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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Fall B, Spring, Spring B, Summer, Winter, Intersession
Program Type: Major

The Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) consists of 200 undergraduate students, divided between our Acting and Musical Theatre programs. Students are guaranteed onstage performance credit while they are at CCPA — more time onstage means more training for your future career in the theatre.

Our faculty is comprised of full-time professors as well as many active theatre professionals who lend their unique talents and expertise to the Conservatory. At CCPA, our students learn from and work alongside Chicago's very best, and a low student/faculty ratio results in focused study tailored to each student's needs.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district and the Tony award-winning Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre — and our students have graced the stages of them all. An outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students with placements at some of Chicago's best theatres, and upperclassmen in good standing are allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA, adding valuable professional credits to their resumes prior to graduation.

What Differentiates Us

Performance

Performance

Students are guaranteed onstage performance credit while they are at CCPA — more time onstage means more training for your future career in the theatre.

Location

Location

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district and the Tony award-winning Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre — and our students have graced the stages of them all.

Internships

Internships

An outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students with placements at some of Chicago's best theatres, and upperclassmen in good standing are allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA, adding valuable professional credits to their resumes prior to graduation.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

The BFA in Musical Theatre is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as a musical theatre performer, focusing particularly on vocal performance and acting technique. The program blends intensive musical training including music theory, piano skills and weekly voice lessons with a high level of acting coursework in Linklater technique, scene study and period styles. Students also take a full course load of dance classes, receiving training in ballet, jazz, modern, tap and musical theatre styles. Students are eligible for casting in musical productions and plays on the mainstage as well as our blackbox productions.

More Opportunities

CCPA American Music Institute - July 13-17, 2020

Join us virtually for this summer intensive institute for high school and college aged students co-led by Dr. Tom Kernan (Head of the Bachelor of Musical Arts program), Scott Mason (Head of Jazz & Contemporary Music), and Rebecca Schorsch (Lecturer, Musical Theatre Voice). Virtual American Music Institute is for students (instrumental and vocal) interested in exploring jazz, blues, folk, musical theater, American songbook, cabaret, contemporary, roots music, and more as well as teachers interested in integrating American Music into their curricula. Visit roosevelt.edu/colleges/ccpa/summer for more info!

Performance Opportunities

All students receive performance opportunities throughout their studies. Students in good academic standing are also able to audition for opportunities outside of the Conservatory with approval.

Admission Info

musical theatre students rehearsing

All applicants to the BFA Musical Theatre program are required to submit pre-screen materials for review before they can be invited to a live virtual audition. Pre-screens are to be submitted through GetAcceptd.com beginning September 1st.

You may not submit your pre-screen materials until you have first submitted the Roosevelt University Undergraduate Application. The Pre-Screen deadline is December 1st, though earlier submission is highly recommended.

We are following the guidelines for the Common Musical Theatre Pre-Screen:

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and the 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

  • Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
  • One song should be a ballad, and one song should be an uptempo.
  • One song should be written prior to 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)
  • Songs should be filmed in a 3/4 shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible.

MONOLOGUE

  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. 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.
  • Monologues must be from a published play. Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography

REQUIREMENT:

  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
  • No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable.
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card 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; no “a cappella” dance media please.

WILD CARD VIDEO

  • Wild Card submission is completely optional.
  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

MUSICAL THEATRE LIVE VIRTUAL AUDITION

All Musical Theatre auditions will be conducted in real time in a live virtual format via GetAcceptd. No in-person auditions will take place this year.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • One monologue from a contemporary play. Monologue should be no longer than two minutes.
  • 2 song selections: 32 bars each of one ballad and one up-tempo song from the musical theatre repertoire. Do not bring more than 32 bars for each.
  • Characters should be close to your age. All pieces should be performed from memory.
  • You must sing with recorded accompaniment.
  • We will not be conducting a dance call for BFA Musical Theatre applicants.