For some programs and most departmental scholarships, an audition or interview is required.

When you sign up for an audition date on an application form, pick the date you want to audtion for so you can come to Cape Girardeau and tour the River Campus and have a chance to meet the faculty and students of the Conservatory.

Dance Theatre
  • Friday, October 15, 2021
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021 (Dance Day)
  • Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • Friday, October 1, 2021
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Friday, February 18, 2022
  • Monday, February 21, 2022
  • Saturday, March 26, 2022

Audition Guidelines and Applications

An audition or interview is required for admission to the Conservatory’s BFA programs in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Design/Tech. No audition is required for entry into the BA programs in Theatre and Dance.

If you audition for one of the BFA programs or Dance Placement, you are automatically considered for conservatory scholarships. You don't have to fill a separate scholarship application form.

Acting and Musical Theatre Performance

Select the appropriate application (Acting, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Design & Technology), then complete and submit it. On the application, you will have the option to select a date for an in-person audition or you can submit a video audition instead.

We’ll send an email confirming that we’ve received your application. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a visit to campus to see the facilities and sit in on classes, please contact us at klavoie@semo.edu.

We will participate in festivals and conferences such as SETC, MO Thespians, IL Thespians, International Thespians, and others. We will review video auditions and portfolio presentations from those festivals and invite select students to submit audition materials to the Conservatory.

Admission to the Acting BFA Program

In order to be admitted to the to the BFA in Acting, applicants must both be accepted academically to Southeast Missouri State University and separately audition for and be admitted to the Acting BFA program.

Instructions on how to apply for the Acting BFA program are below. Instructions on applying to the university can be found on the page of the Office of Admissions.

BFA Early Decision

If an applicant wishes to be considered for Early Decision, they must submit their application and complete their audition (either in person or by video submission) by November 15, 2021.

Early decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision in mid-December. By applying for Early Decision, applicants agree that they will enroll in the Dobbins Conservatory if they are accepted.

BFA Regular Decision

Regular Decision applicants must submit their application by March 23, 2022. All Regular Decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision in early-April.

BFA Application

A link to the online application form can be found at the bottom of this page. This audition form will ask you to submit:

  • Basic personal and contact information
  • A headshot (it need not be professional, so long as it is a good photo of you)
  • A resume that includes the roles you have played, any formal training you have, and any awards or recognitions you have received
  • A written description of your career goals
  • A 60-90 second video of you talking about why you wish to pursue a BFA in Acting and what you are looking for in a program

You will also be asked to either select an in-person audition date or to submit video links to audition videos.

Guidelines for Auditions

In-Person Auditions

Acting BFA applicants will be asked to present two 60 second contrasting contemporary monologues from a published play. ("Contemporary" means written between 1900 and the present.)

Applicants will also have the opportunity to tour the Conservatory’s facilities and speak with faculty on the audition day.

Video Auditions

Applicants may also audition via video submission. These videos are not a “pre-screen,” but rather represent the applicants full audition. It is possible that Conservatory faculty will contact applicants who submit video auditions to request additional material.

Video auditions should be prepared as follows:

Overall
  • A complete video audition submission includes submitting the completed application form and two 60-second contrasting contemporary monologues from a published play. ("Contemporary" means written between 1900 and the present)
  • Each monologue should be filmed and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
  • The 60-second time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to. Please do not upload media files longer than 60 seconds.
  • The monologues should be filmed in a "close-up" shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
Slate
  • There should not be a separate "slate" video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for each monologue is to state your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
Wild Card Video (optional)
  • You may submit an additional video highlighting a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, a musical instrument you play, etc. What would you want us to know about you that makes you unique?
  • The Wild Card video should be no longer than 60 seconds.

BFA Interviews

Applicants may be contacted to arrange a remote interview with Dobbins Conservatory faculty

Admission to the Musical Theatre BFA Program

In order to be admitted to the to the BFA in Musical Theatre, applicants must both be accepted academically to Southeast Missouri State University and separately audition for and be admitted to the Musical Theatre BFA program.

