Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre

Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre

Nebraska Wesleyan University Department of Theatre Arts admission process uses a selective recruitment approach to seek out students with exceptional talent and outstanding academic ability. The result is an extremely motivated group of creative young artists with serious attitudes toward a rigorous academic environment and an intensive theatre experience.

Auditions and Interviews

Admission to our BFA program is based on talent, academic ability, and potential for success in a theatre-related career. Our admission process means you will benefit from small class sizes and many production opportunities.

Three simple steps:

1. Apply to Nebraska Wesleyan University using our free online application.

2. Upload the materials for your program of choice through Acceptd (**Unless you plan on coming to campus to audition, it is your choice whether to submit an audition on Acceptd, but we appreciate it if you create an audition on here as well).   

To be considered for our Chicago interviews, complete your upload by: Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Note: Your letters of recommendation and transcripts may be uploaded after the due dates listed above. An official hard copy of your transcript and your ACT/SAT scores MUST be mailed to our Admission office to complete your application. This important information will be a factor in determining your scholarship award.

Questions: Contact Joan Korte, Director of Recruitment, at, the Theatre at, or Brooke Bosworth, Student Head of Recruitment, at

Audition Options

  • 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. If you are able to come to an on-campus audition, you do not have to create an Acceptd account, but it would be appreciated. 
  • Chicago Auditions provide an opportunity to audition for our program in major theatre markets such as Chicago. Advance registration is required by January 15, 2015.
  • High School Thespian Festival Auditions: If you plan to audition at one of the high school thespian 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. 

Preparing your Audition/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 musical theatre songs. You will need to provide your own recorded musical accompaniment at the Chicago Auditions. For on-campus auditions, please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.

Portfolio Reviews
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.

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

October 25: MTYP Auditions

November 14-15: Iowa Thespian Festival

November 20-22: Texas Thespian Festival

November 23: HSPVA Auditions

November 24: Houston Auditions

December 4-7: Colorado Thespian Festival

January 8-10: Kansas Thespian Festival

January 8-10: Nebraska Thespian Festival (Student Representatives)

February 2-4: Chicago, IL (coinsicing with National Unified Auditions)

February 15: Garmin Industries in Olathe, Kansas Wesleyan Day

On-campus auditions are individually scheduled


Admission decisions and notification will be made a couple of weeks after our audition/interview process with you is complete.

Financial Aid

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 Nebraska Wesleyan University University and has completed the audition/interview process.

To be considered for a talent scholarship, you must to be accepted by the Office of Admissions, and have completed your audition and interview by May 1st, 2015. 

Thank you for your interest in Nebraska Wesleyan University Department of Theatre Arts. We look forward to your audition!

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