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Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The Elon University Department of Performing Arts believes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be essential in the pursuit of genuine creativity and artistic excellence. We believe that a diverse student body and professional workforce consist of a wide range of identities including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, spirituality, and socio-economic background. We recognize identity-based advantages and barriers exist in the performing arts and vow to address these disparities in equity and access for the betterment of our department and the future of our profession. We are committed to inclusive excellence within our teaching, artistry, and scholarship, and as it pertains to the department’s current and future students, staff, and faculty.

Welcome to the Acceptd site for Elon University’s Department of Performing Arts!  We offer the following degree programs:

  • BFA in Acting
  • BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography
  • BFA in Music Theatre
  • BA in Theatrical Design & Technology

Please note that each of these degree programs has separate forms, fees, and requirements. You must complete an application process for each program for which you wish to be considered. Please look over the details listed for each program in which you are interested and follow the guidelines carefully. You will also see the submission deadlines and dates for each program. 

Please note that in addition to completing the department audition process, acceptance to our department also requires admission to Elon University. You can complete these in either order, so long as you meet all relevant deadlines for both. The deadline for Elon’s general admission is January 10, 2025. 

** Current students of Elon University should contact Kimberly Rippy directly at krippy@elon.edu regarding audition/interview information for any of our programs **

To learn more about our exciting programs, please visit our website at www.elon.edu/perarts.

  • For all questions regarding the application requirements, please contact Kimberly Rippy, auditions coordinator, via email krippy@elon.edu
  • If you encounter any problems with your application or have technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.

We look forward to viewing your materials!

Sincerely,

Fred Rubeck
Chair, Department of Performing Arts and Professor of Acting

IMPORTANT DATES FOR ELON UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS

ALL APPLICANTS should note the following:

  • Acceptance to any of our programs also requires acceptance to Elon University - a separate process.
  • ADMISSIONS DEADLINE:  January 10, 2025.
  • Please click here to complete this process.
  • Transfer students complete the same process and adhere to the same deadlines as incoming students.
  • Please note that once you submit your application no changes are able to be made.
  • Please note that once an interview date has been scheduled it is unable to be changed.
  • A student may submit a maximum of two applications for a Performing Arts Department program. For more information, please contact Kimberly Rippy at krippy@elon.edu
  • There are no refunds of audition or admissions application fees
  • There is an $80 application fee for the audition
  • To request a fee waiver please review the following link fee waiver process. You will then need to Submit a Request.
  • Please note that the deadline to submit a fee waiver request is one week prior to the prescreen submission deadline for the program that you are applying for. 
Please note that each program has its own deadline and notification dates.

Acting Audition/Interview Dates: 

Friday, October 18th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline September 15th)
Friday, October 25th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline September 15th)
Friday, January 17th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
Friday, January 31st - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
Friday, February 7th - Virtual (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)

Fall audition date invitations released by September 27th
Winter/Spring audition date invitations released by December 13th


Music Theatre Audition/Interview Dates:

  • Friday, October 25th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline September 15th)
  • Friday, November 1st - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline September 15th)
  • Friday, February 7th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
  • Friday, February 14th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
  • Friday, February 21st - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
Fall audition invitations released by October 7th
Winter/Spring audition invitations released by January 19th

**Please note that the music theatre program will not be accepting any lateral students for this year's first year class.**

We will have a virtual information session on Wednesday, November 15th from 4-4:45 p.m. EST. Please click this link to join.


Dance Audition/Interview Dates:

  • Friday, October 18th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline September 15th)
  • Friday, October 25th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline September 15th)
  • Friday, January 17th - On campus  (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
  • Friday, January 31st - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
  • Friday, February 7th - Virtual  (Prescreen submission deadline December 1st)
Fall audition invitations released by October 7th
Winter/Spring audition invitations released by December 13th


Theatrical Design & Technology Interview/Portfolio Dates: 

  • Friday, November 1st - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline September 30th)
  • Friday, February 7th - On campus (Prescreen submission deadline January 3rd)

Fall interview invitations released by October 6th
Winter/Spring interview invitations released by January 19th