Auditions | Musical Theater | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Musical Theater

College of Liberal Arts

blue skies dance number


Due to the current condition with Covid, we will not be doing any in-person auditions this year. If you are interested in auditioning for the BFA Musical Theater program, we are now using the platform ACCEPTD for all auditions and submissions. Please use this link to apply: On that page will you find information on what to submit, audition requirements and more about our program.


You do not have to be accepted to SIU Carbondale first to audition for the MT program. However, students who are accepted to SIU prior to Dec 1 are given first consideration for academic scholarship. If you have a solid GPA/SAT/ACT score, we highly encourage you to apply early!

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  1. Test your equipment and setup.  Record a few seconds of your audition piece and then play it back, making sure everything works, looks, and sounds properly.
  2. Control your environment, paying attention to your background, wardrobe, lighting, and sound. If it helps your confidence, a little makeup can’t hurt, but it’s not necessary.

    The ideal background—and the clothes you wear—should be neutral rather than busy. Make the director focus on you, free of distractions.

    Ideal lighting is natural (rather than colored) but make sure you are lit from the front and not from the side or from behind.  We want to see your face clearly.  It’s very much worth investing in a “ring light” to do all your video auditions. There are many inexpensive options and it’s a worthwhile investment.

    Your sound needs to be audible and free of background noise or echoes. Your built-in microphone will be fine but if you have an external mic (we recommend the Avantree mic as it’s quite inexpensive).

  3. Frame your shot as a three-quarter shot. This means from about the middle of your thighs up to the top of your head.  This will pull the camera out enough to let you be free to gesture but be tight enough to see your facial expressions.

    Keep the camera stable
    . Shaky recordings diminish even the best performances. Use a tripod if you have one, or simply prop it up on any stable surface. Get someone to help you record if possible; never hold the camera at arms’ length (selfie-style).

  4. Mind the fourth wall. Look directly at the camera when you start your recording, and give your name plus the name of the song/monologue you will be doing. This is called the “slate.”


  5. Perform as you would in person. Stand (with your weight balanced), unless the scene demands that you sit. Standing enables you to feel grounded, energized and helps with breath control and projection. Place your gaze just above and slightly left or right of the camera (but only slightly!).

  6. Be off-book. Memorize your audition piece. You’ll look much more natural than if you’re reading from the libretto.

  7. If at first you don’t succeed… Shoot as many takes as you want to get the one that makes you look your best, but don’t shoot too many times or you’ll get stale and your voice could suffer. Do everything in one unbroken take.  Don’t have your slate be a take, then your song a different take…do them all together in one!