Frequently Asked Questions | Musical Theater | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Musical Theater

College of Liberal Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

How many musicals do you do? How many musicals do you do? We do one musical in the fall and one in the spring. Fr do a New Faces performance in the fall, and So, Jr, and Sr do a spring review of MT material. BFA MT majors typically perform in one or more straight plays a year as well.

Do you offer talent scholarships?  Yes, although talent awards are not large, typically $1000-$1500.

Academic scholarships? The best scholarships are academic awards through the university. We have had students win the Chancellor’s scholarship (4 years full ride), full-tuition, half-tuition, in-state tuition and more for their High School academic record. Apply before Christmas break. If you have an exceptional GPA and/or ACT you may be eligible for the Chancellor’s scholarship!

Can I get in-state tuition?  SIUC no longer has an out-of-state rate. All students pay the same in-state rate.

Do freshmen get cast in the musicals? Yes, and they do regularly, as well as plays and more.

Can I do a minor, or double major? Yes. But you need to plan!  The BFA MT degree is 120 credits, 15 a semester, so the earlier you decide and plan the better chance you have meeting your goal.

Do you do a New York Showcase?  No, and for several reasons: Because our typical senior class might be 5-7 graduates that is pretty small to attract agents. Unless you are showcasing with one of the elite dozen or so schools, we feel your out of pocket cost is often better saved to move to a major metropolitan area (like New York, Chicago, etc.) where you can audition on a daily basis.

Can I audition without having been accepted to the university first?  Yes, but you can’t be accepted into the program without being accepted to the university. So apply ASAP, especially to get in line for scholarship money.

When will we find out if we are accepted into the program? We do one of three things: Immediate Acceptance (rare), Not Accepted, or Wait Listed.  Our last auditions are the beginning of March, so we make our first round of offers to those on the Wait List soon after.  Many people audition for multiple programs, so the sorting process can easily last into May—it happens everywhere!  As offers are accepted and declined, spots close or open.  We also, as best as possible, try to create a class with diversity of gender, physical, vocal and ethnic types, so people are not exactly numerical on the Wait List. Like an orchestra, we can’t have all one instrument.  If a clarinet says no, we look for another clarinet—or at least a woodwind.