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Theatre Arts FAQs

1. Do I have to audition or interview to get into the theatre program at Baylor?
2. What do I need to prepare for my audition/interview?
3. Are there Theatre Scholarships available?
4. Can I declare a Theatre Minor?
5. Can Non-Theatre Majors participate in the plays?
6. How many plays does Baylor Theatre do each year?
7. Can freshmen audition and be cast?
8. What is the student-to-teacher ratio in theatre classes?
9. Do you offer a degree in musical theatre?
10. What is workshop?




1. Do I have to audition or interview to get into the theatre program at Baylor?
Yes, an audition/interview is required for all theatre degree programs. Please see the following link for audition/interview dates. We strongly encourage all candidates to audition/interview on one of the offered dates. However, if you have conflicts on one of these dates, special arrangements can be made.
More Information: index.php?id=34503

2. What do I need to prepare for my audition/interview?
Please see the following link for audition requirements and forms. Make sure you fill out the audition form and provide all the other required materials. Bring all of these things with you to your audition.
More Information: index.php?id=34503

3. Are there Theatre Scholarships available?
Yes, all theatre majors may apply for these departmental scholarships beginning with their second semester at Baylor. This allows the faculty to see the students in action and provides a fair and more thorough means of awarding both need and merit-based scholarships. The majority of financial aid, however, is available through the Baylor Office of Student Financial Aid beginning the freshman year. Baylor is very generous with both need and merit-based scholarships! The average "discount rate" for entering freshmen in the fall of 2012 was 42% off the "list price" of Baylor's advertised tuition rate. You can find out more information about this office at the link below.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/finaid/

4. Can I declare a Theatre Minor?
No, there is not a minor in theatre at Baylor. We offer three undergraduate theatre degrees-- * BA in Theatre, a generalist degree requiring 45 sem. hrs. of theatre; you may double major with this degree or select another degree minor * BFA in Performance, a pre-professional degree requiring 71 sem. hrs. of theatre; you may NOT double major with this degree, but you can choose a degree minor * BFA in Design, a pre-professional degree requiring 70 sem. hrs. of theatre; you may NOT double major with this degree, but you can choose a degree minor

5. Can Non-Theatre Majors participate in the plays?
Yes, non-theatre majors can volunteer to work backstage. However, non-theatre majors cannot perform in a mainstage production without being concurrently enrolled in at least one 3-hour production related THEA course.

6. How many plays does Baylor Theatre do each year?
The department does approximately 7 to 8 full productions each year, including summer plays directed by MFA Directing students. In addition to these public productions, the department has numerous "in-house" shows in our weekly workshop. These include 40-minute versions of Shakespeare, musical theatre cuttings, post-modern new works, and realistic scenes. There is always a great deal of theatre work going on in the department!

7. Can freshmen audition and be cast?
Yes. First, freshmen are required to audition for all mainstage productions. Some schools ban freshman from auditioning or casting, but we do not make these restrictions. Freshmen are frequently higlighted in workshop scenes beginning in the first weeks of school. Some student directors are even required to cast freshmen! Freshmen are occasionally even cast in mainstage shows, although understandably our upperclass students usually take the majority of roles because of their advanced training.

8. What is the student-to-teacher ratio in theatre classes?
Acting classes will typically be about 12-1, theatre history classes will be about 30-1, and design/tech classes will be about 5-1. So, it varies greatly.

9. Do you offer a degree in musical theatre?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions by young performers who are passionate about musical theatre. The answer is "no," based upon sound educational reasoning. We feel that the undergraduate years are too early to specialize in one form/style of theatre and thereby possibly limit your career opportunities. At Baylor, we believe very strongly in a broad-based theatre education that will maximize your opportunities, whether auditioning for a major contemporary musical or for a Shakespearean classic. We want our graduates to be equally adept at both musical theatre (if that is their area of interest) and straight comedy and drama. However, students who are interested primarily in musical theatre can certainly make it their concentration, taking voice lessons, dance lessons and participate in musical theatre productions, revues, and workshops every semester during their residency at Baylor.

10. What is workshop?
Baylor's weekly workshop on Friday afternoons is one of the things that sets us apart from other universities. These workshops provide the opportunities for guest artists to work with our students and for our students to perform for each other. One week we may have workshop on improvisation with guests from Second City in Chicago, the next week we may be seeing actors perform in junior level directing scenes. It is a real eclectic mix that is a vital part of our program. In addition, these workshops provide our department with a wonderful sense of community.

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