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For Prospective Students

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

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

Online Audition Application

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If you are at a great distance from IUP, you can also use this as your audition by uploading video.

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


We measure our success one student at at time. After being accepted by IUP Admissions, applicants to majors in the College of Fine Arts also require departmental acceptance through an audition or portfolio review. Each student will audition or present their work at a Fine Arts Day.
Recommended: DecisionDesk lets you register for your audition online, including video uploads. For those at a great distance from IUP, you can even use this as your audition. Visit DecisionDesk to start your application. Read below for audition dates. (If you cannot use DecisionDesk, you may register for your audition with the Department by contacting Toni Apryasz at 724-357-2965, or e-mail:

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 flexiblity across strong, nationally accredited programs.

Request More Information

Ready to take the next step? You can request more information about studying theater or dance at IUP. Also, look around our website, beginning with About Theater and Dance at IUP.

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

Audition Dates

Once you are accepted by IUP Admissions and have chosen one of our majors, you will receive an invitation to audition on the next available audition date. If you will not be able to attend the assigned audition date, you may choose another date. Auditions are part of our Fine Arts Days program and required for acceptance into all of our major programs. It is important that, when you are completing your application, you choose the major for which you will be auditioning.

Audition dates for Fall 2013 admission are as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m.: Theater and Dance only. No Musical Theater auditions. These auditions are for those students who had applied, and had been accepted, as another major and now wish to change their major to either Theater or Dance Arts Majors beginning Fall 2013 semester.

Audition dates for Fall 2014 admission are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Saturday, February 1, 2014
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • Saturday, February 22, 2014—special audition in Philadelphia Location: Advent Lutheran Church 470 Landis Rd Harleysville, PA 19438
  • Saturday, March 1, 2014
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

If you have questions regarding the Fine Arts Days auditions, please contact Toni Apryasz, department secretary, at 724-357-2965 or

“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

Audition: Presentation Preparation
An audition (or design/tech presentation) is required for entry into our major programs.
Requirements and Guidelines for Auditions
Information on audition selections, musical selection, dance audition, and more
Requirements/Guidelines for Presentations
An outline of the requirements for each presentation
Request More Information about Studying Theater or Dance at IUP
  • 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.