: One per year
Eligibility: This award is given to a senior and is funded annually by
the TCU Fine Arts Guild, an endowed support group of patrons, friends and alumni.
Amount: Approximately $2,000-$3,500 per year
Number: Approximately 40 per year
Eligibility: The Theatre Department awards these grants to theatre students in exchange for 10 hours of production work each week in the department. These grants are renewable and an increase in the grant amount is given for students who are returning to a grant for multiple years. The recipients of the activity grants are required to work for the department 10 hours per week. Production grants are available in the Scenic Studio, Costume Studio, Lighting and Sound, Props, Box Office, and other areas.
Eligibility: The Theatre Department awards these grants to theatre students who are committed and involved in the production activities of the Department.
Of course, theatre students may receive other forms of scholarships, grants,
and financial aid. For more information, contact TCU’s
Office of Financial Aid.