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 selective 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 required materials for your program of choice through Acceptd. 

3. Schedule your audition/portfolio by choosing your live audition/interview preferences within the Acceptd form. 

All auditions and interviews require a confirmed appointment at least a week prior to the requested date. Confirmation of your audition/portfolio review date, location, and time will be sent to your email.  

To be considered for our New York or Chicago interviews, complete your upload by: Tuesday, Jan. 21

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 or Valerie Igoe, 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.
  • New York/Chicago Auditions provide an opportunity to audition for our program in major theatre markets of New York and Chicago. Advance registration is required by Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
  • 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 New York and 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

June 23-29: International Thespian Festival, Lincoln, Nebraska

October 19: Kenosha, WI

November 15-16: Iowa Thespian Festival

November 21-23: Texas Thespian Festival

November 24: HSPVA Greater Houston Auditions

November 25: HITS Theatre Auditions

December 5-7: Colorado Thespian Conferecnce

January 25-26: New York, NY (coinsicing with National Unified Auditions)

February 3-5: Chicago, IL (coinsicing with National Unified Auditions)

February 16-18: Los Angeles, CA

On-campus auditions are individually scheduled


Admission decisions and notification will be made in April after our audition/interview process 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 March 16, 2014. 

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

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