AVPA: Theatre Admission Process

CLASS OF 2025 AVPA-Theatre Admissions Process

In addition to the general requirements for admission to Bergen County Academies, AVPA-Theatre candidates will participate in VIRTUAL theatre games, improvisation and an interview conducted by Theatre faculty. The monologue will be pre-taped and due BEFORE the live zoom audition.

VIRTUAL INTERVIEW - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10TH, 11-1:30 or 2-4:30

11-12 / 2-3: All log onto the zoom link for introductions, a group class, games, improvisation and fun!
12-1:30 / 3-4:30:  Applicants will be put in a breakout room with current BCA Theatre students to askquestions, play more games, and get to know each other. They can elect to turn off their cameras in order to have time to themselves if needed. Students may sign off after their interview.

Each applicant will be called into a separate breakout room for a 3-5 minute interview with the theatre teachers. APPLICANTS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO POSSIBLY DO THEIR MONOLOGUE LIVE DURING THAT BRIEF INTERVIEW AND SHOULD BE FULLY MEMORIZED AND READY TO PERFORM, SHOULD THEY BE ASKED.

THE VIRTUAL AUDITION WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10TH FROM 11-1:30 or 2-4:30. YOUR ADMISSIONS LETTER CONTAINS THE ZOOM LINK.

PRE-RECORDED MATERIAL - FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH BY 5 PM

BEFORE THE VIRTUAL INTERVIEW, applicants will be asked to create a pre-recorded audition performing a monologue (not to exceed 90 seconds). Please shoot from the hips to about 2 inches above the head in a well-lit space with a simple background. Please perform a monologue from a published play written after 1960, memorized, and age appropriate.  You may also select a monologue from the choices included on our website - https://bcts.bergen.org/index.php/admission-information

ALL PRE-RECORDED MONOLOGUES MUST BE UPLOADED TO THIS GOOGLE FORM -  https://forms.gle/CXVYdwNZQfKfTn9v7 ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH AT 5 PM.

NO MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT TIME.

In addition to the memorized monologue, students may also opt to submit a SEPARATE video of singing or dancing or the student may submit a short script or design to https://forms.gle/CXVYdwNZQfKfTn9v7

  • SINGING: a video of the student singing 24-36 bars from a piece of music of your choice. Please shoot from the waist up. Please be sure the singer is louder than the accompaniment or sing a capella; either is fine.
  • DANCE: a video of the student performing a no longer than 45-second dance solo (any style). You do not need to access a studio space; any open space is great! Please be sure we can see the dancers feet and head in the entire, well-lit video. Please only send self-tapes, not a video from a dance recital, concert, or competition.
  • PLAYWRITING: a short play, or excerpt from a longer play, no longer than 10 pages, that you’ve written (can be in .doc, .pdf, or .gdoc format)
  • DESIGN: a drawing of a costume, prop or set design for a play you worked on or read, or a photograph of a design element you specifically contributed to in a theatre or film production (can be in .doc, .pdf, .gdoc, or .jpeg format)

    Note that these are just additional opportunities to show strengths/interests in other areas of the performing arts. There is no penalty for not doing any of the above.

    THE ONLY REQUIREMENT FOR ALL APPLICANTS IS THE RECORDED MONOLOGUE.

Important Helpful Hints

  • Read the play from which your monologue was taken (check out the library, or order the play from Amazon or Barnes and Noble).
  • Think about what the character in the monologue wants and how you connect to the character. Make choices about how this character behaves and moves and show that in your monologue.
  • Avoid playing characters with obvious physical or speech characteristics very different from your own. Monologues should be from a play written since 1960.
  • Attire: Please wear casual but neat clothing and shoes that allows free movement: no short skirts/high heels.  Please tie hair back. REMEMBER TO SHOOT IN A WELL-LIT SPACE WITH A SIMPLE BACKGROUND. SHOOT FROM JUST BELOW THE HIPS TO ABOUT 2 INCHES ABOVE THE HEAD.
  • The monologue must be fully memorized. Ask someone to help you work on the monologue and prepare for the audition.
  • Good luck and enjoy your work!

 

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For non-COVID Admissions

In addition to the general requirements for admission to Bergen Academies, selected AVPA- Theatre candidates will participate in a theatre games class and interview conducted by Theatre faculty. In addition, applicants should be prepared to perform a monologue (not to exceed 90 seconds) from a published play written after 1960, memorized, and age appropriate.  You may also select a monologue from one of a few suggested choices by clicking here. 

Supplemental Audition Options
In addition to the memorized monologue, students may also opt to highlight other skills in one of the following areas:

  • SINGING: sing, a capella, 24-36 bars from a piece of music of your choice.
  • DANCE: perform a no longer than 45-second dance solo (any style). You must bring your own recorded music and something on which to play the music - a smart phone tends to work the best.
  • PLAYWRITING: submit prior to the interview a short play, or excerpt from a longer play, no longer than 10 pages, that you’ve written (submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • DESIGN: submit prior to the interview a drawing of a costume, prop or set design for a play you worked on or read, or a photograph of a design element you specifically contributed to in a theatre or film production (submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Note that these are just additional opportunities to show strengths/interests in other areas of the performing arts. There is no penalty for not doing supplemental options. 
The only requirement is for all candidates to perform a monologue.

Important Helpful Hints

  • Read the play from which your monologue was taken (check out the library, The Drama Book Shop in Manhattan, or order the play online).
  • Think about what the character in the monologue wants and how you connect to the character. Make choices about how this character behaves and moves and show that in your monologue.  
  • Avoid playing characters with obvious physical or speech characteristics very different from your own. Monologues should be from a play written AFTER 1960.
  • Attire: Please wear casual but neat clothing and shoes that allow free movement: no short skirts/high heels.  Please tie hair back.
  • Start your memorization and preparation well in advance in order to feel comfortable and confident in your work.  The monologue must be fully memorized.  Ask someone to help you work on the monologue and prepare for the audition.
  • Good luck and enjoy your work!