Audition Information

How do I Enroll in a Theater Major?

1. Apply to IUP first.

Once accepted, you will be eligible to audition for your intended major. You will receive a message from Admissions that directs you to schedule an audition.

2. Schedule an Audition.

Sign up now for fall 2022 admission! In-person auditions will be offered on these dates:

Monday, December 6, 2021
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Monday, February 28, 2022
Monday, March 7, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
Monday, April 11, 2022

What if I am unable to attend a scheduled audition day?

As an alternative to a live audition, you may send a video recording of your audition to We will review it and then send you a message to schedule a Zoom interview.

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

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

  3. 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"Still have a question about your audition or portfolio review? Contact Brian Jones (

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. Copy a sharable link for each into an email.

  4. Write an audition email to us with links in it for each video.

  5. Attach a résumé to your email (headshot optional), and send to

  6. 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.


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 theater in various emphasis depending on your unique needs. Each degree offers both breadth and depth, allowing for exploration and concentrated study.

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.