BE A MEMBER OF WAGNER COLLEGE THEATRE!
Auditions/Interviews for Prospective Theatre Majors will be entirely virtual this year.
Applicants to Wagner College Theatre Performance major will receive an invitation to audition based on college application materials. Admissions will inform you when you are required to submit your audition video.
For those on the waitlist for the Theatre Performance program, there will be a Zoom Q&A with current students, alumni, and faculty on February 20th at 4 pm.
For those accepted into the Theatre Performance program, there will be a Zoom Q&A with current students, alumni, and faculty on February 27th at 4 pm.
BE A MEMBER OF WAGNER COLLEGE THEATRE: Audition Day Guidelines
Record a single video that includes these four sections
- Introduction: Tell us about yourself in a one minute unscripted moment. Be creative!
- Acting: Prepare a one minute monologue from a published play of your choice. You should choose material that speaks to you-and do not shy away from humor and joy in your material. We are looking for performers who tell the truth, so let this be the cornerstone of your work.
- Vocal: Prepare one minute each of two contrasting musical theatre selections. Material should be age appropriate and show us something about who you are not only as an actor but also as a person.
Note on Accompaniment: The video submission accompaniment should be a live pianist or a piano track created for the applicant. Please avoid overproduced karaoke tracks. We also welcome applicants to accompany themselves on piano or guitar.
- Dance: Prepare a 1 minute dance that shows your personality while executing a dance based performance. When possible, depending on your level of dance expertise, integrate the following aspects that offer you the opportunity to show your technique/training and level of mastery: a stationary turn (Pirouette), traveling turn, a leap with clear form and a big kick.
For artistic expression – connect to the character of the dance and make dynamic choices in qualities of movement. You could consider integrating a pushed or syncopated rhythm when considering your relationship to the music choice to show more advanced work.
Callback/Acceptance Procedure: Applicants will be accepted on the basis of the academic requirements of the college as well as their submitted audition. Notifications for acceptance will be made beginning February 8, 2021.
To apply for the DTM program you first need to apply to Wagner College through the Admissions office. Once they have reviewed your completed file you will be invited to interview for the DTM program.
For the interview please send a brief video (2 to 5 minutes) introducing yourself and send along a resume. On November 21st, January 23rd and February 13th we will have Zoom Interview days. We will do an overview of the program, hang out and chat and then do individual interviews. If you are unavailable, we will set up individual interviews on other days.
In the video, we want to learn a little bit about you and your interest in Design, Technology and Management. At the interview, you will have an opportunity to share your portfolio with us.
A portfolio might include: examples of your skills in drawing, sketching, and painting; any theatre design work; prompt books or examples of other stage management work; photographs of productions; items that you feel might be helpful in getting to know you. The portfolio is to help jump-start the interview, please bring whatever you have.
The Theatre Studies Concentration is designed for students who want to study the many aspects of theatre and offers a wide range of courses to allow students to personalize their academic experience according to their interests, including Introduction to Design and Technology, Modern Languages, Playwriting, Acting, Shakespeare Survey, Theatre History, and Directing. The program also encourages one to expand their craft through tech assignments, performance opportunities, and involvement with department and student-run theatre organizations.
Theatre Studies is the most flexible of the concentrations in terms of obtaining more than one degree while at Wagner. This is also the most flexible of the concentrations in terms of accepting transfer credits and community college degrees; if a student is transferring from a community college and is looking to complete a Theatre degree at Wagner in two years, Theatre Studies should be the curriculum followed.
Theatre Studies students especially are also encouraged to study a semester abroad during their time at Wagner with the IES Abroad Theatre Studies program, which takes place in London, England. Theatre Studies majors often go on to graduate school and work professionally as theatre-makers after their time at Wagner.
“The Theatre Studies major at Wagner opened my eyes to all the possibilities a career in theatre can offer me. The flexibility of the program allowed me to double major in Theatre and English, participate in department and student-run productions, study abroad in London with the IES Abroad Theatre Studies program my junior year, complete a part-time internship with a talent agency my senior year, write and direct my own play as part of my senior thesis project, and pursue my specific academic interests with my thesis paper. The opportunities I had and diverse educational opportunities I was offered gave me a well-rounded understanding of the theatre industry and academia.” –Emily Lagace, Class of 2020.
As the program focuses on self-discipline and development, students are expected to maintain a high GPA and must have a minimum of a C grade in all courses required of the major. Students are required to interview prior to declaring this major. Interviews for incoming students for the 2021-2022 academic year will take place virtually on Saturday, January 30th, 2021. To set up an interview, please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possible interview topics include:
-Discuss a play you read or a production you saw which spoke to you
-What specifically about the theatre studies program speaks to you?
-How would you make the theatre studies major your own?
Prospective students in either Performance or Design/Technology/Management will be invited to audition or interview after their Wagner College application has been reviewed by the Admissions Office. Unlike many performing arts programs, the first review for prospective theatre majors at Wagner College is academic.
All inquiries regarding your application to Wagner College should be directed to the Admissions Office at 718-390-3411. The faculty will answer your questions about the major.