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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

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 and Acting programs have concluded for the year. However, we are still interviewing for Design and Technology, Theatre Studies, and Theatre Education.


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 for the spring semester have been canceled. 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 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. 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
    Application Materials
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Theatre Goals Statement (no more than 500 words)
    • 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 (no more than 500 words)
    • 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 Auditions

Auditions for the Musical Theatre and Acting programs have conlcuded for the 2020-2021 school year! However, we are still interviewing candidates for the Theatre Education, Theatre Studies, and Design and Technology programs.

Please email our PVA Recruitment Coordinator, Kendra Schneider, at kendra.schneider@unco.edu to schedule an interview.


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

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

  • 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. 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.

    WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FOR THE MUSICAL THEATRE OR ACTING PROGRAM FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO APPLIED.

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

    WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THESE THREE PROGRAMS.

  • 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.

 


Audition/Interview Requirements

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. 

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. 

Theatre Studies

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

Theatre Education 

  • 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