Audition Information

  • Auditions and portfolio reviews are conducted remotely due to restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Performers: We accept video-recorded auditions anytime for Theater, Musical-Theater, and Dance Arts auditions.

    • Others: Contact us to arrange for portfolio reviews via Zoom, or use the performer audition instructions to video-record a presentation.

    • Visits: Nothing is better than a campus visit. We can arrange a socially distanced facilities tour. Please contact us to arrange for one.

    Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your audition/interview.

    Scene from "World Builders"Once you have been accepted to IUP, contact one of these faculty members with any questions you may have about auditions, and to submit links to your video recordings: Theater and Musical Theater, Brian Jones (; Dance Arts, Joan Van Dyke (

    Instructions for Sending Your Video Audition

    Upload your audition videos to YouTube or Vimeo and send links to them in an email.

    1. Create an account if you don’t already have one.

    2. Upload your videos.

    3. Mark them “private.”

    4. Copy a sharable link for each into an email.

    5. Write an audition email to us with links for each video.

    6. Attach a résumé (headshot optional), and send your message to

    7. Letters of recommendation are not required, but can be helpful for scholarship awards and in understanding how best to help you begin your program at IUP.

    Since these are challenging times, we will also provisionally accept students into the Theater or Dance Arts programs without audition, and then audition you in the fall to determine the program for which you best suited, including Musical Theater. 

    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

    Dance TheaterOnce you have been accepted to IUP and have chosen one of our majors, you will receive an invitation to audition. Auditions are required for acceptance into all of our major programs.

    Audition Dates

    On-campus auditions are canceled. Audition by submitting video and a résumé as noted above.

    Acceptance and Scholarships

    We use the audition/interview process to select students for scholarships. Acceptance and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis, usually within one week of the audition/interview.

    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.

    We are a creative community where faculty and students teach, learn, and create together.