Auditions and Interviews
Admission is based on talent, academic ability, and potential for success in a theatre-related career. Our selective admission process means you will benefit from small class sizes and many production opportunities.
Three simple steps
- Apply to Viterbo University using our online application.
- Schedule your audition/interview by viewing the list of dates/locations below and emailing our administrative assistant, Sue Hauser. Indicate the date and location you prefer. Sue will confirm the time in an email reply.
- Go to our online audition platform, where you will upload
the required audition materials for the degree program for which you are
applying. You’ll find
guidelines for each program under “Choose a Program” in the right column
on our Acceptd page. The upload fee is $25 payable to ACCEPTD.
All auditions and interviews require a confirmed appointment at least a week prior to the requested date.
We have partnered with ACCEPTD, an online service that makes it possible for us to preview your audition, portfolio, and application materials. This innovative platform allows you to upload your headshot, resume, video clips of your audition, portfolio pieces (as appropriate to your program interest), letters of recommendation, and scanned copies of your transcripts for faculty to preview prior to meeting you.The uploaded materials provide us with an introduction to you. YOU MUST STILL AUDITION/INTERVIEW FOR US IN PERSON AT ONE OF OUR SCHEDULED AUDITION SITES.
Note: Your letters of recommendation and transcripts must be upload by the time of your scheduled audition. An official hard copy of your transcript and your ACT/SAT scores MUST be sent to our Admission office to complete your application. This important information will be a factor in determining your scholarship award.
Contact Rick Walters, Director of Recruitment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 796-3793.
- On-campus Auditions offer a comprehensive experience that will provide you with important information to make your decision about where you would like to go to school. You will be able to meet faculty and students, visit classes, see a show or rehearsal, and tour the campus.
- National Unified Auditions provide an opportunity to audition for our program in major theatre markets nation-wide - New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 27, 2014.
- High School Theatre Festival Auditions: If you plan to audition at one of the high school theatre festivals listed on our schedule, simply follow the guidelines of the auditions program provided by the festival organizers. At most festivals our faculty representatives will post call-backs for one-on-one interviews following the auditions.
How to prepare your audition and portfolio
Acting Auditions: Prepare two contrasting, memorized one-minute monologues from modern plays. If you are comfortable with Shakespeare, we would appreciate seeing 20-30 lines of a verse monologue or soliloquy. This can substitute for one of your contemporary monologues. The audition may also include improvisation and movement.
Music Theatre Auditions: Prepare a one-minute monologue from a modern play, and sing 16-32 bars of two contrasting songs from a Broadway musical (memorized). You will need to provide your own recorded musical accompaniment at the National Unified Auditions. For on-campus auditions, please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance combination and complete a vocal and piano sight-reading test.
- Designers, technicians, and stage managers should present examples of work in the form of photographs, prompt-scripts, slides, and/or drawings of productions on which you have worked. Examples of related skills (painting, drawing, sewing, handwork, woodworking, etc.) are also helpful.
- Arts administration candidates should present a comprehensive resume, writing samples, and any photographs or examples of completed projects.
What to expect in the interview
All prospective students will interview with members of the faculty to assess skills and interests. The interview is an informal conversation that allows us a chance to get to know you and to discover what we have to offer each other.
Audition and Interview Schedule
| ||November 15-16 |
* Iowa Theatre Festival
| ||November 21-22|
* North Texas Drama Auditions
| ||November 23|
* Moonified Auditions at Dallas, TX
| ||November 24|
* Greater Houston Area Auditions
| ||December 7|
| ||January 9-11|
Illinois Theatre Festival
| ||January 25|
New York (National Unified Auditions)
| ||February 1|
| ||February 3-5|
Chicago (National Unified Auditions)
| ||February 6|
* Las Vegas--Clark County Unified Auditions at Las Vegas Academy
| ||February 8|
Los Angeles (National Unified Auditions)
| ||February 16-17|
Minnesota Thespian Festival
| ||February 22|
| ||March 15|
| || ||* Auditions at these sites are scheduled by the organizers|
Admission decisions and notification will be made in late March after our audition/interview process is complete.
We work directly with you, your family, and the Office of Financial Aid to create the most comprehensive financial aid package available. Scholarships are based on talent, academic record, and leadership potential. Need-based grants and loans are also available to qualifying students. Financial aid packages will not be awarded until the student has been formally admitted to Viterbo University and has completed the audition/interview process.
To be considered for a talent scholarship, you must to be accepted by the Office of Admission, and have completed your audition and interview by March 15, 2014.