Jump to main content

Apply to the School of Theatre Arts and Dance

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

Application requirements may include an audition or interview. We conduct auditions on campus, at various thespian festivals and events around the country, at the Unified auditions, and through video submission. Learn more about our application process and audition opportunities below.


Application and Audition 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. You may apply to be considered for multiple majors by submitting an application for each major in which you are interested.

2019-2020 Auditions

  • Acting
    Application Materials
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Theatre Goals Statement
    • Headshot

    Audition Requirements

    Live Auditions (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
    Application Materials
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Theatre Goals Statement
    • Headshot

    Audition Requirements

    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
    Application Materials

    Interview Requirements
    • 15 minute interview with faculty
    • Review of transcript


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

  • Theatre Studies
    Application Materials
    • 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 Requirements
    • 15-minute interview with faculty


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

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

    Interview Requirements
    • 15-minute interview with faculty


    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 On-Campus Auditions

We are now scheduling auditions and interviews for all programs for the 2020-2021 school year! Please email our PVA Recruitment Coordinator, Kendra Schneider, at kendra.schneider@unco.edu to schedule an on-campus audition or interview. See below for on-campus audition/interview dates. 


Audition Locations and Options

On-Campus Auditions

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

  • Friday, November 1st, 2019: Musical Theatre only
  • Saturday, February 1st, 2020: All programs
  • Friday, March 6th, 2020: All programs
  • Saturday, March 7th, 2020: Acting and Musical Theatre only

Video Auditions

If you live in Colorado, we prefer that you complete your audition in person. However, if you are unable to audition in person at an on-campus audition day or off-campus festival, a video audition is acceptable.

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

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

Unified Auditions

You may choose to complete your Acting and/or Musical Theatre audition with UNC at the Unified Auditions in New York, or Los Angeles. To reserve an audition time, please complete the UNC Theatre Application. Walk-ins are also accepted.

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.

  • Washington State College Auditions: Seattle, WA, October 13-14
  • Arizona Thespians: Phoenix, AZ, November 15-16
  • CAP United Auditions: Atlanta, GA, November 15-16
  • North Texas Drama Auditions & Texas Thespians: Plano, TX, November 21 -22
  • Booker T. Washington PVA High School Showcase: Dallas, TX, November 23rd
  • Greater San Antonio Area Auditions: San Antonio, TX, November 25th
  • Colorado Thespians: Denver, CO, December 13-14
  • Wyoming Thespians: Laramie, WY, TBD
  • International Thespians: Lincoln, NE, June 2020