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Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year beginning September 1, 2021. 

UW-La Crosse offers an invigorating and fresh approach to undergraduate theatrical 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, music theatre, stage management, and arts administration. 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 Arts 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 Arts 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 Arts application and schedule your audition/interview on Acceptd.
    1. Applicants who may require assistance with the $30 Acceptd application fee can contact Acceptd directly for potential application fee scholarship.
    2. Musical Theatre applicants must schedule their audition for March 4, 2022.
    3. All other theatre emphasis areas can select one of the interview dates listed below.

Audition/Interview Dates:

Friday, October 8, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
Friday, February 4, 2022 (Musical Theatre auditions)
Friday, February 4, 2022
Friday, February 18, 2022
Friday, March 4, 2022 (Musical Theatre auditions)
Friday, March 4, 2022
Friday, April 22, 2022

Thank you so much for your interest in Theatre 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 Joe Anderson, Department Chair (janderson@uwlax.edu) or Krista Shulka, Department Associate (kshulka@uwlax.edu).