Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. You will select your audition time within the application for admission.
- Prepare two contrasting monologues. Total time for both monologues combined should be approximately two minutes (you will not be timed).
- Each audition piece should consist of a single character speaking. Auditions must be memorized.
- There will be a chair for you to use if you choose.
- At the beginning of the audition state your name, the title of your pieces, and the characters you are playing.
- Do not explain the plot unless instructed to do so by the interviewer.
- Bring a current resume and a headshot (or a recent photo that shows "who you are") to your audition.
Choice of Material
- Choose something you like.
- Choose age-appropriate material.
- Avoid self-written monologues.
- Make sure the character is in conflict!
- Cut material to fit easily into the two-minute time limit (including transitions between monologues).
- Examples of contrasting monologues are: dramatic and comic, contemporary and classic, sophisticated and unsophisticated, urban/rural, manic/depressed, etc.
- A classical piece is not required.
- Know the character you are playing. For example Laura in The Glass Menagerie is not extroverted; Oscar in The Odd Couple is a slob.
- Using dialects
- Phone call monologues
- Climax of the play
- Sexually explicit or extremely offensive material
- Dress comfortably, but strive to make a good impression.
- Keep hair away from your face.
- Wear sensible shoes. No flip flops or extremely high heels!
- Avoid jewelry that is distracting, such as clanging earrings or bracelets.
Performing Your Monologues
- Remember that your audition begins with your entrance.
- Use the introduction to let us get to know you—speak clearly and take command of the room!
- Place your imaginary scene partner directly downstage from you, over our heads.
- Don't speak to a chair—it will cause you to focus on the floor.
- Don't rush the audition transitions. Allow yourself time to transition—after the introduction, between the pieces, and before you say "Thank you."
- Concentrate on pursuing what you want from your imaginary scene partner.
- Finally, do not try to make an impression or give us what you think we want. Be yourself!
Deadlines and Review Dates
Students are accepted into the Acting major within the School of Theatre and Dance on a rolling basis, contingent on admission by Illinois State University. Normally students are notified within two weeks whether or not they have passed their audition via email.
Required Courses for Admission
Recommended Courses for Admission
To find the course equivalencies at an Illinois community college, please review our Course Articulation Guides.
- Acting I & II (THE 110 & THE 113)
- Fundamentals of Theatre I & II (THE 103 & THE 104)
- Vocal Technique for the Actor I & II (THE 211 & 212)
- Stage Movement I & II (THE 220 & 221)
Sequence requires an audition.