MA Musical Theatre (Performance)

Dates and Venues (MA Musical Theatre – Performance)
January 19-23: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
January 29-February 1: The Westin Michigan Avenue, 909 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Panel Members
New York Panel Members: Andrew Panton, James Orange
Chicago Panel Members: Michael Howell, Gordon Adams
*Auditions may be recorded for additional review by departmental faculty/staff at RCS.

Audition Requirements

    We kindly ask that you bring a headshot as it helps the panel keep names and faces together. It will not have an impact on the audition outcome.

    The audition process is separated into four sections. The initial audition will last approximately 15-20 minutes.

    Singing

    For this section you should prepare four songs: 2 up-tempo and 2 ballads
    – Music should be prepared clearly for the pianist and should be in the correct key.
    – No recorded backing will be permitted and you may not accompany yourself for this element of the audition.
    – Three songs should be musical theatre and one should be from another genre (e.g., pop, rock, blues, jazz).
    – It is unlikely that the panel will listen to all four complete songs. We will hear what we need to get an overall impression of range, technique and potential.

    Acting

    For this section you should prepare:
    – 1 Shakespeare monologue, and,
    – 1 contemporary monologue to contrast.
    Both should be between 1-3 mins in length. Please prepare and learn these carefully and have an understanding of the entire play, not just your monologue, as the panel may ask you to talk about your choices.

    Devised Piece

    Applicants will be given 2 minutes to present a piece of their own devising; this can include sections of text combined, an entirely original piece, a movement piece, a devised character piece or a devised/self-written song. The key for applicants is to ensure that the devised material expresses something significant for them with the panel examining both composition and performance.

    Dance

    If you are recalled, you will be led through a group dance audition, likely to take place at the end of the audition day (typically 3.30pm-4.30pm, but the final dance recall times will be announced by email in advance of your audition day). The dance recall may include elements of jazz, ballet, and contemporary styles. No preparation is required for this section. Please wear suitable clothing for this part of this audition. During this session the panel will look for:
    – the ability to use the body as a means of expression;
    – evidence of technique, style, and the physical fitness to cope with the intensive demands of the programme; and,
    – the ability to communicate with the teacher/choreographer and other members of the group, and to synthesise and re-create choreography.

    Please note that if a dance recall is not made available for your audition, or if you have a pre-existing conflict that would prevent you from participating in the dance recall, a suitable alternative will be found with the audition panel. This often takes the form of sending in a short video demonstrating similar dance elements that were to be assessed in the recall.

Throughout the audition and interview…
In all the above above audition and interview sessions, the panel will look for:

  • the ability to discuss your work giving reasons for choices made;
  • an ability to respond positively to re-direction;
  • an openness to others, responding creatively to their ideas, thoughts, and feelings;
  • knowledge of the theatre, television, film, and music industries;
  • experience in public performances; and,
  • evidence of the resilience and commitment necessary for successful completion of the programme and entry into the profession.