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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.

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/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. 

2020- 2021 Application Materials and Audition Requirements

  • Acting
    • Application Materials
      • Supplementary Theatre Application 
        • Statement of Interest
        • Two References
        • List of Relevant Performance, Production, or Work Experience - optional
        • Photo/headshot - optional

    • Audition Requirements
      • Live Auditions (On-campus &Unifieds):
        • Prepare three monologues: two contrasting monologues not to exceed two minutes combined, and an additional one-minute contrasting 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 
      • Supplementary Theatre Application
        • Statement of Interest
        • Two References
        • Photo/headshot - optional

    • Audition Requirements 
      • In-person/on-campus Auditions
        Auditions will be held in 10-minute slots. Students will be required to prepare two full songs in addition to a monologue not to exceed 60 seconds in length. The student can choose the first song they would like to sing upon entering the audition room. Should the adjudicating faculty wish to hear more, they will ask to hear a cut or all of the student's second song and the monologue. Students should also be prepared to work with the adjudicating faculty members in the audition room so that they main gain a better sense of training and potential. 
        • One musical theatre song selection written prior to 1970
        • One song written during or after 1970. This selection can be from any time period or era of the musical theatre repertoire or another genre entirely such as, but not limited to, rock, pop, gospel, etc. 
        • One 60-second monologe (no specific requirements)
        • There will be no dance audition requirement

      • Video Auditions
        Students are asked to perform two full songs and one monologue. See below for specific requirements:
        • One musical theatre song selection prior to 1970
        • One song written during or after 1970. This selection can be from any time period or era of the musical theatre repertoire or another genre entirely such as, but not limited to, rock, pop, gospel, etc. 
        • One 60-second monologue (no specific requirements)
        • There will be no dance audition requirement
  • Theatre Education
    • Application Materials 
      • Supplementary Theatre Application 
        • Two References 
        • Copy of unofficial transcripts
        • Supplemental questions
        • List of Relevant Performance, Production, or Work Experience - optional

    • Interview Requirements 
      • 15-minute interview with a Theatre Education faculty member conducted either in-person or virtually

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

  • Theatre Studies
    • Application Materials
      • Supplementary Theatre Application
        • Two References
        • 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?
        • List of Relevant Performance, Production, or Work Experience - optional

    • Interview Requirements
      • 15-minute interview with Theatre Studies faculty member(s) conducted either in-person or virtually

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

  • Design and Technology
    • Application Materials
      • Supplementary Theatre Application
        • Two References
        • Copy of current transcript
        • List of Relevant Performance, Production, or Work Experience - optional
        • Work samples of theatre production work (show paperwork, images, sketches) - optional

    • Interview Requirements
      • 15-minute interview with Design and Technology faculty member(s) conducted either in-person or virtually
        • Present/show work samples - optional

    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.

Need to Schedule an Audition or Interview?

To schedule an audition or interview for your program(s) of choice, please email our Recruitment Coordinator, Kendra Schneider, at kendra.schneider@unco.edu


Audition Locations and Options

  • On-Campus Auditions

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

    2020-2021 audition dates coming soon!

    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. 

    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
    2020-2021 Unified Audition Information Coming Soon!
  • 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.

    The announcement of off-campus audition events for 2020-2021 has been delayed because of COVID-19. We will post any virtual events we plan to participate in as soon as possible.