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Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year beginning September 1, 2023. 

UW-La Crosse offers an invigorating and fresh approach to undergraduate theatrical and dance training. Our degree programs allow a wide range of opportunities while creating a focused and individual area of study for each student. We strive to balance vigorous classroom learning with practical production experience allowing for a well-rounded college experience with an emphasis on the collaborative and creative process. The theatre arts curriculum allows concentrations in six distinct areas of study: general theatre studies, design/ technical, performance, musical theatre, stage management, and arts administration as well as a dance minor. Students at UW-La Crosse can choose to major in one theatre emphasis area while minoring in another thus enhancing their educational opportunities and professional marketability.

One-on-one contact with our teaching faculty is emphasized and students are guaranteed a degree of personal attention rarely available in programs that accept higher numbers of students. In addition to its full-time faculty, the department frequently brings guest artists to campus from professional and educational theatre. The atmosphere within the Department of Theatre and Dance is supportive, positive, collaborative, and artistically stimulating. Students are involved in theatre productions each year as backstage crew, technicians, designers, stage managers, performers, and front of house staff.

The performance stage is the natural extension of the classroom experience. Students receive a tremendous amount of hands-on experience through classroom projects and realized productions. The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre and Dance produces six performances each academic year allowing students to demonstrate, refine and expand the skills they've learned in the classroom. Additional production work is available through classroom projects, senior recitals and designs, undergraduate research grant-funded productions, and other student laboratory productions.

Acceptance to UW-La Crosse is highly competitive, so we encourage all prospective students to apply early.

  1. Submit your University application for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at University of Wisconsin Online Application.
  1. Submit your UWL Department of Theatre and Dance application and schedule your audition/interview on Acceptd.
    1. Applicants who may require assistance with the Acceptd application fee can contact Acceptd directly for potential application fee scholarship.
    2. Interviews with the UWL Department of Theatre and Dance is required and can be done either in person or via Zoom (see dates below).
    3. All interested theatre students must schedule an interview upon completing their Acceptd application.  Interview dates listed below.  (Once you submit your Acceptd application, you will be prompted to select an interview date and time.)

Audition/Interview Dates:

Friday, October 20, 2023 (in person)
Friday, November 3, 2023 (in person)
Friday, November 10, 2023 (Zoom only)
Friday, December 8, 2023 (in person)
Friday, January 26, 2024 (Zoom only)
Friday, February 2, 2024 (in person)
Friday, February 16, 2024 (in person)
Friday, March 1, 2024 (Zoom only)
Friday, March 22, 2024 (in person)
Friday, April 5, 2024 (in person)
Friday, April 19, 2024 (Zoom only

Thank you so much for your interest in Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  We are excited to have you join our community of theatre artists.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Nic Barilar ( or Krista Shulka (

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.