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Audition for Program

An audition and interview, or a portfolio presentation and interview, before members of the theatre faculty is required for entrance into any of the theatre majors.

How to Audition

Auditions are mandatory for theatre majors. The entrance audition is also your scholarship audition.

See audition requirements for:

spring audition dates have PASSED FOR FALL 2018 FRESHMEN.

If you are a freshman entering in fall 2019, online applications for these scholarships will be available October 2018. Join our mailing list to receive more information about Carthage’s competitive scholarships.

If you need to complete your entrance audition, please contact the Fine Arts Office at 262-551-5859. 

Audition Dates

Auditions are held in the David Straz Building on the north end of Campus Drive. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition/interview to fill out a registration form. Registration will take place just outside of the Wartburg Auditorium and students will be led to the Studio Theatre for the audition/interview. 

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Audition Requirements

Please bring a copy of your theatre-related resume and two letters of recommendation.


Students are required to:

  • Perform two contrasting monologues. Each monologue should be timed no less than one minute and no more than two minutes. Additional monologues may be requested.
  • Complete an interview with faculty from the Theatre Department. 

Please bring a copy of your theatre-related resume and two letters of recommendation. A headshot is not required but helpful.


Students are required to: 
Bring samples of their work indicating their accomplishments. Examples could include:

  • A portfolio of artwork, plans, or pictures in paper or digital form 
  • Prompt books and other stage management materials 
  • Prop or costume pieces you built or designed 
  • Set models, cue sheets, light plots, or CDs of sound design work 

Please bring a copy of your theatre-related resume and two letters of recommendation.


See audition and scholarship application information for music theatre students

Suggestions and Recommendations for your Audition

  • Give a clear introduction: State your name and the titles of your two pieces. 
  • Perform facing straight ahead. Pick a focus point just over the heads of your audience or at a slight angle facing them. 
  • Select pieces that are close to your age range and physical type.
  • Your pieces must come from published plays. Do not use your own writing, movies, TV, forensics or speech tournament pieces, or undocumented internet sources. 
  • Avoid dialects, pantomime, and props. 
  • Dress appropriately.

Theatre Major Progression Policy 

An audition and interview, or a portfolio presentation and interview, before members of the theatre faculty is required for entrance into any of the theatre majors. At the end of their sophomore year, all theatre majors are evaluated for junior standing. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better within their major, demonstrate participation and commitment to the co-curricular elements of the theatre program, and have fulfilled the necessary service requirements to the department. If the junior standing jury is insufficient in any area the faculty may admit the student provisionally to junior standing in the major or advise the student to discontinue their theatre major.


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