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Apply to the School of Theatre Arts and Dance

Admission to all undergraduate majors within the School of Theatre Arts and Dance requires additional steps beyond the UNC application

Step One: Apply to the University of Northern Colorado via the Bear App or Common App and indicate your primary theatre area of interest. 
Please note: You may receive a letter stating you have been admitted to your theatre program of choice (seeking). That is an acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions, not from the School of Theatre Arts & Dance. All decisions for the School of Theatre Arts & Dance will be sent via email from our Recruitment Coordinator, Kendra Schneider. 
Step Two: Complete the School of Theatre Arts & Dance Supplementary Application located in your UNC application portal. If you are wanting to audition/interview for more than one program, please indicate that on this application. 
Step Three: Submit required materials for your chosen program(s) via your UNC application portal. See below for each program's specific requirements. 
Step Four: Audition/Interview for the program(s) in which you would like to be considered.

Auditions for the Musical Theatre program have concluded for the year. However, we are still auditioning for the undergraduate programs in Acting, Design and Technology, Theatre Studies, and Theatre Education. 

Contact our Recruitment Coordinator, Kendra Schneider, at kendra.schneider@unco.edu if you are interested in applying for Fall 2020.


Learn more about our application process and audition opportunities below.

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Due to ongoing concerns and preventative measures regarding COVID-19, all prospective student visits have been cancelled until further notice. We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize health and safety. 

If you would like a video chat with our Recruitment Coordinator, Kendra Schneider, please reach out to her at kendra.schneider@unco.edu to set up an appointment. 


 Application Requirements

All majors in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance require a separate application to be completed in addition to the general UNC application. Once you complete the UNC application, the theatre application will appear in your checklist items to complete. You can complete both applications within the same portal. You may be considered for multiple theatre majors by indicating that on your UNC application. 

 2019-2020 Application Materials

  • Acting
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Theatre Goals Statement (no more than 500 words)
    • Headshot
    • Audition (see requirements below)
  • Musical Theatre
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Theatre Goals Statement (no more than 500 words)
    • Headshot
    • Audition (see requirements below)
  • Theatre Education
     

    Please note: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply for admission to the Theatre Education program.

  • Theatre Studies
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Copy of unofficial transcripts
    • 300-500 word essay briefly describing:
      • Why is theatre important to you?
      • Why is theatre important to the world?
      • What aspects of theatre do you plan to pursue professionally?
    • Interview

    Please note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply for admission to the Theatre Studies program.

  • Design and Technology
    • Resume
    • Two Letters of recommendation
    • Copy of current transcript
    • Portfolio of theatre production work (show paperwork, images, sketches)
    • Interview
     

    Please note: Applicants with a GPA of 2.7 or below are welcome to submit an application, but may be ineligible to interview pending a transcript review. If you GPA is 2.7 or below, we will contact you after reviewing your transcript to let you know whether or not you may proceed to the interview portion.

2019-2020 Auditions

Auditions for the Musical Theatre program have concluded for the year. However, we are still auditioning for the undergraduate programs in Acting, Design and Technology, Theatre Studies, and Theatre Education.


Audition/Interview Requirements  

  • Acting

    Live Audtions (On-campus & Unifieds): Prepare three monologues: two contrasting monologues not to exceed two minutes combined, and an additional one-minute monologue. All applicants will be required to perform their two contrasting monologues and may be asked to perform the third. 

    Video Auditions: Two contrasting monologues not to exceed two minutes total. 

  • Musical Theatre

    Prepare the following, not to exceed 4 minutes in total: 

    • 16-32 bars each from two songs of your choice (at least one piece must be musical theatre)
    • 30 second to one minute monologue
    • Optional: If you are a dancer, you may include a short dance in your allotted audition time

    An accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions.

  • Theatre Education

    15-minute interview with faculty (can be completed in person or via phone/skype).

  • Theatre Studies

    15-minute interview with faculty (can be completed in person or via phone/skype).

  • Design and Technology
    • 15-minute interview with faculty (can be completed in person or via phone/skype).
    • Portfolio Review

Audition Locations and Options

  • On-Campus Auditions

    Auditions are held on pre-scheduled dates at the UNC campus. 

    2020-2021 audition dates to be announced at the end of Summer 2020.

    To schedule an audition/interview: email our Recruitment Coordinator, Kendra Schneider, at kendra.schneider@unco.edu

  • Video Auditions

    If you are unable to audition in person at an on-campus audition day or off-campus festival, a video audition is acceptable and will be held in the same regard as an in person audition. All video submissions must be turned in no later than March 7th, 2020. 

    Acting, Musical Theatre: You may upload a video audition through the Theatre application. 

    * If you are submitting a video audition for both the Acting and Musical Theatre programs, please make sure to include two songs AND two monologues.

    Design and Technology, Theatre Education, Theatre Studies: You may request a phone or video interview through the Theatre application.

  • Unified Auditions
    Unified locations for 2020-2021 will be announced at the end of Summer 2020. 
  • Off-Campus Auditions

    Representatives from the School of Theatre Arts and Dance travel to festivals and events around the country for admission auditions. If you will be auditioning at a state thespian festival/audition event, you will not need to reserve an audition time with the PVA Recruitment Coordinator - you will simply register through your state thespian organization.

    Off-campus audition events for 2020-2021 will be annouched at the end of Summer 2020.