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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. 
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 prior to March 7th, 2020. 

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. 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

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 - AUDITION SLOTS FULL
  • 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, if space allows.

New York Unified Auditions:
Saturday, January 18th from 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Los Angeles Unified Auditions:
Saturday, February 8th from 9:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday, February 9th from 9:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
6225 West Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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
  • Wyoming Thespians: Laramie, WY, December 5-7
  • Colorado Thespians: Denver, CO, December 13-14

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