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Welcome to the pre-screening website for Otterbein University. We are very pleased that you are interested in our programs.  Pre-screens are required for BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre. You must complete this pre-screening process in order to be invited to audition.

Please do not apply for admission to Otterbein University until you have completed and passed the pre-screen process. If you have applied already, as part of the Common Application, for example, do not be concerned. But if you have not yet applied, wait until you hear if you’ve been invited to audition.

All Musical Theatre applicants are required to submit a dance video.  Acting applicants with dance training are encouraged to submit dance videos.

Please note: If you are interested in being considered for the BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre degrees, equally, please submit the Musical Theatre application.  There is an option to select that you wish to be considered for the Acting program.  

We encourage students to submit a short video of any other skills.  These are including, but not limited to tumbling, any instruments that you play, piano composition, another song or monologue selection, etc. If you are applying to Musical Theatre and wish to equally considered for the acting program, an additional monologue would be a good use of the optional video.

BFA Design/Technology; BA Theatre (Double Major (BA only), non performance track)
A resume, recent photo and a minimum of 3 examples of your work are required. 

Students invited for an interview can choose from the follow 2023 Design/Technology Interview Dates:

Friday, January 27, 2023
Friday, February 10, 2023
Monday, February 13, 2023
Friday, February 17, 2023
Friday, February 24, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
Friday, March 3, 2023

Please select your degree track from the drop down menu on the left to schedule your on-campus interview.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing your work!

For more information about all of Otterbein's Theatre degree programs CLICK HERE.

Contact Us

BFA Acting & Musical Theatre/BFA Design/Tech, BA and Dance Minor
Dawn Horne, M.F.A.
Director of Recruitment, Department of Theatre and Dance
p/ 614.823.1657

Lindsay Cooperrider
Admission Counselor for the Visual and Performing Arts
Admission & Financial Aid
Admission Counselor for the Visual and Performing Arts
p/ 614.823.1500

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