Auditions | Musical Theater | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Musical Theater

College of Liberal Arts

blue skies dance number


AUDITIONS: Free online BFA Application*

*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 we highly encourage you to apply early!

  • Oct 6, Sat, 1:00pm, Carbondale, Altgeld 116. See PIPPIN free that weekend!
  • Feb 4-6, Mon-Wed. Unified Auditions, Chicago, Palmer House
  • Feb 18, Mon. (President’s Day), Carbondale, Altgeld 116
  • Feb 23, Sat. 1:00pm, Carbondale, Altgeld 114. See SUNDAY IN THE PARK free that weekend!
  • Video: Given our somewhat remote location YouTube/Vimeo auditions are accepted and, in fact encouraged. If accepted into the MT program you can visit us, sit in on some classes, see our facilities and take a campus tour; and maybe then apply to the university. If you have prepared screening videos for other programs, those are acceptable.


  • SONGS: 2 contrasting musical theater selections (each approximately 60 seconds or 32 bars); often the last 32 bars of a song are the best.
  • MONOLOGUE: 1 monologue (no more than 60 seconds).
  • DANCE: Dancewear or clothing you in which you can easily move.
  • For video dance audition, please prepare this link:


  • Prepare your music:
  • Bring sheet music well marked with cuts (copy, cut and paste to make simple for pianist). An accompanist will be provided.
  • Minimize and simplify page turns.
  • Electronic accompaniments (MP3, CD, etc) are acceptable.
  • Prepare a few questions for us!
  • Picture and resume are appreciated, but not required.


  1. Place the imaginary person to whom you are singing or speaking just over the heads of the auditioners, not to the sides.
  2. Draw our attention to your eyes, face and voice; minimize excessive gestures and long stage crosses.
  3. Select songs and monologues that fit your age, gender, vocal and physical type within reason. Don’t worry if something is overdone, especially if you feel you do it well. Generally speaking, please avoid dialects, accents.
  4. Variety and contrast within songs and monologues are important. Show us where the character changes their thought process, and take time for the moments they evaluate their situation to change course.
  5. Slow down, enjoy the language, make dramatic shifts, time for transitions.