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Auditions: Presentation Preparation

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

Auditions: Requirements and Guidelines

Information on audition selections, musical selection, dance audition, and more

Presentations: Requirements and Guidelines

An outline of the requirements for each presentation

Musical Theater Audition Information

Information on auditions for musical theater majors.

We measure our success one student at at time.

Theater, dance, and musical theater majors must be accepted by both the admissions office and the department. Departmental acceptance requires an audition or portfolio review. Each student will audition or present their work at a Fine Arts Day.

Prospective students with an exceptional academic record and a love of learning in community should look into the Cook Honors College, where many of our students have thrived.

Theater, Dance, and Musical Theater Audition Dates

Once you have applied to IUP and have chosen one of our majors, you will receive an invitation to register for an audition date. Auditions are part of our Fine Arts Days program and are required for acceptance into all of our major programs.

Audition Dates for Fall 2017 Admission:

  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Monday, December 5, 2016
  • Monday, February 6, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017*
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
  • Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Monday, March 27, 2017
  • Monday, April 10, 2017

If you have questions regarding auditions, please contact Terri Williams, department secretary, at 724-357-2965 or

*Audition dates on Mondays are hosted by the Admissions Office and part of the Experience IUP Days. The Saturday audition date is an exception and will not follow the Experience IUP Days schedule.


“I’ve been acting in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and on national and international tours for about six years, including performances in Russia and China. I can proudly say that IUP prepared me for a career where my primary means of support is acting.”

—Kyle Payne, ’02

Programs of Study

We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in three areas. Each degree offers both breadth and depth, allowing for exploration and concentrated study. Our interdisciplinary degrees offer flexibility across strong, nationally accredited programs.

Proudly Accredited by NAST

Since 1995, our theater programs have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater, and its FAQ page is a good resource for thinking about majoring in theater in higher education.

A creative community where faculty and students teach, learn, and create together.

“IUP challenged me from the first day. Having a student mentor to get me started was really valuable.”
—Tyrone Lackey, student

Creative Opportunity—Individual Expression

“The first day you set foot in our program, you begin working on yourself as an artist and begin discovering new talents and abilities by practicing within a professionally modeled theater or dance company.”
—Brian Jones, Chair, Department of Theater and Dance

  • 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.