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Audition: Presentation Preparation

Students performing on stage

An audition (or design/tech presentation) is required for entry into our major programs.

Are we a “good match” to work productively together for the next four years? We will consider your audition/presentation, your interview with our faculty, your academic record in high school or college, your SAT scores, and your recommendations.

Audition or Presentation: Which demonstrates your strengths?

Give us some indication of what you have done creatively (your resume) and what you are capable of now (your audition or presentation). Also, look at the specific guidelines provided on the Requirements/Guidelines for Auditions page.

  • Performance Audition— For potential theater majors who consider performance their strength, a two- to three-minute audition of contrasting monologues.
  • Design/Tech Presentation— For potential theater majors who consider design, technology, management, or writing, a two- to three-minute presentation showing at least one and no more than three examples of your production, artistic, or writing skills.
  • Musical Theater Audition— All applicants for interdisciplinary fine arts majors with a track in Musical Theater are required to prepare two songs of contrasting style, a short (one- to two-minute) acting monologue, and learn and repeat a dance combination for diagnostics only. Please see further details of this audition/testing process under Requirements/Guidelines for Auditions for the Music-Theater Track.
  • Dance Audition— For interdisciplinary fine arts majors with a track in Dance Arts: includes a maximum 90-second dance demonstrating technical proficiency and performance capabilities at the intermediate level of either ballet or modern dance techniques, in addition to a second maximum 90-second dance demonstrating technical proficiency and performance in a secondary area of dance selected from ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom, or ethnic styles.

What to Expect in the Audition/Interview:

Two to three theater faculty members will meet with all prospective majors before you begin. There will be time for questions and preparation. You will do your best by being yourself. Follow the guidelines for auditions and presentations provided and you will do fine. Call or write the department with any questions you may have.

  • Theater and Dance Department
  • Waller Hall, Room 104
    401 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2965
  • Fax: 724-357-3885
  • Department Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.