Instructions on how to apply for the Musical Theatre BFA program are below. Instructions on applying to the university can be found on the page of the Office of Admissions.

BFA Early Decision

If an applicant wishes to be considered for Early Decision, they must submit their application and complete their audition (either in person or by video submission) by November 15, 2021.

Early decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision in mid-December. By applying for Early Decision, applicants agree that they will enroll in the Dobbins Conservatory if they are accepted.

BFA Regular Decision

Regular Decision applicants must submit their application by March 23, 2022. All Regular Decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision in early-April.

BFA Application

A link to the online application form can be found at the bottom of this page. This audition form will ask you to submit:

  • Basic personal and contact information
  • A headshot (it need not be professional, so long as it is a good photo of you)
  • A resume that includes the roles you have played, any formal training you have, and any awards or recognitions you have received
  • A written description of your career goals
  • A 60-90 second video of you talking about why you wish to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre and what you are looking for in a program

You will also be asked to either select an in-person audition date or to submit video links to audition videos.

Guidelines for Musical Theatre BFA Auditions

In-Person Auditions

Applicants will also have the opportunity to tour the Conservatory’s facilities and speak with faculty on the audition day.

The audition will consist of:

Two Contrasting Songs

Musical Theatre BFA applicants will be asked to present cuts (of up to 90 seconds) of two contrasting songs. One should be up-tempo and one should be a ballad. One should be written before 1970 and one should be written after 1970.

One Monologue

The monologue should be from a published contemporary play (written after 1900) and run between 60-90 seconds.

Dance Call

Applicants will work with a faculty member to learn and perform a jazz combination in a modified classroom setting. No pre-prepared material is required.

Video Auditions

Applicants may also audition via video submission. These videos are not a “pre-screen,” but rather represent the applicants full audition. It is possible that Conservatory faculty will contact applicants who submit video auditions to request additional material.

Video auditions should be prepared as follows:

Overall

  • A complete video audition submission includes two songs, one monologue, and two dance combinations
  • Each piece should be filmed and uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

Slate

  • There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Songs

Please submit two contrasting songs.

  • One song should be written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

Monologue

Please submit one (1) contemporary monologue (written after 1900).

  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • The file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

Dance

Please submit 30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, cultural dance styles, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.

  • Please do not submit “barre work”. Instead, check to see if the auditioning program offers the optional “Ballet Submission”.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; please no “a cappella” dance media.
  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.

BFA Interviews

Applicants may be contacted to arrange a remote interview with Dobbins Conservatory faculty.

Acting and Musical Theatre

Audition for admission to Southeast’s theatre performance programs.

Dance 

Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree are strongly encouraged to audition for dance technique-level placement to ensure proper coursework and progress within the degree program. The audition is designed to give the faculty a comprehensive view of your technical and creative abilities, training background, and your goals and interests within the dance discipline.

Students must participate in the audition process to be eligible for dance scholarships awarded to incoming and current dance majors. Students are typically notified of program placement within two weeks of their audition date and scholarships are awarded by March 1 each year.

The audition consists of a 2-hour dance master class incorporating ballet, modern and jazz techniques, presentation of a dance solo, and an interview with the faculty. The interview will include a brief discussion of your technical training, your previous dance experience, and your goals regarding the discipline of dance. Students will be evaluated by members of the dance faculty on the basis of previous technical training, body alignment, movement mechanics, expressivity, and individual artistic potential.

Audition Preparation (on-campus)

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before the audition to sign-in, change, and warm up.
  • Prepare a 90 second solo in the dance form of your choice. The solo can feature the choreography of the applicant or another choreographer and should highlight the dancer’s technical strengths and performance ability.
  • Bring music for your solo (ie: iPod, iPhone, MP3 player with a CD as a backup). Remove your passcode from your phone before the audition.
  • Attire Requirements: solid-colored leotard or tank top, pink or black tights, ballet and jazz shoes. If you are comfortable en pointe, please bring your shoes should you be requested to wear them. No warm-ups, skirts or jewelry. Hair must be secured away from face and neck.

