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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.

2018-2019 Auditions

Auditions/interviews for Fall 2019 admission to the following programs have concluded:

  • Acting
    Application Materials
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • 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
    • 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.

2019-2020 On-Campus Auditions

  • 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

Design and Technology

Currently Accepting Applications

Application Deadline: August 1st, 2019

To apply: email Dr. Anne Toewe at anne.toewe@unco.edu

Application Requirements
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of current transcript
  • Portfolio of theatre production work (show paperwork, images, sketches)
  • 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 your 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 step.


Audition Locations and Options

On-Campus Auditions

Auditions are held on pre-scheduled dates at the UNC campus. Check back in July for 2019-2020 on-campus audition dates.

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, Chicago, 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 complete the UNC Theatre application - you will simply register through your state thespian organization.

Check back soon for a list of 2019-2020 off-campus audition locations.