How to audition and interview

2019 UWSP Theatre and Dance applications for BA Dance, BA Drama and BFA Design & Technology programs open July 30, 2018 for Fall 2019 acceptance. The BA Dance program is still accepting applications for Fall 2018, and will arrange individual on-campus audition/interview dates. 

The Department of Theatre & Dance partners with Acceptd so you can view application, audition and interview detail, and submit your application and materials online. You can also schedule the location and date of your audition/interview. The department accepts a limited number of new students each year so, if you want to be learning, working and performing with a select group of students under the guidance of our world-class faculty. 

Thanks for your interest in UWSP – we look forward to meeting you and working with you!

Audition and Interview Sites 

BFA Acting and Musical Theatre Majors

  • January 19-20, 2019 

BFA Acting and Musical Theatre Majors

  • February 4-7, 2019 

CHICAGO, DANCE, Dance at the: CNADM College & Career Fair 2018

  • November 3-4, 2018
    The Dance Program will select incoming dance majors for scholarship awards. 
    We look forward to seeing you in at CNADM 2018!


BA Dance Major and Dance Minor Auditions

  • February 15 and 22, 2019

Theatre Auditions/Interviews

  • February 22 and March 2, 2019

 BA Dance Audition Requirements

 BFA Acting Audition Requirements

  • Two contrasting, contemporary monologues – one comic, one serious – both of which should be relatively age-appropriate.

  • Total time of audition (both monologues together) must not exceed 3 minutes.

 BFA Musical Theatre Audition Requirements

  • Perform two contrasting songs from the Musical Theatre Repertoire – one ballad and one up-tempo; each lasting no longer than one minute. One of these songs should be written before 1965. Both songs should be appropriate for your age, vocal range, and personality.

    • If you are auditioning in NYC or Chicago, you will need to provide recorded accompaniment of your songs on an iPod or other similar device. Sound equipment will be provided to connect to the headphone jack of your device. You may use your own sound equipment if you prefer.

    • If you are auditioning in Stevens Point an accompanist will be provided or you can bring your own. You may also choose to use prerecorded accompaniment.

  • Perform one prepared monologue from a contemporary realistic play – either comic or serious, one minute or less. Selection should be appropriate for your age, personality and character type.

  • Total time of audition (songs and monologue) must not exceed 3 minutes. You will be timed.

  • Those auditioning on-campus at UW – Stevens Point will participate in a group dance audition – wear clothes in which you can move freely. Tap shoes are not required. A time to change from prepared audition dress will be provided. There will not be a dance audition at the off campus locations.

 BFA Acting and Musical Theatre Audition Suggestions

(not hard-and-fast rules, but tips for selecting appropriate material)

  • Select monologues/songs that showcase "your best you."  We're interested in seeing the truth of who you are and what you bring to the theatrical space.  Select characters that are relatively close to your age, and trust that the way you honestly move and speak/sing is sufficient to express those characters.  Don't select monologues that require a major vocal or physical characterization choice (like a dialect, or a non-human physicality).

  • If you are auditioning in NYC or Chicago and want to be considered for both the Musical Theatre and Acting programs, the Musical Theatre audition requirements should be followed.  BFA Acting faculty may request a second monologue if time permits – you should have one ready.

  • For BFA Acting Auditions…

    • If you feel you are particularly skilled at dialects or strange/broad/over-the-top characterizations, it's not a bad idea to have a third monologue (or more) memorized and ready to go – just in case we ask if you have a third monologue.  Select these "extra" monologues based on the special skills you want to showcase.  Extra monologues are not required in any way, but good actors are always ready to show off their skills…

    • If you have experience with classical text (Shakespeare, Greeks, "heightened language") and feel it is a strength, you may want to have a monologue ready as back-up, or you may use it as one of your two required monologues, in place of a contemporary one.  Again, only do this if you feel strong about the material.

    • Read plays and musicals.  Select monologues/characters from plays that you find compelling or hilarious.  Read and know the whole play to understand the character.  Know the playwright.  Don't pick monologues out of a monologue book, or that you saw a clip of on YouTube, without knowing the larger story it comes from.  Monologues from movies, TV, or any other medium, tend to not be as effective.

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Please contact Lisa Ebert, Theatre and Dance Academic Department Associate,
for additional program and audition information.

Ruth will be happy to help you!