Video Auditions

An in-person audition is preferred but should a student not be able to attend any of the scheduled auditions, they may select submission of a video audition on the application form.

Video Submission Guidelines:
  • Complete the application selecting “Video” from the list of audition dates.
  • Submit audition video link on the application form via a link to YouTube, Dropbox, Vimeo etc.
  • Video must include the following:
    • Brief introduction stating your name and your interest in The Conservatory Dance Program
    • Short Ballet Barre: pliés, battement tendu/dégagé, ronde de jambe, frappé, grande battement
    • Ballet Center Work: tendu with port de bras, adagio, waltz combination with pirouettes, petite allégro and grand allégro
    • Pointe work (if applicable)
    • One phrase (at least 16 counts) of modern dance material
    • One phrase (at least 16 counts) of jazz dance material
    • Choreographed solo 90 seconds in length in any dance style
  • NO STAGE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • Your recorded audition MUST include all three technique styles; ballet, modern and jazz
  • Dancers must wear the same dance attire throughout the video
  • Video audition submissions must be received by February 1 for scholarship consideration.

Dance

Audition for placement in Southeast’s dance performance program.

Design and Technology

In order to be admitted to the to the BFA in Design and Technology, applicants must both be accepted academically to Southeast Missouri State University and separately interview for and be admitted to the Design and Technology BFA program.

Instructions on how to apply for the Design and Technology BFA program are below. Instructions on applying to the university can be found on the page of the Office of Admissions.

BFA Early Decision

If an applicant wishes to be considered for Early Decision, they must submit their portfolio and complete their interview (either in person or by video submission) by November 15, 2021.

Early decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision in mid-December. By applying for Early Decision, applicants agree that they will enroll in the Dobbins Conservatory if they are accepted.

BFA Regular Decision

Regular Decision applicants must submit their application by March 23, 2022. All Regular Decision applicants will be notified of their admission decision on a rolling basis.

BFA Application

A link to the online application form can be found at the bottom of this page. This audition form will ask you to submit:

  • Basic personal and contact information
  • A headshot (it need not be professional, so long as it is a good photo of you)
  • A resume that includes the design positions, crew and leadership positions, any formal training you have, and any awards or recognitions you have received
  • A brief written description of your career goals (250 words or less)
  • A link to a website, video presentation, or portfolio file

You will also be asked to either select an in-person interview date or schedule a virtual interview.

Guidelines for Design and Technology BFA Interviews

In-Person Interviews

Applicants will also have the opportunity to tour the Conservatory’s facilities and speak with faculty on the interview day.

The interview will consist of:

A Portfolio Presentation/Review

Applicants should present a portfolio. The portfolio may consist of but is not limited to: drawings, drafting, costume pieces, scenic models, video editing, soundscapes, process pictures, photography, or other manners of demonstration of skill and interest in a digital format.

One Monologue

A brief question and answer period with Design and Technology Faculty and Staff.

Video Interview

Applicants may also audition via virtual interview. This is not a “pre-screen,” but rather represent the applicants full interview. It is possible that Conservatory faculty will contact applicants who submit virtually to request additional material.  It is highly recommended students arrange for a campus tour.

Virtual interviews should be prepared as follows:

Overall

  • A link to a website, video presentation, or portfolio file

The portfolio may consist of but is not limited to: drawings, drafting, costume pieces, scenic models, video editing, soundscapes, process pictures, photography or other manners of demonstration of skill and interest in a digital format.

  • A virtual interview via Zoom with Design and Technology Faculty and Staff Members

Design & Technology

Submit your portfolio for admission to Southeast’s design & technology program.

Scholarships

Southeast offers scholarships to help pay for your education. To be considered for a scholarship, students must audition.

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