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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. In-person auditions are held on scheduled audition dates before a panel of two or more theatre faculty members. Auditions are held every February. 

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

Audition Dates

The 2021 theatre auditions will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 (afternoon only)
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 (afternoon only)
  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021
  • Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021

Due to COVID-19, auditions may switch from an in-person format to a virtual format.  Please be prepared for this possibility. Performance Auditions would be done virtually and Technical Theatre Review portfolios would need to be in a digital format that can be shared via a web link, Google Drive, AirDrop, etc. Details will be communicated through the email address. 

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Audition Requirements


Students are required to:

  • Perform two memorized 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. 
  • Bring a copy of your theatre-related resume
  • *Bring two letters of recommendation (these letters can also be emailed to
  • A headshot is not required but helpful.

*Letters of recommendation must arrive before Feb. 27, 2021

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.


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’
  • Bring a copy of your theatre-related resume
  • *Bring two letters of recommendation (these letters can also be emailed to

*Letters of recommendation must arrive before Feb. 27, 2021

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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