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Musical Theatre Certificate: Application and Audition Guidelines

Fall 2023

The UGA Musical Theatre Certificate Program will be conducting live auditions/interviews on Saturday, October 14 from 11AM-2PM at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Orchestra Room. Online Audition Sign Up and Applications are available to download here.

This program is a collaboration between the Dept of Theatre and Film Studies, Dept of Dance, and School of Music.  Professor George Contini of the Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies, is serving as program director.  If you have any questions regarding the Certificate Program please contact him at

Overview of Program

The Musical Theatre Certificate Program will be open only to students pursuing an undergraduate major (AB, BFA, or B.Mus) in Theatre, Music, or Dance, and is designed to supplement and build on the curricula of those majors. Certificate courses in the student’s major department will also count toward the students’ AB, BFA, or B.Mus degree, and consequently the Certificate program will require that a student take between 10 and 17 hours beyond the requirements of their major.

Students will audition for the program for a panel comprised of at least one representative from each area of Dance, Music, and Theatre. The audition will consist of one short monologue, and two contrasting 32 bar songs (each cut should be about a minute) from the Broadway Musical repertoire. They will also prepare a short statement of purpose and submit a headshot and resume. Once accepted into the program a student will work with their academic advisor to make certain they are meeting all requirements.

Once accepted in the program, classes require a passing grade of at least a B to successfully complete the program.  The demand for the program is very high and the number of slots can be limited.  To ensure that the program can accommodate the most dedicated and qualified students, students applying for the program must have at least a 3.0 GPA

Application Process

Forms are Available on the program webpage

Please email the following to Prof. George Contini, Director of the Program  

Materials and video links are due by 5pm on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

  1. Completed and Signed Application
  2. Copy of Unofficial transcript
  3. Recommendation Form from Professor or Teacher
  4. Statement of Purpose—In 100 words or less please express your rationale for gaining the certificate and how it aligns with your professional and academic goals.
  5. Headshot and Performance Resume—Please submit a jpg (no bigger than 1MB) of your headshot and a copy of your performance resume.  While you are not required to have professional headshots, your photo should align to industry standards, be well lit, and sized 8 x 10.   Resumes should be formatted as per professional acting resume templates.
  6. Any additional materials (link to website, reel, song, dance, movement) that you feel would aid us in understanding your work.
  7. Label each  file accordingly Example:  LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_HEADSHOT
Audition Schedule and Requirements

The audition day will be split with a block of time for singing/acting auditions and block for a dance call .

The dance call for ALL auditioning will be conducted first from 11-11:45AM. Starting at 12:00PM. there will be individually scheduled 10 minute audition slots until 2PM. Bring clothes that you can move in for group dance call and dance shoes if you have them . Loose clothing is not the best; form fitting is better. You will be taught a short combination and will present that in various groups and pairings.

You will be assigned a 10 minute audition slot.  You are asked to prepare one contemporary monologue of no more than 1 minute in length.   Also prepare two 32 bar cuts of an uptempo and a ballad from the standard Broadway musical repertoire.…not to be longer than 3 minutes total. The total running time of your slate, monologue and two songs must not exceed 5 minutes.

Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition.

After entering the room you will be given time to review your music with the accompanist. Please have music in the proper key with all cuts clearly marked. No chords, no lead sheets, or accompaniment tracks, SHEET MUSIC only.
Then you will come to the center of the room, slate your name, the title of the play from which your monologue is from, the title of the two songs you will be singing. You may present these in any order.

Once you have completed both your singing/acting and dance auditions for the day you are released.

Auditioning Students will be judged on the following:

Acting: Memorization and presentation, ability to live in the given circumstances of the play, pursuing a clear objective in the monologue, focusing on the imaginary other to whom you are speaking.

Singing: Tone, intonation (pitch accuracy), musicality (phrasing, dynamics, style)
Dancing: Coordination and rhythm, ability to take direction, focus

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