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Welcome to the pre-screening website for the CWU programs In Theatre Arts and Music. 

  • Theatre offers Bachelor of Fine Arts specializations in Design and Production, Performance (Acting), and Musical Theatre as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies.
  • Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, and Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
  • Both programs offer degrees at the Masters level based in the academic year as well a limited-residency summer program specifically designed for teachers.

We are delighted that you are interested in our programs and look forward to seeing audition materials from you.

Central Theatre Ensemble (CTE), the production wing of the Theatre Arts Department, produces several shows each season, both on the main stage and in a studio (workshop) setting. The opportunities allow students to put classroom theory into practice as part of CTE's regular on-campus season. To further prepare for future employment or graduate school, all students are strongly encouraged to pursue practical off-campus experience through TH 490: Cooperative Education (Internship).  Students in our programs have recently completed internships with Seattle Musical Theatre, The 5th Ave Theatre (Seattle), Disneyland and Disney World. They have been invited to participate in international tours (Italy and Bulgaria) in addition to securing employment with a number of theatre opportunities such as: Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre (ID), Broadway Rose Theatre (OR), Midtown Arts (Fort Collins, CO), Centerstage Theatre (Seattle), Virginia City Players (MT), Artists Repertory Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Idaho Shakespeare Repertory, Balagan Theatre, ArtsWest Theatre, The Old Globe, Steppenwolf Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

The Department of Music ensembles includes a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, University Choir and smaller ensembles that includes three Jazz Bands, two Jazz Choirs, Men’s and Women’s choirs, Jazz Combos, and choirs for Brass, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba/Euphonium, and percussion ensembles. Our vocal students also have opportunities to perform in opera scenes and full opera productions. The CWU music ensembles are invited to compete and perform in state, regional, national, and national competitions!  With all of this to offer, the Central Washington University Music Department attracts top student musicians from around the country and abroad.  Our facilities second to none, we have ensembles in all areas, highly skilled faculty committed to your progress, a supportive community of musicians with high expectations and a commitment to excellence.  CWU is a place where the dedication and discipline needed to excel never overshadows the joy of making music. 

Our alumni continue to LEARN. DO. LIVE. in professional settings which include: New York City; Los Angeles; Portland, OR; Orlando, FL; and Seattle, WA among others.

In order for us to consider you for any of the programs, or offer you a department scholarship, you must first be admitted to CWU. 
You can find CWU admission information at the Office of Admissions.

Applications are accepted by CWU for fall admission as late as 1 September, although in order to be considered for merit and talent awards your CWU application for fall admission should be complete by 1 January.

Theatre: Full consideration for fall admission and scholarships require your online BFA application be submitted by 1 February for Musical Theatre, 15 March for Performance and Design and Production. Late applications will continue to be accepted until all program spaces have been filled.

Missed the application deadlines? No problem. Nearly one-third of the students admitted to BFA programs began at CWU the year prior to being accepted.  Contact us to find out if this option might be right for you.

Music: Your in person or online BM or BA application for all music programs by February 1st for full consideration for fall admission and scholarships. Late applications will continue to be accepted until all program spaces have been filled.  Some studios will be full after 1 March and will not continue hearing auditions.

We look forward to reviewing your work.

New first-year students should begin their inquiries here

Transfer students should begin their inquiries here

International students should begin their inquiries at this link.
 

CWU programs are Non-Cut Programs with Progressive Evaluation.

(509) 963-1750
theatre@cwu.edu

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